Dunne tips Diego Fabbrini to be a Millwall fans' favourite

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ALAN Dunne reckons Diego Fabbrini is fast becoming a fans' favourite after his virtuoso performance inspired Millwall to victory over Nottingham Forest.

The Italian playmaker was at the heart of the Lions' best moves as they claimed a deserved three points at the City Ground thanks to Ricardo Fuller's late winner.

Fabbrini, whose name was sung throughout by the 682 Millwall supporters at the game, caused Forest all sorts of problems with his quick feet and direct running.

Lions fans aren't used to seeing such flair but Dunne explained why the Watford loanee's choice of footwear makes him fit right in at The Den.

Dunne said: "I've never seen someone with his ability wearing plain black boots! You'd think he'd have a green, pink or orange pair.

"He's got the same boots that me and Tony Craig used to wear in our youth team days – they're addidas World Cups and defenders usually wear them!

"That shows you the sort of person he is and he's slotted straight in with the lads. He's what we needed – someone who can carry the ball.

"It's easy to pass it and move but you need someone to carry the ball. The best teams have that quality and we've found someone like that.

"He's a hardworking lad and it looks like he could be a Millwall fans' favourite. They were singing his name. He caused Forest lots of problems when he got on the ball."

Fabbrini's English isn't the best but that hasn't prevented him from bonding with his new teammates.

"His two phrases to me have been 'good morning' and 'my friend' – that's all I've heard from him so far," said Dunne. "At least I know he's a friend!

"He's a great addition and the club have done really well to get him."

The arrival of Fabbrini, as well as Southampton loanee Jos Hooiveld, has given Lions fans a major lift.

"It's all about energy," added Dunne. "The fans feed off the body language of the players.

"There was a really good chemistry between the team and the fans on Saturday, and that's massive for us.

"With a couple of fresh faces coming in, and Fabbrini with his tricks and Hooiveld with his aggression, the fans like that.

"Shaun Williams was fantastic as well. We missed him during his suspension because he's a big player for us. Everyone can take credit from Saturday.

"Mark Beevers did really well too at left back and that's another clean sheet. The back four looked solid and everyone's spirits are up."

Manager Ian Holloway believes the improving atmosphere in the dressing room is down to the changes he has made during the January transfer window.

Seven players have left the club while others have been told they won't be offered extensions to their existing deals.

"He's had to move his plans for the summer forward," said Dunne.

"Nobody likes to see anyone being told that they're not getting a contract – it's difficult because we're all friends and we're all in it together.

"But football is a ruthless business and sometimes things have got to be said and decisions have got to be made. It's one of the hardest things a manager has to do.

"It's not easy to make decisions about people's careers and livelihoods."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

34 thoughts on “Dunne tips Diego Fabbrini to be a Millwall fans' favourite

  • February 2, 2015 at 08:28
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    Just a shame we cant make him a permanent Millwall player instead a loanie

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    • February 2, 2015 at 08:40
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      @colin66: yes, likely to only be a fans favourite for the next 4 months.

      Enjoy his ability while he's here and pray Watford don't get any midfield injuries.

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    • February 2, 2015 at 08:57
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      I find it amazing that According to Sky Sports Bournemouth are on the verge of smashing their transfer record by bidding 4.5 million for Demarai Gray.
      We can't even get Fabbrini, Hooiveld and Doyle for about the same price for the 3.
      It's time our chairmen to decides if he wants a football club or not, if he doesn't find a new buyer

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      • February 2, 2015 at 09:13
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        @brislion: Yeah agree!! we need someone to pull (large)or we will always be struggling

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      • February 2, 2015 at 09:48
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        this is charlie birchmoore f*** you Millwall c****!!!!!! CAFC

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        • February 2, 2015 at 10:12
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          @cafc: Sounds like another nottingham forest A Hole dont like losing Prize p****.

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        • February 2, 2015 at 10:36
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          @cafc: went to the effort of registering just to post that.

          Charlie by name, Charlie Hunt by nature.

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        • February 2, 2015 at 10:52
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          @cafc: Shouldn't you be out buying a new anorak or something. Perhaps, you could treat yourself to a new matching handbag. Knowing that you probably can't afford much you might be able to get something quite cheap in the Sales. Failing that, you could carry on licking the windows again in your 'special' home.

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        • February 2, 2015 at 16:53
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          @cafc: @cafc: Who?? Charlie big potatoes ha ha I would punch you so hard ! When you wake up your trainers would be out fashion

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      • February 2, 2015 at 10:14
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        @brislion:

        what you have to ask is how they do that on their crowds - FFP is a joke - we showed that - Bournemouth know that if they can keep it going for the rest of the season that 4 mill means nothing if they get promoted - if they don't , it is a different story

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  • February 2, 2015 at 08:58
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    If Fabbrini wears BLACK boots then sign him straight away.
    I hate those multi coloured slippers ????

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    • February 2, 2015 at 09:52
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      I go longfield academy f*** you millwall my name is charlie birchmore any of you wanna fight after the next home match im bringing my charlton boys CAFC CAFC FOREVER@Longfield Lion:

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      • February 2, 2015 at 10:16
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        @cafc:

        do you mean Proper Charlie?, I think I know you.

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      • February 2, 2015 at 10:16
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        @cafc: Any time you a hole we will p*** all over you next time we meet.

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      • February 2, 2015 at 10:30
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        @cafc: Sounds like another nottingham forest A Hole dont like losing Prize p****.@cafc: Hopped the wag from school again you stupid Little boy?

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      • February 2, 2015 at 11:06
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        @cafc: hahahahahaha, something tells me the real Charlie Birchmore (who??) Is being set up by his mates. Do the lad a favour Aldo and delete the account.

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  • February 2, 2015 at 09:02
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    Fabbrini and hooiveld , two players who cant get a game for other clubs in our division and now they are probably our best hope, thats what we're up against .

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  • February 2, 2015 at 09:54
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    My name is charlie birchmore CAFCFOVEVER millwall are going to get relagated you s*** p*****

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  • February 2, 2015 at 09:56
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    YOUR s*** AND YOU KNOW YOU ARE
    YOUR s*** AND YOU KNOW YOU ARE
    MILLWALL DICKHEADS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • February 2, 2015 at 11:50
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      @cafc: keyboard warrior, april 3rd, outside millwal cafe 2-3pm, see you there C******. features. see if you've got any bottle, leave your train set at home little d***!!

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  • February 2, 2015 at 10:06
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    I think everyone is missing the point what worries me most about this statement is why is Dunn still at our club to me he is one of the first that should have been shown the door
    SO PLEASE stop stating the bloody obvious and do the right thing please

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    • February 2, 2015 at 11:08
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      @mfc2u: Dunne has been very good in his last two games. Having a CB partner who can stay on his feet and control or distribute the ball and that he doesn't have to cover for constantly, must be helping him up his game...funny that.

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      • February 2, 2015 at 14:19
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        Your right but im looking at the last two seasons not the last two games I think he is a division one player at best and should have gone a couple of seasons back always gives 100% but just not good enough unfortunately @glyngo:

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  • February 2, 2015 at 11:20
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    Poor old Charlie eh! so traumatised and devastated every time his laughable trainspotters team can't beat the best team in London the best team of all everybody knows us were called MILLWALL Let Em Come Let Em all come down to The Den so we can laugh at you again. Oh one more thing young boy remember to wear your shirt with your name on it and walk all the way to The Den so we can all laugh at you before the game! But the main thing now is your making us laugh at you on here and that's a very good start and our laughter will get louder and louder!

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  • February 2, 2015 at 12:56
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    Aldo can you post this cafc mugs details please

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  • February 2, 2015 at 13:02
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    Who's Charlie is he the trianspotter with no A hole, he needs a bar of soap in his mouth, bet his mum don't know he swares like that, he is a right hard case let's all be very careful of him and his mates.

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