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Forde: Millwall transformed since Watford horror show

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DAVID Forde insists Saturday's trip to Watford holds no fear for Millwall – ten months after they hit rock bottom at Vicarage Road.

A 4-0 drubbing last season led to Steve Lomas' sacking and left the Lions staring relegation in the face after a dismal run of results.

But Forde believes that shocking result and performance turned out to be a blessing in disguise, with Millwall now steadily improving under Ian Holloway.

Watford are level on points with Derby at the top of the Championship table and have the second-best scoring record in the division.

Forde, though, is confident the Lions can make amends for that dark day against the Hornets when they travel to Hertfordshire this weekend.

"That game was one of the worst times I've experienced in a Millwall shirt," Forde told the Southwark News. "We were struggling badly.

"Unfortunately it wasn't to be for Lomas but we've been really blessed to receive a manager of Holloway's quality and calibre.

"Sometimes you have got to be at rock bottom before things pick up and that game was certainly the case last year."

Forde says Millwall have come on leaps and bounds since they were thumped by Watford on Boxing Day.

"The team's structure and shape is so much better," he said. "We know now that we've got a way of playing that suits us and our players.

"Under this manager, any team that plays us knows they are going to have a difficult game – that was always the case under Kenny Jackett and Holloway has given us back that ethos.

"If we can give anyone a good game, then we won't be found wanting this season. We've got that spirit in the dressing room again and it's been a while since I've felt like that.

"I've never won a game at Watford, so hopefully that will change under this boss.

"The manager has had such a big effect on the club since we last played there – the training ground, the pitches and the whole infrastructure have improved. We're making strides.

"He was the reason why I stayed in the summer and why I want to be here.

"I really feel that under his leadership, and with his knowledge and the way he sees the game, that I can achieve my dream of reaching the Premier League."

The Lions have a spring in their step after beating Cardiff City last time out.

"We're going there in great spirits – we're unbeaten in our last four, we've done well away from home and we're racking up a few clean sheets," Forde added.

"This is an important period of our season – we've got three games in a week before the next international break.

"If we can go away to Watford, who are joint-top of the league, and get a good result, we'll set down a marker.

"It will be a tough game but we're not afraid of anyone in this division. When we're on our game, we can cause teams problems."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

18 thoughts on “Forde: Millwall transformed since Watford horror show

  • October 30, 2014 at 12:04
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    Well done olly you've got the players moaning about 3 games a week..yet another inter break..and they will still say there tired.

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  • October 30, 2014 at 12:06
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    We MUST be due a result at Watford. Defo one of our bogie venues.
    COYL.

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  • October 30, 2014 at 12:28
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    We've nearly sold out our allocation and I have a good feeling about Saturday, going up there with a few pals and 2 brothers looking to get smashed!

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      • October 30, 2014 at 12:50
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        @mitchamscaff: no the Rotherham one 0/5 poxy game still hurts big time coyl get a result Saturday

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        • October 30, 2014 at 13:46
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          @bobthelion: we lost 4-1 to a league 2 side in the p****** rain and it was a 4 hour train ride for myself and it should've been about 6-1. + I fxcking hate Southend they're a bunch of wxnkers. That's in the past now if it wasn't for that game we wouldn't of got Ollie onwards and upwards. COYL

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          • October 30, 2014 at 15:04
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            @mitchamscaff: There were a lot of low points last season, but I'd say the Blackburn draw at the end of March was the worst. Ollie had only managed two wins since taking over and we looked dead and buried after their late equaliser.

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  • October 30, 2014 at 14:33
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    fancy us against watford but we need malone as beevers at left back is a worry for me

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  • October 30, 2014 at 15:58
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    Worst performance, definitely Middlesbrough last year I came so close to saying what is the point of watching football this inept with not a hint of a clue that anyone one knew what was going on, second was the Doncaster 0-0 really thought that was the death knell for our Championship survival.

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    • October 30, 2014 at 17:39
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      @lennie the lion: there's been several nightmare games down the years & no doubt there be more..but we will still be there to try and cheer
      The lions on..one thing we all ways saw was millwall trying..but against boro i doubt if they noticed we was in the stadium.cos they just didn't care...come on you lions

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      • October 30, 2014 at 19:54
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        @Jim28: Agree with the boro game, I have never seen a worse performance and it was only 2-0 because they were also rubbish. I didn't care for the Southend game one bit...FA Cup major distraction in a damage limitation season.

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  • October 30, 2014 at 17:54
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    4-0 at vicarage road pfffft that's nothing what about the six they scored at the Den.

    I would love it......... Love it..... To beat them at Vicarage Rd.

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    • October 30, 2014 at 19:41
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      @Lincolnshire Lion: how about when on new years day we beat them 4-0 at there place..harris hat trick.

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  • October 30, 2014 at 18:11
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    The sarfend game gave me the right hump last year, f.ucking hate those London wanna be chavs.

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  • October 30, 2014 at 20:39
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    Where is angel martinez?

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    • October 30, 2014 at 23:10
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      @robbiemillwall: he's training now.doubt if we see him until after the international break

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  • October 30, 2014 at 21:56
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    Stand up every week fordey, ya like the drummer in the band! It all starts from the back!

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