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Millwall boss: Powell in contention to face Southampton

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JACK Powell could be handed his first Millwall start as Ian Holloway prepares to put faith in youth against Southampton in the Capital One Cup tonight.

The Lions manager is expected to make several changes to his starting XI for the visit of the Premier League side to The Den – and may select a number of the club's rising stars.

Most likely to feature is midfielder Jack Powell, who made his senior bow against Wycombe Wanderers in the first round of the competition, coming on as a second-half sub.

Holloway said: "Jack has been outstanding in the last two games for the U21s. We won both of those and that's without Fred Onyedinma, Aiden O'Brien or John Marquis playing.

"They beat Charlton on Friday – it was a bit feisty and for them it is all about winning, but for me it's about them playing my style of football.

"Well now they're going to get their chance because Powelly has been exceptional in the last two matches.

"I think he could be a Premier League midfielder one day with his passing.

"He has got a long way to go before he's as good as that but the free kick he scored against Charlton was absolutely brilliant."

After praising the 20-year-old, Holloway revealed that Powell had been in his bad books not long ago.

"I told him to have a rest and he thought playing golf was having a rest," said the Lions boss.

"I mentioned to him: 'don't play golf'. And who saw him? I did. What was I doing? Walking my dogs with my wife. And what was he doing? Playing golf.

"His reaction to that was playing brilliantly in the last two games. Sometimes you don't have to fine people, do you?"

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

17 thoughts on “Millwall boss: Powell in contention to face Southampton

  • August 26, 2014 at 07:20
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    He does Look Good in the Few Times we have seen Him.....................
    [ Good Luck if you need it, Mate ! ]
    NOLU, WDC.

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  • August 26, 2014 at 07:43
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    give all the fringe players a game so that our tired players can get a well earned rest after what they served up on saturday that way there is no excuse against Blackpool

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  • August 26, 2014 at 08:27
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    I think tonight's game would be a perfect opportunity to play the likes of Fred ,O'brien
    And off course Powell.
    Also gives Gregory the chance to shine

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  • August 26, 2014 at 08:33
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    Good luck to jack and all the other young lions playing tonight.COYL!!!

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  • August 26, 2014 at 08:33
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    Good luck to jack and all the other young lions playing tonight.COYL!!

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  • August 26, 2014 at 08:34
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    Good luck to jack and all the other young lions playing tonight.COYL...

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    • August 26, 2014 at 09:34
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      @333lions: good luck to Jack and all of the young lions playing tonight. : ( LOL, only joking 333lions ).

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  • August 26, 2014 at 09:12
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    I agree seen him a couple of times and he looked a good player. Against Wycombe when down to ten he really took the game to them allowing us to see the game out.

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  • August 26, 2014 at 10:41
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    By all means start to blood the youngsters and give the fringe players a run out, but we still need a decent front man before the window close's, Fuller is not the answer, we got him 2 years late, and on Saturday I thought it showed, but it seems that tonights game is being used as a trial for some of these players and I wish them well tonight.
    But we were musculed out of the game an awful lot on Saturday which for a Millwall side is unusual at home, I know that the ref really did need his eyes tested and both linesmen were also poor, but these are the games we should not be losing (maybe not winning but not losing) .

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  • August 26, 2014 at 10:50
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    I welcome this move in giving our youngster's experience of this kind.
    One thing that i worry about is IH saying it's all about winning for these youngster's and they can be a bit feisty and IH wants them to play his style of football,what we have to be careful of, is putting to many tactic's in their head's and taking that feisty side of their game away from them,against rotherham we were sterile in as much as we pushed the ball around ok,but we had no one putting them self about making their defender's hurry and make mistakes.
    IH please be careful not to train the fire out of these youngster,s.
    My post is not being critical OF IH,but an observation,after all being feisty as IH put's it is part of the MILLWALL way.

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  • August 26, 2014 at 10:57
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    Congratulation,s to the under 16s on winning the MAYO international cup in Ireland,the infrastructure of our club is looking good,so well done to player's and coache's on winning.

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  • August 26, 2014 at 10:57
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    Fatigue tired to many games should never appear in anymore after press releases
    Winning style and Millwall never say die and run your self into the ground is what us wall supporters want nothing less so make sure wall from JB down to the mascots you know what's expected

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  • August 26, 2014 at 10:58
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    GREGORY on for the full game FFS, let's get it in to him a lot quicker not with long lump ups,little threaded passes, diagonals, let's get him on the shoulder of their last defender,cos watching him play and the vidio's of his Halifax days that's what he's about,

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  • August 26, 2014 at 11:04
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    Play all the kids Ollie

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  • August 26, 2014 at 11:13
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    @JIM 1222': yeah agree with your comments. What I would say though JIM is I think Ollie now realises josh wright is not the answer in midfield,cos he was the first to come off,not a ball winner,not strong enough. When fit BAILEY will be in there with UPSON, two far better options. I think he made a mistake leaving JIMMY out, he only played 60mins at Sheffield we'd.but there's 3 players that are better than what we had in our midfield on Saturday and I'm sure he knows that now if he didn't before.

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  • August 26, 2014 at 12:52
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    Best of luck Jack - looked like a useful player on the few occasions I've seen him play.. Hoping all of our youngsters can grab this game by the scruff of the neck and impress tonight - sounds like it might be a bit of a youth team experiment for both sides.
    Strange game from a fans perspective... Even though we're playing a premiership side - I can see our attendance being poor tonight - with the trains f**ked and it being a Tuesday night with a home game on the weekend... Heard they might close the dockers stand as well?? True?
    On the plus side - it's cheap like the budgie and should be a cracking game of football as pretty much every player on the pitch will be fresh and have a point to prove. High scoring draw with penalties perhaps!??
    Anyone heard how many tickets sold / predicted attendance??

    I predict 2-2 after 90mins... (Jack, Fred)... 3-3 after 120mins.....(Alfie)....and 5-3 win on penalties - Denzel making 2 game winning saves.... Easy money! Bookies here I come! 😛 COYL!

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  • August 26, 2014 at 14:41
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    Jack looked class in the Everton FA Youth Cup game last year as did Fred and Sid.

    If they're good enough they're old enough

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