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Woolford: Avoiding the drop is still Millwall's top priority

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MILLWALL'S players will not get carried away after their promising start to the new season, according to winger Martyn Woolford.

The Lions claimed ten points from their first five Championship games, beating Leeds United, Fulham and Blackpool in the opening month of the season.

But Woolford insists the club's first priority this season is to avoid another relegation battle.

He said: "It is still early doors and we're still looking at it one game at a time.

"First and foremost, we need to make sure that we've got enough points on the board to be well away from the relegation zone like where we were last season.

"The earlier we can get them on the board, the sooner we can start looking up to the other end of the table.

"It is too early to be saying we're going to be doing this and that, we just need to concentrate and learn from our mistakes – even when we've won a game.

"We need to make sure we pick the bones out of things and keep learning all the time."

Woolford praised the maturity of midfielder Jack Powell after his impressive league debut in the 2-1 triumph over Blackpool last weekend.

"Jack is a great lad and I'm over the moon that he's come into the team and done so well," Woolford said.

"He has looked great in training for a while and he is very down to earth and works hard.

"He's so laid back that I don't think he's been too nervous about it.

"He's just taken it in his stride and I'm sure he’ll be around the squad for a while now.

"On the ball he was brilliant and he kept his composure, just like he did last week against Southampton. Fair play to the manager as well for giving him his chance.

"The manager is trying to implement the same things to the youngsters that he's teaching us.

"He is very keen that everyone knows the system and, if they do get their chance, then they come in and know what they're doing."

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41 thoughts on “Woolford: Avoiding the drop is still Millwall's top priority

  • September 3, 2014 at 14:45
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    Yep, that's what we have to do. Avoid the drop. ( should keep the PPs happy for a while, LOL. ). NOLU, WDC.

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    • September 3, 2014 at 15:06
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      @BUSHWACKER14: Just replied to you on the deadline day post!! I want the Lions to finish as high up this season as possible, as long as it's an improvement on last season then that's a good start..... we ALL want Millwall to do the best they can, don't they Bushwacker??

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      • September 3, 2014 at 15:43
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        @Bradders: very sensible approach from wooly another 7 points in September would be nice.

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  • September 3, 2014 at 14:48
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    Quite right, lets get to 54 points and then look forward. I think we will know where we are come the end of September.

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    • September 3, 2014 at 15:07
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      @hernebaylion: Maybe I am being pessimistic but I would prefer to wait until Xmas to see where we are. I haven't forgotten the season we had Wood on loan when we were in the top 6 until then but still struggled to avoid relegation up to the final Saturday.

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      • September 3, 2014 at 21:36
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        @denslions: No your not but the point I am making is that we have away games at Ipswich and Reading then home to Forrest, all good indicators as to how well (or not) we have moved forward.

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  • September 3, 2014 at 15:03
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    WOW thats ambition for you! Sitting 5th in the table and were talking about avoiding relagation.

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    • September 3, 2014 at 15:20
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      @the verminhater: I think he's being realistic! We haven't played any real quality yet, and the team are struggling to employ ollies tactics. The next 3 games will speak volumes

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      • September 3, 2014 at 15:51
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        @Geoff the lion: spot on.ipswich & reading are not pushovers.but feel we can get 4pts from the 2 games..forest at home is a huge game we will need a bumper millwall crowd to get bebind the lads.

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        • September 4, 2014 at 08:31
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          @Jim28: jim i see you agree with geoff the lion on this thread,also block 28 agrees with it to,but bushwacker think's it should keep the powder puff's quiet for a while.
          does this mean you and block28 have joined our the rank's of the powder puff's,because bushwacker think's so.
          wecome aboard fellow powder puffs.
          signed powder puff one LOL
          ps are you now powder puff 2,3,or4

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          • September 4, 2014 at 10:36
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            @jim1222: well done 1222! it seems at last you getting some 'good humor' into your post. ( keep it up mate ), one of the lads might buy you a drink soon. ( sorry won't be me ). NOLU, WDC .

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          • September 4, 2014 at 12:32
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            @jim1222: the powder puffs are really the new f troop, we are just trying to be politically correct lol

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    • September 3, 2014 at 19:35
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      @the verminhater:

      I remember the season we were top at Xmas ....got done 6-0 by sunderland or norwich ...got relegated that year

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  • September 3, 2014 at 15:47
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    totally agreed Geoff - if recent history is anything to go by, then not being in a relegation dogfight will be an improvement....
    Let's not get carried away, yes a great start to the season - 2 points per game average - promotion form - BUT this is a work in progress - so patience is needed and a small dose of reality!
    Let's not look at the table until November at the earliest!

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  • September 3, 2014 at 15:48
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    Keep the faith guys,this will be good season for us,COYL!!!

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  • September 3, 2014 at 15:48
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    Keep the faith guys,this will be good season for us,COYL

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  • September 3, 2014 at 16:37
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    Wooly keep the good work up.plus its good to hear a seasoned pro singing the praises of the young players..

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    • September 4, 2014 at 12:33
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      @Jim28: agreed jim, do we detect team spirit in the wall changing room!

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  • September 3, 2014 at 17:01
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    Woolford is spot on here , you need to put into the pops mind the following:

    Millwall next, don't fancy that.

    That's what made us go 59 games unbeaten at home in the past.

    Skilful yet uncompromising COYL.

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  • September 3, 2014 at 17:01
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    Sorry for pops read oppo

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  • September 3, 2014 at 18:14
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    The encouraging news is that only ONE team from a huge sample of 75+ teams in the last 15 seasons has been relegated after gaining 10+ points in their first five games. So at the moment all looks rosy on that score!

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  • September 3, 2014 at 18:23
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    What's everyone talking about? In my eyes anything less that promotion and this season is a failure..

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    • September 3, 2014 at 18:30
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      @seanmfc: I disagree. Failure would be relegation, otherwise 21 clubs who dont get promoted are all failures in your reckoning.

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    • September 3, 2014 at 19:01
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      @seanmfc: Promotion isn't the goal it's winning the league with five games to go! Lol

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    • September 3, 2014 at 19:04
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      @seanmfc:like your style....top man.

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    • September 4, 2014 at 12:38
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      @seanmfc: one step at a time Sean. Bookies had us odds on to go down, so a mid table and flirting with the play offs would be a great result for a team with so many new players, different tactics to learn, in a very strong league. If the mental one pulls that off, then next season will be the time we challenge

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  • September 3, 2014 at 18:33
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    @SEANMFC: LOL

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  • September 3, 2014 at 19:03
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    Who said we lack ambition, didn't we put a bid in for Danny Welbeck!

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  • September 3, 2014 at 19:06
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    Or was that Danny Dyre?! Someone anyway who's not played in ages.

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  • September 3, 2014 at 20:45
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    Rumour has it, a big investor is going to invest heavily in the club attracting big player signings names like Defoe Benzema
    That's when I win lottery Friday guys so there is hope

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  • September 3, 2014 at 20:48
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    sensible by Wooly, lets just focus on pickin up all.the points we can. COYL!!

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  • September 3, 2014 at 20:53
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    Hang on a minute f*** sensible I've got a tenner on wall to get promoted.

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    • September 4, 2014 at 12:39
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      @block 28: a tenner! You tight git lol

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  • September 3, 2014 at 21:10
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    Off topic if u remember Malcolm Allen there's a documentary on sc4 tomorrow at 9.30

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    • September 3, 2014 at 22:28
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      @block 28: saw this earlier on the club site it's on S4c tomorrow night in welsh with English subtitles. Have sky pulsed it. Can't see me doing that again Always one of personal favourite players part of a great team at the time wish him well with all his demons always gave his best for the Lions

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  • September 3, 2014 at 21:10
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    On another note any chance we could have some more adverts on this site, there's still far too much room for content it worries me!

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  • September 4, 2014 at 03:12
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    Concentrate every minute of every game, stick to the team rules and structures and the rest will take care of itself. When the going gets hard, look to the stands and the millwall army will bring you home!

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    • September 4, 2014 at 12:40
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      @grassgrower: mate, that was a f####n emotional post

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  • September 4, 2014 at 08:40
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    This just show,the realistic view within the team,so lets not start knocking the team or get down hearted if thing's do go a bit wrong,one game at a time is the way we should be looking at this sensible post ,not as bushwacker says it's one to keep us powder puffs happy.
    So jim28 and block 28 what's it like to be a pair of fully fledged powder puff's

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