Holloway: Millwall will need Fuller's passion in dogfight

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IAN Holloway insists Millwall will need Ricardo Fuller's "passion" during the remaining months of their season.

Fuller prompted anger from Lions fans when he gestured to the away end during Saturday's defeat to Blackpool.

Holloway says Fuller has apologised for his behaviour and now hopes a line can be drawn under the incident.

Chief executive Andy Ambler, meanwhile, believes unity will be essential as the club battles to avoid relegation.

Ambler said: "Players can't react to fans in that way. End of. Ricardo knows that. So is he at fault? Yes.

"However, if he'd have sloped off after being substituted, not looking bothered, that would have been more worrying for me.

"He showed passion by reacting and all of our players have got to show the passion that Riccy has got to get us out of this situation.

"The fans, players and directors all need to be pulling in the same direction over the next couple of weeks if we're going to be in the Championship next year."

Holloway, speaking to the club's official site, added:

"Like the fans I want every single one of Millwall's players to be passionate and care about doing well for this club, and Ricky is certainly one who has those qualities in abundance.

"Ricky had scored two for us the week before and I'm very pleased with his contribution this season.

"I'm lucky to have him here because he is the type of player who gives absolutely everything for the cause.

"He leaves nothing out there on the pitch and if he wasn't like that, and he didn't try his absolute hardest, then I wouldn't be picking him."

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41 thoughts on “Holloway: Millwall will need Fuller's passion in dogfight

  • January 12, 2015 at 14:59
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    Fullers passion for falling on the deck isn't going to be vital to anyone.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 15:07
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    Ollie yes passion is a good thing to have when you are in a dog fight as we are at the moment, but skill and the ability to take a half chance is what will keep us up, also keeping some clean sheets which does seem to be beyond us so far this season.

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    • January 12, 2015 at 15:08
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      @Barnlion:

      YES YES YES - not passion but the ability to put the ball into an empty net and stop oppo players getting a free header

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  • January 12, 2015 at 15:07
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    To be fare to Fuller we hit long hopeful high balls up to him and this isn't his game. Get the ball into his feet and he can cause trouble to defenders. We just don't go forward as a team to support our strikers no matter who we play up front.

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    • January 12, 2015 at 15:17
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      @Glasshalffull: I think that crucial to understand, we are not playing a style that suits Fuller. He is being asked to hold the ball up and flick on chances but there is no one near him to take advantage of the balls he does win. I do however think that a lot of what he wins int he air actually doesn't end up where he intended, so god knows how his strike partner is mean to judge where to run on to?

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      • January 12, 2015 at 17:51
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        @glyngo: YOU AND GLASSFULL ARE RIGHT WHY ON EARTH ARE WE PUMPING LONG HIGH BALLS UP TO A 1 MAN ATTACK IF HE IS LUCKY HE WINS 2 OUT OF EVERY 10 . HE IS ONE OF OUR QUALITY PLAYERS WE DONT PLAY TO HIS STRENGTHS AT WATFORD HE WENT ON A BLAZING RUN GOING PAST 3 PLAYERS AND GETTING PULLED DOWN IN THE PENALTY AREA AS NORMAL THE REF MISSED IT . HE HAS A TREMENDOUS TURN OF PACE AND A QUALITY FINISHER WE SHOULD BE PLAYING A 4-4-2 FORMATION WITH A CHOICE OF STRIKERS WITH BALLS BEING PLAYED TO THEIR FEET WITH QUICK RETURN 1-2 PASSES ( A STONE WALL PASS) MOVEMENT, BRIGHTON AND PETERBOURGH DONE THIS TO US LAST SEASON AND TORE US APART SIMPLE FOOTBALL ON THE CARPET . THIS WOULD SUIT HIM AND WHO EVER PLAYS AS HIS STRIKE PARTNER

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    • January 12, 2015 at 15:22
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      @Glasshalffull: Halffull I am not having a go at Fuller, just the lack of quality in the squad and those he is also looking to bring in and his tactics.

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    • January 12, 2015 at 17:25
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      Brilliant post the guys getting on! Dead right a better ball to feet is better than one in the air which he has been getting since the start of the season I'm blame IH and the coaches for letting this go on for half a season! Those sort of balls are cigars and settes for defenders.

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    • January 12, 2015 at 18:08
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      @Glasshalffull: Spot on.Our top goal scorer and he is feeding off scraps. Its history now so let's get behind him. If he gets the winner at Bradford who will really give a f..k what his response was. A good signing today so let's look forward and not backwards.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 15:10
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    To be honest he is the highest scorer and took his chances in the cup game. He's not the worst player we have by a long chalk, but that isn't saying much at the moment!

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  • January 12, 2015 at 15:12
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    If I stuck my 2 fingers up towards a Millwall away end I know what I'd expect. Your either with us or against us and mutiny isn't the way forward for any of us. I can understand his frustration but if I earned his weekly wage I'd eat humble pie for fun.

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    • January 12, 2015 at 18:56
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      @millwallchris74: so the fans shouting abuse at him can hardly be seen to be with the club and players.

      I fully understand the frustration as things are not going well but creating a toxic atmosphere (major issue at home) will not turn our fortunes around.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 15:27
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    I find his performances more offensive than any gesture he could make.The fact is we should not of recruited a striker of his age as one of our main two and we should not ask him to play a role that is alien to him.Passion is about a lot more than sulking when the chips are down,i guess that applies to all of us aswell.

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    • January 12, 2015 at 15:40
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      @norris: I get the feeling he was brought in as an impact sub or backup due to his age. We didn't sign Smith or whoever else we were after so he ended up being the main striker.

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      • January 12, 2015 at 16:03
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        @junkmale: You are probably right,but a well run club should have contingency plans if they don't get their primary target,even now we are farting about around Church when we need someone desperatly.If we had an established goalscorer the loss of confidence would never have occured,earlier in the season we were bossing games,but the lack of a killer instinct eventually creates pressure for every player.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 16:04
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    Fuller is giving his best for the team....Holloways tactics are not his fault ...hes never been a lone striker before...slagging Fuller off is not the way to go

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  • January 12, 2015 at 16:54
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    All season we've had almost every player come on here and tell us what we want to hear and tbph it's annoyed the s.h.i.t out of me. now, after an incident like Saturdays IS the time for one of our players to come on here and tell us what we all need to hear, "sorry for my reaction, I was frustrated. I hate being in our position as much as all you supporters who've had to put up with the s.h.i.t we players have given you for months on end. Please except my apologies".
    How nice that would be from someone with so much passion and who cares?????
    Load of b.o.l.l.o.x ollie and you know it. Tell the bloke to come out and explain himself cause that's the right thing to do also where's the so called WALL players now.
    I will forgive when he publicly apologises.

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    • January 13, 2015 at 19:18
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      @lukesmithmfc: like you mate, I ain't heard anything and the 500 or so who paid very good money to attend a game in the a*** end of nowhere have the right to s*** him off.

      He on the other hand should not bite the hand that feeds him.

      A public apology via the programme on Saturday would suffice.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 17:04
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    Well if he's giving his best, heaven help us! I saw what he did at Blackpool, and he got stick because he seem to NOT chase the ball, and was POOR like the rest of the team. If OLLIE is saying that he will be our front man, then it means he is NOT going to bring in a new striker. ( NOLU, WDC ).

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  • January 12, 2015 at 17:06
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    Look he's scored 6 bloody goals and we have the worst tally amongst the championship,strikers should be under pressure if their not scoring,fuller knows the score,should have reacted, and Holloway has contributed with his stubborn tactics and formations.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 17:17
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    Well done Holloway,that's dealing with him,what about the passion the Millwall supporters showed only to be treated like that.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 17:23
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    I personally do not understand the stick Fuller gets I also think he has done ok for us this season. Gregory fails regularly but he's the future apparently ??????

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    • January 13, 2015 at 01:13
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      @Lincolnshire Lion
      I fully understand why he get's stick ,and it is not all his fault ,but at times he seems like an invalid as he shuffles about the pitch,and i just know when he starts a game their back four are going to have an easy game.
      I find it a bit unfair your caparison with greggs,to be fair greggs is still learning ,fuller has done it all before ,but if ollie had the gumption to play 442 i would put gregory in front of fuller every time

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  • January 12, 2015 at 17:25
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    He's done everything you have asked of him this season.( 4 league goals).well olly you didn't set the bar very high did you..i dony know who is worse you you carrot cruncher or captain slow
    why dont you both do one

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    • January 12, 2015 at 17:41
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      @Jim28: Well said Jim.It is because we have two jokers like Holloway and Fuller at the Club that we are going down.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 17:49
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    if fuller is a frustrated lone striker then fking play 2 strikers you fking idiot and give some help as we have saying all season

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  • January 12, 2015 at 17:52
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    Friend of mine who is s Stokie said that he reckoned Fuller was a good signing on the basis that he is a last 30 minute impact player - and this is how we should have used him. To be fair to him on Saturday he was up front on his own, didn't get much support from McDonald & Co and crossing into him was poor. He didn't deserve the booing - yet at the same time made a big mistake with that gesture which he's now acknowledged. Future tactic should be Gregory/Hof up front and Fuller/O'Brien as back up. Gregory/Hof did have more chances but their finishing was poor - however signs that they may work well together.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 18:21
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    Fuller is a f****** w***** brings nothing to wall except embarestment
    Seasoned pro I don't think so. Highway robber more like it p*** of Fuller your a joke

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  • January 12, 2015 at 18:41
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    Fuller used to be good, but he's past it, that's why he never had a medical before joining us. Playing him up front on his own, and long balls to him will achieve nothing at all. Gregory's crying out for a player like Maggie next to him, with someone like Powell to slip balls through to both of them. But no, he brings back Hof, and you will see hundreds of long balls/crosses, League 2 football.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 19:35
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    Yes it was wrong what Fuller did but I was taught early on in life don't give it you cant take it ,he is a no nonsense Jamaican and most of us are no nonsense working class Millwall fans so lets all move on for the sake of the club.
    I think im right in saying if it was not for some of his goals and assists we would maybe even lower in the division

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    • January 12, 2015 at 19:43
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      @mfc2u: well said, but has he come out and apologised yet? That would be a step in the right direction re putting it right?

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      • January 12, 2015 at 20:38
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        I agree after all we help pay his wages and saying sorry to the manager is not enough @lion.ie:

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  • January 12, 2015 at 21:21
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    The only thing that annoys me is that holloway made a big thing out of it & now ambler & holloway are making excuses for him. If a fan does that we would be looking at a banning order nice to see who's side the managements on. w******

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    • January 13, 2015 at 00:03
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      @block 28: why are you surprised?Ambler and Holloway have spent their whole time at Millwall sticking two fingers up at the fans.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 22:22
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    What's happened to us? We are Millwall and we have always had distinct lines drawn of what we the fans will put up with and what we won't. Obviously I'm in the small minority and will get loads of dislikes but those of you who are about to press the dislike button please know that I couldn't give a flying fig. As far as I'm concerned fuller should never pull on our shirt again and should be slung out immediately. We are the heart and soul of our beloved football club and I'm not having what fuller did at all. f*** him. I'm going up to Bradford and will be in full voice supporting out club before, during and after the game no matter what happens. But I don't want to see him wearing our shirt and representing us. Be much happier to see Fred (until he tells us to f*** off which he won't because he's one of us). What the f*** has happened to us to get to this where any of you will put up with that behaviour and make excuses for him. He's gotta go, end of

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  • January 12, 2015 at 22:27
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    What's happened to us? We are Millwall and we have always had distinct lines drawn of what we the fans will put up with and what we won't. Obviously I'm in the small minority and will get loads of dislikes but those of you who are about to press the dislike button please know that I couldn't give a flying fig. As far as I'm concerned fuller should never pull on our shirt again and should be slung out immediately. We are the heart and soul of our beloved football club and I'm not having what fuller did at all. Fu*k him. I'm going up to Bradford and will be in full voice supporting out club before, during and after the game no matter what happens. But I don't want to see him wearing our shirt and representing us. Be much happier to see Fred (until he tells us to fu*k off which he won't because he's one of us). What the fu*k has happened to us to get to this where any of you will put up with that behaviour and make excuses for him. He's gotta go, end of

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  • January 13, 2015 at 00:14
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    @T20ColdBlowLion: NO DISLIKES I HOPE WELL SAID,HE SHOULD BE GONE.AFTER ALL BLACKPOOL IS NOT JUST A NORMAL TRIP,ITS A FAIR DISTANCE TO TRAVEL TO SEE YOUR SIDE LOSE YET ANOTHER GAME AND FOR ONE OF YOUR OWN TO STICK TWO FINGERS UP SAYS IT ALL.ON TOP OF THIS YOUR MANAGER TRYS TO COOL IT AND AMBLER DOES THE SAME.SO THATS O.K OLLIE WILL CARRY ON PLAYING ONE UP FRONT WITH THE USUAL DIFFERENT FORMATIONS BACKING UP .PROBABLY TOO LATE NOW BECAUSE HIS STUBBORNESS NOT TO GIVE 442 A GOOD GO AND GET POINTS ON THE BOARD LOOKS COMPLETELY ALIEN NOW.THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY GAMES AT HOME WHEN WE HAVE NOT EVEN HAD A SHOT ON TATGET IN THE FIRST HALF ,THJEN WE HAVE FOUND OURSELVES BEHIND CHASING A GAME AND USAUALLY DROPPING POINTS.THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES 442 WOULD GET US MORE ON THE BOARD BUT IT CANNOT BE ANY WORSE THAN WHAT WE HAVE ALL HAD TO SUFFER,IT IS OLLIES STUBBORN INSISTANCE TO STICK TO HIS LAYOUTS WHICH IS WHY WE ARE WHERE WE ARE.

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  • January 13, 2015 at 01:23
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    IH has gone on record more than once saying "it is important for any team to score the first goal",well here is a question for IH.
    Why is it you never ever set a team up that is likely to score the first goal?
    I do not think for one minute you will or can answer the question.

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