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Report: Millwall 0-2 Southampton

MILLWALL were defeated but not disgraced by Premier League Southampton as they bowed out of the Capital One Cup in the second round.

Second-half goals from Jack Cork and Graziano Pelle ensured the Saints progressed to the next stage of the competition.

But on a night when three academy products made their debuts, the Lions will not be too discouraged by the final score after a commendable effort against top-flight opponents.

With progression in the Championship firmly Millwall's priority this season, Ian Holloway made sweeping changes to his starting XI.

Only David Forde and Shaun Williams remained from that side that lost to Rotherham at the weekend, with Williams being handed the captain's armband in Alan Dunne's absence.

Into the team came Justin Hoyte, Byron Webster, Matthew Briggs, Jack Powell, Jimmy Abdou, Richard Chaplow, John Marquis and Magaye Gueye as Holloway made full use of his squad.

Millwall deployed a midfield diamond with Powell, making his full senior debut, shielding the back four, and Jermaine Easter pushed up behind a front two of Marquis and Gueye.

The Premier League side were quickest out of the blocks, with Graziano Pelle wasting two early chances.

In the third minute, the Italian striker lofted an unconvincing half-volley well wide of Forde's post after his initial effort had been blocked on the edge of the area.

And Pelle then glanced wide from Nathaniel Clyne's teasing cross.

After an uneasy start, the Lions grew in stature and began to see a lot of the ball, with Powell in particular impressing with his use of possession.

It was from the 20-year-old's corner that Webster flashed a dangerous header across the face of the Saints goal in the 21st minute.

Chaplow, lining up against his former club, then made a vital last-ditch block to snuff out James Ward-Prowse's drive as the sides exchanged chances.

Millwall should have broken the deadlock in the 35th minute when Gueye latched onto Forde's long punt forward, leaving him with a clear run on goal.

But the Frenchman, who opened his account against Sheffield Wednesday last week, pulled his shot wide with England goalkeeper Fraser Forster rooted to the spot.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman swapped Victor Wanyama for Cork at half-time and the substitute glanced in a left-wing corner with his first touch.

The opening goal sparked the Premier League side into life and Pelle headed against the post from Clyne's cross as they pushed for a quick-fire second.

On the hour mark, Clyne again burst forward from right back and this time pulled the ball back for Ward-Prowse, whose first-time curling effort zipped narrowly wide.

Pelle's back heel was cleared off the line by Gueye before Marquis' appeals for a penalty were dismissed by referee Dean Whitestone.

At the other end, the visitors' £9million striker Pelle went close again when he bent a shot wide from just outside the area in the 76th minute.

Holloway then introduced midfielder Ben Thompson from the bench, taking the total of Lions debutants to three.

Williams tested Forster with a long-range drive before Pelle finally got on the scoresheet, drilling a low shot under Forde after Davis's marauding run forward.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

46 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 0-2 Southampton

  • August 26, 2014 at 22:12
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    Still baffled as to why Gregory didn't play.

    But as I said in the previous post, I would play Powell on Saturday, he deserves it. To be fair Hoyte looked fairly decent and Williams was impeccable as usual.

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    • August 26, 2014 at 22:48
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      @Dazi: agree with everything except for Hoyte... He looked tactically inept at the back, his distribution was shocking and his apparent lack of fitness meant Maggy had to track back for him more than once because he was caught out of position. I'm not surprised we can't off load him he's shocking, in my eyes young Safia should be second right back behind Edwards for the remainder of the season.. Other than that strong performance tonight, I like the look of the youth coming through

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      • August 26, 2014 at 23:13
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        @taz1987: agree completely. Can't say I thought much if Hoyte tonight. Was caught out if position too often.

        Other than that it wasn't a bad performance, but we still lack the creativity to score goals.

        Would and should have been perfect for Gregory tonight. IH must be saving him for Saturday.

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    • August 27, 2014 at 01:23
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      @Dazi: Sorry Dazi but Hoyte was awful. He had a poor 1st touch, kept giving it away in the 2nd half many times, put in maybe 1 decent cross. You could see him in space but his team like a lot of us fans lost faith in him and couldn't trust him with the ball, without it he was labouring back into position more often than not and seemed to be blowing out his a*** in the last 15 mins especially. For a player doing 8 months of fitness training just not good enough as for the rest of the youngsters I think they did themselves proud in particular Marquis and Powell, Fxck knows why Gregory didn't start. Briggs looked very good 1st half very good going forward just needs that final pass and he'll be the full article and it was nice to see Chaplow he was very energetic. O well onwards and upwards roll on Blackpool 3 points please and back to winning ways. NOLU WDC!

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  • August 26, 2014 at 22:14
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    No disgrace in not winning just a bit of a waste to leave Gregory on the bench! Not much point buying a goal scorer to leave him watching guys up front who have scored less goals all of their career than he tucked away in one season last year!

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  • August 26, 2014 at 22:21
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    wasted chance to give gregory a run out

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  • August 26, 2014 at 22:25
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    The way Gregory is being treated he must have run over Ollies dog or got caught with his missus. A goal scorer needs game time to sharpen his reactions and timing and he is not getting that, I would imagine his confidence is draining fast.

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  • August 26, 2014 at 22:25
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    Why no Gregs?

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  • August 26, 2014 at 22:26
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    Ollie thinks gregs is a bakers.

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  • August 26, 2014 at 22:27
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    #FreeGregory2014

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  • August 26, 2014 at 22:35
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    Williams and Powell are class, Jimmy was cool and never gave the ball away, Chaplow tried hard, but the rest..????????
    Not sure who or what Briggs thinks he is, but he isn't Championship quality, Webster did OK, Hoyte, average, Easter gave his all but no end product, Marquis is Lge 1 or 2 at best, and like others, not sure why Gregory didn't get a run. As has been said many times before, WE NEED A STRIKER who knows what type of runs to make and give the midfield someone to pass to. Maggy needs time I think, but I don't know what his best position is, and I'm not sure Holloway does either. Still, bring on Blackpool and bang a couple in.

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    • August 26, 2014 at 23:04
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      @beedoscores: Agree mate, 5 thing I learnt from tonight;

      1) Williams is absolute class
      2) Jack Powell has a bright future ahead. Ran the game until he understandably tired. Josh Wright has surely played his last game with Powell, Bailey, Upson , Williams, Jimmy and Chaplow all ahead of him IMO.
      3) Jimmy is in the form of his life - even his passing impressed tonight
      4) Webster, Chaplow and Maggy (even tho he was poor tonight) will have a part to play this year. Marquis is not good enough even though he tries his b******* off. Briggs is not as good as he thinks he is.
      5) WE NEED A STRIKER (AT LEAST 1!!!)

      PS Heard tonight there are two players at least coming in this week, one is French and the other's not. Let's hope it's a striker!!!!

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      • August 27, 2014 at 00:38
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        @adsy77777
        We signed an 18 year old french lad tonight a mid-fielder.
        Hope you are right a signig two though must have a proper striker.

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        • August 27, 2014 at 13:58
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          @jim1222: Thats all we need yet another midfielder, we have a team full of them. He may be one for the future but at 18 that is along time away. Where are our goals going to come from. At this rate I can see Woolford being top scorer with 5.

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  • August 26, 2014 at 22:36
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    Also, Forde's distribution was a joke, what has been practicing for f.u.c.k.s sake.

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  • August 26, 2014 at 22:46
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    As regards to the absence of Gregory on the pitch, if I was J.B. I would be saying to Ollie what the f***s going on. I know Ollie makes the team decisions but J.B. is the bank manager.

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  • August 26, 2014 at 22:51
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    Very proud of our young lions tonight. Thought they gave a very good account of themselves against a premier league side, that said they were taking the game very seriously before the game.

    I think everybody was a little surprised not to see Gregory get a game tonight - bit of a missed opportunity, considering we want him to start scoring... BUT, the fact he didn't choose him - could be an indication that Ollie just used this game as a youth team experiment and wasn't too bothered about progressing into the next round. Priority is the league after all - maybe Gregory will end up starting on Saturday.... In some ways I think it's better to start Gregory or Easter - and use Fuller as an impact sub... worked against Sheffield (just about!)....
    Anyway, onwards and upwards- most of our 1st team will be well rested for the blackpool game - and we are LONG overdue an big win...
    Got to start killing off games and making our chances count... COYL!!!

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    • August 26, 2014 at 22:58
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      @Luke ColdBlow10: If Ollie is thinking of playing him Saturday why have him on the bench. Seeing he didnt get on.

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      • August 26, 2014 at 23:13
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        @taz1987: @potty1: It's a mystery to me mate, but the only reason I can think of is that he saw the way the game was going and didn't think it was worth the risk bringing him on...? I would've liked to see him play tonight too...
        Bit like the decision to bring Martin off early on Saturday - beats me! Thought he was the most creative player on the pitch....
        Ollie has his reasons - we can only speculate.......

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  • August 26, 2014 at 22:59
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    Unlucky boys have to agree with Beedo on most his points.
    Loads of talk about Fred but for me jack Powell is a class act he was fantastic tonight and my motm.
    Jimmy was superb and has to start on Saturday his distribution was bang on he was always looking for the ball and rarely gave it away. Ford pulled off some cracking saves and his distribution in the first half was top drawer but unfortunately he gave the first goal away and seemed to lose faith after that with some woeful kicks.
    Like Beedo has said Briggs is toilet absolute no idea. Chaplin grew into the game after a slow start. Have to say marquis done ok tonight he held the ball up well. Don't like easter and no change there tonight. Guaye not sure yet, what a miss. Hot not bad for 1st game in a yr. Webster better than against Wycombe. At times our passing was really good but to be fair we were always going to lose it was a game where we needed to score first and as we already know we have no striker to stick the ball in the net, sorry, we have got one apparently but no one knows where he was tonight. My moan for tonight was having no experience on the bench as that's what was needed to protect the kids towards end of the game. All in all a good performance and in jack Powell we really have a gem on our hands.

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    • August 26, 2014 at 23:20
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      @lukesmithmfc: fair points well made. And I agree with your opinion of Powell and jimmy.

      Also think Williams is a class above and looks to be a very very good signing.

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    • August 26, 2014 at 23:31
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      @lukesmithmfc: I have to agree with a lot you said. Heard about Briggs on here and saw him for the first time tonight; not overly impressed. Hoyte = pants. I thought Powell, Chaplow and Jimmy ran the midfield first half, with Easter making good runs. I may get slaughtered for saying this, but to me Marquis looked a different player, good touch on the whole and useful flicks, seemed to have a bit more awareness. Still not in the box enough for my liking. But with the youngsters coming through, many more reasons to be cheerful than downbeat after seeing that game tonight.

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      • August 27, 2014 at 00:00
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        @the ref: totally agree about Marquis. Best performance in a Millwall shirt.

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        • August 27, 2014 at 12:31
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          @glyngo: ddidn't score ..or did you miss that lol

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          • August 27, 2014 at 15:22
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            @Jim28: and you are suprised he didnt score jim? None of our strikers score mate lol. Im just suprised he was played!

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  • August 26, 2014 at 23:15
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    This maguye is getting a good press on here, hope im wrong but he doesnt look anywhere near good enough to me .

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    • August 26, 2014 at 23:58
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      Apparently he's not match fit yet,He's a powerful lad and looks promising going forward i think he will be a handful once he's fit.

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      • August 27, 2014 at 01:32
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        @Eightieswall: Once Maggie gets his fitness up to stamp I think he'll be one of our best players same goes for Powell every time he touched the ball you are waiting for something special both are very gifted players.

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  • August 26, 2014 at 23:41
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    Two of our best players this evening were Powell and Marquis, can't understand what people have against Marquis' performance tonight. He battled hard and held the ball up, won most of his headers and interplay ed well with the midfield. I really think he earn his place as Fuller's understudy.

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    • August 26, 2014 at 23:42
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      @glyngo: Chaplow did well but seems very lightweight in a challenge. I think he is carrying some mental baggage and needs to get rid if he wants a place in the first team.

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    • August 26, 2014 at 23:54
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      Glyngo,Marquis spent most of the game getting up off the floor,He's a weakling that gets knocked about like a rag doll, His touch has improved but that's about it. Cant be good for Gregory's confidence when Marquis gets the nod before him.

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      • August 26, 2014 at 23:58
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        @Eightieswall: I've got to disagree on Marquis, I thought he held his own and was getting fouled regularly. I was also impressed with his passing ability which has also improved along with his touch. He has stepped up a gear.

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        • August 27, 2014 at 00:05
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          I agree that there is a slight improvement, but most footballers can pass a ball and have a decent touch from an early age.It's a worry if he has only just learned to pass and lay a ball off.

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        • August 27, 2014 at 00:32
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          @glyngo
          I cannot agree with you about marquis,i thought a striker to score goals has to get in and around the box,you say he was fouled a lot ,i thought he lost the ball easily,also you say he deserves to be fuller's understudy,to be fuller's understudy is no recomendation in my book.
          AS an earlier post said div 1 player at best.

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  • August 26, 2014 at 23:42
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    Welcome back Mr Chaplow. Had a great first half. F uck right off Mr Hoyte. Shocking player, rapidly going down as one of the worst ever players to don our great shirt. Really impressed with the composure shown by young Powell too. With Fred and O'brian we have a good young crop coming through at long last. Not too fussed by tonight's result considering our second string pretty much played there best 11 thought we did alright!! Up the wall!!!!

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  • August 26, 2014 at 23:56
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    Southampton boss Ronald Koeman: "It was two different 45 minutes. After the first I was unhappy. Millwall were fantastic, but we were sloppy.

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  • August 27, 2014 at 00:34
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    Think a lot of rubbish has been spouted on here about the brave young Lions etc etc---Fact is they should not have been put in that position. Southampton were beatable tonight and for a club whose Chairman moans about poor crowds and lack of resources we weren't professional enough to pick a team that had a chance of winning. Holloway has got away with playing the Millwall paying customers around tonight by picking such a young and inexperienced team, He has also produced 2 home losses on the run. He is getting away with it because no one is asking him any serious questions. With all these players rested we better be great against Blackpool but I expect he will have another excuse. With any of his teams he cares to pick we lack goals. Lets hope he does something about that. It would have been nice to go to the Chairman with another tie in the Cap One Cup in his back pocket

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    • August 27, 2014 at 00:45
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      @lioncall
      We are never going to score the goal's we need with the like's of easter and marquis,i could not understand why ollie gave both these player's 1 year extention's to their contract's,but then he run's the club and i dont.

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      • August 27, 2014 at 01:43
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        @jim1222: just got in.feel gutted for the lads but they can hold there heads up high.this was a prem side & the kids made them look s***..so i'am not gonna have a pop at any of them.i am proud of them.

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    • August 27, 2014 at 03:28
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      @lioncall: good call, normally everyone moans about the premiership teams putting out weaken sides. This was on paper one of the best draws Millwall could have got. Southampton did the decent thing and took the tie serious and played a very strong team. Holloway at no time did.

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  • August 27, 2014 at 03:33
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    @lioncall: good call, normally everyone moans about the premiership teams putting out weaken sides. This was on paper one of the best draws Millwall could have got. Southampton did the decent thing and took the tie serious and played a very strong team. Holloway at no time did take this tie serious. It's as if he gave up on winning before a ball was kicked.

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  • August 27, 2014 at 07:45
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    how could ollie put out the first team after saying they were tired. good to blood the kids and some of the seniors who dont get near the first team like hoyte and marquis,

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  • August 27, 2014 at 08:54
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    I thought we did OK, not at all disappointed with the result, love the way Ollie has got the whole squad playing some decent football, effectively our second team gave a strong Premiership squad a good match. They have very expensive quality all over the pitch, their first touch was fantastic, which gave them a little more time but with nine changes a lot of youth on show I really think our future is bright. I also think Ollie was right to field that team, the first team squad gets a rest, all last year we were calling for the youngsters to be given a chance, and he has. Our priority this year is mid table security so that towards the end of the season we can see more of the Academy players which with another end of season sort out hopefully will give us a springboard for a real push next year. Considering our budget, on last night’s showing, I really do think we are on the right lines.

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  • August 27, 2014 at 09:10
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    Its nice to see the kids take part and give them a chance and rest the first team,Its a cup we are not going to win so Ollie put out some of the youth players and some of the fringe players he gave them the chance to prove them selfs and a lot on here still moan that we are no good,ok its nice to have a cup run but they some times get in the way and we end up with injuries,i want Ollie to think more about the league then a cup we are not going to win. Lets see what we can do Saturday against Blackpool.

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    • August 27, 2014 at 10:12
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      @colin66: Lets not forget that in the first half and up till the first goal, we actually played a good brand of football and competed with that Prem league team. I actually thought the performance was very good, all things considered. Regarding MArquis, he aint the only striker not scoring at our club, but the Hoff anf fuller haven't scored a hatfull either but they had a positive impact by being the target, holding the ball up and bringing other players into the game.

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  • August 27, 2014 at 09:54
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    I went last night mainly because I wanted to see how some of our kids got on against a Premiership side. Generally I thought they did well, got bullied a little by Southampton, but that was to be expected.
    Was also good to see Chaplow playing. Thought he looked sloppy to start with, but defo grew into the game. I really hope he can get back to the form he had when he 1st came to us.
    Briggs made a great run in the 1st half then makes a rash challenge which results in a yellow card. He needs to mature quickly if he wants a future in this game.
    Not sure what to make of Marquis. Thought he worked his socks of, but never looked like scoring.
    He's the kind of player who needs to be playing alongside an experienced pro, but don't see him being given that opportunity.
    Hopefully we won't see Hoyte in a Millwall shirt again.
    In terms of their goals, thought we contributed to own own downfall last night.
    Can't make Sat, but hope we can do a job on Blackpool.

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