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Stoke loanee is right up Millwall's street, says Holloway

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IAN Holloway believes he has signed a "Millwall type" in Stoke City loanee Andy Wilkinson, who could make his debut against Wigan tonight.

Wilkinson joined the Lions yesterday on a 93-day deal and Holloway may hand the right back his first start at the DW Stadium.

The 30-year-old, who came through the academy ranks at the Britannia Stadium, has made 160 appearances for the Potters during 14 seasons in the first-team ranks.

He is popular with the Stoke fans for his no-nonsense style and Holloway says Millwall are getting a fully-committed player for the next three months.

"I think he's a Millwall type – right up our street," said Holloway.

"I needed a right back because Alan Dunne is better as a centre half and he knows that. He wants to play centre half now.

"On Saturday, I started with Dunney at right back but Jimmy Abdou, Richard Chaplow and Lee Martin all played there as well and, long-term, I like a settled back four.

"Losing Carlos Edwards was a big blow – he made a huge difference to us. The great thing is that Wilkinson had other choices and he chose us, which is good.

"I've known him about him for a while and he's a solid, honest and hard-working boy. I'm looking forward to working with him and we're delighted to have him.

"As soon as I heard he might be available, I said to Andy Ambler that if we can have him for a decent period of time then let's do it. I didn't want someone to come in and then go.

"The boy wanted to come here, play and he's totally fit. He's been training with Stoke and in their thoughts but now that Geoff Cameron is fit again he's been put up for loan.

"He almost went to another Premier League club in the summer and Stoke blocked it, but that shows you how well-thought of he is."

Holloway also confirmed that he would look at the possibility of making Wilkinson's move to The Den permanent in January if the defender does well.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

7 thoughts on “Stoke loanee is right up Millwall's street, says Holloway

  • October 21, 2014 at 09:11
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    Ollie of course Dunney wants to play CB as you dont rate him as a RB, but come on there are better CB at the club than him but you look like you have painted yourself into a corner by making him Captain "because he bollocked some players once in the dressing room after a defeat".

    On Saturday he was calling for off side while standing still, even when you are starting out in footbal any coach would tell you to call but never stand still you need to deal with the threat in case it is not given, he is not the tallest either, but neither was Carvalleo but there the comparison ends. get a settled back four with height to deal with the big strong forwards that are plying there trade in this division.
    Get a result tonight COYL!!

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  • October 21, 2014 at 09:32
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    You have to ask that if Dunne was not Captain would he be in the team ?
    I would say no as he is just not good enough for this League.
    And playing him at CB with his height and ability when there are better CB at the Club is just wrong.imho.

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  • October 21, 2014 at 10:18
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    Lets just keep our fingers crossed and hope we can nick a win tonight. COYL

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  • October 21, 2014 at 10:23
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    Great. Sounds like a red card waiting to happen!

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  • October 21, 2014 at 11:03
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    Dunn is better cb gets more time on the ball but we got better CB than him he not tall enough and put players in there best postion stop tinkering

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  • October 21, 2014 at 11:05
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    It's great to get a RB in and Saturday showed we needed one (although on one had I am disappointed because it was getting close to being my turn next to play there!).
    Good luck to AW. I think he will strengthen the team.
    We all have the advantage over IH because we have been watching Dunny for 10 years and we know his strengths and weaknesses. He had a great spell at CB last season and this kept us up but we all knew he would get found out in the end. That time has come. I think IH still plays him there because he knows he doesn't have a mobile CB to play alongside MB/BW/DS and he doesn't trust a combination of any two of those three. So why not give young Sid a go? Can't be any worse than we have defended recently.
    We also learnt on Sat that Williams is good at CB BUT we can't afford to take him out of the midfield (although now thanks to Webster, he misses games through suspension)

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