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Five things we learned from Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Millwall

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#1: Ricardo Fuller has made an immediate impact

There were a few moans and groans when Millwall signed 35-year-old Ricardo Fuller.

But Ian Holloway asked the doubters to trust his judgement – and so far the Lions boss has been proved absolutely right.

Fuller has contributed massively to the club's unbeaten start to the new season and made another telling contribution against Sheffield Wednesday last night.

The striker created Martyn Woolford's winner at Fulham with a superb left-wing cross and showed great awareness to lay on Magaye Gueye's equaliser at Hillsborough.

The Jamaican will lead the line one week and be an impact substitute the next – because he won't be able to play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday throughout the campaign.

But Fuller is already proving to be a shrewd acquisition by Holloway.

#2: Passing for the sake of passing

After Saturday's victory over Fulham, Ian Holloway was critical of his side's hurried use of the ball and demanded a more patient passing game.

His players certainly took that message on board – but applied it a little too literally against Sheffield Wednesday.

In the first half especially, Millwall were passing for the sake of passing – backwards and sideways – without really hurting the Owls.

Goalkeeper David Forde saw more of the ball than the ten players in front of him.

Holloway said his players "almost forgot to create chances" because they were so focused on retaining possession at all costs.

After a half-time rocket from the manager, the Lions threw a little more caution to the wind and were more constructive with the ball.

Better late than never, Magaye Gueye's well-worked equaliser in the 95th minute was the most incisive move of the match.

But there's certainly work to be done on Millwall's style of play and they are still searching for the right balance between defence and attack.

#3: Lions can't keep letting shots through their wall

Millwall should have learnt this lesson in pre-season.

At the Lamex Stadium in July, Stevenage were able to score two direct free kicks in the space of 20 minutes because of badly-constructed defensive walls.

But Chris Maguire exploited the same weakness for Sheffield Wednesday last night. His effort went straight through a row of yellow shirts.

Goalkeeper David Forde will be furious because the players in front of him didn't do enough to block the shot – and left him totally exposed. It was very much avoidable.

But as poor as the defensive organisation was, Holloway should be able to fix the problem overnight and you'd hope it won't happen again.

#4: Magaye Gueye has got a lot more to offer

Gueye's dramatic equaliser offered Lions fans a glimpse of what he is capable of.

The Frenchman is still catching up on his fitness and is unlikely to start a game until he is fully up to speed, which could take several weeks.

But he was given over half an hour on Tuesday to make an impact – and scoring such a brilliant goal in the 95th minute shows his physical stamina is already improving.

The 24-year-old was a £1million signing for Everton not long ago, so with the right guidance and a bit of patience Millwall could have one hell of a player on their hands.

His goal at Hillsborough is just the start.

#5: Forget the penalty miss – Shaun Williams was brilliant

Shaun Williams was the most relieved man inside Hillsborough at the final whistle.

His penalty miss five minutes before Gueye's equaliser was uncharacteristic of a player who is usually so reliable from the spot – as he demonstrated against Leeds on the opening day.

But the 27-year-old's lapse should not overshadow what was a brilliant performance.

With Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill watching on from the stands, it would be no surprise to see Williams playing on the international stage in the near future.

His distribution and calmness in possession was outstanding.

A case could be made for Williams playing further up the field but against Wednesday he shielded the back four and made every pass count in a deep-lying role.

And he should definitely take Millwall's next penalty.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

38 thoughts on “Five things we learned from Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Millwall

  • August 20, 2014 at 14:27
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    1 thing I've learnt about this Millwall side compared to years gone by, is that every single player give their 100% best every game and want to win!

    For far too long, I have seen a Millwall team in the past not really giving it their all right up until the final whistle... This year, you know if we go and score then there is a good chance we will go on and win the game because we can grind out results until the whistle, whereas in the past I reckon we conceded a shed load of goals in the last 5 minutes of games!

    Thanks Ollie & the players for giving us our Millwall back!!

    "The Futures Bright, The Futures Blue & White" MMMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

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  • August 20, 2014 at 14:45
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    The future looks really bright, this article always seem to positive if Aldo brought this in the beginning of last season, all the 5 things would be so negative haha, great start

    Aldo did we recieve that money for trotter apparently we agreed a fee but they'd pay us after last season finished, did we get much or anything??

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  • August 20, 2014 at 14:46
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    can someone explain what the final whistle antics of Ollie was all about ?
    pi55ed myself with laughter

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  • August 20, 2014 at 14:50
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    Yes, great result and display of good support from the Super Millwall ( 600 or so ) Fans! There was an Fellow who got into the Millwall - End and started celebrating ' Their Goal. ' to wind us up . ( he was very quickly 'Sorted' by the Millwall - Boys ). There was No Need for that, and the Stewards / Police should have got him out earlier .Anyway, Positives ! Good point won: Not so positive , Too much side and back passing in the First Hour. But, Keep it up all Concerned . We love it! NOLU, WDC.

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    • August 20, 2014 at 16:11
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      @BUSHWACKER14: how can Aldo say a player was brilliant after missing a pen..probably cos he was sitting at home

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      • August 20, 2014 at 16:18
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        @Jim28: Very True Jim28, but it was a great night, wasn't it? - were you far away from that 'Celebrating - Dancer ' .....? Thank goodness the incident was not reported widely. ( or the Powder - Puff would have had a field - day ), LOL.

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          • August 20, 2014 at 16:41
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            @Jim28: And just because Williams missed a penalty, doesn't mean he didn't have a great game!

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        • August 20, 2014 at 16:44
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          @Alex Aldridge: Well Done Alex! You always do a good job, Did you see any of 'OUR TRAVELLING USUAL FANS ' - Like Block28, Jim28, STORMIN' & Sue plus the others that always attend away? NOLU, WDC.

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  • August 20, 2014 at 14:57
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    we seem to be getting our fair share of decisions from refs this year (whispered) is that an Ollie factor? it makes a big difference to the outcome of games

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    • August 20, 2014 at 15:51
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      @timchimes: I wouldn't be surprised. Managers usually have a chat with the refs before the game and he is a likeable chap.

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  • August 20, 2014 at 15:26
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    Thanks Aldo - I'm not a fan of a lot of articles on here, but i really like the five things from each game, especially at the moment when we have total commitment from every player - really looking forward to the next game

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  • August 20, 2014 at 15:38
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    Fullers cross for Woolfords goal was from the left wing....just saying

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  • August 20, 2014 at 16:27
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    If Magaye is not fit yet then when he is surely we have our striker. 95th minute he has the calmness to dummy the defense move it onto his weaker? foot and blast into the top of the net. If he was not 'one of ours' now and we had seen that video I am sure we would all be screaming to sign him, and he was on a free! I said on a previous post I thought Fuller would be just the job for the team and bring on the youngsters I can not believe how right I was.

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  • August 20, 2014 at 16:32
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    Point 1. (FULLER). Played for 25mins..i would prefer a striker who can play for 90mins
    Point 2Passing for the sake of passing
    Olly be careful wot you wish for
    3 obviuos
    4 we know
    5 not great to mis a pen
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    • August 20, 2014 at 23:55
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      @Jim28: Fuller is a former premiership forward who still has the skill to compete at the top level of the championship which cost us nothing can anybody name a player who fits that bill that they would rather have. I for 1 am more than happy to see him play for our club remember we have a lot of games in short space of time and need to get all the lads a run out sometime or they wont have the match fitness when we need them. Williams penalty hit the inside of the post very fine margin after the keepers messing about which in my opinion warranted another yellow don't forget the penalty against Leeds went straight into the side netting. NOLU WDC

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    • August 21, 2014 at 00:59
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      Oh, dear Jim, glass 1/2 full dear boy please try to be positive!! Wonder WALL top ten finnish!!!!!!!

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      • August 21, 2014 at 16:56
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        @hernebaylion: mate it was meant as a send up of the 5 points..as for the top ten finish thats a little negative dont you think. LOL

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  • August 20, 2014 at 17:34
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    also makes life much easier on the better half when we get a result especially on an evening game. thanks millwll this is gonna be one hell of a season

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  • August 20, 2014 at 17:42
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    It's great to see all the team including the subs giving 100%. To score in the 5th minute of injury time isn't something that would have happened during the last two seasons. However, the transfer deadline is quickly approaching and we still haven't signed another striker. We are all hoping that Gregory will start scoring goals eventually but remember it took Morison in his first season with us until Xmas before he started scoring regularly. I would hate the wheels to come off the bus after our brilliant start because of the lack of goals.

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    • August 20, 2014 at 18:36
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      @lion.ie: totally agree.& @denslions: i saw a quote by olly saying that he's not gonna sign anymore players this summer...he never said no loan players..

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  • August 20, 2014 at 18:17
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    Over egging Fullers contribution to the goal a bit, simple lay off, Sunday league. Great set up v Fulham but largely ineffective in my opinion. Still, early days so I'm not writing him off as long has gives 100% when he wears the shirt. COYL

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  • August 20, 2014 at 18:47
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    http://www.millwallfc.co.uk/news/article/no-trains-from-london-bridge-to-south-bermondsey-1846309.aspx

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  • August 20, 2014 at 19:28
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    Typical why can't the railways work when we have 2 away games on the spin thought the old bill would want the station open to make it easier for them but no they only step in when it suits them

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  • August 20, 2014 at 19:40
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    As a result, there will be no trains between London Bridge and South Bermondsey. Instead, you are advised to use London Overground services to and from Surrey Quays. Queens Road (Peckham) along with New Cross and New Cross Gate are other alternative London Overground stations. 

    This will affect fans attending the home games with Rotherham United (Saturday 23rd August), Southampton (Tuesday 26th August) and Blackpool (Saturday 30th August). 
    Read more at http://www.millwallfc.co.uk/news/article/no-trains-from-london-bridge-to-south-bermondsey-1846309.aspx#6VOeOo24db12CYCc.99

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    • August 20, 2014 at 23:59
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      @Jim28: Thanks for the info Jim its a pain in the a*** for me, got to travel from the south coast so we don't get told about these notices and am to p***** by the time I get to the ground normally and would of missed half hour or so cheers NOLU WDC

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  • August 20, 2014 at 20:06
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    Great article but can you shake it up and go wild with 4 / 6 things next time!

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  • August 20, 2014 at 20:10
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    I don't think we passed for the sake of it - we actually kept the ball for once and they had few chances as a result with the goal coming for a set piece not open plan. Once the lads get use to playing out from the back we will be playing some attractive confident football - role on the revolution!!

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  • August 20, 2014 at 23:23
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    Forgive my ignorance, i'm a regular reader but less frequent poster on this site, but, why are there so many people wanting to say a negative about the posts, articles, team etc? We should all be pulling together, supporting the team, supporting each other. I for one am ecstatic at the feel around the club atm, I live in Staffordshire now, I go to as many home/away games as I can, I am proud to be part of this club. Let's try and be positive eh? Echo the ethos of Ollie and our mighty Lions.

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    • August 21, 2014 at 00:02
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      @est81: i've been giving millwall my support for 45yrs.no matter if we were p*** poor or at the fa cup final.& a lot on this site have been doing the same..what we dont need is people breeching to us..

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      • August 21, 2014 at 01:10
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        @Jim28: Jim I can give you 5 years, for christ sake don't be so negative. Think 1972 Possee, Weller, Dunphy, put these young men in thier places, can they do it, of course they can with the right direction, be it FENTON, GRAHAM, DOUHGERTY. We have HOLLOWAY a motivator!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • August 21, 2014 at 00:28
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      @est81: I see your point est81 but its also about expressing your ideas and opinions mate there's nothing malicious about it mate

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  • August 21, 2014 at 01:49
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    The team are doing the business on the field. The fans are doing the same. But we did help getting to & from away games the cost is b*******. Surely the club can get us cheaper travel. Any ideas anybody

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  • August 22, 2014 at 01:11
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    I must say I disagree on Williams performance. I thought he played quite poor. I also had the feeling that he might miss the penalty due to him not having the best of games. I'm starting to wonder if he is paying News At Den for extra PR?

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