Holloway glad Millwall fans got glimpse of Fabbrini's quality

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DIEGO Fabbrini's Millwall debut was curtailed to protect him from a possible injury, with the Italian playing for the first time in three months against Ipswich on Saturday.

Fabbrini, who joined the Lions just 24 hours before they faced the Tractor Boys, won the fans' man of the match award despite being substituted after 63 minutes.

The attacker looked bright and lively but has not been playing for parent club Watford in recent months, so boss Ian Holloway took a cautious approach with his fitness.

Bolton also wanted to sign Fabbrini but the 24-year-old agreed a 93-day loan deal at The Den last week.

"Diego could have gone somewhere else but he wanted to come here," said Holloway.

"It was a bit hectic for him with us going 2-0 down but I was delighted that the fans saw what quality he's got.

"I brought him off to protect him a little bit because he hasn't played for a while. He wanted to come here and be part of this."

Holloway was hugely relieved when Fabbrini agreed to join Millwall having been turned down by a string of other targets – among them Rotherham's Ben Pringle.

"Because of my scouting network we have struggled to get players in," he said. "We've targeted quite a few but they didn't want to come here.

"And the more you're in our situation, the worse it gets.

"The club needs to be set up so that we have extra scouting in case one of our targets doesn't want to come here – for all sorts of reasons.

"That might be where we are in the table, the rumours about us as club or the perceptions people have about Millwall.

"We need to out-scout everyone else because we get knocked back more times than in a game called swingball, which I used to play when I was a kid."

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44 thoughts on “Holloway glad Millwall fans got glimpse of Fabbrini's quality

  • January 20, 2015 at 13:12
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    Funny isn't it, he makes all the excuses of why players do not want to come to our club, he has missed out one, himself.
    " Because of our scouting network we have struggled to get players in" Is that an admission that our scouting network is sh*t. Change It.

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    • January 20, 2015 at 13:21
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      @rikkiatwall: Sorry, more positive note, Yes I thought Fabbrini did show some excellent touches and you could see what a good player he could become for us. This is why it is so important to stay up, because if we get relegated, there is no way him or others will want to sign for us.

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    • January 20, 2015 at 13:21
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      @rikkiatwall: You are probably correct Rikki, it's a shame ( or sham, not sure! ).But, come on OLLIE & Co, get some more New Blood in, we should not be taking any more easy losses.Tuesday, will be on us in no time! ( NOLU, WDC ).

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      • January 21, 2015 at 10:00
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        @BUSHWACKER14: Lets start with a new goalie Forde has been great in the past,but now he is past it.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 13:22
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    What does Mick Harford do?

    Our scouting network has been dire for years. It still annoys me we never picked up Garath McCleary when he was at Bromley and he played in the same post code almost as the training ground!

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  • January 20, 2015 at 13:27
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    What the fu@k has ray harford been up to!? It's quite simple really olly,you tell harford the type of player ur after & he goes fuc@ing looking! & if he aint doin a good job of it then even more simple,fu@k him off out of it!

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  • January 20, 2015 at 13:31
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    Our scouting network is genuinely diabolical. Clubs like Peterborough scour the non-league and often pick up gems. There's loads out there, especially in the non-leagues in and around London. Who was the last player we uncovered? Marvin Williams maybe?

    Think about the clubs around us that we could have as feeder clubs; Dulwich, Welling, Dartford, Bromley, Greenwich Borough etc etc. So many clubs more, be a bit more creative Millwall ffs.

    We let Chris Smalling go after a trial..

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    • January 20, 2015 at 14:24
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      @marknorman3: marvin williams does play for dover or something non league since leaving us for port vale tho

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    • January 20, 2015 at 14:25
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      @marknorman3: I heard Smalling was ours, he just had trouble with commuting up and the club wouldn't put their hand in their pocket for monthly travel cards so he had to leave, signed for Maidstone and the rest is history.,

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      • January 20, 2015 at 17:00
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        @brooker:
        If I told you every player we ever had on trial you'd cream your pants. There's been some quality players over the years that slipped through the net. But in smallings case it wasn't down to us not paying for travel. We are Millwall, not Manchester United and we don't and never will pay for a 14 year olds travel (which is how old he was)unless he looks like next messi.

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    • January 20, 2015 at 16:51
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      @marknorman3:
      Marvin williams came up through our youth system he WASNT scouted from non league. Played for blackheath as a boy and had a terrible attitude which is why he never made it at Millwall. Now plays for Sutton United.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 13:41
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    Can't argue with that, any Millwall fan who thinks our reputation isn't a stumbling block to us signing some players is deluding themselves, I'm sure that Sky Sports report that was on during Afobe's stay at the club influenced his decision in not coming back here, such is life, most will see through it and realize what a great club we are, the London factor should also counter some of the bad parts, hopefully we can add more and get up the table, as a successful team will also help us attract better!

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    • January 20, 2015 at 13:52
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      @coldblowlane87: Bang on! Our reputation is a huge factor in recruiting players and staff, add in to that our league position and it must make it vertially impossible to convince players to sign!! The scouting range needs to be increased and the club needs more scouts but it's going to cost a fortune and it's much easier said than done!

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      • January 20, 2015 at 14:29
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        @TheBermondseyBomber: It would be nice if some of these kids came out and praised the loan moves they had at Millwall enhanced there careers, Puncheon, Andros Townsend and now Harry Kane etc, if positive messages from these young guys about dropping down a division and getting game time we might attract other youngsters to actually sign for us as kids knowing youth gets a chance.
        Rather than sending kids back better, we can sell ours to bigger clubs for decent wedge.

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    • January 20, 2015 at 17:41
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      @coldblowlane87: @brooker: If it is our reputation that is causing us issues in signing players, then we look abroad and sign players that do not know of our reputation. We are not the Chelski or Pants Utd that everyone knows, we can go to parts of Europe that don't know us and sign some decent players...for example; Milan Skoda, 29, Czech plays for Slavia Prague and has played 14 games this season and has a scored 8.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 13:47
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    I have a horrendous story that i posted on here a few months ago regarding scouting, i wont bore u all with it again but i would hope that our scouting network is better now than it was 4 years ago when the lack of a little bit of effort potentially cost the club millions .

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  • January 20, 2015 at 13:55
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    this was holloways quote when he first took over a year ago ! "Hopefully we can stop losing; that's the first thing. I want them to enjoy their football and start getting some results under their belts," he added. he is on a 2 and a half year contract, and will walk away, and we are no further forward, this guy looked ok, but is on loan, as is Hoff, so no different to the players who are out of contract at the end of the season really ! will they put that extra bit in ? time will tell, but i'm sorry, holloway is a chancer and bulls###ter and the players he is slagging off have found him out..................

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      • January 20, 2015 at 14:41
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        @nocalves:
        ha ha ha, well said, i am ,like most, just so frustrated with holloway, and i admit at first i thought this could be the man for us, but my concern is that the club is imploding with all the statements he is saying. Get the disruptive influences out, dont keep talking about it! win or lose i just want the team to give it their all, and in a style that suits the players, after 55 years a supporter, relegation and promotion are part of supporting Millwall.. and i'm old enough to the grandfather of all the squad, even Edwards, but i'm not !!

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        • January 20, 2015 at 14:58
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          @rowanonthewing7: Unlike the old days, where we could find out what was going on by going down the old dock labour board to see the reserves and have a chat with one or 2 of the players, we now have to supplicate the probabilities of what is going on down there. I totally understand your frustration mate, I've had to give up kicking cats as the local pet shop refused to sell me any more and I've since moved onto hedgehogs (not as good to kick but you get the point) IH isn't the best manager in the world nor is he the worst but he is who we have at the moment, like I posted earlier this basically boils down to money the players had their noses pushed out of place when woods was offered a good deal and then the Loosemas signings who he bought in on massive wages only made matters worse, the team spirit has at times been the worse I've ever seen down the den and some the players responsible where dropped Saturday.
          I'm afraid we have made mistakes at the higher levels in the club with regards to wages and contracts and are now reaping those rewards in spades.

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        • January 20, 2015 at 15:00
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          @rowanonthewing7: I think the fact we keep seeing these statements from IH is all to do with Alex&Co (and the great work they do) NAD, SN and SLP actively look for opportunities to talk to IH about things happening with the club - Holloway isn't just going to ignore the loacl press.... so maybe some of the frustration being directed at IH for all the articles of this type should be directed at the tabloids.....

          Personally I don't see why so many complain about his interviews - without them we wouldn't have a clue what was going on and also I think we have far more important things to moan about!

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          • January 20, 2015 at 17:16
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            @TheBermondseyBomber:
            A lot of what he says Is said on the same interview, but Alex decides to leak it bit by bit, this then attracts the many w****** we have on this site to start getting all excited and scream "holloway out" or "just f*** off" . IMO the comments part of this should be scrapped. I know a few people who refuse to come on here purely because reading some of the comments, winds them up! The funny thing is, those of us that go every week (me included) , no all about the idiots we have at the club, who they are etc. And a few of the total embarrassments come on here! They all called 'the coach 1 window lickers" for a reason.

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          • January 20, 2015 at 18:57
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            @82wall: doesn't surprise me that people avoid this site because of the comments some of the so called fans make - it's a shame because this is the only place to really keep up to date with our club! You can tell those of us who go to games apart from those who don't just by some of the waffle they post!!

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          • January 21, 2015 at 09:51
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            @TheBermondseyBomber: true, but do we really have a clue what's going on WITH his interviews? At the start of the season IH stated he had the fittest squad he had ever seen? Couple of games in he was resting them cos he is tired! He states he is scouting Europe then claims his scouting team are crap. The guy makes continuos statements then contradicts himself.

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      • January 20, 2015 at 22:38
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        @nocalves: Are you Holloway? I understand that we can't or won't get rid of Holloway, no matter what; but I ask you outright, and all those who remain firmly behind Olly; on what basis are you making your judgement? His past record? His performance at Millwall? His 'plans' for the future? I know we need to get behind him and the team but how on earth can you criticise or argue against the increasing band of non-bolliebers?

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        • January 21, 2015 at 10:39
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          @Adsy77777: Because it's the same old drivel from people on here, slagging him off, the same people criticizing IH about spouting b***** are guilty of the same b*****, posting endlessly about how crap he is, etc etc etc.
          My point is this, if your a person on here and have nothing of sense to say or indeed anything different other than get rid, or he has been s*** forever, then SHUT UP. It's boring and very shortsighted. The problems started over 3 years ago, Jose M what have the same s*** to deal with.
          Stop moaning for the sake of moaning and get behind them!

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          • January 21, 2015 at 10:44
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            @nocalves: And you'll notice I say them, meaning the team, regardless who the manager is, support the team, sacking the manager and slagging him off do no good at all, you seem to confuse me with someone who has been waving a IH flag or something, I don't, what I do is point out it's not his problem with rottenness that has affected our club for years.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 14:52
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    The scouting network was re-organised recently and we invested in the IT databases and performance stats according to a NAD article beginning of last season. So since that time Harford took over and we changed manager, but surely the scouting network should still be up and running. It's also std practice to have several targets in each position, so one turns you down you turn the the next target. Why is IH using the rejection of one player as an excuse????

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    • January 20, 2015 at 15:01
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      @glyngo: What you really mean is the club bought a copy of FIFA 15 and now spend most of their time watching online games to see who really is good, on a relative note I too have trouble signing players on there as a Millwall manager, bloody realistic if you ask me.

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        • January 20, 2015 at 15:32
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          @glyngo: That explains why we are getting over 35 year olds. they were young in 2008

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          • January 20, 2015 at 15:55
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            @brooker: nicky bailey isnt alwayss injured on my fifa tho... must need a update

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        • January 21, 2015 at 09:33
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          @glyngo: hold up Mick Harford has bought wwe smackdown vs raw
          We have signed the undertaker and hornswoggle on loan til the end of season

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  • January 20, 2015 at 16:12
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    He did look good, but out of position,I lost count of the amount of times he was drifting into the centre of the field when he was meant to be playing as a wide player. Like Gueye I think he will be really good if played centrally rather than out wide. Just hope IH sees that as well.

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    • January 21, 2015 at 09:55
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      @jenks4: don't hold your breath mate, if the past is anything to go by, forde will be up front in the next game! Hold on, that might be a good idea as he's been shocking of late

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  • January 20, 2015 at 17:27
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    I don't think our reputation particularly hinders us signing players. We are a championship club based in London with passionate support. I think it's the manager (he has to paint the picture of future potential of the club) and the wages we offer. Any good player that comes here and performs well will be looked at by the big teams. That's how Steve Bruce persuaded very good players to sign for Wigan, he got some good, experienced names to join him saying that they should see Wigan as a stepping stone to bigger things if they performed well. Surely our corner of Lindon is more attractive than Wigan. Our reputation didn't seem to stop players joining us previously when we were more ambitious and were prepared to pay a bit more in real terms in wages and transfer fees. It's chicken and egg, we won't fill our ground playing as we do and losing every week and so JB needs to speculate and invest to put a better team out there who more fans will come and watch. Considering the crap we are served up with I think we are well supported. Again though, I wouldn't trust IH with spending my money as his track record is to get lots of bodies in and not much quality or overall playing strategy. Just a bunch of individuals. What stops good players joining us is IH and the wages we can afford / are prepared to pay

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    • January 20, 2015 at 18:38
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      @T20ColdBlowLion: We haven't been well supported at home for a long long time, we're the worse supported club in south london (other than the sons) we have a vast number of so called supporters that claim to be 'wall who only make it when there's a glory day (WEMBLEY) Steve Bruce didn't wave a magic wand he waved Dave Whelans magic cheque book.
      The last time we was ambitious was in 87 when we did sign some players and spend dosh and we got rewarded with promotion, I fail to recall anything like that since, given the fact we have had 1 fa cup final appearance and several big days out at the den II (wembley) we still haven't broken our poxy 800k on another spam donkey and that was jan 1990!! The only 2 real ways we will compete is 1) a rich sugar daddy (we loose the soul of the club, like chelski) 2) We get a whole lot more supporters thru the turnstiles making the club profitable and attractive to potential good players.
      IH is still one of the few managers to gain promotion to the premier league without spending big or on big wages.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 17:40
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    Think people are forgetting that footballers talk to each other no matter what club they play for!! If we have an issue in the squad that has been effecting players then why would they want to come here!!! We need to realistic that we will struggle to attract players due to the position on and off the pitch we have found ourselves in! Until we resolve the squad matters and start getting rid of the disruptive players we ALWAYS struggle no matter what manager is in charge as this is a problem that Ollie inherited and only now is starting to address!

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  • January 20, 2015 at 21:05
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    I've had one or two grumbles on here regarding our leader and on reflection they may have been hasty.
    I'm living just outside Leeds and get to as many away and home games as possible (averaging 13 aways and 11 homes over last 4yrs but more previously) and I believe that gives me the right to voice one or two frustrations in the heat of the moment so that said...this site and the comments within from all match and some match fans combined give a true reflection of the general opinions.
    Think it's very unfair and unwarranted for the likes of 82wall and TheBermondsey to cast doubt over opinions/passions that everyone is entitled to regardless of match attendance.
    I truly understand what they are saying but this site is millwall and in true millwall style....pipe the f8ck down, you ain't the only dedicated supporters on here.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 21:07
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    Not over 4yrs...13 and 11 each season over last 4yrs

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  • January 21, 2015 at 09:01
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    A skilful looking player but he's been out the watford side for 3 months, wonder why?
    My only worry is whether we've got the right players to play with him cos last saturday when he looked up to make a pass there was no one there.
    First game an all that though...

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