bestkinky

Williams: Millwall didn't create enough against Rotherham

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

SHAUN Williams put Millwall's first defeat in 13 games down to a lack of cutting edge in the final third.

The Lions mustered only one shot on target during Saturday's 1-0 loss to Rotherham United as their unbeaten run came to a halt.

And Williams said: "All runs must come to an end sometime but for that to happen against Rotherham at home is a bit of a shock for us and a bit disappointing.

"It's the old cliche, we could probably still be out there and we wouldn't have scored. They defended well and we just didn't create enough chances."

Millwall have a poor record against newly-promoted sides – winning just one of six matches against Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers and Bournemouth last season.

"We beat a lot of big teams at the end of last year and it's the lesser teams that we seem to struggle against," Williams added.

"Every game is different because you play different tactics against different teams – and it just wasn't to be on Saturday.

"It's only loss in 13 games – we were always going to lose a game eventually – but it's just unfortunate how it happened. We'll knuckle down for Blackpool next weekend."

Williams was last week tipped by Ian Holloway to make the Republic of Ireland squad.

When asked about his international ambitions, the midfielder said: "Hopefully – if I keep my place in the team, I'm playing well and the team's doing well [it could happen].

"It would be a dream come true for me to represent my country.

"I've said before that my club football comes first. If I'm doing well for Millwall, it'll be all well and good if I get selected for Ireland.

"If I'm doing well hopefully my opportunity arises but in the meantime I'll continue to do the right things for the club."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

36 thoughts on “Williams: Millwall didn't create enough against Rotherham

  • August 25, 2014 at 11:43
    Permalink

    Stevie Wonder could see we didn't create enough on Saturday. We need to show more confidence and pace when attacking, we always come to a halt once we get near their box rather than really driving at them. Williams was the only performer on Saturday to be fair and I've always said he's the best passer of a ball we have and he defines composure. Good luck on the Ireland front Shaun.

    Like (17)
    Dislike (4)
    Reply
    • August 25, 2014 at 18:31
      Permalink

      @harryfabian: ATTENTION ! ANYBODY WANT TO SEE THE MATCH TOMORROW ? I HAVE A SPARE TICKET FOR UPPER B.K.STAND. ( FREE OF CHARGE FOR YOU TO USE: DONT WANNA WASTE IT ). 1ST TO CLAIM IT, LEAVE A DEFINATE POST MESSAGE HERE. MEET ME OUTSIDE THE MILLWALL CAFE AT 6.45PM TOMORROW. STORMIN' NORMAN . 'NO ONE LIKES US , WE DONT CARE' .

      Like (110)
      Dislike (0)
      Reply
      • August 25, 2014 at 23:58
        Permalink

        @bermlion: there's gonna be a big quere outside the cafe

        Like (13)
        Dislike (0)
        Reply
      • August 26, 2014 at 00:11
        Permalink

        @bermlion: that must be the most likes I've seen

        Like (11)
        Dislike (1)
        Reply
      • August 26, 2014 at 11:25
        Permalink

        @bermlion: well done Stormin' , must be somebody who wants a FREE ticket ,( we have loads on this site making excuses for NOT going, here's a treat ). NOLU, WDC .

        Like (34)
        Dislike (0)
        Reply
  • August 25, 2014 at 11:51
    Permalink

    This is going to be a regular quote throughout the season unless we get a striker.

    Like (20)
    Dislike (1)
    Reply
    • August 25, 2014 at 12:05
      Permalink

      Definitely need a striker.. There's more than a striker issue out there last Saturday.

      Like (3)
      Dislike (3)
      Reply
      • August 25, 2014 at 12:10
        Permalink

        @conor: Yep, but we've got Bailey and Upson back soon. I'd expect the team on Tuesday to start with Webster, Abdou, Briggs and a couple of the kids.

        Like (2)
        Dislike (0)
        Reply
        • August 25, 2014 at 17:55
          Permalink

          @NICKOLA: Forde-Briggs, Webster, Shittu, Dunne-Fred, Powell, Gueye, Abdou-Gregory, Marquis. Give these boys a run out it's only a cup game they need the to keep on their toes apart from Dunne and Forde and would rather rest the other lads

          Like (3)
          Dislike (0)
          Reply
  • August 25, 2014 at 12:01
    Permalink

    ...bit of a nothing article really. We lost because we were out-thought by a team who were bottom of the football league not long ago and have enjoyed successive promotions.

    We are close to being an average championship side...and that shows considerable improvement. Shame we have started the season a striker light.

    Like (7)
    Dislike (3)
    Reply
  • August 25, 2014 at 12:15
    Permalink

    Saturday may be a blessing in disguise, if we had won 1-0 instead of losing we would be joint top but in my opinion that would have papered over the cracks. We need another striker and have a week to do so. Get someone in who is 'our player' not a loan player who knows he can go back to his parent club if it all goes tits up!! What didn't help on Saturday was Ollie's team selection, let Wright go back on loan to Orient (if they will have him)....

    Like (11)
    Dislike (2)
    Reply
  • August 25, 2014 at 12:27
    Permalink

    Ok we all agree we need a decent striker. But can some one explain to me how Gregory is supposed to get championship experience and improve, when he never gets a run in the team. I think we should play him every game, lets face it his just as good as any body else we've got and he can only get better.

    Like (31)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
  • August 25, 2014 at 12:40
    Permalink

    Let us not forget that we're a works in progress. The last 3 or 4 seasons we have been absolute shocking, granted under km we were set up very well defensively and not to lose but under Holloway with the brand he wants us to play and with the lack of financial clout to invest in the correct personell I.e 1st choice permanent signings instead of 3rd or 4th choice and loans we will be exposed with the squad we have available. We have done wonders the past 12 or so games so had to expect something to give eventually considering the lack of goal scorer.
    I'm disappointed with easter tbh cause the past 2 pre seasons he has been scoring for fun but when given competitive games it's painful to watch. I really thought he'd grab the chance with both hands but time and again he fails to deliver.
    I'm also dissappear in Holloway for not starting Gregory more than he has as the boy makes some superb runs and has looked like he has something about him. Let's not forget he's cone from non league playing in front of 1 to championship in front of 10 plus. Me thinks he will be a top player for us.
    That said we need a proven scorer at minimum league 1 preferably championship but I can't realistically see us competing in that market. Asombalonga went for 5m so that tells me enough.
    Let's not lose faith as there's been a massive improvement so far and losing on Saturday May be a blessing in disguise as it'll teach the squad that they can't rest on their laurels and they still have plenty of work to do before they can call themselves a good championship side.
    Overall I'm happy with the progress but not blinded with what needs to be done.
    Sean Williams is by far our best player from what I've seen this season and will not have to wait long to be a full international. Keep up the great work Sean, the rest will take care of it self.

    Like (13)
    Dislike (3)
    Reply
  • August 25, 2014 at 12:43
    Permalink

    Totally agree with Richie the Spud. Gregory should now be starting every game to get him experience and scoring at this level, otherwise its a wasted transfer purchase. He also needs to play alongside another experienced striker (Fuller as we have him) or someone bigger and experienced.

    Like (3)
    Dislike (2)
    Reply
    • August 25, 2014 at 13:30
      Permalink

      @ExShadwellmfc: Steve Morrison fits the bill, experienced, scores goals at this level and came from non league like Lee Gregory

      Like (7)
      Dislike (10)
      Reply
      • August 25, 2014 at 14:08
        Permalink

        @dpendet: didn't score much last season

        For the wages his going to want must be better option, we seem to be his back up plan

        Like (2)
        Dislike (0)
        Reply
  • August 25, 2014 at 13:01
    Permalink

    The Hoff would have come in handy until we got someone better, but shame about his delusions.

    Like (9)
    Dislike (2)
    Reply
  • August 25, 2014 at 13:28
    Permalink

    Williams: Millwall didn't create enough against Rotherham.shaun the fans aint blind mate.what you should have told us is why we didn't create anything.any ideas anyone .

    Like (1)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
    • August 25, 2014 at 13:39
      Permalink

      @Jim28: Don't think that we are creative. Should play Gueye from the off. Someone who runs at people causes trouble and then creates something until we get a ball playing midfielder and a goal scorer.

      Like (3)
      Dislike (0)
      Reply
  • August 25, 2014 at 13:30
    Permalink

    If we aren't going to pay decent money for a striker,which you have to,who is out there any suggestions?

    Like (3)
    Dislike (1)
    Reply
    • August 25, 2014 at 14:06
      Permalink

      @LETEMCOME: why not play Williams further forward & Gueye as the striker & Fred on the wing

      Like (2)
      Dislike (1)
      Reply
  • August 25, 2014 at 14:23
    Permalink

    sorry mate , maggie did not win a header when he came on so he is not a striker but could play off a target man which is not fuller i am afraid

    Like (2)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
  • August 25, 2014 at 14:40
    Permalink

    Give Gregs a run of games with Fuller to help him up top and Martin and Gueye on the wings. Gueye can drop in behind and get in the box like he did at sheff wed.

    Like (7)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
  • August 25, 2014 at 15:42
    Permalink

    We need more movement from our front men so as to make room for a killer pass,instead of this tippy tappy stuff we have been doing,one thing i noticed when martin beat his man the tried to beat the same man again and lost the ball,no one was moving into space close to him to give the option of crossing the ball or laying off then going for the return.
    If as IH says gregory is doing these fantastic runs then we have to start him,not bring him on as an impact sub.

    Like (7)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
  • August 25, 2014 at 15:45
    Permalink

    Dead right delboy maggie won nought in the air from forde or our mid-field,so why do they insist on playing that type of ball to him,IMO he needs balls to run on to.

    Like (0)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
  • August 25, 2014 at 16:02
    Permalink

    We agree we never created anywhere near enough chances on Saturday. Is that the fault the of the strikers ?
    If the strikers wasted chance after chance then I'd feel they are or were to blame.
    Alan Shearer in his prime playing for us Saturday wouldn't have had a single chance IMO.
    We move on , it was a bad day.

    Like (5)
    Dislike (1)
    Reply
    • August 25, 2014 at 18:46
      Permalink

      I agree with you in general Block but to be fair there was little movement from the forwards,which made there defender's job easy,i think shearer would have scored with the header fuller missed lol.
      I have never been happy with Wright being selected as i just can't see him doing the business in this div IMO.
      when Upson and Bailey are back things will be ok.
      Getting a strong striker is a must

      Like (9)
      Dislike (0)
      Reply
      • August 25, 2014 at 19:14
        Permalink

        @jim1222: Wright is league 1 at best. What do people see in him,he might do one good thing every ten games. Get shot.

        Like (7)
        Dislike (0)
        Reply
  • August 26, 2014 at 00:23
    Permalink

    Holloway will make changes for the visit of Southampton in the Capital One Cup.

    Full-back Justin Hoyte and midfielder Richard Chaplow are both fit after hamstring injuries and could be added to the squad while summer signing Lee Gregory is set for a start in attack.

    Youngsters Jack Powell, Aiden O'Brien, John Marquis, Fred Onyedinma and Jake Goodman 

    Like (0)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
    • August 26, 2014 at 00:33
      Permalink

      @Jim28: a lot of changes by olly.the saints will be at full strengh

      Like (1)
      Dislike (0)
      Reply
      • August 26, 2014 at 09:17
        Permalink

        @Jim28:Jim I thought they sold most of their players, haha.

        Like (1)
        Dislike (0)
        Reply
  • August 26, 2014 at 11:16
    Permalink

    McDonald does not distribute the ball well enough to play in the role he is now, he seems to get the ball and run in a circle. We need a more creative player to play the attacking mid role who will spread the ball not constantly run into trouble and lose it. Hopefully Upson when he is back.

    Like (0)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
  • August 26, 2014 at 14:31
    Permalink

    By playing fuller as a target man we played to Rotherham s strengths - they had 2 big men on him for the whole 84 minutes - the first half fuller chance demonstrates that. With big defenders the ball should be on the floor to more mobile players like Gregory gueye Martin and woolly.

    Thought shaun Williams and Carlos had good games Saturday with the rest below par

    Let's not get too down about it - it was one of those days

    Like (0)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *