Millwall a step closer to loan deal for Forest's Dan Harding

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MILLWALL hope to wrap up the loan signing of Nottingham Forest defender Dan Harding in the next 48 hours.

Harding has been lined up as a replacement for Scott Malone, who is currently discussing a £100,000-transfer to Championship rivals Cardiff City.

Ian Holloway confirmed after Saturday's 3-3 draw with Bradford City that he expected to add a new left back to his squad on Monday morning.

Harding, who can count Brighton, Ipswich and Southampton among his former employers, has made ten appearances for Forest this season.

But the 31-year-old is behind Danny Fox in the pecking order at the City Ground and he is ready to go out on loan in order to secure regular first-team football.

The Lions will want to conclude talks as soon as possible with Stuart Pearce's job reportedly under threat at Forest, where a change of manager could put a halt on all transfers.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

61 thoughts on “Millwall a step closer to loan deal for Forest's Dan Harding

  • January 4, 2015 at 13:19
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    Wow, not the world class dan Harding! We really are gonna push for promotion now ffs

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    • January 4, 2015 at 14:31
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      @Geoff the lion: not pushing for promotion this season though are we? We're Pushing for safety,

      31 yr old left back don't sound promising but either did Carlos Edwards , it's only a loan to rid out the season.

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    • January 4, 2015 at 14:38
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      An experienced player to help us avoid relegation.

      We are a small club and staying in the championship is about the best we can expect.

      Until that new billionaire owner comes along.

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  • January 4, 2015 at 13:23
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    heard good things about this fella. shows that he just wants to play the game though. he could be like 3 quarters of our squad happy with taking a wage from the bench!

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  • January 4, 2015 at 13:34
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    Not more loan signings we need to be buying quality players we can afford and keep or is just a case of let's stay up again and be shut next season

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  • January 4, 2015 at 13:34
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    At this moment in time we need experienced players like Harding who know their stuff,to get us out of this pickle.Then when we do that,we can concentrate on young players for the future. Harding might not be the most gifted player,but he will be battle hardened!

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    • January 5, 2015 at 00:02
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      @the verminhater: not too dissimilar to Wilkinson in that respect. Having two defensive minded full backs will be very good and long overdue

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  • January 4, 2015 at 13:40
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    Think this will be a good signing. He is an experienced championship player and will add much needed knowhow to our leaky defence. It makes sense to take him on loan, if he is good and fits in like Edwards did then we will sign him, and if he is a waster like hoyte we just send him back to forest... Win win?!

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  • January 4, 2015 at 13:43
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    Wow , another tw:t who cant get a game in sh#t team. Ffs why do we keep giving have beens a lifeline. We are going down, we need a quality striker on our books!

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    • January 4, 2015 at 15:11
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      @wallchef: that was my point exactly wallchef, but most of this lot think he's the answer lmfao

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      • January 4, 2015 at 16:02
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        @Geoff the lion
        I dont know what the answer is , but answer me one question please geoff.
        Where is the money coming from to buy the player's you think are capable of getting us out the mire ?
        Plus ,as i understand it IH has gone in for player's in the past and they those player's did not want to play for millwall,Smith from leed's to Fulham is the prime example.
        Perhap's you might put your hand in your pocket and help JB out.
        The bottom line is ,we cannot afford who we would like, so we have to make do with deal's such as this one..

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        • January 4, 2015 at 18:54
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          @jim1222: obviously in a minority jim and yes you are right we haven't got the money for good players. My point is that I don't think our players are that bad on the whole, so a decent formation and consistency in team selection would be enough to keep us up. Selling Malone for 100k was a joke. We don't need more has beens, just a simple 4-4-2 and the beat players out on the pitch each week. Maybe Harding will be ok, but ollie is steering us into ffp trouble cos he can't select a team!

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    • January 4, 2015 at 16:08
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      Like Carlos Edwards was s*** and couldn't get into the Ipswich team.

      Wait and see if we sign Harding first and then see if he's rubbish and then come back and say how you were right if he is crap.

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  • January 4, 2015 at 14:06
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    We do need a striker but we also need players who have the experience to get us out of this hole. We need a centre half (or two), a right back and a midfielder who can put his foot on it as well.

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    • January 4, 2015 at 14:41
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      @junkmale: Carlos Edwards & Bailey are both massive loss to the team.Get this guy signed up and with the pace of Paris up front we hopefully will start going in the right direction. The loss of confidence at the heart of the defence needs sorting quickly.Personally I think Forde needs someone to challenge him for his place as happened when we signed the Northern Ireland goalie a few seasons back. We have got loads of points to play for so COYL

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      • January 4, 2015 at 22:02
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        @DenDan: I am not a Forde fan. He pulls off the occasional save but lets in too many sloppy goals. On Saturday he was all over the shop for the second goal.

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  • January 4, 2015 at 14:31
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    Don't really get this one to be honest, Surely we should just give Briggs a run in the team after-all Holloway bought him, and if he gets injured bring one of the youngsters in as cover. The youngsters have to be blooded sooner or later and surely to cover injury is perfect?? Briggs needs a run in the side, build some confidence and go from there....one things for sure his positional sense is better than Malone and he has a much better final ball too ( Although that's not hard as Malones was woeful ).
    Its just my opinion but with the little funds we do have surely they should be better spent where we really need strengthening i.e Centre-back, Striker and some pace on the wings

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    • January 4, 2015 at 14:39
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      @DirtyDen: Also Aldo not the best picture, he looks like our current defenders....The balls behind him so he's missed that and playing with his eyes shut...HAHAHA

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    • January 4, 2015 at 15:30
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      @DirtyDen: thought Briggs had a good game yesterday and could definitely do with a run in the side. Saying that as the game progressed we looked better even after the OG. so perhaps it is a sign that a regular eleven is the way to go, which is what most of us on here have been asking for.

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      • January 4, 2015 at 20:15
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        @lennie the lion: Agree Lenny Briggs is a good prospect who needs a run in the team. Malone was OK last season but pony this season. Not sure about another loaned full back - Wilkinson OK but the Hoyte deal was ludicrous

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  • January 4, 2015 at 14:33
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    This is a big 50/50 gamble, could be good could be bad. We get sucked in to this needs to try 100% which should always be the case but hopefully he has some quality and traits you need as a left or right back in the championship otherwise not adding anything to the team

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  • January 4, 2015 at 14:45
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    That spot should be Briggs all day other wise whats the point in keeping him,he is young, already showing promise and will only get better. Its other positions we need to fill first although there is plenty of time left in the window but as it pans out we wont have money to spend and good players will choose to go else where. I would rather Bobby Zamora on loan.

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    • January 4, 2015 at 14:52
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      @LETEMCOME: Could not agree more about Briggs, also I mentioned Zamora last season before we got the Hoff and I got shot to pieces so wait for the dislikes fella

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  • January 4, 2015 at 14:54
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    Can someone at our club get on the phone to spurs and remind them what a fantastic job we did with both Harry Kane and Andros Townsend im very surprised that Olly cant attract better loan players than this

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  • January 4, 2015 at 15:37
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    On a earlier post I said that Gueye looked devoid of confidence. I thought that the he really looked a player yesterday great range of passes and took on players. the volley at 3-3 showed fantastic technique. He seems to be a player who may just need a arm around him to say how good he could be if the kid Paris is any good we could just have found a strike force with Gregory or Fuller.

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    • January 4, 2015 at 16:01
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      @lennie the lion: false hope I'm afraid we need Gregory and a new striker to team up,fuller hasn't got what it takes to score at champ level.

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    • January 4, 2015 at 16:38
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      @lennie the lion
      An arm round him is not what he need's ,it is a decent run in the team he need's,along wth a few other's.
      A settled side instead of all this chopping and changing.

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      • January 4, 2015 at 18:43
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        @jim1222: I think both would do him a world of good. Not sure on the contract front but if it is only to the end of the season at least let him and all the others not in Ollies plan know now.

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  • January 4, 2015 at 16:47
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    Another loan doesn't thrill me but I suppose he must better then not having. However he can't get into a team in the same league and who are struggling for form

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    • January 4, 2015 at 18:01
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      True but maybe Pearce has lots of options at left back or just doesn't see Harding as being the right player for his set up?

      No reason he won't be a decent signing for us.

      For instance what do Cardiff actually see in Malone? It can't be his defending. Maybe they think he could be a winger and they plan on teaching him how to cross a ball.

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  • January 4, 2015 at 17:59
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    According to most forest fans this guy is a plodding journeyman,the kid from wycombe may have potential but has only delivered at league 2 level so far.This is the most important window in our history and if the club doesn't get dynamic,5000 gates will be the norm!We need someone to inspire the fans aswell as the team.

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  • January 4, 2015 at 18:26
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    Slagging signings off before they've even kicked a ball is the wrong way to travel.let's play em against Blackpool who are shi* and then assess them then.

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  • January 4, 2015 at 18:42
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    don't know why the hate fuller mob always slagging him off leading scorer at the moment any body who has watched the guy at other clubs will know he isn't a target man the way Ollie is playing him his game is to have the ball at his feet and run that's how he has scored his goals get a target man in and fuller and Gregory will hit double figures and get us out the s*** this season

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    • January 4, 2015 at 18:45
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      @davep263: Absolutely agree, the finish of the offside goal was calm and clinical, as was the third goal, his first was a little lucky but it was on target.

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    • January 4, 2015 at 20:36
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      @davep263: agree I feel that if fuller received the ball to his feet he would be a lot more effective instead if long balls at him in the air ! That. sort of ball is cigars and settes for the deffenders

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  • January 4, 2015 at 18:48
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    Call me a tw8t....but I think if Hoff is feeding the likes of Paris and Gregory for poaching in the box there's a good chance of scoring pals in the plenty! Harding is a seasoned player yes but that kid of experience is required to gain credibility back into our defence. Forde has his days but as above new blood is required to keep him on his toes!!! We already have the makings of a survival team we just need them to have the heart of a lion to succeed. That my friends comes from the fans as much as it does inside!!!!!

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    • January 4, 2015 at 22:10
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      Nothing twatish about what you've said.

      A decent target man, possibly the hoff, would create the chances for Greg or Fuller to score. Score some goals we win some games and get the points to stay up.

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  • January 4, 2015 at 18:49
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    Oh and don't literally call me one lol

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  • January 4, 2015 at 19:57
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    Whether we like it or not forest are a bigger club than us with bigger ambitions.
    So he could well be decent. Will wait & see.

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  • January 4, 2015 at 20:29
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    @Geoff the lion
    im sorry geoff if you think our defence is any where near good you are deluded.
    Malone is crap only thing he has is pace,he cannot defend ,he cannot tackle ,and he cannot cross a ball.
    ``he is best gone.
    Where i do agree with you is the settled team ,IMO IH is mostly at fault with the way he messed about with team selection and his off the wall substitution's.

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  • January 4, 2015 at 21:01
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    IH has gone on record now saying that the squad will look completely different by the end of January as we can not wait until the summer (as we will be in League One if I take the Liberty to paraphrase the man), sooooooooo I expect him to shift the better half of our 24 out of contract players and replace them with more loans at a greater cost in loan wages. That's the usual form isn't it.

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    • January 4, 2015 at 22:16
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      Despite what Ollie has said I can't see more than say 4 new signings and maybe shifting out 7 of the 24.

      New winger already in, Harding or another to replace Malone. Then a new CB and a striker?

      Will some of the 24 be paid off just to get rid of them? (Hoyte I'm looking at you!)

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      • January 5, 2015 at 00:09
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        @MFC Lion: signing too many players can be more damaging than you think. They will be untested at the Den and if they come from abroad they will need time to adapt to the Division. I would hope we are bringing in no more than 3-4 new players, not including Wilko who we know fits in well.

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  • January 4, 2015 at 21:14
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    100k for malone is not a joke....he is a two bob left back who is out of contract in 6 months....theres no queue of clubs in for him and holloway hasnt stopped harpin on about the need for us to get players off the payroll so realistically cardiff held all the cards....i agree with giving briggs a chance now....how many chances is he gonna give the likes of Dunne an co yet ignore players like briggs, webster gueye an the youngsters....hes gotta think long term only this window even if it means getting relegated an starting from scratch with the players that are gonna be here long term like your martins, gueyes, hopefully briggs an the youngsters....short term fixes are what weve had to put up with for the past 6 or so seasons....its time to start from scratch NOW....
    GK- ? (Get a new one in)
    LB - Briggs
    RB - ? Siafa perhaps or get a new one
    CB - Nelson
    CB - Webster a chance,Goodman long term
    MID - Williams (capt)
    MID - Powell
    LM - Martin
    RM - Gueye
    ST - Gregory
    ST - ? Afobe? Buy...no loanee

    This team has legs...might not keep us up but with time will be better than the s**** we keep watching week in week out.

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    • January 4, 2015 at 22:06
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      @Hurlocksgonnagetya: I think we need another left back. I liked what Briggs was doing on Saturday but we need at least cover for him or someone who can play if Briggs' form drops. Siafa isn't ready and we definitely need a right back long term even if Wilkinson is available for the rest of this season. I think we need at least one experienced centre back on loan - the young 'uns are not quite there yet. Also a striker with pace is a must.

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      • January 5, 2015 at 08:47
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        International doesn't come into it, he's been makings lots of individual mistakes and is costing us goals.

        I admit it can't help with the defence in front of him but he has to take some of the blame and should be dropped if his performances don't improve.

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        • January 5, 2015 at 11:14
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          @MFC Lion: The point is, dropped for who? You'd rather give the responsibility to one of our two 19 year old back up keepers? Anyone who thinks that this a better option than a vastly experienced international 'keeper who is known to be a key figure in the dressing room has lost the plot, mistakes or not. However, if we were to sign a decent 'keeper in January then there is competition for Forde's place and he has to get his form back to retain his place. That's a different argument.

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          • January 5, 2015 at 16:05
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            Yes actually I would be giving one of the 19 year olds a chance. I assume we have them signed because they're good keepers or are being lined up to be part of the first team.

            You don't just stick with an experienced keeper who keeps making the same old mistakes because he's been in goal for ages.

            He has been costing us goals, unless the back ups are even more error prone I think he deserves to be dropped for a match or two and buck his ideas up.

            On the basis of sticking with experience we will keep Dunne and Shittu indefinitely!

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  • January 4, 2015 at 23:11
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    A rumour flying around some of the people in the know, is that of the 24 out of contract players we will only be giving deals to 2!

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    • January 5, 2015 at 00:11
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      @nocalves: I can totally believe that rumour, although I was expecting we might keep 5-6.

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  • January 4, 2015 at 23:37
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    An unproven League Two player (swapped for a talented youngster in the same position) and a 31 year old left back who can't get into a team that has won two out of the last 19. Like all new players, they deserve a chance to prove themselves but it's hardly inspiring business from Holloway. Centre- back (Sean St. Ledger?), Centre-forward (good young Premiership loan?), Reserve/First Choice 'keeper as competition for Forde (Thomas Kucsczak?). If we don't fill these three spots in January I see nothing changing.

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  • January 5, 2015 at 00:12
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    Aldo or anyone, is there a definitive list of players whose contracts are running out this year?

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  • January 5, 2015 at 03:28
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    I aint slaggin him mate...i just dont think hes a long term keeper for us any longer cos hes older and makes too many errors for me....I reckon we could nick a few bob for him right now as hes under contract and an international... id much sooner us go out an get someone else with the money....

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    • January 5, 2015 at 14:25
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      @Hurlocksgonnagetya: Nobody can deny that he has his faults, shots from outside the box seem to go past a tad easy on occasion, but 35 isn't too old for a 'keeper and he's been a good servant for us and dug us out of many holes, including at one down on Saturday and a World class double save vs Cardiff at nil-nil. It's natural when things are going bad to look for scapegoats but I prefer to look at the causes rather than just decide that a half decent 'keeper becomes sh*t overnight. One clown on here blames him for 80% of all of our goals which doesn't add up as others say that Dunne is to blame for 100% (-:~. Look at all of the great teams, a settled defence is key. Holloway is to blame for Forde's dip in form. He never signed the centre half we so badly needed and he changes the defence week by week. Centre half partnerships and their 'keeper build up an understanding and trust. I'm not a fan of Shittu, but if he's our number one for the rest of the season alongside Sid then that's better than all of the messing around with Webster, Williams, Beevers and Dunne. I guarantee you that with a settled back four and defensive formation Forde's form will pick up and this would be only enhanced by getting a viable No. 2 in to challenge him for his place. I'll say again, Forde is our only choice at 'keeper right now.

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  • January 5, 2015 at 08:02
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    Being an international don't make you good it just means that he's the best the rep of Ireland have,so obviously they're all shi*.

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    • January 5, 2015 at 14:05
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      @eddielarge: 'Being an international don't make you good' really? You have a point though, Ireland don't have any stand out 'keeper which is why Shay Given has been tempted out of international retirement. However, Forde remains no. 1 and his performances have been top notch with hardly a mistake and were capped by a recent man of the match performance versus the World champions that kept Ireland in the game allowing a last minute equaliser from John O'Shea. My point above stands, at the moment we do not have a sensible alternative to Forde, if we sign somebody in January his place should rightly come under threat.

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  • January 5, 2015 at 11:55
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    Glad I'm not the only one who thinks Fordebis becoming a liability. Because he has been the number 1 between the sticks for so long with no real experienced competition he must believe he is bulletproof but such belief leaves you open to complacency. We definitely need another Keeper and one who has a real chance to be our next No.1 in goal. It didn't do Warner and Guret no harm, in fact it kept Warner on his toes because Guret was fantastic in his time with us

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