Millwall favourite Abdou could be recalled for Norwich trip

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MILLWALL boss Ian Holloway has hinted that fans' favourite Jimmy Abdou could return to his starting line up against Norwich City.

Abdou made a noticeable impact when he came on as a second-half substitute during the defeat to Bolton last Friday.

And Holloway has confirmed that the midfielder will be in his thoughts when he comes to select his side for the Boxing Day clash at Carrow Road.

"There are people who've come into the team, not played well enough and probably haven't played as well as Jimmy might have, so I might put Jimmy back in," he said.

"You can rely on him – everybody knows that.

"If Jimmy's been out for a bit and I bring him back in, that doesn't mean I don't rate Jimmy. What if Jimmy's on a lot of money and I can't afford that next year?

"People don't always understand the background."

Holloway insists that the Canaries, who are seventh in the table, are no more of a daunting proposition than any other Championship opponent.

"We need to get some results," he added. "We need to get that feel good factor about us and feel that we're moving forward.

"All 24 of our remaining games will be really tough. Cardiff at home was a tough game but we beat them, and we beat Fulham away.

"If we'd got in front against Bolton, like we should've done against ten men, I think we'd have won that game. We were the better team against Bournemouth in the second half.

"We have 24 games left, not eight. We're not bottom of the league. What if we were? When you start the season well but start falling, everyone's panicking.

"It's all about the first goal. The other day Norwich scored five goals in the second half and they've got Premier League players. Their expectation is promotion.

"But I don't care who it is because we are level with all of them – we are a Championship club, end of story. We earned that right last year when everyone wrote us off.

"We've got 24 games to put our flag in that sand again."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

30 thoughts on “Millwall favourite Abdou could be recalled for Norwich trip

  • December 24, 2014 at 12:26
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    Knock me down with a lump of lead piping, we have wanted him on the pitch for ages.IH And don't worry about next year live in the now we need battlers who can get the team fighting again and jimmy is the man to get the midfield grafting

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    • December 24, 2014 at 12:37
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      @Alan.F: for sure jimmy different class, spices things up in the middle of the park! To many ball players need that Terry hurlock persistently breaking up the oppositions play and Jim's that man

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  • December 24, 2014 at 12:40
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    Should be the first name on the team sheet
    Legend

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    • December 24, 2014 at 12:46
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      @MIGHTY: we know the score mighty COYL I feel a lot more positive knowing that he will be going to Norwich

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  • December 24, 2014 at 12:42
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    think we needed jimmy in for a while now for his work rate midfield been slow and no one there to break up play time to give McDonald a rest and try the good old 4-4-2 that we know

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      • December 24, 2014 at 13:21
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        @lionrampant: cant be a fluke we were doing wellwith williams & jim in midfield so why drop him...oh yer upson got fit

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        • December 24, 2014 at 13:45
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          @Jim28: totally agree Jim: Williams feeder/jimmy being a pest, that's what he does best and has bundles of energy Miiiiiiiiiiiiilllllll

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  • December 24, 2014 at 13:20
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    'What if Jimmy's on a lot of money and I can't afford that next year?' Mr Holloway, I seriously doubt he is on a massive wage compared to some of the other waste of space and money midfielders i.e. Chaplow (is he still playing or sitting at home with pipe and slippers and scartching his balls earning his wage?), Wright (who we are still paying his wages), Bailey (who spends more time in the treatment room than on the pitch) that we have in the team. Jimmy has shown commitment, willing and of late awareness that you cannot spot on the sidelines. His passing is brilliant, his spacial awareness is brilliant, he is tactically adaptable in almost all positions that he is required to undertake and is a model player that has never been shown in bad light during the whole time he has been at the wall. I would have in the starting 11 in every game, but what do I know, I'm just a paying fan that in your eyes is probably too thick to understand the concept of tactics. RANT OVER

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    • December 24, 2014 at 13:51
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      @vonhardshaft: Totally agree with this post, he's worried about next years wages. He's being paid @ the moment isn't he !! Bullsshit just play him he knows what wall fans want graft!!

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    • December 24, 2014 at 13:57
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      @vonhardshaft: Fully agree, how on earth can Jimmy's money be anywhere near those others mentioned. Apart from the youth players I would have thought Jimmy was probably near the bottom of the current wage league. More blox from the Mental One.

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    • December 26, 2014 at 09:46
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      @vonhardshaft: yes the wage comment is very odd. He's being paid regardless so what does it matter if he's on £1000 a week or £50k? If he's playing well in training he should be in the team.
      Always been a reliable player for the wall.

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  • December 24, 2014 at 13:23
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    He will remind the others how to put in a shift.

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    • December 24, 2014 at 14:59
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      @benzo: proper grafter! That's all you have to do graft then we will be a lot happier as supporters ! We know who we are, but for f*** sake 90 minutes ain't that long is it? If I go away from the match knowing they have put in a shift I can suffer the loss

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  • December 24, 2014 at 13:27
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    Jimmy has made a noticeable impact in all his game's so far this season,even his stint at right back was good,what i would like to know is,why was he dropped in the first place?.So far this season jimmy has been a big improvement with his passing,his endless running is the same as ever.
    Ollie will you please stop your continual messing with the team,if a player is playing well keep him in the side and do not drop because some one has trained well and you think he deserve's an ice cream.
    By the way Ollie in millwall parlance an ice cream is a person that is not up for the fight,so you keep your ice cream's and select the player's that perform in competitive game's for us.

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    • December 24, 2014 at 13:57
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      @jim1222: yeah why was he not in the team strange!! That's Holloway for you. I think he here's what the supporters have to say about Jimmy Abdou, and then the penny drops (that's worrying) when your supporters seem to have more of a clue than the manager

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      • December 24, 2014 at 14:01
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        @lionrampant
        lion i have noticed he seem's to have reacted a few times to what has been posted on NAD,as you say it's worrying if that is the case.

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        • December 24, 2014 at 14:27
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          @jim1222: Jim It's in his interest to hear what the supporters have to say! We pay his wages! The j Abdou thing is strange

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  • December 24, 2014 at 14:22
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    What is holloway talking about saying "what if he's on a lot of money and I can't afford it next year" "people don't always understand the background" . What kind of ramblings are these, is he suggesting JIM earns more than other midfielders like MCDONALD,UPSON,Williams,angel, bailey when two of them came from a premier club,two of them we bought, and angel was in the premier with Blackpool . And JIM came via lowly Plymouth who gave him to us. I would have a bet he's the lowest paid of that lot.stop talking bollosks holloway, put jim in the side,f*** what he's earning and f*** next year, deal with the next game.

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  • December 24, 2014 at 14:29
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    @BORDERSAREBEST: oh yeah, I forgot to mention CHAPLOW, it gets worse.

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  • December 24, 2014 at 14:41
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    Like I said IH talks so much crap, its just boring now.

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  • December 24, 2014 at 19:09
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    At present I would say games to wage ratio when jimmy has played he has been one of the only players who has really earnt his money and is worth anew contract compared to most others in the squad at present

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    • December 24, 2014 at 19:43
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      @davep263: that sounds about right Dave! He deffo earns his dough pure engine

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  • December 24, 2014 at 21:21
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    Jimmy was our man of the match against Bolton, in spite of the limited time he got on the pitch - head and shoulders above the rest of the shower who were out there. I'm a massive jimmy fan, we always look a better side with him in the team....and I don't think his passing is as bad as everyone says. He's getting better with age!!! Just don't understand how he don't get a start!!

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  • December 24, 2014 at 22:29
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    Sorry, i meant to say Holloway's ramblings are sounding more like a man on the verge of a breakdown every time he opens his mouth

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  • December 26, 2014 at 10:06
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    jimmy gives us pace and energy and 110% should be first name on the team sheet

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