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Holloway: Millwall defender didn't deserve to be taken off

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BYRON Webster was disappointed that his first league start for Millwall lasted only 26 minutes but Ian Holloway said the defender took his substitution in a "fantastic spirit".

Webster, who was taken off before the half-hour mark during Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Reading, was on a yellow card after giving away a penalty.

But Holloway said he had to sacrifice the former Yeovil Town centre back in order to correct his own tactical error. Martyn Woolford replaced Webster.

Holloway explained: "I was at fault for the start – I gave Reading too much credit.

"I played Alan Dunne at right back and Carlos Edwards on the wing to stop Jordan Obita, so poor Byron Webster had to come off because I needed another attacker on.

"I wanted to rest some players and give some others a chance. Webby didn't deserve to come off, it was a tactical situation and he took it in fantastic spirit.

"He's bound to be disappointed. He went up to try and score us a goal from a corner and the two people who were left back to defend didn't. So it wasn't his fault.

"But I wanted to put my captain back in central defence and bring Carlos back in, and go with the ones who've been playing regularly.

"Mark Beevers better watch out because if I move Dunne to the other side, Webby might have a chance to play there as well. It's all about competition."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

46 thoughts on “Holloway: Millwall defender didn't deserve to be taken off

  • September 17, 2014 at 17:30
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    You don't half talk b******* Ollie.

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    • September 17, 2014 at 17:37
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      @Sealion: I agree, he's p****** me off now.

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      • September 17, 2014 at 18:56
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        @foxy: i've read the live match article .and these headlines were taken as olly came of the pitch.at that point like us he's a bit p***** of.he will answer all stupid questions put to him by aldo....i suppose aldo will go on the defensive now.

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        • September 17, 2014 at 22:07
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          @Jim28: did you mean "OFF the pitch" jim? It's just that "OF the pitch" doesn't make sense.

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          • September 17, 2014 at 23:44
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            @benzo: who gives a s***

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        • September 17, 2014 at 23:11
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          @Jim28: your right mate just getting f@@ked of with the same old s*** jim.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 17:40
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    Leave out Beevers, put Dunne over the other side, Ollie is having a laugh.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 17:51
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    Leave out Dunne completely. He's not the best right back in this division by a long, long way and nowhere near good enough to play at centre half. A squad player who should have been made club captain and not team captain.
    I think it's time to decide who the best team are and stick with it. Oh, and in my humble opinion, there should be two up front.

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    • September 17, 2014 at 18:00
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      @NICKOLA: You are spot on - Pick your best team and stick with it - whoever we are playing.
      And we should play TWO upfront - anything other is negative if you ask me.
      That is why IH is so p****d off today because his wrong selection put the team two down and left a lot to do.

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    • September 17, 2014 at 18:26
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      @NICKOLA: Nickola I was there last night and although I have beena Dunney fan in the past he looked like a liability at right back just jumping in.
      In my opinion Webster looks well out of his depth and for someone that tall he doesn't win many headers.
      Watched the link for the u21s and Goodman looked to be playing well along side Shittu , think we should give him a try with Beevers ?

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      • September 17, 2014 at 18:41
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        @millwallpete: the mental one must be the only one who thinks dunny is a RB.i also was there & saw the link.and your spot on.forest have a big african up front so jake or (i know i'am gonna kick myself for this).shittu

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        • September 17, 2014 at 20:54
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          @Jim28: Jim I don't think Shittu will play in first team again and we need pace at the back and he is too slow that speed cost us last night so we need to have players that can keep up with play.

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        • September 17, 2014 at 20:56
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          @Jim28: Jim I don't think Shittu will play in first team again and we need pace at the back , he is too slow that speed cost us last night so we need to have players that can keep up with play.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 18:02
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    Just play your best team with players in the correct position and stick with it so they can gel. Then let other teams worry about us ffs.

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    • September 17, 2014 at 18:16
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      @LETEMCOME: i for one am not blaming any player(shock i know).if it were'nt for the mental one pouncing about we would have won..congats to beever( cb).for being our top scorer

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      • September 17, 2014 at 18:22
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        @Jim28: Your right Jim IH needs to identify who his best team is then if it goes tits up the players can take some blame but in saying that surley the strikers should take some blame for being so poor.

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        • September 17, 2014 at 18:28
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          @LETEMCOME: well if you have 18 shots & 9 on target some d ick aint doing there job

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  • September 17, 2014 at 18:16
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    Didn't Gueye say he was a forward?

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    • September 17, 2014 at 18:24
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      @Dazi: probably why he's on the bench so much.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 18:52
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    Firstly you got to give the team credit in getting bk into the game last season we would of lost by a lot more. But holloway has cocked it up twice in a row. Don't over think your opponents so much stick to your best team. If u no it that is

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      • September 17, 2014 at 19:03
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        @block 28:the picture above has got webster with his hands up saying Dont Shoot

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  • September 17, 2014 at 19:02
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    What a load of B***ocks, First on Saturday he says he should not have taken off Jack now Webster??? How the f**k are we supposed to trust this mug when now results are on a mare he comes out with all this sh**e, keep it to yourself pal its bad enough losing without listening to your total nonsense afterwards.
    If Lomas had of come out with the crap he's come out with there would uproar.

    SHUT UP OLLIE AND JUST WIN GAMES, BECAUSE WITH THIS SQUAD AND ALL YOUR MOUTH WE SHOULD BE DOING BETTER.

    Rant over

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  • September 17, 2014 at 19:34
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    That makes two wrong starting line ups in two games. Its not the team performance you want to look at Ollie, its yours son! Talk is cheap Ollie and right now you have too much of it! Get it sorted and stop chatting s***!

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  • September 17, 2014 at 19:59
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    Forget the players egos and concentrate on getting the job done. Just a thought.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 21:18
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    I think the coaching staff are trying to be too clever instead of keeping it simple, and i get the feeling this is confusing the players as well. We've got no strikers, no defense, and 10 in midfield moving up and down the pitch like a swarm of bees.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 21:51
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    This time last year we were in same boat.No plan B,s@@t up front,Dodgy back four.Exactly what did we do last year?we brought in midfielders.
    Who under the last manager knew our best team(if youre ginger and west ham put youre hand down)
    we all know our weaknesses.Then we come on to the topic of money.We paid money for mr gregory,was this a tactical ploy from ollie to save maintenance costs.
    I didnt make it to the game last night but watched live on an internet feed,Apart from a silly 20 mins in first half i thought we by far the better team.Fuller winning the ball in the air,but no one running on to the ball.
    all in all were getting there but need at least a defender who can tackle,not go in with 2 feet and totally miss the ball
    some one to feed off of Fuller.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 21:53
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    Murray was mugging us from the start, kept dropping in behind Webster and peeling off in space he nearly scored twice in that 20 minutes on top of the other two goals

    As soon as Webster came off we became a much better side irrespective of anything else

    I suppose he is backing his players but still I agree with others on here get 2 up front as finishing makes the difference in these games

    They had 3 on target and 3 goals ......

    Got a kick in the b***** 5 mins from end as we deserved to win this game

    Reading had a touch

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  • September 17, 2014 at 21:57
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    Forest won tonight but Fulham played the better football - it was rough game and took a lot out of forest - a day's less rest than us - if we can get a good start we can do them - they look shaky at the back - Assombalonga and Antonio are a handful but if we can match them we have got a chance - Fulham are going to beat someone soon - they looked good for so much of the match - McCormack coming into form

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    • September 18, 2014 at 12:30
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      @timchimes:

      They looked shaky at the back fuxx me they could afford to not play any defenders against our shower of shix attack

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  • September 17, 2014 at 22:53
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    Yeah right Ollie ..... Beevers better watch out. Why don't you put the brain in gear before gobbing off. So that's Ipswich and Reading both your fault get a grip then you daft c***.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 23:14
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    I have been fighting the teams corner of late BUT I am really getting jarred with IH saying "I got it wrong" every time we lose. Stop getting it wrong IH and chances are we won't lose, it really is that simple. These post match admissions make you look a bit of a div mate.

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  • September 18, 2014 at 07:44
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    The most negative people ever on here... Laughable comments from some, honestly give it a rest and get behind them, we don't have a Devine right to win anything and IH can't play the same 11 every single game...
    So he made a mistake, fu£@ me, shall we just sack him now???

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    • September 18, 2014 at 08:18
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      @ettieneverveer: fans can vent there anger 2 ways one of them is on this site.the other is on matchday .which one would you prefer...f****** idiot

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      • September 18, 2014 at 10:18
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        @Jim28: I totally agree that these sites are great for people to air their views and opinions and I can also agree that IH makes some baffling decisions at times but, the way people love him one minute then hate him the next is ridiculous, changing opinion on a game by game basis...
        Some things will work out well, some not so well.. If he'd started young Powell and he had a poor game you'd all be crying we should give up on youth their not ready, if the 5 changes worked on Saturday he'd be a tactical genius and if he started the same 11 every game and we lose 2 on the bounce your crying "why don't he change it, we got to give other players a chance"
        There's no winning with some of you.. Judge them on the job as a whole!!
        And by the way jim28, your "fu***** idiot" comment shows just who the idiot is!!
        It's opinion based views a debate,not a personal attack

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        • September 18, 2014 at 15:05
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          @ettieneverveer: i agree attacking you personally was not the right thing to do

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  • September 18, 2014 at 08:35
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    when we were winning everyone loved ollie, he makes a coupleof tactical mistakes and everyone hates him, priceless

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  • September 18, 2014 at 08:52
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    The way i see it is that we are in a better position than we were this time last year, a couple of things I would point out is that Dunne is suspect away from home he seems more comfortable in the home games, we need a cb who can bully forwards and has pace and two olly needs to put his pride to one side and play 2 upfront, Gregory feeding off fuller for me, the one up front is really getting on my tits, we can't play that way, I think a lot of people myself included and getting a bit p***** of because at the minute it looks like bob peeters has done a good job at charlton I for one am gutted

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  • September 18, 2014 at 10:31
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    The talk of dropping Beevers is beyond stupid, by far the best player we have. We need to play 2 up front because 1 clearly isn't working. Why he would change a defense that had only conceded 5 goals in 6 games? The only reason for Webster to start over Dunne is if they have a massive lump playing for them who is going to bully Dunne, Pogrebnyak didn't play so i am baffled. We need to play our own game not accommodate for the other team, he needs to trust his players to do their jobs.

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  • September 18, 2014 at 11:00
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    Come on guys, we are doing OK we lost two away games the last we were the better team evidently football is like that. An eleven million pound Fulham striker has scored the same number of goals as Fuller, Matt Smith has not scored and serving a ban, Cardiff are just about to sack the manager and the fans are calling for someone with experience in this league. I have said it before we are OK a win on Saturday against the league leaders and Charlton lose and we are are on the same number of points than them having played the same number of home and away matches and everybody are saying what a good start they have had. We support Millwall, not some team run by a a Russian Oligarch or worse a nutty megalomaniac chairman who does not have a clue about what a club means to the fans. We are a working class club with working class supporters and are the better for it, both JB and Ollie have bought into that, can we not just celebrate the good times and shrug off the poor results which are inevitable with our resources. With the money floating around the Championship we will always be the underdogs lets enjoy that position.

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    • September 18, 2014 at 18:59
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      @ lennie the lion
      good post lennie you are one of our lot that speaks sense and do not blow hot and cold.
      keep the commen sense coming mate i think you are a sensible fan and poster.

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    • September 19, 2014 at 12:13
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      @lennie the lion: think they should call you wise lion lennie, great post. The reality of it is we hoped for a draw at Ipswich, but expected to be beaten. We hope to not get smashed out of the park at reading, but came away being narrowly beaten and played the better football, s*** happens. Forest tomorrow who score for fun! We can do the maths on that one. The only gripe I have is letting the mental one loose on the microphone. That aside, we are a work in progress team, on a low budget, but we ARE getting better. Let's keep our feet on the ground, be the 12th man and look forward to really challenging next season. Last point which I'm sure will get me a million dislikes, well done fuller on scoring.

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  • September 18, 2014 at 12:26
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    So another fuxx up from holloway then as someone stated if lomas done that we would be Gunning for him !!

    To me he made a mistake making dunne captain which means he won't be able to leave him out always said he's a squad player at best

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    • September 18, 2014 at 19:10
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      @Millwall 1979
      I agree with you about dunny as a centre back he is not strong enough or quick enough and i have posted so in the past,i have also said that IH has backed himself into a corner by making him captain,as a supporter of IH yes tell him he has cocked up but let's stop slagging the man off .
      IH is a looney,a loose cannon,his own man call him what you will,but the vast majority of fans voted for him to manage millwall and without him i am convinced we would be playing in div 1 .
      I for one am happier watching his millwall teams play than i have been watching the previouse few years whether we went to wembley or not.

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  • September 18, 2014 at 18:54
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    I cannot understand the slagging off of IH,a lot of poster,s say we deserved to win this game 18 shots with nine on target,their goalkeeper made 3 world class saves,apart from IH going on the pitch and doing the business himself just what do you expect the man to do.
    The point is he put a team out that was better than reading a team that should have won the game,as with last season the defence defended badly we did not take our chances .
    Tell me please where is that IH fault
    come jim28 you are right when you say i am a IH brown noser,but be honest if we had scored the winner you would have been singing both IH and the teams praises.
    As i said posters on here have said we were the better team the stat's said we were the better team,ok the goals said reading were,but how many games have we at millwall seen games in the past that we should have won but lost.
    Hold on a minute we we beat fulham but fulham did not deserve to lose that match,but you and other's said we were great,well the readind game went against us and all of a sudden IH is a mug.
    All i have to say to all of you that are slagging IH off is,start suppoeting our team in the way they deserve and that mean,s not slagging them off when they were unlucky to lose.
    call your selves supporter's,i think you should all take a long hard look in the mirror.

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