Report: Millwall 1-3 Ipswich Town

MILLWALL suffered their fifth straight league defeat despite a much-improved performance against promotion-chasing Ipswich Town.

Noel Hunt's early brace did the damage and even though Magaye Gueye reduced the deficit, Jonathan Parr added a third goal to put a convincing gloss on the scoreline.

The Lions largely matched the visitors in open play but their defending at key moments left a lot to be desired, whereas Mick McCarthy's side were well-drilled at the back.

Millwall were clapped off at the end after a creditable effort but they are now three points adrift of fourth-bottom Rotherham with an inferior goal difference.

Ian Holloway made the extent of his unhappiness at Wednesday's 4-0 loss to Bradford crystal clear by making eight changes to his starting XI.

But the most significant piece of team news was arguably 19-year-old academy graduate Sid Nelson being handed the captain's armband.

Nelson was joined by Shaun Cummings, Byron Webster and Dan Harding in a new-look back four in front of goalkeeper David Forde.

Diego Fabbri, who joined on loan from Watford yesterday, made his debut on the left wing, with Jack Powell recalled to the centre of midfield.

Gueye started on the right flank and Stefan Maierhofer partnered Lee Gregory up front in a totally re-jigged attacking line.

On paper, Millwall's side was well-balanced and fans taking their seats in SE16 were encouraged to hear that Holloway had opted to go with their preferred 4-4-2 formation.

And the hosts almost made the perfect start.

In just the second minute, new boy Fabbrini jinked to the edge of the area and let fly with a curling effort that was deflected straight up into the air.

Maierhofer was underneath it and his presence prevented Bartosz Bialkowski from gathering possession, but when the ball broke to Fabbrini again he drilled inches wide.

The significance of that miss was made even greater when Ipswich instead took the lead 90 seconds later.

Tyrone Mings' clipped free kick was knocked on by Darryl Murphy to Stephen Hunt, whose brother Noel nudged the ball past Forde from close range.

The Tractor Boys doubled their advantage in the 14th minute after a comedy of errors in Millwall's rearguard.

The Lions failed to clear a simple cross into their box and Kevin Bru's shot from a narrow angle was cleared straight to Hunt, who squeezed the ball in almost from the byline.

Millwall were shell-shocked but a rare opportunity fell their way – albeit to the wrong man – when Abdou sliced wide from the edge of the box.

An error by Webster in the 38th minute presented Murphy with a free run on goal but the Championship's top scorer failed to capitalise, scuffing a low drive beyond the far post.

Ipswich should have been out of sight but Gueye's third goal of the season brought the Lions back into the contest.

Maierhofer glanced a free kick into the feet of Gregory who flicked the ball into the Frenchman's path, and his half-volley into the ground beat Bialkowski at the near post.

Roared onto the field at the start of the second half, Millwall pushed for an equaliser.

But despite seeing a lot more of a ball than they had done in the opening 45 minutes, clear-cut chances were few and far between.

Powell fired over from distance in the 55th minute before his wicked cross was intercepted by a clearing header on its way through to Maierhofer.

Gueye's inswinging corner was glanced wide by Webster and the former Everton man sent a curling free kick over the bar as the Lions continued to press.

But as has happened so often this season, Millwall were hit on the counter attack and Ipswich made the points safe.

After a Lions attack was halted by the referee's whistle, Murphy flicked on a long free kick to Freddie Sears, who found Parr, and the left back cooly converted.

That took the sting out of the contest and Mick McCarthy's side saw out the remaining 15 minutes with minimal fuss.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

124 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 1-3 Ipswich Town

  • January 17, 2015 at 17:35
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    Better team selection,better tactics & yes a better performance BUT we need a center back and a goalscorer ASAP

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    • January 17, 2015 at 17:59
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      @the verminhater: Get ready to hit the dislike button everyone. For me Gregory is a good striker. But, at the moment he does not fit into our style of play. We are going to direct for his runs to be much use. His control from Fordes goal kick proves he is a very good player if we played that style of football. However, we can not change our style of play to accomodate someone who has scored 4 goals in 21 appearances. So for me he should be on the bench as someone who can come and change the game but doesnt offer much use starting at the moment

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        • January 17, 2015 at 18:37
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          @NICKOLA: I dont think Fuller is good enough either, and i want him to be sold after last week. But people saying that Gregory needs a partner to flourish, he has had a small man with him in Mcdonald and a big one in Maierhofer and he hasnt been great. I think gregory is better than Fuller and I agree I would rather see him on the pitch but at this moment in time Gregory is not the Saviour unfortunately. Still hopes he proves me wrong

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      • January 17, 2015 at 19:51
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        @MillwallChorister: fuller works best as an impact sub and if Gregorys on the bench that leaves just the hoff.

        Stick with Gregory all day long.

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      • January 18, 2015 at 19:33
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        @MillwallChorister: i agree Gregory not the answer and overall a strange buy. IH obviously not a fan of two strikers and Gregory can't play the role of lone striker. He isn't quick , can't hold the ball up and not good in the air. Perhaps more worrying is IH saying we need to buy players to to build 'his team' . I think only two of yesterday's team were in Lomas team and the treatment ,quality and selection of IH signings has been at times baffling. Upson Webster, Gregory have all been consistently not picked and only Williams can be deemed a success. Let's hope the new signings are more successful !!

        Two massive positives from yesterday in Sid Nelson we definitely have a player for the future and in Jack Powell we have a player for NOW !!

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  • January 17, 2015 at 17:36
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    A better performance by Millwall. I'd make 2 change's for the next game. Williams for abdou & a new cd for Webster.

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    • January 17, 2015 at 18:06
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      @bermondseylion: Agree with you to an extent. I'd swap Williams for Webster at CB and leave Abdou. One of the best players on the pitch today for me.

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    • January 17, 2015 at 18:12
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      @bermondseylion: not sure if it's a confidence issue with Webster but I was worried everytime he had the ball today.

      Could have cost us a few more goals while it was still 0-2

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      • January 17, 2015 at 18:20
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        @MFC Lion: Webster was getting run ragged in that first half and Harding looked hopeless, but for all intents and purposes it's a team who were introduced to each other ten minutes before kick-off. He has to pick a back 4 and stick with it, the reason we've been so bad is that it's a new back 4 every game.

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        • January 17, 2015 at 18:26
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          @jamie: yes I would stick with this back 4. They certainly need time to get used to playing with the same defenders to get any kind of understanding.

          Also they were up against a decent side. Hopefully the games coming up will prove less challenging.

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  • January 17, 2015 at 17:36
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    That was probably one of the best teams holloway has put out so far and I'm glad he put 2 up front. Nice to see Dunne got dropped too at last. Forde didn't have the best game and he seems to like playing at left/right back. Definitely still need a few players but overall the performance wasn't too bad. NOLU WDC!!

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    • January 18, 2015 at 11:01
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      @The Lion: Picking up on your comment there, I think IH made Forde play a bit of a sweeping role at the back, and pushed our men more forward. I noticed he was not just a goalkeeper in the 2nd half. It seemed to make us more attacking.

      The Hof wins balls, but he doesn't seem able to keep control. He needs someone running very close to him for flick ons (which he how we got the goal). He is a good addition.

      I do not recall a single wide overoverlapping run from us on either win getting to the by-line.

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  • January 17, 2015 at 17:40
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    much much better, such a shame we couldn't of taken that team to Bradford!!!

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  • January 17, 2015 at 17:45
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    Much better team today they showed a lot more heart but having said that I would swap Williams for abdou and forde for king let the youngster have a go he can't do any worst

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  • January 17, 2015 at 17:46
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    If we never see Chaplow & friends in a Millwall shirt again, and in all remaining matches we show as much fight as Sid Nelson did today, I will accept relegation.

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  • January 17, 2015 at 17:51
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    All 3 goals, down to the 2 centre backs.... Not good enough at this level

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        • January 17, 2015 at 18:51
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          @Jim28: unfortunately, as brave as someone like Sid is and a real Millwall product for the future, he is exactly that... For the future. He needs to go out on load, like Jake and Fred, before starting for us now. Yes, he is Millwall to the core and is courageous, but I haven't seen him win a header under challenge. Most on here were saying we needed some centre backs brought in, Ollie just threw him in. He's not ready at this level just yet. Really feel Ollie gave him the armband to appease the fans....

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          • January 17, 2015 at 19:16
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            @les the lion: are you mental did you watch the match today you couldn't have Sid was our best player BY FAR he needs to be in that starting line up that's simple

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          • January 17, 2015 at 19:50
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            @les the lion:
            yes les spot on - typical holloway - to much hype about this kid - not fair on him

            you are right he cant win headers against top pros at this level - I am not sure he will ever make a CB in this country with the amount of high balls he has to deal with - he will fill out and be stronger though . I would coach him as a full back - you don't have to be massive to be a CB but if you are not you have to be able to jump like tim cahill and I am not sure nelson has that natural gift

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          • January 17, 2015 at 20:20
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            @les the lion: spot on ..hes a great lad and a wall fan.he had offers from wenger & a couple of other prem clubs.but chose us..
            stupid to make a 19yr old skipper..as for winning headers .he didn't need to cos most of there play was on the floor....
            impressed with the passion they showed..
            so need a cb ...

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          • January 17, 2015 at 22:07
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            @les the lion: cmj23.... Yes mate... Unfortunately, I'm a season ticket holder. You maybe right, he may have been our best player, but that shows where we are... 3rd from bottom, conceeding far to many sloppy or easy defendable goals, and not scoring any... Did looked great at u21 where I've seen him plenty of times and command games. This is a different level. The same goes for marquis, he's Millwall through and through, but he ain't good enough.... God, I'd love them to be, but, the honest truth is, at the moment, they aint.

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          • January 17, 2015 at 22:08
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            @les the lion: it's all about pairs! Robbo/ward! Ted/cas hurlock/briley rhino/ witter us/them

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  • January 17, 2015 at 17:57
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    King in for Forde. Abdou to give way to Williams .
    Very good news about Dunne not making the squad and Shittu on the bench.
    Moving in the right direction now. Let's hope it's not too late.

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  • January 17, 2015 at 18:01
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    I thought Ipswich was a very good team today. We have improved which is a plus.. I still say another top notch big striker will make the difference if we stay up. Well done Ian , just shows that if the management give him the proper tools. He can do the job.

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  • January 17, 2015 at 18:08
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    Lot of people saying Williams to come in for Abdou. Was I watching a different game today, Abdou was solid for me today.

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    • January 17, 2015 at 18:21
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      @pieandmash: couldn't control he's water passing was rubbish and he's shooting was terrible what game was u watching I love abdou but we a passer in the team

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    • January 17, 2015 at 18:33
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      @pieandmash: also seemed to be having the majority of our shots! (not a good thing bless him)

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    • January 18, 2015 at 11:06
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      @pieandmash: I saw he had 3 shots, all within 19 yards of goal and all went over (OK, the volley can be forgiven).

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  • January 17, 2015 at 18:14
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    Williams could come in alongside Nelson? Can we recall goodman?

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  • January 17, 2015 at 18:20
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    Williams is a Centre back .....Paris is a winger and Martinez a midfielder...can all come in ....not sure about Hoff...Fuller is the man in 4 4 2

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    • January 17, 2015 at 18:41
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      After blaakpool fuller should NEVER wear millwall shirt again

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      • January 17, 2015 at 18:49
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        @richjob: people need to let that go. He's scored more goals for us than anyone else and he's not getting sacked, still being paid so time to get over it or f*** off. (Just kidding)

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  • January 17, 2015 at 18:20
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    Great to see Ollie make some changes and give Powell a start. Powell is a great young CM and we need him to play more often. Also good to see a change of formation. Two strikers is great however that is where our major problem lies. We need to see someone come in who is a proven goal scorer. Hoff being back has given us that height that we need for winning the ball in the air and is a difficult challenge for defenders to beat him in the air. But we still need that goal scorer. Gregory is a good striker but hasn't got that eye for goal like he did for Halifax. But that was a big step up for him and it was something he wanted to challenge. He has done well in terms of his movement on and off the ball but he just needs to be more clinical in front of goal however he is still improving every single day and his attitude at Bradford was brilliant even when we were 4-0 down. Also it was great that nelson gets some games now. Such a quality young centre back and is probably our youth version of robbo so it's fantastic to see him in the team getting some games. He just needs to develop more and he, along with Powell, will need game time to develop. And he was captain so he had a lot of weight on his shoulders but he seemed to handle the pressure pretty well, even against a difficult team like Ipswich. But our main defensive problem is that Ollie keeps rotating who he puts alongside Nelson. One game its Shittu, the next game its Beevers and the game after that its Dunne. But Webster came in this game and in my mind he isn't a bad centre back. He done good with Yeovil (even though they were relegated) but he hasn't been given much game time here so, like Nelson, he is still going to develop and adapt to the level of football in which he plays in. But overall an unfortunate result but we can say that the team played a hell of a lot better than what they did at Bradford on Wednesday. Lets hope we can get some results and a goal scorer.

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    • January 17, 2015 at 18:34
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      @Lionzzz98:

      I totally despair if you think Powell played well - Ipswich played the ball around him at ease - he was always out of position. He has a lot to learn and he wont learn it under holloway

      Gregory more clinical in front of goal - what are you talking about? He never had a chance - we didn't have a single proper chance in the whole second half

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      • January 17, 2015 at 18:47
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        @timchimes:
        I wasn't on about todays game about for either of them. I was on about the season so far.

        Powell, in most games he has played in this season, has done good but might be best if he went on loan for a bit just to get some more experience. But his first game i saw him play in against blackpool, he was fantastic and looked like a good prospect. but he was taken out of the team and not heard about for a couple of months. This is probably one reason why he wasn't as good as what we have seen from him when he has played before, his lack of action. Like I said, maybe a little time out on loan will do him good.

        As for Gregory, i was saying he is a good striker but he needs to be more clinical. Its not just today (even though he didn't get any chances), its over the course of the season. His positioning is great but we can't get the ball to him so that he is able to score. But when he does get chances, he can score them, but he misses them. Like I said, he wanted to make the step up from non league and he is doing well so far. But the one thing he needs to improve on is his goal scoring. He just doesn't take enough of the chances that he gets.

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        • January 17, 2015 at 19:56
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          @Lionzzz98:

          yes fair enough but the way we play means Gregory is often the provider - for example today long balls down the wings which he controlled well but no one making a run to lay them off to - hof is too slow - he needs to be in the box more with others doing those runs - maybe paris will do it but the currents squad is incapable

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          • January 17, 2015 at 20:13
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            @timchimes:

            Paris is a very quick player so he will be able to get past players down the wing with his pace allowing gregory to get into a good position in the box so that we have a good chance of scoring with either gregory or maierhofer and sometimes fuller

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  • January 17, 2015 at 18:21
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    We should get Fred back, he knows how to score a goal at the moment.

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    • January 17, 2015 at 18:41
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      @zellus13: Fred is STAYING at Wycombe. It's part of the deal for signing Paris.

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  • January 17, 2015 at 18:22
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    A predictable result but happy with the squad and performance. Have to keep in mind that we played one of the better teams in the division who are settled and well drilled. Same again next week please

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  • January 17, 2015 at 18:24
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    Why does the match report not say what we all know, FORDE cost ur 3 points AGAIN

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  • January 17, 2015 at 18:30
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    I cannot believe how positive people are on here - more chaotic shambolic play from a Holloway team that made it up as they went along

    we were playing at home and Ipswich, who were nothing special (without two of their main strikers) could have scored 7 goals - the centre backs were awful - Webster improved 2nd half but that is not saying much and nelson is too small and was being out jumped by a 5ft 10in forward - he constantly headed balls out which he could have control and that increased the sense of panic as we turned the ball over way too easily- they had no idea how to defend and it was luck more than anything that stopped a mauling - how nelson can be made captain is laughably desperate -

    Powell has no idea how to hold a position ; he was heading balls out from under the nose of the CB and left huge gaps in the middle which they exploited easily. and he comes of his feet all the ime

    Harding did not look comfortable on the ball- having said that there was hardly ever an easy out ball because abdou and powell are not good enough in the middle - there was no link up play at all , just banged it down the middle and hoped for break

    the forwards tried hard without any quality - we scored a goal which at home should keep you in a match but no we have to let in 3. Forde is an utter joke at the moment; he came rushing out for the 3rd goal and made it simple . Cabrinni has good control but lacks the pace to go past anyone, perhaps with matches under his belt he will get stronger

    if anyone thinks that was anywhere near good enough to win any match in this league they are seriously bad judges of football. Williams needs to come in and show the skill he has because the rest are third rate and Paris had better be international quality otherwise we are down without any shadow of a doubt - Utter garbage

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    • January 17, 2015 at 18:45
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      @timchimes: oh look we have Jose Mourinho on here and compared to Bradford it was a much better performance that's what people are saying so why don't you read the posts properly yeah wasn't great but it was better and we are going in the right direction I agree that the CM was bad and we need Williams back but why don't you look at the positives coz there were a lot to take from today's game or just be doom a gloom and give the fight already how do u expect players to keep fighting if even the fans give up!!

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      • January 17, 2015 at 19:12
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        @Block 28 Lion:

        yes but better than Bradford is not the point - we need to be competitive in this league and we are not and will not be with that team - as I said Williams and Paris might add something but there are too many substandard players in that squad who cannot effect games - they cannot do the things which prevent goals and score goals - look at lee martin for example - he came on and was next to hopeless - without a quality centre back we are not going to keep teams out and we cant then win - 3 more today 5 against boro 6 against Norwich etc etc it isn't just about Bradford.
        Powell may well turn out to be a very good player- he has the physical attributes . I am not blaming him - he is a kid and cant be expected to drag us out of this - same for nelson , but nelson is just not good enough. time and time again they banged a ball up to one striker and we had two back and the striker got the ball without any challenge - it is basic defending that we cant do - IH can't coach this - he is hopeless- look how their CB manhandled Hof , illegally often (the ref gave us nothing) We are generally to weak - lose too many 50/50 balls - don't have a leader on the pitch or enough winners - they are not mentally strong enough.

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    • January 17, 2015 at 18:57
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      @timchimes: aghhhh Tim quite depressing that post but I can't really disagree with you.

      Better than Bradford at least and if he can keep a settled team there's hope they can start picking up some points.

      Who would you have as captain? Not sure whether Dunne is long term dropped or if today was just a shock tactic for him and the other abscenties.

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    • January 17, 2015 at 19:20
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      @timchimes: as arrogant a post as ive ever seen on here, but i bow to your tactical genius

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      • January 17, 2015 at 19:37
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        @thecolumbusblock: what do you disagree with in his post? Seems quite fair and just his opinion on what he saw today.

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  • January 17, 2015 at 18:30
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    Williams coming back will be a massive boost, still desperately need an experienced Goal Keeper to put Forde under pressure and hopefully displace him, a composed quality experienced CB to play alongside young Sid and a quality striker for this level while maybe putting Gregory onloan to a top six league one side to build up more confidence. I don't know if a first season playing in a championship relegation scrap is ideal for his development right now

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    • January 17, 2015 at 18:43
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      @Bexley_Lion: Agree with all those points except Gregory. We probably do need another striker but he should be in the squad as a sub not on loan. All in all that was much much better. 20 games to go. It can be done

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  • January 17, 2015 at 18:44
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    Much better performance and this side showed that they were not going to roll over like that rubbish we saw on Wednesday. So stick with this side as much as possible and don't let none of that dross back in that let us down at Bradford.

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  • January 17, 2015 at 18:45
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    I was there today I have a few points, hoff is crap he can't jump he's slow & he never looked like scoring, the defence is poor, a decent side would of had a feel day, Ipswich were nothing special they won't go up imo, the new boy from waford looked ok, we need 2 centre halfs a decent striker, not a loan striker, paris Cowan hall will be fit soon hopefully, but most of all what we need most is confidence, I knew as soon as we played hoff all fordey would do is bypass the midfield & hoof it, were are a long ball team with a 7ft striker who cannot jump, once we get a few semi decent players in this month & our 1st win even if it comes off a bum leg or arm I'm sure the team will start to get confidence & the results will come, keep the faith the wall will return.

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  • January 17, 2015 at 18:45
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    Slight improvement over past few months but now needs to stick with this side but need Williams in for his composure maybe at c/b think we need jimmy in midfield for his work rate and ability to break up play refereeing was abysmal again and spoiled a game I think we could have got back into but we should be used to it by now

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  • January 17, 2015 at 18:56
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    @MFC lion; yes but you was talking about me ( incase your getting confused ) and seen as you don't know me or block 28 and how we know each and the fact that we were banter STAY OUT OF IT !!

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    • January 17, 2015 at 19:26
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      @Block 28 Lion:
      No confusion here (really should stop quoting little bits of my posts).

      Again I wasn't replying to your post and what I said wasn't anything to get upset about.

      I'll leave you to get back to your banter with Block 28.

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      • January 17, 2015 at 19:41
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        @MFC Lion: @MFC Lion: I will get back to my banter with block 28 and it seems like your the one getting abit upset pal

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  • January 17, 2015 at 19:03
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    Has williams served his 4 match ban now?

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  • January 17, 2015 at 19:07
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    Forde is a disaster waiting to happen at the moment. Jimmy is all effort but unfortunately he cannot stay on his feet nor pass the ball. Webster will benefit from a run in the side.

    IH needs to keep todays team as his core side with the addition of Williams and Paris plus whoever else we sign this window.

    We must stick with a settled side and see how far we can go

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  • January 17, 2015 at 19:14
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    Better than Wednesday, but that didn't take much.
    We need a good gobby CB that can bark out and control.
    We also need a gutsy holding midfielder, all these teams slice
    right through us with ease. If you want to stop conceding goals
    then those two positions are a must.
    Forde has got cosy, he needs his Harris parked on the bench for a while.
    Defenders must be s******* themselves playing in front of him.
    Holloway had an easy day today, because he did what everyone wanted.
    But more players are needed and the rest of the vermin binned pronto.
    Holloway still to prove himself yet in my book, he has had the vote of confidence,
    but that is just a warning shot, after all it's not just the players fault we are in the s****,
    he has had a massive part to play as well.
    Jury still out and the hangman on a retainer.

    I thought they put in a shift today, and the crowd did their bit.

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    • January 17, 2015 at 20:00
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      @lowdown:

      very good post and analysis of our weaknesses but what is so depressing is IH has had all season to sort this out and still hasn't - why the surprise - why the reaction now - why the dysfunctional talk - we have been like this for ages

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      • January 17, 2015 at 20:07
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        @timchimes:
        Yep, all very confusing, maybe he has had his wrist slapped
        after the Bradford game. A lot has happened since Wednesday,

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  • January 17, 2015 at 19:16
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    When we get Williams and/or Bailey back we will be better

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    • January 17, 2015 at 19:44
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      @benzo: Bailey. No chance of seeing him again this season. He's just a sick note

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  • January 17, 2015 at 19:59
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    @Block 28 Lion: Bradford were beaten by Yeovil today, that's how good Millwall were last week. A different team today but still shipped 3 goals thats 7 in two games, have lost the last 5, do you think anything will change against Reading? It was panic stations today with the clueless manager throwing in 5 players who never played together before, some not match fit. Ok one or two showed promise but this is a team game and Millwall are a long way from playing as a team. Holloway has had a year to put things right and failed miserably. We need a miracle to stay up. Hope we can, the prospect of div1 is dreadful.

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    • January 17, 2015 at 20:05
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      @Peckhamlad: look I know how bad we are I'm just saying that this is probaly the best team I've seen all season and if the lunatic hollaway sticks with this team albeit with a few only a FEW changes then we might have a chance those players out there today played with heart and if we do get relegated at least we will have a team with a good chance of going straight back up!

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  • January 17, 2015 at 20:01
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    Decent football but little end product, too much easy turnover for the oppo to take advantage of.

    Better than the usual tosh but insufficient to stay up!

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  • January 17, 2015 at 20:02
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    Decent football but little end product, too much easy turnover for the oppo to take advantage of.
    Better than the usual tosh but insufficient to stay up!

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  • January 17, 2015 at 20:02
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    Decent football but little end product, too much easy turnover for the oppo to take advantage of.
    Better than the usual tosh but insufficient to stay up.

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  • January 17, 2015 at 20:02
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    If Ollie was to go now who would you think is the best to takeover and get us out of this mess

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  • January 17, 2015 at 20:04
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    Decent football but little end product, too much easy turnover for the oppo to take advantage.
    Better than the usual tosh but insufficient to stay up.

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  • January 17, 2015 at 20:14
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    Good job Ipswich had their main strikeforce out sick / injured.
    The two new full backs are crap - Harding is uselesss - Cummings didnt get forward once.
    Gregory needs to do more than run about...........

    Can he head the ball - NO
    Can he beat a player - NO
    Can he hold the balll up - NO
    Does he bring players into the game - NO
    Does he score goals - NO
    Would anybody buy him from us - NO
    It was better - but not much
    Well played Jimmy

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  • January 17, 2015 at 20:23
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    We need a bloody striker and centre back and winger , lee martin had his chance to show his potential ,the question is where is it?

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  • January 17, 2015 at 20:43
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    Everything that has happened, is exactly how it is. We have been poor/ dismall/ s*** (however you want to put it!!) but taking positives out of today i can see that holloway has perhaps started to listen to the fans? 442 is a must its been called upon from the fans for f**king yonks!! And thats what happened .... Holloway (true to his word! Made major changes) ((again)) but perhaps this is what some of these "so called players" need as there is much more of a challange for 1st team football... Nelson as "el capitan" that is a great step forward hes young, ballsie and has the millwall way running through his blood we can all see that!!! (Well done sid !!!!) .... So looking forward we have reading who aint in a good place either i fancy 3 pts there and then we have forest who i think look suspect!! So i again fancy another 3 pts there too!! Now i know some of you are thinking "f++k me woodzy ill have what your havin" but my thoughts are 1- we cant go on like this its got to turn around in our favour at some point and after the waisted chances today against 3rd place ipswich reading and forest will be in for a shock when the order is given to shoot on site!! And 2- (glup glup of my neat brandy!!) the defence which is s*** will now be looking at themself thinking this cant go on!!! Surely!!! A 442 formation will/should be played again but much for as a unit ....shittu nelson(C!) as CB's and lastly king in to start forde is thinking since he signed the extention that he is untouchable its that "too comfortable c***" that needs the boot up the a***

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  • January 17, 2015 at 20:56
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    What the f@@k am I reading here ???? How can you be talking about how well we done today ??? 1-3 the player I thought put in a good shift was the new boy from Watford then I h subs him for martin ,,,,, I think Jimmy can hold his head up high ,,well done boy !!! But yet again we all have a long (& expensive ) trip home having watched yet another s*** performance """""" Holloway time you do the right thing &
    !!!!!!!!! Please F O ff

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    • January 17, 2015 at 21:10
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      @ascot lion: Everyone has there own opinion and i Couldn't agree more about the result today but 2 be honest i dont think IH is 2 blame 4 today. I think he's finally woken up today team and effort was alot better then previous weeks. He should stick 2 this team selection and let them gel. The only changes i would make is Ford and Webster plus give Paris and Williams a look in.

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    • January 18, 2015 at 00:44
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      @ascot lion: thank fu*k for your comment ascot! this is like the fu*king twilight zone on here at times. We'll said, totally agree with you - you sound as exasperated as me at all these ridiculous comments suggesting we are heading in the right direction. We are dropping like a stone and I can't see any hope under hollowhead as he just talks total fu*king nonsense. Analyse what he says and compare that to any other manager. Our clown speaks like a sub-class inferior intellect idiot and having brought in 20 of his own players says he now, more than half way through his second season (admittedly first full season) says we near a clear out. 12 wins in 52 games and another defeat today. Fu*k me! how we lower our expectations and hope if we think we are heading in the right direction. I appreciate that. What ivory doesn't help, but blind ignorance to the facts don't help either. We are not getting better we are getting worse, and what do we expect this idiot to be able to lure in to join him as recruit number 21 to presumably 30?

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  • January 17, 2015 at 21:12
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    We desperately need 2 centre halves, Webster is a liability and Sid isn't ready yet IMO.
    I really want Gregory to do well but over the last couple of months I'm not sure he's up to it, his movement is great but he will be judged on goals and sadly he hasn't scored enough.
    On a positive note I thought Fabbrini looked decent, personally I would have left him on.
    Onwards and hopefully upwards!

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  • January 17, 2015 at 21:23
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    Get your dislikes ready but I know I'm not alone I canceled going today as I couldn't bring myself to p£ss up another Saturday. Its not a case of being disloyal but some times enough is enough regardless of your passion for the team ( I know I'm not alone even if you don't admit it ) the only way foward is to keep to 442 swallow the debt a get rid of whoever is spreading the cancer in the dressing room or all the newbies will go sour. 1 shot on target at home realy

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  • January 17, 2015 at 21:58
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    holloway will take us down and put this club on a downward spiral, look what he did at palace,(he was a hero to me then) bought in 16 plus new players then fu#ked off, sound familiar?, he is a chancer and there are allegedly lots of problems behind the scenes with one of his assistants,allegedly, and with holloway himself allegedly, aldo must know. shows you what kind of spine he has, blames his players on wednesday without accepting he made the decision to play 3 at the back, makes young nelson skipper which is a cowards way to try and get us behind him, irrespective of what it could have done to sid ! but it seems JB has bought in to him, so no more from me. I will still be there.

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    • January 17, 2015 at 22:16
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      @rowanonthewing7: total agree about poor young Sid.... Ollie the spin doctor at it again. Sid ain't ready for this level yet as I stated in an earlier post. All heart, bravery and Millwall blood but not good enough yet. All 3 goals were not dealt with by him and Webster and he does win headers when under challenge. Murphy ate him up in the air today... Needs to get out on load and strengthen up a bit and come back in a year to claim the arm band again.... Millwall legend in the making but not the finished article yet...

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  • January 17, 2015 at 22:30
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    Much better today but let's face it couldn't be any worse than recent games. These players need time to gel. Time we ain't got. Need to bring another CB in hear robert Huth is available

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    • January 17, 2015 at 22:47
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      @block 28: that'sy big concern, we are no doubt signing some experienced players but how long will they need to gel. We don't have the luxury of time on our side.

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  • January 17, 2015 at 22:35
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    assuming paris come in next game does gueye drop out - more loss of continuity - can fabrinni move more central - can gueye go up front and play off of Hof - it all seems so difficult because we are clutching at straws - I want to be positive but I feel like I am watching a slow motion car crash

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    • January 17, 2015 at 22:48
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      @timchimes: I like Gregory but maybe MacD could do better playing alongside the Hoff?

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      • January 17, 2015 at 23:10
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        @glyngo:
        this is exactly the point -'maybe '

        who knows? we don't have players who naturally fit into roles

        I think the forwards get depressed at struggling away when we ship so many goals at the back -
        even when we score, like today , with a well struck shot - they and we kind of think, well it wont lead to anything we will just let in more soon - we never have anything to hang on to

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  • January 17, 2015 at 22:47
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    @Adsy77777: I tend to agree with your posts on here most of the time, and certainly agree today re Cummings, Fabbrini, Gueye and Jack Powell. Re Harding, I guess that with any new player we need to hold fire on our judgment, although first impressions of him were not great (and Forest didn't think much of him either, I'm told).
    Regarding Lee Gregory, it really is hard to say. Maybe, and it's a big maybe, with the right person alongside on a regular basis so that an understanding could be built up. there could be something there. His touch has improved and he's still making decent runs; I'm just not sure, but on the other hand we're really not spoiled for choice, Sid as captain was not a surprising move, in that it came from IH, and is no more outrageous than many of his other gestures this season.He's not ready yet, though, and we really do have a CB problem. Webster, who was apparently a very decent player at Yeovil, has had his confidence shot to bits by IH's antics, and on today's showing isn't our answer. What is? Well, IMO Shittu is the best of what we currently have, but God knows who goes alongside him - Wilkinson? (someone on here says he has played inside before).
    Most of all I think, we need a leader in the middle of the field. Last year our revival 'coincided' with Bailey coming back and taking it by the scruff of the neck. Who knows if he - or anybody else - can do that again? And for all the people on this site who call him a wage thief, do they really think he wanted to get two consecutive long-term injuries? And would they call him a wage thief to his face? From the look of him, I know I wouldn't !!!

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    • January 17, 2015 at 23:03
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      @waterloolion:

      yes the regular partner for Gregory is important

      do you remember the good cross from Powell which nearly got through to two on rushing forwards at 2-1 - they possibly would have got in each others way if the ball had got over the defender - Well if one player makes a run to the near post then perhaps the defender gets pulled out a bit and that cross would have found Hof. These are the little things that make a difference and come with playing together and being coached to do so - This is virtually never evident in our play . this is why I am firmly in the IH out camp now after being patient with him. We have no style or plan on the pitch. The players don't trust each other and that was partly the case with Harding - the wingers never made the right runs for him and I bet he always had one eye on Webster, waiting for a cock up. Our defending of set pieces again was haphazard , we got away with by luck on many occasion - no discipline no one knows who they are marking as with Bradford and countless other games - Without discipline and trust there can be no fluency and so we resort to smashing long balls and getting lucky (which doesn't happen) I have used he term on here many times 'amateurish' and that is what we are, and will continue to be until IH goes

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    • January 17, 2015 at 23:22
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      @waterloolion: I won't be calling him a wage thief, not because he would hit me, I just don't want to see the bloke pick up another injury running after me.

      Is there any news on his return date? He definitely adds a bit of muscle to the team. Getting him back for the last 10 games could make all the difference.

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  • January 17, 2015 at 22:48
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    need to bare in mind that Harding will not be able to play on Saturday... So that means Briggs in. I think Cummings in the first half of the game was abit quiet and didn't really want to get involved, but second half he picked up and started to get involved. Fabbrini was a skillfull player, he held the ball up well and looked like a dangerous player... Curious to see what Cowan-Hall is like.

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  • January 17, 2015 at 22:49
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    Holloway is a cunning old fox,the s*** hits the fan,so he plays to the gallery and picks the team the fans have been calling for,next thing you know we are patting him on the back for losing 3-1 at home!However nobody can build a team constructed almost entirely of players who are deemed not good enough at this level by championship clubs.I can't believe the club will pull their fingers out and sign the QUALITY striker,centre half(s) and goalkeeper we need and have needed since the end of last season.

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    • January 17, 2015 at 23:15
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      @norris: @cmj23

      it is not quite that simple - look at Ipswich's team ; many of them have been around the block and been let go by other clubs - but they are coached to be a team with clear functions - confidence then builds over time as you know what you are going to do before the match - in what way does that happen under IH- our forwards hardly ever in 90 mins today linked up

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      • January 17, 2015 at 23:37
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        @timchimes: you make good points,i have said before a good manager should make everything simple and instinctive for his team,but would Ipswich look to recruit the likes of Church,Harding or even Maerhoffer for instance? One of the underlying issues is the quality of recruitment,Easter and Bywater for instance have had to drop down the leagues to get contracts

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        • January 18, 2015 at 13:02
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          @norris: @glyngo:

          I agree we have bought too many average players - I quite like hof though - he can hold the ball up and establish possession but the players around him don't know how to pick up the scraps - yesterday they were playing 10/15 yards away from him - he is going to create lots of loose second balls that we have to get to first

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  • January 17, 2015 at 22:50
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    Think logically holloway didn't make Sid captain for our happiness he done it to prove a point to the team sid has been the only one pulling his weight so he is using him as an example of what happens when you play for the shirt !!! Some people haven't got a clue !!

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    • January 17, 2015 at 23:12
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      @cmj23:
      if you say so, i haven't got a clue, obviously.

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    • January 17, 2015 at 23:19
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      @cmj23:

      it is a desperate measure saying to the senior pros I cant give itto any of you because you aint worth a place on merit - yes but so what - it will backfire like giving it to Dunne - it is typical Holloway - it undermines everyone when we need solidarity

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      • January 17, 2015 at 23:34
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        @timchimes: I saw it as Holloway raising two fingers to the senior players. Implying he felt theyd let him down and weren't worthy of it.

        Thing is does he plan on having Sid as the captain from now on? I doubt it but you never know with Ollie.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 00:02
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    And there we are... Positivity lasted long!!
    Back to the same old NAD..
    Some proper melts on here and everyone knows best!!
    "Give the youngsters a chance"
    "He's too young, he's not ready yet"
    "Abdou's been our best performa"
    "Drop Abdou"
    "Websters s***" (played about 20 mins in how long)

    It doesn't matter who plays, how they play some Wall fans will never be happy

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  • January 18, 2015 at 10:16
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    That performance was good started well but Fabbrini missed and then we concede thats just how things are going then there's the second goal that i have no clue how it stands we get one back and played well in the second half. lets just remember who we were playing the team 2nd in the league Keep that team and give em a go against Reading and see what happens i would rather see them play than the others at least they try . Onwards and Upwards COYL!!!!

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  • January 18, 2015 at 10:21
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    A much better performance against a very good side. Now lets field the exact same side again so they get used to playing alongside each other

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  • January 18, 2015 at 12:03
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    We should all bask in what will be one of the high points between now and inevitible relegation...we only lost 3-1 at home to an organised team, and we blooded a youngster.
    This is nigh on Holloways team now which will dispel the last vestige of credibility he has. He said on camera last night that we need help from outside the club now......enter Eileen Drewery stage right......I take refuge in the comical because the reality is too painful.
    Quietly as I did last week, I pont the finger at Berylson.....come on people, an American business man investing in Millwall to pander to his nostalgic affinities to jellied eels and the Lambeth Walk.......now the council have snuffed out his chance of a big payday, does he care about the team and the club.
    I bet he would find millions if he got the go ahead for a shopping mall, blocks of flats and a leisure centre

    I think history will show Holloway to have been a bit of light relief, a few soundbites between the end of the Kenny era and the eventual rebuilding of the club. Holloway could never have rebuilt the club because he is handcuffed by the financial restraints and the non interest of his paymasters. However if he had the skill and knowledge he would have you believe he has, there was still enough raw material at this club when he came here to organise a well marshalled solid mid table team....history will also show he failed at that

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  • January 18, 2015 at 12:08
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    Lets be honest they could have had four in the first thirty minutes, but I thought as the game went on we got better the new boys looked OK, Fabbrini looked a 'class above what we have Cummings came into the game Harding looked a bit shell shocked at times and Hoff won more balls in the air than we have all season but the runs off of them was not there but we have to give them a chance to get it right. I would play the same team again and bring on Paris/Williams for the last twenty minutes depending on how the match is going. We are now in a position that we cannot get out of the bottom three unless we beat Reading 15-0, so we need a run and that needs a settled side, and from what Ollie and JB are saying the plan is out with the old and in with the new. I hope also next year if we can stay in the league we go back to a more passing game and not just the big hoof up to the Hoff, but at the moment needs must and I would take any ugly win.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 13:44
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    Like the look of Fab.. not afraid to get on the ball and his instinct was to go forward. Tries to go forward before he passes backwards. The tactics need to put the ball on the deck for him to be more involbd

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    • January 18, 2015 at 15:22
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      @Mullwall: yes a useful player and also won us a lot of free kicks. Should do well for us.

      Things can change so quickly in football I just don't understand why fans think we're relegated with 20 left to play and a 3pt gap.

      Lack of positivity is appalling and no don't give me the b******* about they're just being realistic.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 18:02
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    I've been a Millwall fan since I was eight years old. My dear departed Dad took me to watch The Lions take on Derby County back in 1967 and I've been hooked ever since. I'm 56 now and not able to get to games for a variety of reasons but I follow them avidly any way I can. I enjoy the banter and the ranting that goes on in here but feel that quite a few of the posters have unrealistic expectations.
    I want Millwall to be top of the Premiership, I'd also like them win the European Cup but I'm not going to get what I want. If we were competing in a 92 club league we'd be about where we should be, about half way down it. If you look at the Championship right now it reads like a who's who of ex Premiership clubs, all of whom have enjoyed a few seasons of high attendances, higher gate receipts, Sky money and parachute payments. We can't compete with that. We've been found wanting every time we've been required to put our hand in our pockets and fork out for decent players. This has been going on for the better part of our existence as a club ( read Jim Murray's excellent 'Millwall - Lions of the South' ). In all the time I have followed Millwall the only success we have enjoyed is a couple of seasons in the old Division One and an FA Cup appearance.
    Why do people believe that it can be so much better. Without meaningful investment it will probably stay about the same, too good for League One , not quite good enough for the Championship. The most we've ever paid for a player is £800,000 and that was donkey's years ago. Problem is now who'd want to come and play for us.
    Unlike most of you I don't have the answer to our problems. People have been calling for Holloway's head but sacking him in the middle of a transfer window isn't going to make the club an attractive proposition for an incoming player, and in any case JB has spoken. Speaking of whom , JB needs to put his hand in his pocket and bring in a quality striker £1 million plus. The clubs present malaise started when we were unable to hang on to Chris Woods ( didn't want to stay ) and has never been addressed. Selling Henderson at the same time ranked as gross incompetence. At the end of the day though it may be that whilst we should all aspire for the club to progress and improve, we also need to be realistic about where we stand in the great scheme of things !!

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