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Report: Millwall 0-1 Rotherham United

BEN Pringle halted Millwall's unbeaten run with the winner at The Den.

Alex Revell flicked on Paul Taylor's low cross and Pringle was on hand to convert an easy chance at the far post in the 48th minute.

A lacklustre Lions side rarely looked like getting themselves back in the game and could only create a handful of half-chances after falling behind.

Ian Holloway made two changes to the side that drew at Sheffield Wednesday with veteran forward Ricardo Fuller coming in for striker Lee Gregory and midfielder Josh Wright replacing Jimmy Abdou, who found himself on the bench.

The Lions dictated the play in a cagey first period.

Their best opportunity fell to Fuller, who nodded wide under pressure after the enterprising left winger Lee Martin clipped a delicate delivery to the far post.

In the 20th minute Scott McDonald pulled a tame effort wide following a neat training ground free-kick routine.

The visitor's best moment came at the end of the first 45 minutes when winger Taylor manoeuvred space on the right edge of the penalty area and struck a low drive towards goal.

Millwall goalkeeper David Forde parried into the path of Alex Revell but, with the goal gaping, the striker somehow contrived to slide his effort off target.

Encouraged, Rotherham poured forward again and this time central midfielder Lee Frecklington drove a ferocious shot wide of Forde's right-hand post.

The Millers started the second half on the offensive and Taylor grazed the side-netting with a low drive after cutting in from the left flank.

Taylor was key to the visitors taking the lead. In the 48th minute, he teased right back Carlos Edwards with trickery before sending in a low cross.

Revell's presence caused pandemonium amongst the Millwall defenders and right winger Pringle arrived at the far post to prod the Millers into the lead.

Urged on by an animated Holloway, Millwall rallied and a sustained period of pressure saw them force a series of corners.

The Den faithful called for every decision in the penalty area but the referee gave little their way.

Holloway then threw on attackers Jermaine Easter and Magaye Gueye to inject some much-needed impetus but the Lions continue to toil in the final third.

Williams' fierce volley following was blocked before, from the resulting corner, Martyn Woolford frantically blazed over.

At the other end, goal-scorer Pringle stung the palms of Forde with an angled shot from 18 yards as the game became more stretched.

Time was not on Millwall's side and Rotherham resorted to time-wasting tactics to stem the flow of Lions attacks.

The hard-working Fuller fluffed his lines on the hour mark, rising high to meet a Scott Malone cross from the left only to head over when the net was waiting to bulge.

In a carbon-copy attack Scott McDonald's sharp ball was flicked towards goal by Fuller but trickled harmlessly out of play.

The action ended with frustrated home fans heading for the exits, leaving Holloway and Millwall to rue their missed chances.

Michael Staples

(@MichaelStaple14)

63 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 0-1 Rotherham United

  • August 23, 2014 at 17:17
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    Same old same old cant beat the crap teams in this division. You have to worry that blackpool could do us next. A real wake up call. Tiredness not an option as its the same for all the sides competing today. Long way to go.

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    • August 23, 2014 at 17:34
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      @wallchef: im with you wallchef frustrated that we fell short today against rotherham but am actually worried that its gonna be the same thing next week! F**k i hope im wrong so hows this for a prediction (you heard it here 1st)
      Millwall 3-1 Blackpool Gregory to get a brace, wooly to score then blackpool to get a consolation in the last 10 mins ...... "Alsaboutthat ?"!

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    • August 23, 2014 at 19:59
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      Absloutly we need a proven goalscorer we need to pull the money up , the only cash we have spent is on Gregory a non league player £250,000 we won't get no where in this league if we don't spend if brentford can spend a million on a player why can't we , in this age a million is the asking price nowadays so come on berylson spend some money , we had one shot on goal today after having 60% of the game hollway can say the players we're tired after Tuesday but Rotherham also played the same amount of games and on Tuesday as well , we were bullied today and a few players need to look at them selfs (dunny) was crap as was wright can't beleive he was picked over jimmy fuller should never have started I can go on so please holloway talk to the board before it's to late again .

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      • August 24, 2014 at 00:30
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        @John: S*** happens boys and girls we had to lose sooner or later roll on scummers lets knock them out of the cup and get a good draw NOLU WDC

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  • August 23, 2014 at 17:19
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    At least that's over, I'd rather be brought down to earth sooner than later. The problem is evident, we need striker(s).

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  • August 23, 2014 at 17:23
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    Games like today is why I never get too high when we win or too low if we lose.

    Wright is not good enough, Holloway missed a trick by not starting Gueye and we created little. We need another centre midfielder, another player to play behind the striker and another striker. Fuller will not perform in every game, Gregory could be good but needs time, so we need someone in sharp. There must be tonnes of good kids at the top clubs. Give Mourinho, Pochettino, Wenger or Van Gaal a ring to see if we can get a couple of loans. Today's result should act as a massive wake up call to everyone.

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    • August 23, 2014 at 20:01
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      Absloutly we need a proven goalscorer we need to pull the money up , the only cash we have spent is on Gregory a non league player £250,000 we won't get no where in this league if we don't spend if brentford can spend a million on a player why can't we , in this age a million is the asking price nowadays so come on berylson spend some money , we had one shot on goal today after having 60% of the game hollway can say the players we're tired after Tuesday but Rotherham also played the same amount of games and on Tuesday as well , we were bullied today and a few players need to look at them selfs (dunny) was crap as was wright can't beleive he was picked over jimmy fuller should never have started I can go on so please holl@dave_cusacks_left_foot: oway talk to the board before it's to late again .

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  • August 23, 2014 at 17:23
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    5 things we learned from Millwall - Rotherham.
    1. We need a striker
    2. We need a striker
    3. We need a striker
    4. We need a striker
    5. We need a striker

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    • August 23, 2014 at 18:01
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      5 things we knew already from Leeds, Fulham and Wednesday.
      We need a striker!!!!!!!!!

      Any ideas who's available and a realistic target

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    • August 23, 2014 at 18:05
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      @Rhinos_Nan: great comment. Who's available and a realistic target for us? Any ideas anyone?

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      • August 23, 2014 at 18:35
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        @southlondon1885: Their big lad Revell played well despite the open goal. Won more headers in 5 minutes than Fuller has all season. Pope also possible.

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  • August 23, 2014 at 17:24
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    Greg needs to be starting or at the very least get 30 mins otherwise the players are never going to find his runs as Ollie put it.

    We were very poor today and got what we deserved. Rest players for the saints game as we need to be going all out to win against Blackpool who will be desperate to avoid a 5th loss on the bounce.

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    • August 23, 2014 at 17:47
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      @MFC Lion: Spot on mate, really liked Gregorys movement when he finally did get on the pitch. Fuller should've been brought off a bit earlier IMO - could be that he works better as an impact sub rather than Gregory - also maybe try Easter as a starter - don't see why not, as he looked really sharp in pre season...?
      Also agree about the cup, would be nice to have a little run - but I'd rather that fixture wasn't there!
      Still thought we didn't play too badly today - just didn't have the same spark as in the last few previous games... I think we've been a bit spoilt really!! Leeds, Fulham and then that fantastic equalizer against Wednesday - I've been bouncing off the walls!
      Oh well back down to earth lads - surely, Ollie will get someone in before the window closes... Even Dunne said in SLP interview that he thought we needed 1 or 2 more players to really go places in this league - so, good to know that it's not just us, the fans, that think so!
      Still proud of you millwall - keep going! COYL!
      p.s. Martin and Edwards outstanding today.

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  • August 23, 2014 at 17:29
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    Unlucky number 13 (for some) springs to mind, however its becoming more and more evident that were lacking serious "top end of the table" fire power.
    What strikers would be an honest worthy punt people?
    What about that watford striker (the back up plan if we didnt get matt smith)!?. I personally think its time to break that transfer record (£800,000) for goddard!
    Pay peanuts get monkeys ?

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  • August 23, 2014 at 17:31
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    Terrible game. Absolutely terrible game.

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  • August 23, 2014 at 17:36
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    This is why I say we need a striker ASAP. We know Fuller is not going to start every game , Gregory needs time so he gets used to the division and Easter is not really a goalscorer. We only had 1 shot on target today and that just shows that we need that goal scorer # Hanson

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  • August 23, 2014 at 17:37
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    If I was a norther I'd go home and batter the s*** out my girlfriend

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  • August 23, 2014 at 17:39
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    We were so very poor we made them look half decent. Missed Jimmy in midfield, there was no control there at all. Gregory should have started. We seemed tired too. Hopefully this is the bogey game out if the way. Ollie - admit you didn't get it right today mate..... Still keep the faith fellas!

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    • August 24, 2014 at 09:22
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      @Lozzer: I have only just got back from holiday so please excuse my ignorance. why on earth are we playing Wright? Where is Upson, he hasn't even made the bench?

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  • August 23, 2014 at 17:40
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    Its not the end of the world is it? the run had to come to an end so its over and we go again next week

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  • August 23, 2014 at 17:41
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    Although today was hugely disappointing, seven points from the opening four games is a good return. However it's obvious we need more firepower and I'm sure Ollie is aware of this and doing his best to address the situation.

    Blackpool next week will not be easy as are no games in this league, but I fancy three points especially after losing today.

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    • August 23, 2014 at 23:56
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      @harry2310: to be honest mate i would av taken 7 points from the first 4 games before the season started its not like were gonna win every game this season onwards and upwards in ollie we trust

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  • August 23, 2014 at 17:44
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    Well that was fun. Lots of passing with no purpose and no strikers. Rotherham were average at best but we made them look good. Gregory sub was half hour too late and not sure why Wright was doing in the starting line up. I hope players are rested for Tuesday night as if we keep playing like that league survival is our main aim this season once again.

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  • August 23, 2014 at 17:47
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    Agree with everyone We Need Strikers Badly. It's nice to play a passing game but it's sideways and backwards no give and go forward, therefore we get NOWHERE

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  • August 23, 2014 at 17:58
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    One shot on target says a lot. I don't remember their keeper making a save or any shots on target that were blocked. Ollie can't complain they were tired. Rotherham were in the same boat. Tuesday night was the only match we've had travel for too. No excuses. Get a striker and get one quickly!

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  • August 23, 2014 at 17:58
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    Thought Edwards had another good game, does make me wonder who Ipswich have at RB and as backup if he's deemed not good enough.

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  • August 23, 2014 at 18:02
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    As I've been saying since the first game,we need goal scoring striker. About time we bought a half decent striker.

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  • August 23, 2014 at 18:06
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    Wise men say only fools rush in
    But I can't help falling in love with you
    Shall I stay, would it be a sin?
    If I can't help falling in love with you

    Like a river flows surely to the sea
    Darling so it goes
    Some things are meant to be

    Take my hand, take my whole life too
    For I can't help falling in love with you

    Read more: Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling In Love Lyrics | MetroLyrics .

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    • August 23, 2014 at 18:09
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      @Jim28: sorry but had a .few & not finished yet.

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      • August 23, 2014 at 18:22
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        @conor: @Jim28:
        Your an annoying attention seeking mug.

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          • August 23, 2014 at 23:45
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            @conor: not u mate. Apologies

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        • August 23, 2014 at 20:42
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          @82wall: and you aint got a sense of humour

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  • August 23, 2014 at 18:12
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    We got All shook up today!

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    • August 24, 2014 at 09:29
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      @wwlion: Left us 'Crying in the chapel ' - we were poor ! Well it's been said by many before : we need a good Striker ( Gregory doesn't seem to be good enough for the Championship, he won't run and chase, if we are honest ). If we pretend to lie He's Great !

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  • August 23, 2014 at 18:14
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    Reality Check.
    We were p**s poor.
    Cannot remember an effort on Goal ?

    PUSH THE BOAT OUT OLLIE AND GO BUY A STRIKER.

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  • August 23, 2014 at 18:15
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    Everyone is of the same opinion that we need another striker quickly. Even though we have gained 7 points from 4 games a return of 4 goals isn't good enough. Maintain that for the season and we would have scored 46 goals! Becchio of Norwich has been mentioned and I think he is a good call because he might be available even if it is only on loan .They have completely revamped their attack during the Summer. They have signed Lewis Grabban, Kyle Lafferty and Cameron Jerome so he must be down the pecking order.

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  • August 23, 2014 at 18:21
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    Was not the resultI wanted before I go into hospital for a bypass op! Hey ho I hope to hear of better results when I return. Good luck you great lions fans !

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    • August 24, 2014 at 01:23
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      @Peckhamlad: One result we do want is your op is 100% successful best of luck peckham

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    • August 24, 2014 at 09:47
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      @Peckhamlad: Yes definately, 'GET WELL SOON , PECKHAMLAD MATE ' : from all of us.

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  • August 23, 2014 at 18:21
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    Some times you just don't play well and you struggle to break down a defence of 10 men at times. We move on despite being disappointed - I still thing Gregory and fuller will come good.
    Even teddy sherringham did not score every week. Keep the faith were getting better and a lot of teams in the league could only dream of a 13 game unbeaten run. Now bring on a win against Southampton and we will all be buzzing again !!!

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  • August 23, 2014 at 19:00
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    I though I eent back in time , last season crap

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  • August 23, 2014 at 19:16
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    I will almost repeat what I wrote last week and will once again accept all the dislikes but look at the facts, Easter, Gregory, Fuller (Full of), McDonald, our four front line strikers. How many goals between them so far. As I wrote last week, lets not lose sight of the fact that we do not have a goal threat in this squad and it will tell.

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  • August 23, 2014 at 19:32
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    As I said last week, we are going to have to spend big money for a decent striker. If we dont start scoring goals its pressure on the defence again. Speculate to accumulate. Hopefully today was a one off, if we dont improve next Saturday then the punters will think twice about departing with their cash.

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  • August 23, 2014 at 19:40
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    Five things I learnt today (or rather, things I already knew)
    1) We need a striker and quick
    2) Wright is not good enough - had a sinking feeling soon as I saw his name on the team sheet.
    3) McDonald is not a number 10. His first touch is not good enough, he always wants an extra touch.
    4) Maggy should start
    5) We still have a long way to go if we are going to challenge at the top end of this division.

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    • August 23, 2014 at 19:52
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      @Adsy77777: While McDonald may not have had the best game his first touch is better than most - don't understand why fans want to get on his back. He's a decent player and he's started the season well.

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      • August 23, 2014 at 21:16
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        McDonald had a shocker.. Poor first half, worse second, should have come off at half time, his a forward can you remember the last time he scored? Martin was causing them grief and got brought off?!?! Wright was just wrong

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  • August 23, 2014 at 19:47
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    Very poor performance today. When Bailey's not fit Josh Wright is not the answer, Jimmy is. I thought we looked like a team, who after recent games, believed we were too good to be beaten by Rotherham. A passing game is nice, but only if it has an end product. Their keeper had a day off today. If Rotherham had a good forward i think we could have been embarrassed today. Loved Gregory's movement but like has been said brought on too late.

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  • August 23, 2014 at 20:25
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    Poor performance today. We were not good enough to get behind their back 4 and became easy to defend against as we passed it about in front of their backline.
    Williams played well in a position that suits his style.
    Macdonald and Woolford were virtually non existent.
    Forget it , move on , rest the 1st teamers against Southampton and concentrate on 3 points against Blackpool !

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  • August 23, 2014 at 20:52
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    Tired performance, looks like the last two away games caught up with us. Playing Wright was IMO a mistake and I'd have played Gregory from the start alongside Easter and rested Fuller again though he played ok and had our best chance

    We had a lot of possession but did little with it, at times we overpassed the ball, rather than playing more direct , a number of players were guilty of overplaying the ball when the simple option would have done better.

    One shot on target speaks for itself , I don't recall their keeper having to make a save, whilst Forde had to make a superb stop and we were fortunate that they missed a sitter in the first half.

    We are doing more right than wrong, but it's a wake up call and shows that we still have lots of work to be done before we are challenging at the top end of the table.

    I'd rest the majority of the team for Tuesday and look to beat Blackpool next Saturday, we always struggle when we are expected to win I knew today would be though but we can't make the same mistake next week.

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  • August 23, 2014 at 21:01
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    I agree Block 8, Woolford had a very poor game by his standards and Mc Donald was overpassed so many times like he's got some aversion to shooting on goal !!!

    I'd like to see Magaye, Gregory and Easter start next week with Mc Donalad, Fuller, Wooldford on the bench.

    Why was Jimmy on the bench today? He's been superb, tirdness ? Surely he couldn't have been dropped especially in favour of Wright!

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  • August 23, 2014 at 23:47
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    Still not a fan of Josh Wright.

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  • August 24, 2014 at 00:03
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    Josh wright league 2 at best

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  • August 24, 2014 at 01:04
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    @Jim28: jim you post some sense at last,i really do like this post,after today's performance we need a bit of fun.
    Mind you i am glad i cannot hear your voice after a few drinks lol.

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  • August 24, 2014 at 01:15
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    five thing,s to reflect on.
    1 I have never been a fan of wright still aint.
    2Maggie cant win a header so forde dont aim at him.
    3 Silly to give gregory just 5 mins when clearly fuller was having a bit of a stinker.
    4 To much tippy tappy play in the last third of the pitch and both malone and edwards checking their runs with the ball instead of going for the by line and pulling the ball back.
    5 Agree with other's on this site we need a decent centre forward,if not then give gregory a decent run of games to prove himself.

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  • August 24, 2014 at 06:44
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    6) there is no plan B.
    7) youth not getting a look in( not even on the bench).
    8) Forde will come a cropper before long with his cheeky pass outs.
    I could say more but it pisses me off to do so.

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  • August 24, 2014 at 11:24
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    @Sealion: Upson and Bailey both injured,i would put Jimmy in front of wright,i was disheartened when i heard wright was playing,untill wright starts to play the ball forward instead of side ways and backwards i will not rate him at all.

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