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Five things we learned from Millwall 1-0 Wycombe

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#1: Josh Wright may yet have a future at Millwall

The performance of Josh Wright was certainly a highlight of last night's game.

The midfielder made just six appearances last season – only two of them under Ian Holloway – and he was being tipped to leave the club at the start of the summer.

But Wright may well have forced his way back into Holloway's plans with this display. Albeit against League Two opposition, Wright dictated Millwall's passing game in a holding role.

His distribution was quick and accurate – and more often than not his first pass was a forward one.

In the past, fans have criticised the 24-year-old for being too negative, but he was always on the front foot against the Chairboys and wasn't afraid to run with the ball either.

And when the Lions were reduced to ten men, Wright did a superb job of holding the line and mopping up any loose balls in the engine room.

A definite man-of-the-match contender.

#2: Lee Gregory just needs a goal

You get the impression that once Lee Gregory scores his first goal for Millwall, plenty more will follow. So hopefully it won't be long before he gets off the mark.

On Tuesday evening, Gregory ploughed a lone furrow up front and was surprisingly effective for someone of his size. The striker is much stronger and more combative than you might think.

Whether the striker is best-suited to a lone role is up for debate, and perhaps he would prefer having a partner alongside him, but he didn't disappoint with his efforts against Wycombe.

Occasionally Gregory's first touch let him down, but his hold up play was impressive and he won plenty in the air despite being manhandled by two bruising centre backs.

Two clever one-twos with Magaye Gueye and Fred Onyedinma nearly led to goals, and he went close to opening his account with a searing 20-yard drive that zipped narrowly over the bar.

Gregory has plenty to offer the Lions – he just needs a goal to settle him down.

#3: Holloway has strength in depth and youth in reserve

The strength – and size – of Millwall's squad was highlighted last night.

Holloway rested seven first-teamers who face Leeds United at the weekend but was still able to put out a competitive side that got the job done.

And the starting XI was bolstered by six academy graduates on the bench, which is testament to the coaching work carried out by youth bosses Scott Fitzgerald and Neil Harris.

Fred Onyedinma, who Lions fans saw in action last season, brightened up a pretty dour game with his raw pace.

The Millwall coaching staff have encouraged Onyedinma to make more of his speed by knocking the ball in behind opposition defences and chasing after it.

Jack Powell and Josh Siafa also came on in the second half for their Lions debuts and didn't look out of place in a first-team match.

Some of Holloway's young players will benefit from loan spells elsewhere but there's enough to suggest that they can make the grade at Millwall one day.

#4: Jimmy Abdou's passing has come on leaps and bounds

You might be surprised to hear that Jimmy Abdou had the best pass completion rate of any Millwall player against Leeds last weekend.

And the popular midfielder continued in the same vein against Wycombe.

Abodu's strength will never be his distribution or attacking play but there are signs to suggest he is improving that side of his game to meet the demands of Holloway.

#5: David Forde hasn't slackened off after penning new deal

There can sometimes be a downturn in a player's form after he signs a new long-term contract.

They've worked so hard to win a new deal that, once they've put pen-to-paper, there's less to play for because their future is no longer up in the air.

But David Forde, last season's Player of the Year winner, can't be accused of having such an attitude.

Ireland's number one has picked up from where he left off, starting the new campaign with back-to-back clean sheets, and made two top notch saves against Wycombe.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

28 thoughts on “Five things we learned from Millwall 1-0 Wycombe

  • August 13, 2014 at 14:10
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    All sounds very good to me so 3 points at Fulham is what we can expect this week - end. ( NOLU, WDC ).

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      • August 13, 2014 at 15:00
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        @Jim28: Oh Dear ! Jim28, just read some of the last few days 'POST' , some of these Powder - P's seem to be giving you a little grief ! ( ha, ha, ha ). Anyway, should be Great Fun at Fulhams Cottage. NOLU, WDC.

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  • August 13, 2014 at 14:37
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    I'd like to take the time to say that I'm a big fan of the new 'Things We Learned Segment' and hope that it continues throughout the season. The strength in depth that we now have is very promising, with the addition of a 15+ goal striker, or hopefully Gregory steps up, I genuinely see us competing for play offs this year. 3 points at Fulham and we have all the momentum we need to keep going, absolutely buzzing for 4,000 of us singing Hey Jude at the final whistle - 1-0

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      • August 13, 2014 at 14:46
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        @Jim28: Decent player, but when 60,000 Sheffield United fans sign a petition against signing him, it tells you all you need to know

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  • August 13, 2014 at 14:43
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    1) Wright looked very good and certainly seems to suit the system. Worked hard passed well and got stuck in. I am sure he will stay in Ollies plans
    2) Gregory is certainly stronger than looks and holds up the ball well. Looks like a goalscorer constantly making runs and finding space. The goals will come.
    3) The youngsters looked excellent . Siafa looks very solid and confident. Powell was energetic and did not look at out of place with some good passes and robust enough to stand up to a physical Wycombe. Fred looked class some great touches and seemed to have an instant rapport with Gregory.
    4) Jimmy , Mr 100% . I am not sure his passing as such has improved. More that the team is pressing as a team and when he does get it he has more options there are more players closer and showing for the ball and in Martin, MacDonald , Williams , Malone and Edwards players who are happy to receive the ball in tight situations.
    5) Forde looks as intense as ever and made one great save last night and claimed cross after cross. My concern is that his balls skills are not quite as good as he thinks they are and a disaster seems imminent.

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    • August 13, 2014 at 14:51
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      @Kinet: i think he mite revert to last saturdays team.butits good to know we have others who can step in & do a good job.

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  • August 13, 2014 at 15:08
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    Abdou really did look an improved player last Saturday and I am glad his improvement continues as he will need to maintain it to keep his place. Also, Wright is a good player with technical ability, his recent history with Millwall doesn't back this statement but maybe at last he is in a team that plays in a style that suits him.I'll be pleased for the lad if he makes it in the team, he has great potential. Gregory's touch will improve, he has awareness and good instincts, it was always going to take a bit of time for him to adjust technical issues such as close control. I have no doubt that he will improve.

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  • August 13, 2014 at 16:20
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    Leeds have signed billy sharp. So where does that put smith.

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    • August 13, 2014 at 17:28
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      @block 28: a day before his contract talks haha!

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      • August 13, 2014 at 17:38
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        @conor: the timing is a bit suspect.smith has now got 3 strikers in front of him .if you count morro thats 4.i bet he gets the back seat on the coach aswell.

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  • August 13, 2014 at 16:35
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    I see Nicklas Bendtner is desperately looking for a club lol

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    • August 13, 2014 at 17:41
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      @Dazi: And he is the best striker in the World according to himself.

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    • August 13, 2014 at 18:34
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      @Dazi: Kalou's up for grabs as well!

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  • August 13, 2014 at 18:09
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    I can't see Matt smith staying at Leeds after billy sharp signing, he is gonna want guaranteed 1st team football and with sharp signing he is not gonna be in that, would he be a good addition to our squad? Or is he gonna be another £ grabber

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  • August 13, 2014 at 18:17
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    Badly in need of a striker though not sure Smith is the answer. Looked inept on the ground but pretty decent in the air. A lump like him is tailor made for Div One not sure about the championship. There must be the chance of a loan signing of a player not in the pecking order of a premiership club. I thought that was the scouts job.

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  • August 13, 2014 at 18:19
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    Apart from number 5, did we actually 'learn' any of this against League Two opposition? And why was Forde risked in this game?

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  • August 13, 2014 at 18:22
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    6/ We urgently need a target man striker for when Fuller isn't around. Wycombe took a major step forward when Gueye the only height we had went off

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  • August 13, 2014 at 18:24
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    He must have the raving with his agent. He should of signed the first time we put in a offer.

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    • August 13, 2014 at 18:58
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      @block 28: when his agent gets of the floor he can pop down & work a deal.

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  • August 13, 2014 at 19:04
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    At the moment we're in the playoffs. Lets keep at that way. 3 points at fulham COYL!!!

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  • August 13, 2014 at 19:17
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    Getting Smith could turn out to be a good bit of business. If it looks as though Leeds don't value him anymore and just want to buy a ready made microwave striker - that they don't need to work on - he could be the perfect addition for us. Because Ollie & Co WILL take the time to improve his game and give him confidence. IMO this is one of Ollies best traits and it proves he's the best man for the job here at Millwall. We can't afford to just splash cash, instead we need to find the hidden gems in youth and just like in this situation - where it seems things have gone a bit stale with a players current club and isn't playing to their potential.
    If we get the chance, I still say, get him - Ollie will get him fit and get the best out of him (the proof of this, is in the '5 things learned'!) + he will have something to prove.... If he improved his ground game he could be a serious threat... Had similar feelings about the HOFF - awkward to play against when he was UNFIT... (already useful in the air) - but could've been REALLY good with improved fitness and improvement on his weaknesses.... and correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Smith already much better than the HOFF overall...?

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    • August 13, 2014 at 20:16
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      @Luke ColdBlow10: why can't I my likes register ??? Have tried on 3 posts & zilch ,,,,, C O Y L ,,, can't wait for the trip to Fulham sat ,,, onwards ,,, 3 points ,No Probs

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  • August 13, 2014 at 22:09
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    Southampton at home let's see if there
    Is another 3,000 for this one

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