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Ricardo Fuller's experience is vital to Millwall, says Shittu

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RICARDO Fuller's battling qualities have been praised by Millwall defender Danny Shittu.

Shittu believes that Fuller's nous and experience have been a big help to the Lions so far this season.

The Jamaican has chipped in with three goals and two assists in his 14 appearances since joining the club in the summer.

Fuller was given a standing ovation when he was substituted against Cardiff at the weekend after another impressive performance up front.

And Shittu, who scored the winner, praised the 34-year-old's contribution after the game.

He said: "It means so much to have someone like him in the team – when you know the ball goes forward and it's going to stick.

"Sometimes people are knocking him but he holds the ball and lays it off.

"I've always hated playing against Fuller – he's one of the people in the Championship I always feared playing against because even though he's tall he's got good feet.

"To know you can put the ball forward and it sticks there is amazing.

"To have that experience at the front means a lot because it picks them up, picks up the midfielders and it's really good for the team."

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25 thoughts on “Ricardo Fuller's experience is vital to Millwall, says Shittu

  • October 28, 2014 at 10:55
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    Gets better each time I see him fuller, hope we stick with the same 3 up top for a while now get them working together, sham he didn't connect with that header Saturday that would have been some goal!

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  • October 28, 2014 at 10:58
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    yes he does well holding the ball up & playing in others around him but 3 goals in 14 games aint good enough for any striker.

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    • October 28, 2014 at 11:13
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      @block 28: Emile Heskey at his best never got many goals but Strike partners loved playing with him becasue he held the ball up and created so much for others. I think Fuller's role is vital, keep the ball in the attacking half and put Gregory through to score!!!

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    • October 28, 2014 at 17:37
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      @block 28: we've Spent all our money on Gregory so a lump like fuller is all we can get , hopefully next season we can buy someone decent but I have a horrible feeling that Bobby Zamora will be joining the millwall retirement home .

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  • October 28, 2014 at 11:04
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    i know i s*** him off a lot, but i admit, when he gets control of the ball, he can be a class act, but what i hate about him so much is that he spends 75% of the game on the floor asking for free kicks! If he learned how to use his legs, then we could have 2 quality strikers up front in him and gregory

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    • October 28, 2014 at 21:25
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      @mfclions: my thoughts exactly. Watch Shittu as well. Every time he touches the ball he ends up on the deck. I think I'll count how many times against Blackburn actually haha.

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  • October 28, 2014 at 11:31
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    I like him but for me he's an impact player. He was well and truly fxcked last Saturday. Granted he worked very hard but when we have mid-week games I think we're asking a bit to much out of him. I don't know why Ollie doesn't give Maggie a go I think there might be a bit of conflict there. Let the youngsters run the defenders around a bit to make Fullers work a bit easier. NOLU WDC

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    • October 28, 2014 at 12:04
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      @mitchamscaff: I don't know why we don't put Gregory and McDonald up front together.

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      • October 28, 2014 at 12:28
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        @NICKOLA: because they are too short as a pair you need to be able to win some headers not long ball but from crosses etc

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      • October 28, 2014 at 15:18
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        @NICKOLA: I think McDonald is playing to good where he is to move him about. We would miss his pressuring and harassing the opposition if we played him higher up the pitch + I don't think his finishing is as good as other candidates. Either Maggie or O'Brien would be my preferred choice and if neither of them set the world alight give Ranegie a chance when he comes back. I thought he played ok against Birmingham. COYL.

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    • October 28, 2014 at 12:09
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      @mitchamscaff: agree.start with O'Brien and gregory.then put him on for the last 20mins..that way he should be as fit as everyone else..it was sad watching a big bloke constantly hitting the floor..get a grip fuller ffs

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  • October 28, 2014 at 12:59
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    yeah,both fuller and shittu seem to spend a lot of time on their arses for two such big powerhouses

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    • October 28, 2014 at 13:06
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      @bordersarebest0170
      you have heard that old saying,"the bigger they are the harder they fall".

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  • October 28, 2014 at 15:10
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    Considering his age and the fact he hadn't been playing for a while, i think fuller's done a very good job for us so far. People have said fuller spent half the match on the floor, but for good reason IMO, watched a lot of the game back rec'd off sky and they were properly all over him in particular,because they know what he's capable of.. Not only is he useful as a striker, but also at creating chances.. Equaliser against Sheffield Weds sticks on my mind.. Knows when to be greedy and when not to.. Ollie had it right, be nice if he was a few years younger..

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    • October 28, 2014 at 15:25
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      @Luke ColdBlow10: I agree they were all over him, but had he not been so knackered he would of bullied them back, stayed on his feet and created more. Don't get me wrong I rate him in this division. We just need to learn how best to utilise him and not expect to much from him. It is a shame we didn't have him a few years younger but how many players can we say that about. NOLU WDC

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      • October 28, 2014 at 18:28
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        @mitchamscaff: Agreed, we've both said on here before - as have others - that probably the best way to utilize him is to bring him on as a super sub and not play him for 90mins EVERY game.. IH said this when he first brought him to the den - as you said, 'don't expect too much from him' (within reason).... Should've been brought off maybe 10-20mins earlier - everyone could see he was struggling.
        Unfortunately, as always we do have strikers missing - or "a" striker (Reggie) if we're not counting Easter - what happened to him?? Anyway, I think IH is starting to see that we work better with 2 up front = 1 big + 1 small...(IMO)... but currently with Reggie out - he has to rely on Fuller as our big holding/target man.

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        • October 28, 2014 at 20:33
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          @Luke ColdBlow10: We're not playing with 2 up-front though. We're playing with Fuller as the main man and then 3 behind him...which on Saturday were Gregory, Martin and McDonald.

          Albeit Gregory and Fuller swap around, so at times Fuller is wide. The main thing about this formation is the fluidity of these front 4, any of these front 4 could find themselves as the main striker when attacking but when defending it's then 4-5-1 or even 5-4-1 with Williams slotting in as a third centre half. Just my take on how it looks though....

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          • October 28, 2014 at 21:08
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            @jasoncleftpallett: That's why I mentioned Maggie he can play out wide but he is a natural striker and would rotate well with Gregory, also he has a bit more experience than O'Brien. He keeps asking for a chance to start and who knows maybe after a couple of starts it might be the confidence boost he needs. The only problem with having a big guy up front is that it does tend to get too one dimensional and other teams know how we will play before they turn up lets give them something to think about. COYW

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    • October 28, 2014 at 15:32
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      @Luke ColdBlow10: this is one of the smallest team in the league.so for midgets to make a mug out of him is not saying alot for the bloke.edwards is older then fuller and 10 times the player..and fuller was a regular for blackpool last term.and as played 14 times .this season ..plus the sheff wed game is was bleeding ages ago

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    • October 28, 2014 at 18:30
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      @Luke ColdBlow10: if he was younger he wouldn't be playing for us mate , he's only here cos we were his only option .

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      • October 28, 2014 at 20:17
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        @southstandview: Ollies comment on Fullers age was a joke. Not to be taken literally.

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        • October 28, 2014 at 20:29
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          @Luke ColdBlow10:like I say he's as good as we can get at the moment .

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