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Millwall captain calls for cool heads after Reading loss

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ALAN Dunne called for cool heads after Millwall lost back-to-back league games for the first time since March.

The Lions were edged out in a five-goal thriller with Reading on Tuesday night – despite fighting back from 2-0 down to equalise.

Simon Cox's late winner condemned Ian Holloway’s side to their third loss in four league fixtures but Dunne insists the Millwall boss has his side "on the right track".

"It's still early in the season," the captain said.

"We were like this in a couple of games last year before we started winning – the pattern was similar.

"We lost a few games that we should never have lost and then all of a sudden we went on a run and started to get what we deserved.

"As disappointing as it was, I feel that we will be strong in this league if we can eradicate these silly goals.

"We dominated Reading with the ball and they were wasting time just to get a draw. We were going for the win and we got too emotional.

"Sometimes we're so passionate about winning and doing well for the manager that we try too hard and it backfires on us.

"We need to make sure we're constantly sticking to our structure and thinking clearly. That's down to a bit of naivety in our play.

"Everyone wants to do well and win but we can't over-commit because the ball will end up in the back of our net. It's a fine line and we're trying to get on the right side of it."

Despite the 3-2 scoreline, Holloway claimed afterwards that Millwall’s performance at the Madejski Stadium was one of the best of his managerial reign so far.

"He was proud that we came back after the start we had," Dunne added.

"He told us to believe in ourselves and believe that we're a very good side. He told us to look at ourselves to see how far we've come and improved.

"It's disappointing not to see it through but a lot of our play was excellent. Reading's players would say themselves that they got dominated.

"Ollie's got us on the right track and there are little things we can work on, but I'm confident we can compete with any team in this league. It's not drastic or time to panic."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

21 thoughts on “Millwall captain calls for cool heads after Reading loss

  • September 18, 2014 at 12:44
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    I agree we did dominate. But that's no good if u don't punish sides when were on top

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    • September 18, 2014 at 12:55
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      @block 28: your right does seem a weakness in our game..leaving the obvious aside(ie.strikers).Even when we're in front ..our midfield starts to drop deeper & deeper until there right on top of the cbs..this has to be sorted

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      • September 18, 2014 at 19:00
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        @Jim28: very poor post as per usual jim. Always banging on about strikers, give it a rest.

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    • September 18, 2014 at 14:38
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      @block 28: Couldn't agree more! 18 shots, 9 on target and only two in the back of the net! Not really a return on a game supposedly dominated is it Ollie!

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  • September 18, 2014 at 13:07
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    Better than playing poorly and losing but we must sort out our defending.

    5 goals against in 2 games and up against free scoring Forest next is a worry.

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    • September 18, 2014 at 15:22
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      Form books are made to be ripped up!

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      • September 18, 2014 at 17:44
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        @Breadbin: just asking, but if that's the case, why were we expecting to beat Ipswich and reading then?

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  • September 18, 2014 at 13:32
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    Saturday will be another Rotherham unfortunately. If the officials show no bias then we could come away with a draw but the odds are firmly stacked against us. Another bad day at the office me thinks.

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    • September 18, 2014 at 17:50
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      @NO1LIKESUS: officials show no bias..we got more chance of winning the league

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  • September 18, 2014 at 13:37
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    Dunney calling for cool heads......it's almost certain he will pick up a red card on saturday now!

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  • September 18, 2014 at 13:55
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    Everyone is aware how IH gets his sides playing and they will be looking to exploit our big weaknesses of set pieces, counterattack vulnerability, keeper wobbly at distance shots and being goal shy. Hard to see this changing overnight unless some personnel change as you can only get so much out of an individual.

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  • September 18, 2014 at 14:29
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    Good feeling about Saturday, nobody expects a win, Forest will come at us certainly, but we seem to have problems when we are expected to go forward hence the late goal Tuesday, as I keep saying no need to panic a win Saturday and all the doom and gloom guys can switch to we are going to win the league mode again.

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  • September 18, 2014 at 16:00
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    I wish I had the confidence some have on here - some dreadful defending on Tuesday night - More to come on Sat in my opinion - But hey ho! it's only a game

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  • September 18, 2014 at 16:25
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    80-1 to win 4.0. I'll hav some of that.

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    • September 18, 2014 at 17:52
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      @block 28: you do like your 4-0 bets..surely someone must know better odds

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    • September 18, 2014 at 18:53
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      @block 28: I will take a I nil win BLOCK. Let's just back to winning ways!

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  • September 18, 2014 at 21:36
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    To come back from 2-nil down away shows some great spirit from the team. Yes, we got caught out with some sloppy defending from the corner that got the winner ... BUT ... you go visit anyone in this league, and they'll be defending hard ... especially if they've got a 2 goal lead.
    I can honestly say that this was probably one of the best Millwall performances I've seen this season.
    If we do manage to get an early goal, we've been blocking them out to get the win, but too many times we've conceded early, and let them block us out.
    To get those 2 goals back showed some serious fighting spirit ... proud of the boys (as everyone on this site should be).

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  • September 18, 2014 at 21:36
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    forest will hammer us on Saturday, we cant defend for toffee and cant score. IH will pick the wrong team, play people in the wrong positions and say once again I got it wrong. He will do a runner like he did with the nigels when he realises he f.ucked up.

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    • September 19, 2014 at 07:40
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      @LETEMCOME: Everyone is entitled to there opinions but really negative Posts such as yours above really is not fair. I was not there on Tuesday but from all accounts the Team played well and did not deserve to come home with nothing. The improvement we have seen in the Team this year is outstanding considering the Budget the Club has. Whilst you are making valid points about not being able to score and defensive errors, we all should remain positive that the club under IH's guidance is moving in the right direction.
      A football manager's length of service at one club is now down to 12 to 18 months. From what I have seen of IH so far I hope he stays for at least 5 years as I am certain the foundations he is putting in place will eventually show stability and success.

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      • September 19, 2014 at 18:01
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        @Torrieollie: I was there and ive only stated facts. Why should I be happy cause we played well in patches and still lost. If its negative that's not my fault its IHs .

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  • September 19, 2014 at 10:57
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    The irony of this coming from Dunne. If you have watched all games this season, you will have seen Beevers and Dunne continually diving into every header- every tackle, (which sounds great) but it does not always work. They need to be better decision makers, and know what balls they can win. We need 2 calm defenders, who don't have to win every ball, but stick to defenders backs, pressure them all the time and look continually assured.

    We had a freekick last game, which Dunne decided to play short (he ushered away Edwards, because he is captain), he then received the ball back, and mis-crossed the ball, the ball then gave the counter- which led to the corner which led to the goal. If Carlos was captain, he would not have panicked, and probably played the ball into the danger area or waited for more options. You can't have Dunne telling Edwards what to do, its ridiculous- Carlos is probably our most experienced/skillful and knowledgeable player.

    We all loved what Dunne has done to our club from late last season, but he is old Millwall with Beevers. Sorry to say it, but we need 2 new centre halves. Calm ones who create time on the ball, as they have their head up and can read the game (and pass). The rest of the side is fine. Fuller played very well, but I'd like to see Maggie just behind, not on the wing when he does play. Woolford looks a bit out of sort?

    C'mon Ollie you know I'm right. We have improved by 300% with Ollie taking over- because he's brought playing proper football back- and boy have I missed it. I'm really enjoying watching us, and I know most fans are going to yell 'we need a new striker' till they are blue in the face, but 442 is not really Ollie's way, Fuller does a great job, I think we just need a goal scorer playing behind like Maggie. Looking forward to seeing Martinez too.

    My side: Forde, Malone, Edwards, Webster?, (new man), Chaplow, Williams, Upson, Martinez, Maggie and Fuller. My tactics to midfield (play where you want) Malone and Edwards playing further forward and Williams in holding role- playing in back 3 when required. Martin to play instead of Upson when fit. That would be a side! I mean we are conceding goals anyway, so we don't have anything to lose really. Ollie's also got the balls to try it. 😉

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