Millwall boss to push ahead with overhaul after Ipswich loss

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IAN Holloway will push ahead with his plans to overhaul Millwall's squad during the January transfer window after a 3-1 defeat to Ipswich Town on Saturday.

The Lions boss was "encouraged" by his side's spirited performance against the second-placed Tractor Boys but says he needs to add more new signings to his squad.

Holloway has brought in five players so far this month and four of them – Shaun Cummings, Dan Harding, Diego Fabbrini and Stefan Maierhofer – started against Ipswich.

The Millwall boss made eight changes in total to his starting XI following a humiliating 4-0 loss to Bradford City in midweek.

Noel Hunt scored twice inside the opening quarter of an hour to put the visitors in control and although Magaye Gueye pulled one back, Jonathan Parr put the result beyond doubt.

Despite the result, the Lions were clapped off at full time.

And Holloway said: "It needed to be a spirited performance after Wednesday, didn't it? I think everybody understands what I'm about and what my teams normally do.

"The atmosphere and the way the crowd stuck with us after going two goals down in 14 minutes was absolutely terrific because they could see the spirit of the lads.

"I've been given the job of turning this squad around to make it win in the Championship.

"Andy Ambler and I believe that we have to make some decisions very, very quickly and bring forward a process that we were going to do next summer.

"We want to make a lot of changes and add some new players because the secret will be from outside and not within.

"I know which young ones will have a big future for us and be Millwall legends of the future but I need to make some decisions for my group to give them some clarity.

"I need to move things on immediately and that's what I'm going to do.

"We've got ten days until our next game to fill people in about where they are and see if I can facilitate them moving out.

"You saw four new players and Paris Cowan-Hall will be fit for next week but there are elements that I need to put right because there is worry whenever a team gets near our goal.

"It's very difficult to have that but, at 2-0 down after 14 minutes, the crowd were absolutely magnificent because they stuck with the lads and the lads felt that and got back in it.

"I was pretty encouraged. But if you look at the second goal, their bloke has run off the pitch and then comes back on and scores.

"I believe the fans understand what we're trying to achieve.

"It's not good enough at the moment but we've got 20 games left and hopefully I can clarify who is and isn't going to be here.

"Whoever that is, I can tell them and try to move them out, and bring others in.

"The secret will be who I manage to bring in now because we're letting too many goals in and we're not scoring enough."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

106 thoughts on “Millwall boss to push ahead with overhaul after Ipswich loss

  • January 17, 2015 at 23:43
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    A quality striker
    A quality CB
    A quality GK

    Over to you Ollie

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  • January 17, 2015 at 23:43
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    I didn't clap you off and I can't believe all the positive comments about the game. We lost 3-1 at home, were always second best and look odds on for relegation. The first chance to atone for the humiliations at Blackpool and Bradford and people get excited about playing slightly better and still losing timidly at home to Ipswich. What the hell has happened to us – have we really sunk so low?

    Ipswich could and should have scored more in the first half. Our goal back gave us something to chase, but we never really looked like equalising. Lots of new faces give some hope – particularly Cummings and Fabbrini, but under Holloway I have absolutely no confidence we can get out of this. His record since he came is dreadful and anyone who thinks he’ll be any better in Division One is deluded. The bloke is a has-been. For the good of the club he has to go. No more nonsense about ‘who else will we get’. We don't have to settle for failure. Birmingham, Bolton and Brighton have shown what's possible.

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    • January 18, 2015 at 00:38
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      @Micky Lions: Wigan, Reading, and now Charlton have changed manager without success. So the grass isn't always greener.

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      • January 18, 2015 at 10:38
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        @nocalvesFace up to it he is trying hes hardest to get in the 1st division the useless ahole is cluless.

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        • January 18, 2015 at 11:29
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          @baz2262: I've faced up to the fact that this goes awhole lot deeper than IH.

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    • January 18, 2015 at 08:24
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      @Micky Lions: spot on mate.. As usual he took the performer off in fabrini .. Saw acres of space on both wings but no wingers. Meierhoffer 7 ft tall missed headers all day long and ford just let another weak goal in. Ipswich didn't look good but they did the basics right and it taught a lesson.

      If anyone thinks that was a good result and clapped them off might aswell go and watch another club. 3-1 at home and clapping? What the f**** going on?

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    • January 18, 2015 at 11:14
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      @Micky Lions: Absolutely right mate, I cannot believe so many fans are still deluded by this bloke, he has been a disaster.

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    • January 18, 2015 at 11:59
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      @Micky Lions: yeah the truth hurts...well said....The team reflects the manager...he is a nervous cant make his mind up idiot......

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    • January 18, 2015 at 15:02
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      @Micky Lions: we looked better yesterday than for a long time. You have to remember the squad yesterday barely know each other let alone understand how to play to each others strengths. Don't forget we played one of the best teams in the league

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      • January 18, 2015 at 22:17
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        @Geoff the lion: SPOT ON GEOFF WE ALSO HAVE A VERY EXCITING WINGER TO COME INTO THE TEAM WHO WAS INJURED ON THE TRAINING GROUND HE SCARED THE LIVING DAYLIGHT OUT OF OUR DEFENCE WHEN HE PLAYED FOR WYCOMBE . WE ALL MUST LOOK AT THIS AS A NEW TEAM AT THE START OF THE SEASON THEY HAVE TO GEL . THERE ARE FEW MAJOR FACTS THAT HAVE CAUSED THESE PROBLEMS AT THE DEN PEOPLE CAN NOT SINGLE IAN HOLLOWAY OUT AS HE INHERITED WAS WHAT KENNY LEFT BEHIND . SO LETS START WITH SOME POSITIVE COMMENTS AND RAISE THE TEAM

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  • January 17, 2015 at 23:48
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    You have no idea what you're doing IH. This is your third transfer window. All you do is bring in player after player and hope for the best. How about stop looking at every Tom, d*** and Harry and concentrate on getting a CB and a striker. You messed up Palace by bringing too many players in and you're doing the same here. Concentrate on what we need! Consistency, choose your back 4 and stick with it. Every week players and formations are changed. When a team is struggling go back to basics, start with 2 banks of 4 and keep the ball out. Scrape some 1-0's stop trying to outplay and out score teams. You've been here a year, how haven't you realised that we can't do that? Forde is having the worse run of performances he's ever had, drop him, please

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    • January 18, 2015 at 00:43
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      @Milkyall: Hold on, isn't that exactly what he tried to do today, 4 4 2, everyone on here has been screaming for change and they get it and when it doesn't come off, it's back to saying he doesn't know what his doing.

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        • January 18, 2015 at 11:37
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          @brockleysfinest: They kept going inside because we was getting teamed upon, We started with both wingers and they tore straight thru the middle, so they got involved, IH kept telling Fabrezze to stay out but he kept drifting inside, give these set of players time mate.

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      • January 18, 2015 at 12:01
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        @nocalves: This team hasn't played 4-4-2 for ages, we have all been screaming for it to happen for ages, so along with the new blood coming in it'll take a few games to get it right, & the new players to gel/ get match fit etc( as long as he doesn't change it again), IH knows what he needs now, 1. A dominant CB who can direct & organise our defence, 2 a ball winning CM player who can dictate games, and a striker who can find the net with some sort of consistency, added to the new signings already made, and the outing of the s***, we have enough games to get ourselves clear of a relegation fight this season, so give it a bit more time ( say 5 more games), add some quality to the passion that was shown yesterday, and we'll be alright I reckon!! Mon u Wall

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  • January 17, 2015 at 23:54
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    If JB wants this club to stay in this division then he needs to prove it by spending big and I don't mean loads of loans and freebies on silly wages. I mean a few million on a couple of quality centre backs to stop us leaking stupid goals. If we don't concede then we are in every game we play regardless of our poor scoring record. One goal and the three points are ours. C'mon JB get ya wallet out me old Son. COYL

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    • January 18, 2015 at 12:27
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      @WestKentLion: it's not Football Manager.. JB spunks enough money on the club just to keep it afloat!
      Who should we sign?? Who is available?? Give a name of realistic targets, don't just say we need quality cod that's just stating the obvious.. What quality players are available.. Enlighten us oh wise one!!!!!

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  • January 18, 2015 at 00:05
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    I think next week with williams back and paris to hav his debut we might be fielding the best team we've had all season. , still need a cb and a striker, would be very surprised to see a new keeper this season although we do need one

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  • January 18, 2015 at 00:24
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    I'll probably get a lot of ''dislikes'' on this, seeing as how many people seem to want Ollie out now! But i don't think we could have a better manager in place to get us out of this mess... Okay he's not the tactical genius of a Mourinho, but when you're in a bad place and you need someone to show enthusiasm and heart and that desire to win for the club and for the fans, i can't think of anyone i'd rather have in the job.
    Saturday was a big step forward. It might not have seemed like it due to the end scoreline, but didn't we get the exact starting 11 we asked for? I thought we saw a team out there today who want to learn and want to do well and want to win for their teammates, for the manager and for the fans! Obviously things won't be turned around overnight. We might even go on to lose our next 2, 3, 4 or however many games! But i believe in each game we see with this side (Plus or minus the odd one or two Ie; Cowan-Hall) we will see improvement and eventually the results will start to come! Look at it this way, it can't get any worse than it was Bradford. Then you consider the fact Holloway has had enough and is finally putting his foot down with all the dead wood. (Positive No 1) Then you consider that he will have full backing from the chairman. (Positive No 2) Then think about the amount of useful young players we have in our team/squad. Nelson, Goodman when he comes back, Cummings, Cowan-Hall, Gueye, Gregory, Onyedinma, Powell, Upson, Williams... All we really need on that front is a useful young goalkeeper and i think again the only way is up. (Positive No 3). Now that we've got the complete overhaul that we wanted to see, we MUST give this new breed a chance to gel as a team and go move forward. Sorry for going on, but i am incredibly bored and hearing the noise of the crowd again on the football league made me feel all patriotic if you will. COYL

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    • January 18, 2015 at 09:00
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      @James_SE16: they won't gel though mate, he'll change it all round again like he has all season. Can you honestly say who's playing on a Saturday morning? We must have the biggest squad in the division and he still wants more?!?!

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    • January 18, 2015 at 10:29
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      @James_SE16: Great post James - and thankfully, by the look of the 'likes' to 'dilikes' it seems MOST people are aware of the situation and are willing to let Ollie get on with, what is massive task of trying to rebuild our whole squad in january... COYL.

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    • January 18, 2015 at 11:28
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      @James_SE16: Your looking at Holloway through rose tinted glasses mate. He has been a complete disaster. I don't know where all these likes mysteriously come from perhaps Ambler has a lot of friends. Holoway has achieved nothing and his record is worse than Lomas's . He has had more time than the latter to sort things out and has been unable to do so, in fact h has made things worse. So he goes about signing this and that player hoping this will be the magic cure. Barring a miracle it wont be. Holloway's tactics have led to a loss of confidence amongst the team, constantly chopping and changing, he has not found a good CB or striker and he cannot seem to see that Forde needs a rest or replacing. Best option would be a change of manager and there are a few better out there.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 00:46
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    Part lomas players...part Jackett players.... Part Holloway players......when he gets all Holloway players in this jan transfer then judge him, as he previous said he wants a settled team and by that the same team each game barring injuries.
    20 games left to bond the new players is better than only 10 games left,it's gonna get worse before it gets better, remember how he turned it around last season.
    Then Ollie's got no excuse , so get behind the team doom mangers and keep the faith

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  • January 18, 2015 at 01:01
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    9 of the 11 starters were ollie's
    4-4-2 which so many fans have asked
    for. Well, you got your wish.
    of the 2 non ollies only Jimmy will lose his place next week when Williams comes back, shame that as fordey needs a good old rest, a very long one. I for one hope we bring someone in this week coming.
    As for 4-4-2 I think yesterday's game showed it ain't gonna work. Why ?
    1. We haven't the organisation intelligence strength or pace (I could go on) at CB. We need 2 new ones, permanent or loans before the next game
    2. Even when Williams returns we still need another CM who's prepared to really get stuck in and do the filth so Williams can release the players in front of him. Jimmy can sometimes do it but we need a little more than him maybe that Leeds bloke Austin, someone of that ilk.
    3. WE NEED A GOAL SCORER ASAP.
    The guys just ain't good enough or ready, and they're ollie's. We need to spend on this one, 500k to a mill is more than enough to solve the problem
    bite the bullet and get it done as new players everywhere else will not solve the problem.
    Once the above is addressed then we may have a chance but it won't all be rosie in the garden as we will need another 3 or 4 players to warm the bench cause the old lot will not want to do it. Could be bigger probs ahead.
    It's one thing to bring forward the summer shopping but in doing so we'll bring forward all the disruption and headaches whilst concentrating on the next game. Not the cleverest thing to do but it's certainly needed. Thank god there's a loan window after this one cause there'll be a load needing it.
    Good luck with all that ollie. If you think it's hard now wait until the window closes. I'm sure you know that though.
    COYLs fresh blood needed. Let's hope for the best.

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    • January 18, 2015 at 01:37
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      @nocalves: @lukesmithmfc: I think that the CM we are looking for is Nicky Bailey...he should return soon and hopefully his calf injury is behind him and earn his contract extension. Has always looked pretty solid and I think can change us...plus he will be hungry to impress.

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      • January 18, 2015 at 03:57
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        @vonhardshaft: von im not so sure about that. Yes I agree we have missed him but weve had to do without him for nearly 2 seasons. He brings to our midfield that no one has been able to in his absence but its come at a heavy price in terms of replacements performances and wages. Hes an expensive entity and has proved to be too injury prone. Id personally look towards buying a younger replacement help him back to full fitness and find him another club. We simply cannot afford to have someone of his age who has spent the majority of his contract in the treatment room. Its a shame cause he played a massive part in our unbeaten run at the end of last season and start of this one. Was a very good player but its time to move on.

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      • January 18, 2015 at 10:19
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        @vonhardshaft: I agree that in theory Bailey is the player we need but in practice eh is far too injury prone and struggles to be fit enough. Also, as has been said, he is on a massive wedge which could be better used. I think he has to be released.

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    • January 18, 2015 at 10:53
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      @lukesmithmfc: totally agree. If he can deliver that shopping list, we can get through this. Despite the the result yesterday, it is the most positive I've felt going to the den in a good while.. Partly because the people he's brought in so far have shown some spark and they're in positions we've been lacking in for far too long... But mostly because I just couldn't see where the goals were gona come from before... Now I believe there IS a glimmer of hope there... (IF he completes the shopping list!!)
      COYL.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 01:07
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    Was reading some posts on here when the game was playing, gotta pick one out in particular, basically saying, if I'd known he was going to play this team I'd have gone, welll all I can say is next time don't bother, dont want fairweather twats like you here anyway.
    When we're in the position we're in we need people to get down the den, I know we all have commitments that get in the way, but if you can go, GO!
    If your a poster on here moaning and groaning about this that and the other and you choose not to go, then my message to you is this, f*** off to a glory team, we only want proper 'wall fans down here.

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    • January 18, 2015 at 08:10
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      @no calves: If we are to avoid FFP sanctions we need every fan to get through the turnstiles for every home game for the rest of the season. I know its painful to watch but we have to got 15k in the Den to support JB and get some more revenue flowing. Otherwise FFP transfer sanctions will hurt us very badly.

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      • January 18, 2015 at 08:18
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        @Glasshalffull: glass we've already been hit with ffp we have been band next Jan hence so many new arrivals this window with a load more to follow.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 01:19
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    Basic football logic says defend front and back posts at corners and free kicks this is something that isn't done week in week out even Chelsea cannot play zonal defence at set pieces look at the goals they have conceded so how the f*** are we supposed to do it cover front and back post less goals conceded while force is playing like a c*** and we might score a few and win a few games

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  • January 18, 2015 at 01:51
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    I want to ask one question.
    Why did IH take Fabbrini off and bring Martin on?
    Fabbrini IMO was having a fairly good game,he was not given the ball enough in the first half when he showed that he had close control and could beat people and lay a pass where it should go.
    In the second half when their back four were tiring he started to win free kicks around the penalty area ( 3 i think ) but then he was replaced by that show pony Martin who runs around a lot ,has little ball control and no end product unless Fabbrini was injured that was a bad substitution in my book,as for bringing Fuller on for cummings ,we may as well have pushed commings forward as Fuller is not up to the job.

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    • January 18, 2015 at 02:41
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      @jim1222: jim hes only played a couple games this season. As crazy a decision as it was the bloke just aint match fit itll take 2 or 3 games.

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    • January 18, 2015 at 08:07
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      @jim1222: spot on. Fibrin was the best player on the pitch second half.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 02:17
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    A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

    Winston Churchill

    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/w/winstonchu103739.html#poqDv6bvWY2uYdP3.99

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  • January 18, 2015 at 06:42
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    Yeah, Like the Storm has stated 'in Ollie we Trust' : he has brought New faces in, a couple more to tighten the loose - ends, and BINGO HERE WE GO ! Feel that it won't be long before it all falls into place.The main bit is already there ; that's the Super Millwall Supporter, now for the rest of it OLLIE ! ( NOLU, WDC ).

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  • January 18, 2015 at 06:57
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    Maybe he took off the Italian an fella to protect him against injury.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 07:27
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    We need someone in cm who can win the ball and pick a pass , we have a youngster in u21 Ben Thompson, he played against Southampton in league cup , fits the bill , and he is another Millwall through and through like nelson , give him ago

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  • January 18, 2015 at 08:05
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    History hasn't been kind to teams making 8 changes in January.
    Yesterday none of the back 4 had ever played with anyone else in the back 4 - and it showed. Our defending is still pitiful. Bringing players in for the sake of it doesn't help. Harding looks no better than Briggs.
    I agree with others here who say CB is priority. None of the CBs we have at the club are better than Robbo but Holloway showed him the door. Maybe he was beginning to struggle at this level but the rest are even worse. Now he has to show us he can find better CBs. Webster not up to standard - and he was Holloway's choice, so it doesn't bode well.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 09:08
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    The next 9 games will define our season ,we are playing a lot of lower mid table teams like reading , birmingham (top half) , sheff wed, Wigan , Fulham , Nottingham forest , Rotherham , Huddersfield and Leeds. If we do not get at least 18-21 points from these games It will worry me a lot because the games after that are harder derby , brentford , Norwich , Cardiff , Bolton etc. Hopefully we can get in a striker and CB before the Reading game.

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    • January 18, 2015 at 22:18
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      @boblion: we are not going to suddenly get 18-21 pts from the next 27 available! (9 games)

      Best prepare yourself to be very worried Bob

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  • January 18, 2015 at 09:09
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    I'm just so pleased dunne was nowhere to be seen let's hope he as left the building for good ..now we can move on start fresh all fresh apples in the basket bring some smiles in the dressing room stay up then I'm starting to fill we can all march on next season

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    • January 18, 2015 at 10:25
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      The more I think about it, and in the light of Dunne being stripped of the captaincy and not even making the bench yesterday, there has obviously been some kind of 'player power' problem going on at the Den for some time. This is alluded to in Michael Calvin's book and by Jackett in his parting comments. Lomas clearly had no chance. At least, finally, we have a manager who has the guts to stand up and take control of this club, clear out the problem players and get the team playing as a team rather than a collection of overpaid egos.

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      • January 18, 2015 at 10:35
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        @junkmale: f****** blinding you have hit the nail right on the head that my friend is no junk mail

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      • January 18, 2015 at 17:16
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        @junkmale: Spot on mate I've been thing his and wanting to voice it on here but not brave enough to. Thanks for making me realise I'm right. Good on Ya

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  • January 18, 2015 at 10:30
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    Signs of recovery against an organised team but not as good as their position, like the look of Fabrini, should try and buy him now, Sid done well ! Bit early for the armband I think, Webster I feel will be ok once he has gained the confidence he lost. I feel that we need to switch on as soon as the whistle blows even itf it means just getting rid of from the back, we seem very shaky early on. I think once we settle down we can start to give it a go , but early goals from the opposition just knocks their confidence then your chasing the game. Still need to look at a CB ! Players that can run at the full backs and start whipping some crosses in. Only my opinion ! I do feel that bit more positive

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    • January 18, 2015 at 12:51
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      @lionrampant: Webster will be fine when he wears footy boots instead of moccasins, he slips over more than my 2 year old on a polished floor

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      • January 18, 2015 at 16:39
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        @brooker:Thats a confidence thing a couple of times he was hesitant
        whether to go for the ball see this a a confidence issue. He should get over that

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  • January 18, 2015 at 10:38
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    He left Dunne out to take the heat off him as he was the main target of the fans especially on here,a good move.

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      • January 18, 2015 at 11:31
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        @NICKOLA: dunn has passion , thats one reason , he is wall , might not be the best right back , HE IS NOT A CB , but be real is willkinson any better , i dont think so , least he is only player to have the balls to say sorry , DUNN IS NOT THE PROBLEM , otherwise he wouldnt have been made captain , what about chaplow , fuller , hoyte , baley , martinez, i can go on , martin , woolford , have they shown us any thing ,

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        • January 18, 2015 at 12:28
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          @munson68: Dunne is lazy or unfit or both. I have never seen him work up a sweat. He is like a deer in the headlights.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 10:39
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    It was a better performance against a very good side. There is still a long way to go though and Holloway has a lot to atone for. He's been here over a year now and had 3 transfer windows to sort HIS side out.
    Now play the same 11 next week so they can get used to each other before tinkering again.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 10:43
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    at least ipswich knew they were in a game. Lets keep the same team for the next game , the back four have some time now to get some work done on the training ground and with williams maybe being the only change we should start seeing a settled side, Fabrini looks classy. Got to say i think Baikey, Chaplow, Dunne, Hoyte, Beavers, will get shown the door now and at last Ollie can now say its his team

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    • January 18, 2015 at 11:00
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      @DELBOY64: You can add Shittu, Martin and Woolford to that. It's looking clear to me that given the number of players he wants to bring in, a lot will have to go. He's already identified the problem areas ie: defence and attack but I really hope that putting Shittu and Dunne back in CD is not his solution nor that Church is the new saviour up front. If we're going to have a clear-out then lets do it NOW. He's got the fans behind him on that scenario at least.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 11:01
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    To have any chance of staying up we need;
    1) A new Keeper as I do not think the defence has any confidence in Forde - I do not.
    2) A quality CB - hopefully we have seen the last of Dunne and Beevers and Webster looked out of his depth yesterday.
    3) And last but as far as I am concerned the most important a GOALSCORER.

    This will not be easy and will cost MONEY.
    Over to you JB if you really want us to stay in this League.

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      • January 18, 2015 at 12:03
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        @NICKOLA: Yes, that's exactly what we need.

        Unfortunately Holloway and Ambler between them made the fatal error of thinking that the existing squad would be able to crawl over the finishing line and keep us in the Championship this season. They would then be able to dump most of the 24 out of contract players and start to rebuild. In reality the squad was clearly not good enough to do that. The major overhaul of the squad currently taking place should have been started last summer. Only time will tell if its all happening too late to retain our status.

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        • January 18, 2015 at 14:48
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          @'wallDen: I think you say yourself why it wasn't possible to do the overhaul last summer. Having twenty odd players on under contract that you don''t want means you can only hope to sell them. I would have thought that IH had conversations with those players about moving on but they were obviously happy to see their lucrative contracts out. Not much he could do in that circumstance but hope that he could get some kind of performance out of them. It didn't work, but I can't see what else he could have done. Until the deadwood is moved on, there isn't much money to bring in new players. Now there have been some moves out we are seeing the quality coming in.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 11:21
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    Hoyte has had his contract cancelled.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 11:40
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    I've seen Holloway pick some bonkers selections, formations, substitutions which I think have lost us points. But if they didn't sack him after the last month's results they're not going to sack him, so we might as well support the team.

    After Ambler's comments about Malone and what we've seen on the pitch, it feels like there's civil war between the players and the club. Lots of anecdotes are filtering through about people deliberately dowing their tools after the wage cap was broken for Henderson and Wood, and about the squad being split into two cliques who hate each other; I think having Dunne and Shittu as rotating captains Holloway has been trying to ride two horses and landed on his a***. We're in the same position we were when he took over, so let's try and build this new team and if we go down, at least go down fighting.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 12:18
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    forgive me for repeating myself, but you are the only other poster who seems to have smelt the coffee

    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 12:32
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      @tonytowneronthewing: Utter dross. Without JB and his personal money, we would have been administration long ago. He has put money up but Holloway has wasted it. The Ipswich team cost £10k in Xfer fees (all for Mings who looked a class act).
      We spent £250k on Gregory alone who is never going to hack it at this level. Enough said.

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      • January 18, 2015 at 14:20
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        not sure what point you are making Ross McCormack cost 11 million.....we didn't even compete for Andre Grey 1 Million to the mighty Brentford....As for your Ipswich reference shows that a decent manager could galvanise and organise a team to perform.....and in fairness when was the last time we had a player of the quality of either of the Hunt brothers......we all put our personal money into the club but like Berylsons it is not enough.......I think the point I made still stands If you dont have a sugar daddy pumping big numbers into the club you need a manager skilled enough to adapt and utilise the resources at his disposal .....we have neither

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  • January 18, 2015 at 12:34
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    I was thinking because this time next year we have a transfer embargo, would it be best for Harris,Bircham & Pressman to go scouting on a Tuesday/Wednesday & Saturday rather than sitting on the Millwall bench.

    What do people think?

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  • January 18, 2015 at 12:35
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    Theres always divisions in the dressing rooms about wages ...every team has the same problem as in all workers ....its up to a strong manager to sort out...all players kiss the badge but money is what they play for ....Sid Nelson is getting a fraction of the journymens wages .....Ambler needs to sort it out ...team spirit is the answer but its hard to achieve ....you can only hope that bonus payments for results are in the contracts otherwise we are going down

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    • January 18, 2015 at 12:47
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      @SE17 Lion:

      this is true - a good manager sets the boundaries and controls his resources - that is how the game works

      look at Torres at Chelsea, unhappy and part of a system that didn't work for him - not a bad player over night - now at Athletico and scored two against Real

      get the best out of what we have - as said on here how do we know anything different will happen with the new players

      one fact is certain IH has had the biggest resources in our history -- if it goes wrong he will set us back 10 years - this is a massive risk

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  • January 18, 2015 at 12:35
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    One thing is for sure, all these defeats are getting tedious.
    I am really hoping that with all these new players coming in,
    that Holloway will be able to spur them on, grab the rest of the season by the throat
    and grab a draw here and there.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 12:36
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    "It's not good enough at the moment but we've got 20 (19,18,17,16,15,14,13,12.................) games left and hopefully I can clarify who is and isn't going to be here" HOPEFULLY? why Hopefully! he either can or cant surely! has anyone else heard that he has had a physical bust up with someone at the club ?

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  • January 18, 2015 at 12:43
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    What about Jonathan Kodja that we were supposed to be scouting a few weeks ago? He got into FIFA's team of the week this week and to do that playing in Ligue 2 means you must have really stood out.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 13:25
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    Come the summer like it or not we may forced into giving players contracts..alot has been said about his new signings but how many of tbem are short term deals..and will be of back to there parent club..
    Cos if we dont give some contracts we wont have a full squad

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    • January 18, 2015 at 13:43
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      @Jim28: could be a reason, FFP allows you to have 22 senior players, if he deliberately leaves it short and fill gaps with kids we can still purchase during the embargo to get the correct quota of players

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    • January 18, 2015 at 14:55
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      @Jim28: To be honest, Jim, I don't think we are going to have a problem attracting players in the summer. The FFP regs will have the effect of pushing player wages down this summer. It will be a buyers market. In any case, I would rather fill those squad slots with young players like of Goodman and Onyedinma than the journeymen that we have had for so long

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  • January 18, 2015 at 14:24
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    Last game of the season we squeak survival and the addicks go down!

    It s written in the stars.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 14:44
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    Nothing will change over night at Millwall and the Cull should have happened much sooner with most of our players but unfortunately our realistic financial position means it virtually impossible to attract good quality players to the club and also being at the wrong end of the division never helps. At least we had something of the old Millwall spirit about us on Saturday yes we got done 3-1 by Ipswich but they are a decent team and were not at the moment its only one game but im a bit more encouraged by the players that are now coming in .
    So here's to getting behind the lads and making the Den the fortress it once was staying up and regaining some long lost pride

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  • January 18, 2015 at 15:08
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    this new team on paper looks good enough....but so did the old team on paper...Ollie needs to let them play in a settlled team and stop all the unnecessary chopping and changing....hes got us in this position and the fans know will he change messing about....I hope so but I doubt it....

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  • January 18, 2015 at 15:22
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    When all said and Dunne, this is the worst team and most clueless manager I can ever remember having down here in the decades I've been supporting the club. I just don't understand some of your blind optimism that under thus clown we will endure anything other than more if the same s****

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    • January 18, 2015 at 15:42
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      @T20ColdBlowLion: the team saturday looked a better one then qhat we've had: .but i suppose there be 5 changes for the next game

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  • January 18, 2015 at 15:48
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    Sat with half a dozen Dutch Ajax fans at yesterday's match. We got talking, they had a weekend in London wanted to watch a 'proper' football match. It was very interesting, the comments were:- great atmosphere especially after our goal and the second half, and all through the second even when the third went in, we are nice fans and nothing like our reputation, the guy's I sit with explaining who was who, why Fuller got a jeer when he came on etc. Could not believe how much our players were being paid for the quality, the only player on both sides they said that would hold a candle in there league regarding the way they play was Fabbrini. They also said how many Dutch players we had have could not think of any, the answer is two, as there are many that came from the Ajax system sitting on their bums and would love to play in this league for this crowd. They went away with my Millwall scarf and we have six more supporters.

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    • January 19, 2015 at 03:37
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      @lennie the lion: oh dear, the only player they rate doesn't even belong to us!

      Think they may have meant wouldn't get in the Ajax team as the Dutch league isn't anything special so I'm sure some of the players on sat (both sides) could get by there.

      Let's have some of the academy players over, I like the idea of Ajax being our feeder team!

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      • January 19, 2015 at 10:35
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        @MFC Lion: What they said MFC, was technically, i.e comfortable with the ball, he was the only player but they actually preferred our combative style of match. As far as getting players over, they said that players would prefer to play in our league with the crowds and noise etc. Oh they also said why were they not allowed to take their beers into the stand.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 16:00
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    Keep these signings coming it will hopefully make the other pisstakers in the squad pull their finger out! Feel a little bit more confident after the Ipswich performance even though we lost, feel like holloway was listening to us with the squad changes and new back four. Patience with it an the results will come COYL

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  • January 18, 2015 at 16:35
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    Want to say well done to Fred again
    That's 3 in 3 for him. He's certainly thriving in a team that gives him the freedom to play at the top of the league. It's certainly proving to be a very good experience for him away from our madness. Can't wait to see how he copes with Paris next season especially as he kept him on the bench in his initial loan.
    Well done Fred keep it up.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 16:46
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    Millwall are looking at bringing Shay Given or Thomas Sorenson in on loan til the end of the season to take some of the pressure off David Forde

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      • January 18, 2015 at 18:02
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        @timchimes: I thought that so went on the rumours site and see it.
        Given won't come as Forde outed him from roi team as for sorenson absolutely no chance. I do believe we're in the market for a keeper though. Just hope it's not snow over the hill has been. Would much prefer a young up and coming or mid 20s back up prem keeper or better still buy off a championship club.

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        • January 18, 2015 at 18:08
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          @lukesmithmfc: snow????
          I certainly hope not. Haha
          Poxy phone meant hope it's not "an" over the hill has been.
          Sorry guys.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 16:53
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    said along time ago with 24 players out of contract at the end of the season the manager should now know who he wants for next season and who he don't so pick his 22 man squad from the ones he wants and concentrate on them in training and tell the rest to stay away find a new club so there is no bad attitude on the training ground and players can learn the way Ollie wants them to play

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    • January 18, 2015 at 20:50
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      @davep263: I think he said that's what he was going to do in the video interview on the OS yesterday

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  • January 18, 2015 at 17:32
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    Lets have a statement from JB to tell us exactly what's going on what the plan is why we should be kept in the dark and be expected to turn up week after week
    He going to refund the supporters who went to Bradford so JB don't we deserve an honest Explantion from You
    Right or wrong I have and will not attend another game till we have clarity on what's going on at Wall and trust me that hurts but it not as bad as seeing Wall being torn apart

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    • January 18, 2015 at 19:51
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      @southstand: What do you want from this statement? Do you want him to be honest, how about 'we need FANS to turn up!' how's that for a bit of honesty.

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      • January 18, 2015 at 20:53
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        @nocalves: Pretty Much the truth would be good lets be honest so much conjecture on this site so JB lets have the truth and Walls future I think we deserve that much
        Let's get to the bottom of this once and for all

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  • January 18, 2015 at 21:38
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    Eagles been realised by Blackpool hahaha what a mug

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  • January 18, 2015 at 21:42
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    The hoff played like Robinson yesterday just hoofing the ball up the pitch without lookin did any one else notice it

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