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Five things we learned from Millwall 0-2 Southampton

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#1: Jack Powell is ready for more first-team action

Jack Powell's performance against Southampton has given Ian Holloway a decision to make.

Before yesterday's Capital One Cup tie, Powell was being considered for a loan move to the lower leagues to get him playing competitive first-team football.

But the 20-year-old didn't look out of place against a Premier League side and Holloway may now re-think his plans for the midfielder.

Powell's distribution was neat and tidy, and he looked composed on the ball.

Speaking during the summer, the youngster revealed his admiration for Shaun Williams' style of play and there were certainly comparisons to be drawn between the two players last night.

He was always willing to receive the ball and showed quick feet to navigate tight spaces in the centre of the park.

Powell lost possession on the edge of his own area moments before Southampton took the lead from a corner – but David Forde quickly apologised for giving him a dangerous pass.

Holloway revealed after the game that Powell spent pre-season bulking up in the gym and he certainly held his own against top-flight opposition.

Judging by last night's game, the Lions have a real talent on their hands – and one who could be ready for Championship football this season.

#2: Chaplow shows his potential against former club

This was Richard Chaplow's first competitive appearance since March – and it was arguably his best performance for Millwall since he joined the club last summer.

Chaplow's 2013-14 campaign was ended prematurely by an Achilles problem and his injury frustration continued when he tweaked a hamstring in the final friendly of pre-season.

But last night he looked fit, hungry and sharp. He gave Millwall an attacking impetus going forward with several driving runs through the heart of midfield.

The Lions have lacked penetration in central areas but Chaplow showed last night that he is capable of troubling defences with his direct approach and trickery.

The 29-year-old did plenty of tracking back too, winning the ball inside his own half and generally showing a determination to fight for every 50-50 ball.

Under Steve Lomas, the former Saints favourite struggled to make an impact when played out on the wing and his Den career has been hampered since then by injury concerns.

But Chaplow has proved that, when fit, he's a classy player – and one that Ian Holloway could certainly use this season.

#3: Williams' transition to centre back was seamless

Shaun Williams' performances have been one of the biggest pluses of Millwall's season so far.

Williams' style of play matches Holloway's philosophy perfectly and the Dubliner will probably be the first name on the teamsheet for Saturday's clash with Blackpool.

But having established himself as a midfield mainstay, Williams last night filled in at centre back, the position he played for over two years during his time at MK Dons.

And the 27-year-old was just impressive in the back four as he has been in the engine room.

Williams was still able to affect the game with his distribution from a deeper position and his simple passes ensured Millwall kept the ball under pressure.

His importance to the squad was also underlined by the fact that Holloway handed him the captaincy in Alan Dunne's absence.

It seems that wherever Williams plays, he finds a way of making himself stand out.

#4: David Forde mixes up his distribution

Millwall's goalkeeper has been asked by Holloway to mix up his distribution.

Forde is under instruction to alternate long punts up field with quick throws and short passes to a defender. And last night we saw both the pros and cons of this approach.

The 34-year-old's fast thinking created a golden chance for Magaye Gueye with the score at 0-0.

Spotting the forward in space, Forde lumped the ball 60 yards into his path, giving him a clear run on goal. Gueye wasted the opening but Forde's pass to him was phenomenal.

The Ireland star has already created one goal this season – against Fulham – by finding Lee Martin with a long ball over the top, and the same trick is bound to work again.

But the Lions are still adjusting to the short pass out from the back.

Forde was one step ahead of Jack Powell when he played the ball to his feet on the edge of Millwall's area. Southampton were able to nip in, win possession back and force a corner.

From the corner, Jack Cork headed home the opening goal.

Holloway said after the game: "Fordey's distribution was absolutely fantastic.

"People are shouting at me, 'what are you doing?!', but you've got to get used to it. He almost produced the best pass of the game [to Gueye] after we drew them onto us.

"There's a balance between rolling it out and playing it, so we're going to stick to that. We almost caught out a Premier League team with one pass.

"We wouldn't have created that chance if we'd kicked it out on the floor every time."

#5: This is what £12million for Shane Long gets you

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

17 thoughts on “Five things we learned from Millwall 0-2 Southampton

  • August 27, 2014 at 14:45
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    Last two games NO goals.Need a goalscorer.

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    • August 27, 2014 at 17:28
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      @malcolm03: agree mate, it's not rocket science!
      Any else think the five things we learned is rather boring? Maybe narrow it down 2 or 3?

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  • August 27, 2014 at 14:57
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    Powell Williams abdou. Looks a good midfield. I think IH will start with Gregory but I was impressed with aiden o'brien I think he could be a handful for defenders.

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    • August 27, 2014 at 17:53
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      @block 28: Abdou isn't getting much coverage here, but he was very good last night.

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  • August 27, 2014 at 15:06
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    5 shots at goal and only 2 on target in 90 mins. That's poor. I admire Marquis and parts of his game last night were great, but he has no end product. Whenever he got the ball, he either mis passed it and gave possession away, or he looked like a rabbit in headlights and had the ball taken away from him. Gregory must be angry that he has been a star at his old club, only to warm the bench here. Marquis may be good one day, but I feel he needs to move down a division to show that. Not good enough for us and certainly shouldn't be ahead of Gregory in the pecking order.

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    • August 27, 2014 at 19:10
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      @DavyLion:

      Admire marquis ? Why ? One day he will be good that's reassuring I think a five year contracts in order

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      • August 27, 2014 at 19:22
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        @Millwall1979:

        Agree with ya about him moving down divisions mate wasn't trying to be sarky some on here really believe he will make it but I am not so sure

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        • August 27, 2014 at 20:01
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          @Millwall1979: no worries matey, only banter! I reckon he will make it lower down. Not good enough at this level and like you, I don't think he ever will be.

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  • August 27, 2014 at 17:52
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    Williams couldn't win a header, I would hardly call that seamless. His passing was first-class however.

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  • August 27, 2014 at 17:54
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    Chaplow did play well enough, but when he got tired he kept falling over and trying to claim fouls. He needs to get match fit and stay on his feet. His quality is unquestionable.

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  • August 27, 2014 at 17:55
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    Forde's pass to Powell was a poor one, not much the bloke could do when he was so closely marked and the pass wasn't straight to feet. Forde should have known better.,

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    • August 27, 2014 at 18:30
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      @glyngo: But what about the pass over everyone to put Maggie through. A couple of weeks ago everyone was slating his lack of distribution it's got a lot better compared to before

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      • August 28, 2014 at 08:52
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        @mitchamscaff: Absolutely, his distribution generally was very good, but I was refering to the goal which came from a poor throw out by Forde.

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  • August 27, 2014 at 18:11
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    I was proper disappointed last night with the game last night.
    Good Points: Marquis looked like he wants to be back in the first team
    Youngsters looked like they have potential but need more experience. Maybe loan moves are required.
    Bad Points - we have CB Jake Goodman sitting on the bench and Williams who is the first name on the team sheet who creates so much in the midfield is wasted at the back. What is the point of that? Webster has been terrible every time I see him. I saw Goodman in several pre-seasons and thought his strength, pace and ability offers so much more. Him and Dunney would be my starting line up.
    We need to get Gregory scoring his first goal to get his confidence up.
    Overall we need to hope that Ollie doesn't start making mad changes to the squad that Palace fans talk about to be wary of.

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  • August 27, 2014 at 18:28
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    I'd rather the £12,000,000 please

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    • August 27, 2014 at 18:58
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      @mitchamscaff: you and me both mate.
      Best bit was it didnt fool anyone, both defenders kept tracking their players without even a flinch

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  • August 29, 2014 at 06:49
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    Not impressed with the dummy. Seen it before, and it didnt fool anyone

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