Report: Millwall 0-2 Bournemouth

TWO goals in ten first-half minutes saw Bournemouth cement top spot in the Championship and heap more misery on struggling Millwall.

The Lions never looked like bouncing back after the Cherries took the lead through Yann Kermorgant's 32nd minute penalty, awarded after Lee Martin's trip on Charlie Daniels.

The visitors doubled their lead before the break when Callum Wilson beat the offside trap and squared for Harry Arter, who finished smartly into the corner.

Bournemouth had chances to extend their lead in the second half, with substitute Dan Gosling firing narrowly wide.

Millwall's afternoon went from bad to worse late on when Shaun Williams lashed out at Wilson and was shown a straight red card by referee David Coote.

Defeat was the Lions' third in a row and fourth on the spin at The Den.

Ian Holloway rung the changes after Millwall were thrashed 6-1 by Norwich City on Boxing Day, with seven new players coming into the starting XI.

Among them was academy graduate Sid Nelson, who made his first senior appearance for the Lions at centre back.

Scott Malone, Andy Wilkinson, Jimmy Abdou, Scott McDonald, Lee Gregory and Martin also returned to the starting XI.

Bournemouth, who arrived in SE16 on the back of 13-game unbeaten run, had the first chance when Kermorgant's free kick was pushed away by David Forde.

At the other end, Nelson headed wide from Martin's set piece and Tommy Elphick intercepted Malone's cross before it reached Gregory.

By the half-hour mark, there was little to separate the two sides and Millwall were doing well to disrupt the Cherries' passing football.

But an overzealous challenge by Martin on Daniels handed Bournemouth the chance to take the lead from the penalty spot.

Martin claimed that his foul was committed just outside of the area but his protests fell on deaf ears as Kermorgant converted from 12 yards.

And when Danny Shittu played Wilson onside, the former Coventry City striker picked out Arter who jinked into a yard of space before slotting in the second goal.

At half time, Holloway brought on Ricardo Fuller for Andy Wilkinson and went with two up front – just as he had done at Dean Court in the reverse fixture last month.

A comeback could have been on the cards had Abdou's chipped cross found Gregory but the ball curled inches beyond the forward's dive at the far post.

Bournemouth managed the game well and Gosling could have scored a third, only to fire wide when well-placed inside the area.

And the Lions' frustration boiled over in the closing minutes when Williams stamped on Wilson and was immediately given his marching orders.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

53 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 0-2 Bournemouth

  • December 28, 2014 at 17:48
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    'Callum Wilson beat the offside trap'....think we were watching different games there...he was literally a mile offside

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  • December 28, 2014 at 17:49
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    The heads didn't go down until the penalty but when we were competing we didn't look like scoring at all, because this formation has never worked. If Gregory is on his own you need McDonald to get in the box with him. Everyone hates Trotter but played in that position he would get you 8 goals a season plus many more defence splitting passes. McDonald is great at possession where it cannot harm them at all, but contributes no goal threat whatsoever and that leaves Gregory with far too much to do. He was non-league last year and it's him v 3 defenders every time, what can we expect?

    The second half was like being in a coma. There would have been plenty chances for any other team in that half. I lost count of the times we got an early ball to Malone, Martin, Gueye etc and anyone who had ran at them with pace & purpose & taken a man on would have created something. Instead they trap the ball, stop, have a long look, dink it around a few times then turn and pass backwards, because we've been so slow all the defenders are now back in position, and before you know it the ball's gone from edge of their box to Forde or Shittu. This shows no belief, desire, balls or heart. And I'm reaching the point where I'm not sure I'd have much myself, if I didn't support Millwall & found myself going in to work for David Brent every day.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 17:51
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    What worries me more than the defeat today is the formation changes constantly AGAIN and what will happen to Nelson. Our other centre backs are no better, keep the kid in now. But as we all know probably wont see him again this season. Can accept defeat today but i am worried where our next win is going to come from and the team generally looks lost. Worrying times need a few lucky wins from somewhere as i doubt berlyson will sack I.H. I arent one for sacking constantly but i think Holloways ideas are to extreme for a club like us who needs a simple outlook. Why can't we just have two good wingers who can beat a player and get the ball in to the box like every other championship team..

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  • December 28, 2014 at 17:54
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    Cack... The only good thing to take from that was nelsons start. Thought he did v well for 18 on what was always a hard game. Although to be honest Bournemouth didn't look great. Maybe if we went all out with youngsters like Fred, Powell Pavey o bien ect for the rest of the season we'd have nothing to loose. Can only do them good and def won't be any worse than our current over the hill crop of s***

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    • December 28, 2014 at 18:14
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      @brockleysfinest: agree play obrien with Gregory, Powell and Fred in the middle with Williams, Sid Jake Josh Siafa at the back with Alfie Pavey on the Bench. At least these players will give it 100%. Fed up of being ripped off by older experienced players and would rather get relegated with some fight.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 17:56
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    we can moan about the decisions all f****** day, the fact of the matter is we had 3 shots all game none of which were on target! they had 20 nearly half of which were on target, hence losing again. aldo watched the replay back and apparently shittu played wilson on so that counts that out for being hard done by. if you don't have a settled 11 and change a formation 3 times in one match then you're going to f****** struggle. the players don't know what the f*** they're supposed to be doing, even running into each other at one point lol i blame ollie for these s*** tactics and the players for being half arsed. holloway is simply not performing! you're telling me that another manager couldn't get more than 2 wins in 23 ? this 4-2-3-1 then 3-5-2 halfway through then 4-4-2 at the end of the game or whatever the f*** was going on? is working??? it was lomas's fault last year but all of a sudden everyone of our players are cnuts? agreed they need a boot up the a*** but it's a shared blame. s*** ALL ROUND SORT IT OUT YOU MUGS!!!!!

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    • December 28, 2014 at 18:24
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      @steveomfc5: Holloway seems to have some people fooled with all his stupid talk, but not me. For the first time in nearly 50 years I've decided to stay away until we change the manager. I've seen plenty of rubbish at Millwall down the years, but Holloway is just a washed-up charlatan who's so arrogant he thinks he can use our club to play about with his failed attempt to play 'total' football.

      He's clearly not going to walk this time, so the club has to swallow its pride and get rid. Then we start all over again, but with a better appointment than the last two calamities.

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      • December 28, 2014 at 18:45
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        @Micky Lions: i am more gutted that it hasn't worked out than anything else but “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” (formation) (changes) (unsettled side) ollie clearly not learning f*** all from his own mistakes! either he changes his ways now or just go. millwall isn't a test subject like you said. we need a dyche type manager! i reckon claridge will get it if ollie goes though.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 17:58
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    Stayed at home and saved myself best part of £100 up yours Holloway

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    • December 29, 2014 at 07:23
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      @southstand: youve mentioned that 100 quid on two different threads, congratulations on your excellent decision, just think how much you can save if you dont go again this season .

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  • December 28, 2014 at 18:04
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    The best thing that could come out of this defeat is for Holloway to go. That is being positive not negative, we need new ideas that come with a new manager. Preferably someone younger and prepared to battle.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 18:08
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    First off fair play to IH for giving Sid Nelson his debut.
    Secondly resign now, your brain dead.
    Thirdly I'm a ST holder , have been for about 10 years with my son, today was the first time in them 10 years that he said he didn't want to go, so I went on my own, thanks IH for ruining the only bit of bonding with my 18 year old son!

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    • December 28, 2014 at 18:13
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      @dpendet: Your son has a lot of sense giving another Home defeat a miss.
      We need fresh ideas.
      That comes with a new Manager who does not confuse all and sundry.
      JUST GO OLLIE.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 18:10
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    Cannot believe this is happening to millwall, let's start with forde, once again he was p****** about the ball, his log pass to Sid cost us yet another goal, time to give King a go...... Mac and Malone are shocking players, rubbish...... It's very clear that them crazy formations are just not working, it has to be 442 like the old days, ifill flying down the wing etc etc why can't be get Fred on the wing, he looked great last season...., totally had enough now.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 18:11
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    Nice bloke but past it, how can any player hold or return to form if they have no idea if they are in the team the next week?
    Don't let vanity stand in your way Ian , STAND DOWN,

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  • December 28, 2014 at 18:12
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    Get over it.This is Millwall. Supported club since 1955. Don't get to many games now but when I do I always feel back at home. Have seen it all. As bad as things seem at moment they are nowhere near what I have been through with this club or others of my generation have been through. You all need to keep your nerve, stay positive. Like us those at the top end of the club know what has to be done to get us back on track and as ever that action will be taken.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 18:12
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    We have never had money to spend, never had massive crowds but this excuse always comes out to why we should put up with the rubbish that we are watching now. I can not remember us being this bad for years, even lomas had a better recoed than IH. A decent manager and coaching staff, ie bircham,would get a lot more from this team than these two. Why leave it any longer,cause it is not getting any better,worse if the truth be told.

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    • December 28, 2014 at 18:36
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      Your wrong we had a decent manager and coaching staff with Jackett and do now with Ollie but the last 3 managers have had the same problems we don't have the players he can only work with what he has got

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      • December 28, 2014 at 19:04
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        @millwallgracie98: Good managers get the best out of what they have IH does not. And iam wrong. What is it with you ollie lovers,what do you all see that the rest of us dont. He had two lucky promotions and walked away from palarse when it came on top. A couple more bad results and he will do the same to us,I just hope your all brave enough to come on here then and admit you were wrong cause if he turns it around and we start doing well I will hold my hands up and say well done cause all I want is for Millwall to do well.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 18:19
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    if Holloway gets new faces in january it will be an even bigger mess and u deff wont see Sid again this season. IH has to go to give us any chance of staying up,hate having to say that but we need a back to basics type like Lennon or Warnock that can get some grit out of the team. There really is nothing to lose!

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    • December 28, 2014 at 19:40
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      @macman2: problem is we need too many players and we ain't getting em all in January.

      And no thanks to warnock

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  • December 28, 2014 at 18:20
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    Get the kids in, With or without Holloway....Preferably the latter....
    More people would come through the turnstiles to support them as well.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 18:21
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    We looked ok up until the needless penalty.... Then the heads go down a bit and we start getting walked past in midfield. When we did win the ball back in the first half, there were no options oneno one was making any runs except Gregory. Second half was worse, ar least fuller won a few flick on which proves that we need a big man up there who can play 90 mins with Gregory and play a more solid 442... Ollie will be given the and the financial support in January in i pray he makes the most of it, or he's gone and we're down. Did for better as the game went on, so leave him there now... Ollie clearly has no faith in Webster. Williams 3 games ban will mean that there's now a chance to get Powell back in for a few games, but he'll probably go back to Martinez. Need to play a strong side against Bradford on Saturday to win at home and get some confidence and momentum back.... Coyl

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  • December 28, 2014 at 18:26
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    Well that's it Mr Holloway, there really is no hiding place left for you or your players. You have used every excuse available. Next up we have a team from League One at home then a team that are bottom, have only won two home games and only scored eight home goals away. Two wins, nothing else, is acceptable. And please do not use the FA Cup to experiment, you've tried enough tinkering already.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 18:29
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    We can't score and don't look like it, we can't defend and leak goals,
    players look lost, no confidence, stupid and odd tactical tosh,
    players being moved all over the place. Even if new players get hooked in
    during the window, what evidence has Holloway produced over his reign
    at this club that things will change? He is to complicated for the simple game.

    I want my club back with fight and passion, not some ridiculous stupid vision
    of building a new chocolate factory. I was, and up to recently, a Wonka thumbs up.
    But sorry, a year down the road we are more in a mess than when he took over.
    Looking over at that dugout today, he looked washed out and clueless.
    Some kind of progress from the guy would have seen a bigger crowd today.
    Ten thousand odd for a holiday game against league leaders says it all.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 18:32
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    Stuck with a manager we can't afford to sack (2 million to get shot)
    Stuck with a group of players who on the whole are worthless (if Cardiff will pay for Malone, I will give him a piggy back there!). Probably the last we'll see of Williams (one of the few players we have who is worth a few bob)
    Stuck with a main sponsor who has no money (5 year deal) and who we are about to enter into litigation with.
    I am not usually one for changing managers. I am a Millwall fan and have seen a lot of poor players and managers over the last few years. I don't expect us to win every week or sign multi million pound players.
    Seldom have I ever felt so despondent about the situation we are in.
    The fact that we have a good chairman somehow adds to the despondency as I really think we have an opportunity to establish ourselves.
    Whilst he is not responsible for the sponsor farce, or for some of the dead wood he inherited, I believe that Holloway (and his staff) is not the man for the job. Each week his selections and tactics become more bizarre and the players appear to be more disinterested and lacking in confidence .
    Please Mr Holloway, if you care about our club as you say you do, please GO.

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    • December 28, 2014 at 18:46
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      @Adsy77777: Could'nt agree more. Not gonna waffle on because you said it all. The moment he picked Marquis was the end, notice he was'nt in the squad today and prob will never play again for the club, more madness! THE LUNATICS ARE RUNNING THE ASYLUM!!!!

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  • December 28, 2014 at 18:38
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    Well I've now had a chance to look at the video playback and if you pause it as the fella plays the ball forward shittu is playing wilson on,so the second goal is clearly not offside, and as for martins tackle when the Bournemouth fella is in the box but has got jimmy there covering was nothing short of stupid.what Williams was doing stamping at the fella leaves me speechless .

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  • December 28, 2014 at 18:38
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    with so many contracts up at the end of the season do we really want another manager now ? cos as sure as eggs are eggs players will up their game for the new guy be given new contracts and we will run with the same crap next season, Let Ollie fork off all the s**** first see who he brings in and give him till the end of January to see what happens a change now will do us no good at all, and new managers always like to save their new chairmen money which we badly need to spend,

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      • December 28, 2014 at 19:00
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        @LETEMCOME:
        The shout is with J,B, He either has to back him or sack him,
        no other way!!!

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        • December 28, 2014 at 19:16
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          @MIGHTY: Why back him, in all honesty what has he done, the bloke is a fruit cake. Listen to him on Lions Live and he sounds like a complete basket case, I think the rumour about him being an alcoholic could be true.

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          • December 28, 2014 at 19:29
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            @LETEMCOME:

            Because its January next week and i believe he will attract a better class of player than any temparary manager we would put in now,,

            it really would be bad timing!!

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          • December 28, 2014 at 19:38
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            Are you for real? the man has done f all ,who can do worse.

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          • December 28, 2014 at 19:51
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            @LETEMCOME:
            LEC
            just watched his interview on Lionsplayer think you might be right lol
            but he is talking about bringing in another striker, and some wingers,
            which we seriously need,
            i just fear a new guy now and god knows who it might be plus might not get installed for weeks and we end up with no one, what then ?

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        • December 28, 2014 at 20:00
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          @MIGHTY: Sorry Mighty but Lions live is a podcast not lions player. you should hear him on there. F**** me.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 18:38
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    Debates about if IH cannot get the best out of his players vs. his ideas are right but with the wrong players do not mean much without some kind of league table corrected for player cost/points gained.

    Does such a table exist to give context, to give an idea of how much is due to our budget or due to a shyt manager?

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  • December 28, 2014 at 18:43
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    Ian Holloway is not unhappy, that's alright then.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 18:44
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    well were do i start with this one , first goal was it a spot kick , second was he off,
    does it change anything ,
    dear OILLE , WE COULD HAVE PLAYED ALL NIGHT AND NOT GOT ANY GOALS
    NO SHOTS ON TARGET , NO BACK UP FOR BURNT OUT KEEPER,
    NO BACK UP STRIKERS , PLAYERS BOTTLING TACKLES, APART FROM SID,
    WHAT DO US FANS EXPECT, A 35 YEAROLD , AND A NON PROVEN , STRIKER
    NO MOVEMENT UP TOP , MCDONALD AND MALONE WOULD BE GOOD PLAYERS IN A WINNING SIDE
    WHAT WE NEED IS MORE JIMMYS AND SIDS ,
    ITS IMCOMPETENCE FROM A MANAGER THATS BEEN IN THE GAME FOR SO LONG , NOT TO PICK UP HIS TARGETS IN THE SUMMER , IE GOALKEEPER BACKUP , STRIKERS BACK UP , U CAN ONLY DEFEND FOR SO LONG , I BLAME THE MANAGER , NOT THE PLAYERS , THERES PROB DIV 2 TEAMS WITH STRONGER FORWARD LINES THAN US , THATS DOWN TO MANAGER , END OF

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  • December 28, 2014 at 19:38
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    Understandably it's mostly doom and gloom on here today - but I think there are some positives to take from that game... (stay with me!)
    I don't feel embarrassed by the result at all for starters... Bournemouth top of the league and after the Norwich result I was expecting us to get a thrashing today - and if we did get a thrashing, I'd have been leaning toward Holloway getting axed. As it stands though, I thought we held our own today, defensively at least - bearing in mind the nature of the 2 goals... the 2nd looking particularly suspect.
    The most I was hoping for from the last 2 fixtures was 2 points - call me a c**t for it, whatever, but the state we're in at the moment going forward - I'm not surprised at all we're not getting anything from games... We're a one trick pony club at the moment and as soon as clubs find that out, it's game over... as @Jamie said up top - we're relying on Mcdonald to create that killer pass - which he can't do..... Plus, he cannot score! (Trotter..........!)
    (gona repeat myself... AGAIN!) With 1 proper winger in the entire squad - and no real aerial threat up front - it cuts down our attacking options by more than half.... Corners and free kicks - even route 1 from Forde - become non options... Not to rely on - but to at least 'have the option' would be a step in the right direction.... and maybe it's Holloways fault that he hasn't got players in for those positions...? But on the other hand, we all know what's been going with transfers/loans - either no c**t wants to come here, or no one wanted to give us players... which brings us to where we are now.....
    MUST BUY A STRIKER
    MUST BUY A RIGHT WINGER (at least)
    Top of that list for a lot on here would be a decent CB as well - can't argue with that.
    The point I want to make though, is I STILL think Ollie needs to be given the chance to improve the squad in January. He surely has some targets in mind - and let's say we did get someone else in - they'd have to start from scratch in trying to work around our financial situation/who's leaving out of the 24....!
    If somehow we can get it tighter at the back - and Ollie can at least get some players in that give us back those attacking options - I really think we can survive.
    Everything is riding on this transfer window IMO... watch this space.
    COYL.
    And Come on Holloway - this is where you earn your money- the alternative is BYE BYE....

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    • December 28, 2014 at 20:04
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      @Luke ColdBlow10:
      Totally agree see above plus the right new manager takes weeks to find and window could be closed

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  • December 28, 2014 at 20:02
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    I wonder what Rhino would be like as a manager,not saying he is the man just a thought thats all.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 20:03
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    Well only last week holloway was telling us on millwall player, " blame me,not my players" , now have a listen to tonights player interview , all he does is blame the players,total contradiction. I sit in the Kitchener stand upper and watch his antics in the dugout all the time, shouting, pointing, hooting and hollering at his players , the ref, 4th official ,writing on bits of paper and sending it on the pitch, he seems panic stricken and nervous the whole time, while the likes of mick McCarthy , Marc wallburton, Eddie Howe ,Steve mclaren,kenny jacket, watford and Norwich managers,and many others stand,arms folded,calm,offering the odd bit of advice occasionally from the opposing dugout. I'm convinced this manic behaviour from the touch line finds it's way to the players and affects their performance. Add to this the constant chopping and changing of players and systems and this it what you get. A mess. What happened to his favourite buzz word, " structure " we'v had everything but.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 20:05
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    Never mind "get rid of IH" give the man some real money to spend like the rest of the divisions clubs, It does'nt matter who is in charge, the club has to spend some decent money on quality strikers, not other clubs cast offs and non-league players. Otherwise the drop is inevitable!!

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    • December 28, 2014 at 21:29
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      @Old lions exile: Would you give IH real money to spend. Ollie only spends golden tickets found in chocolate bars.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 22:43
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    Ollie will take us to the bottom of Div 1 and then walk out ....The man is a nervous wreck which is going through to our players....they were good enough to join the club so why are they no good now? Ollie is the problem HE HAS TO GO NOW Berylson MUST listen to the fans

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