Millwall boss: Some deadline-day targets "didn't work out"

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© Keith Gillard

IAN Holloway says Millwall could look to strengthen in the loan market after admitting that deals for some of their deadline-day targets fell through.

The Lions drafted in Leeds midfielder Michael Tonge and Tottenham keeper Jordan Archer as the January window closed on Monday but Holloway had hoped to make further additions.

Talks with Blackburn Rovers striker Luke Varney broke down, while Nottingham Forest winger Jamie Paterson was another target who eluded Millwall.

In total, Holloway made eight signings during the transfer window, with another eight players leaving the club.

"We have been incredibly busy this month with so many deals in and out of the club," Holloway told the club's official site.

"There were some more targets that we had in mind for the past couple of days but they didn't work out for one reason or another.

"The chairman and Andy (Ambler) have been excellent every step of the way and the club couldn't have done anything more over the past month.

"Things needed to be changed around and we have managed to do that.

"I really like the look of all the players we have brought in and I think we are well equipped to improve our position in the league over the next few months.

"If there are any more holes to fill then we can look to do something in the loan window if needs be.

"As always it is about the type of people you sign and I think everyone we have brought in has fantastic ability and mentality."

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94 thoughts on “Millwall boss: Some deadline-day targets "didn't work out"

  • February 3, 2015 at 12:45
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    Not getting church and varney is the highlight of the window great business holloway

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    • February 3, 2015 at 13:22
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      @lucusmckeus: haha that made me laugh. Truth is they would have been desperation signings and probably better that we loan someone and work on better targets to be signed in the Summer

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  • February 3, 2015 at 12:47
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    "If there are any more holes to fill then we can look to do something ..."
    Errr yeah. Like a striker you mean?

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    • February 3, 2015 at 14:23
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      @NICKOLA: anybody know if Maynard is a free agent now? Surely we could go in for him (if you wants some first team action that is). Chris Wood seems to be content on living on his Twitter account than getting some regular football he would get in the Championship. Pity

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    • February 3, 2015 at 19:16
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      @NICKOLA: how long have we known we need a partner for Gregs? ??? Only all season ! We have got kids that could do as good if not a better job than ford !!!! So what do we get before the deadline ????? Holloway explane !!!! See you all sat C O Y L onwards

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  • February 3, 2015 at 12:48
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    I'am over the moon the varney deal fell through.the fact is we shouldn't even been talking to him.

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    • February 3, 2015 at 13:01
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      @Jim28: Spot on Jim,sounded like he wanted too much money as well,I wouldn't have minded if he was worth it but he is worse than what we have already.

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      • February 3, 2015 at 13:23
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        @LETEMCOME: Rob Hulse 2.0 but had we got him I wouldn't have complained as he would have been cover for the misfiring Hoff.

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  • February 3, 2015 at 12:53
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    A prolific goal scorer is what we would all like but they are not easy to get at the moment so lets give our strikers the chance now that the defence has improved and we have a bit more creative flair in midfield. If someone comes up in the loan window then so be it but we might have enough to keep us safe.COYL.

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    • February 3, 2015 at 13:14
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      @LETEMCOME: For quite a while I have named players around the European leagues that were young and affordable and worth a punt...but I guess that Harfords European photo album and beer matt collection must be quite impressive, because his scouting is not!! We missed out on a good player to Scunthorpe, because he was probably too boozed up to decide whether he was good or not...so why not scour closer to home if you are gonna be that useless? might save us a few bob too!

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        • February 3, 2015 at 13:44
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          @Longfield Lion: A real scout has a natural eye for the job and can spot a player who is as raw as sushi but see the potential and want to take the chance. Iam not saying ex players cant because they can but proper scouts have been at it for years and that's what we need. Not some goon who was a shi.t player but had a rep as a hard nut.

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        • February 3, 2015 at 17:28
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          @Longfield Lion: Mick needs 'more time to assess' our European targets! Sounds like he is buying himself a long winter break.
          Mick 'Easyjet' Harford

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      • February 3, 2015 at 13:25
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        @vonhardshaft:True enough bud. I bet if you were to scout the Saturday and Sunday football leagues just in London you would find a diamond in the rough. There are plenty players out there.

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        • February 3, 2015 at 14:30
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          @LETEMCOME: Damn right, we live in a city that has a population of an estimated 8 Million, from people from all corners of the world, yet we can't find a single player and the likes of Liverpool and Villa can pick up youngsters on our door step...we need a network of scouts, that can be on minimum wages and can be on apprenterships and they can make the first observation that can be followed up from other more senior scout, that is what normally happens...plop, we used to be great at this!!

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          • February 3, 2015 at 17:31
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            It@vonhardshaft:

            Maybe you should apply for head of recruitment at a club? I am not suggesting a football league club yet. Maybe start with non-league. Then when you are successful, and with the blueprint you've just posted, why would you not be...! You can revolutionise the scouting departments at every club you work at. Because obviously there are loads of 20 goal a season championship level strikers, playing down the park every Saturday and Sunday. Ian Holloway is a muppet for not going to watch The Red Lion play The Heart and Garter down the local rec...!

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        • February 3, 2015 at 17:36
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          @LETEMCOME: what a load of crap, it's a huge jump up to the Championship.

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          • February 3, 2015 at 19:16
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            @Lincolnshire Lion: If you say so it must be crap because you know what's what. I wonder if ian wright and the many other non leagues players who made the jump would agree.

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          • February 3, 2015 at 19:41
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            I've just been reading, how Raheem Stirling at the age of 9, was spotted by a scout for QPR. The scout got the princely sum of £50! So these starts can be found playing in these local leagues.

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          • February 3, 2015 at 19:46
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            @Lincolnshire Lion: hmmm some saying it's hard to find a quality striker in lower leagues. Others that its possible, potentially able to do the job themselves! How handy that would be.

            I'm undecided myself and will wait until 82wall has told me who is right.

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      • February 3, 2015 at 19:55
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        The young keeper Archer has been training with us for a while, after being told he wouldn't be kept on by Spurs next season. If we drop do down to Div1, Forde will surely want to be off, better to have decent cover for him in place.@vonhardshaft:

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      • February 3, 2015 at 19:59
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        Does anyone know why the proposed move for Van Veen fell through and he decided to move to Scunthorpe who are 18th in Div 1?

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        • February 3, 2015 at 20:13
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          @CGLR53: we put in a very late bid to match scunny who had already made their interest clear and spoken to the bloke. So he went with the club that had shown they really wanted to sign him.

          Oh the 3.5 year contract on offer probably helped!

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      • February 3, 2015 at 20:02
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        @vonhardshaft: Can anyone tell me why the proposed move for Van Veen fell through, and he moved to Scunthorpe who are 18th in Div 1?

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      • February 3, 2015 at 21:04
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        @vonhardshaft: quite bizarre statement really, so it would be natural to assume you are either a scout, an agent or just the normal run of the mill know everything but actually know nothing. I take it you know all the personalities of our squad, the personalities of prospective signings and whether they will fit into a team.

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  • February 3, 2015 at 13:21
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    I think gregory will get off the mark again soon. He has some good supply now. He always works hard. He now deserves a goal or two or three........

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    • February 3, 2015 at 13:25
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      @Squire86: I agree with you Gregs is a work in progress and he is probably the only striker we have with that poachers mentality

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      • February 3, 2015 at 17:12
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        @glyngo: He might have the mentality but not the attributes !! 4 goals in 20 odd games and don't give me he needs to play in a two. Very few teams play with two up front and Ollie certainly doesn't. It certainly begs the question why we bought a striker who cant play up front on his own!!He offers nothing but work rate, he is League 1 at best. ( which might mean he was a bought a season too early).

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        • February 3, 2015 at 19:52
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          @Kinet: i don't recall him getting the opportunities to get strikes on goal that often.

          A decent through ball once in a while would give him half a chance to score.

          For me the midfield needs to start creating for all the strikers. Some quick counter attacks would also be great.

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          • February 3, 2015 at 23:54
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            @MFC Lion: totally agree, you only need to look at Greg slowing home that beauty against Brighton. He was in valved in the build up and ran into space beyond the defense before slotting home the chance.

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  • February 3, 2015 at 13:21
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    Well Mr Holloway this is your fourth transfer window since arriving, and you've certainly been very busy. This is now, well and truly, YOUR squad. Whether all the players coming in are better than those leaving we will have to see. Certainly Hooiveld and Fabbrini have looked very good so far.

    I'm disappointed we haven't got a new striking option, but I think its time to field a settled side and let the players gel together. Maybe, with luck and the wind in the right direction, we can then stave off relegation for another season.
    Come on you Lions

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    • February 3, 2015 at 13:23
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      @diesel: Very true diesel. It would seem now that these players actually want to play for us and olly. Will be interesting and exciting to see how it works out! COYL!

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  • February 3, 2015 at 13:36
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    Thats an easy answer Longfield Lion - there is no point in him being here - better question would be can anyone tell me what MIck Harford has done for the last year !! NOLU

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  • February 3, 2015 at 13:37
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    I dont think we will see Paris until next year now, which is bloody frustrating after the second half performance the other night, however, i think we have now got a good balanced midfield, and a stronger looking defence. we have got to start creating chances and seeing the runs that Gregory and Gyeye make and i am sure that they will get goals and confidence will grow. on lions live last week Gregory mentioned that he works with Harris for an hour every day, so he is trying. but this has got to happen soon.

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  • February 3, 2015 at 13:45
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    They have had months to sort out a striker and came up with Varney who thankfully never signed. I refuse to believe there are no potential strikers out there, even abroad. It is all about desire,determination and getting the right man. The scouting department is failing the club.

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    • February 3, 2015 at 21:10
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      @Peckhamlad: players have to WANT to come here. What is actually attractive about coming to a relegation threatened club? Take your blinkers off and realise that holloway, ambler etc do a fantastic job getting what amounts to a new team in place at this time.

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  • February 3, 2015 at 13:45
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    It's time to start using obrien more bring him on with fuller 15 mins from time could be another impact sub. It's got have some championship football otherwise he will never progress. Shame about the Paterson deal looks a good player. But glad we never got varney.

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  • February 3, 2015 at 13:54
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    feel a bit deflated by it, we still got the deadwood bleeding our club and still no striker. If paris is out now why Do we need another young keeper, shaun wright phillips would have done a great job for us on the wing

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    • February 3, 2015 at 15:05
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      @DELBOY64:
      problem with wright phillps for us is that he is on £60,000 a week , what ever deal we could have done the most
      qpr would have paid of that is 50% . then knowing our luck we would only have got a couple of games out of him.

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  • February 3, 2015 at 13:57
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    Just a thought ! has anyone seen any comment from Holloway wishing Bircham 'all the best, or a thank you etc?...........

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  • February 3, 2015 at 14:02
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    Shame the Cahill deal didn't come off eh

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  • February 3, 2015 at 14:34
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    How long do we have to wait for Gregory to find his scoring boots?
    That's the problem. We need goals NOW.

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  • February 3, 2015 at 14:41
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    Same old same old..............
    If we want to head towards league one, maybe scoring the old goal from a fluke mistake like Saturday then so be it. Just say we are going to build around the youth and there is a possibility we will we get relegated as no funds are available, then people can work out whether its worth putting a lot of cash into tickets and transport.
    Do not say if there is a whole to fill and take us for mugs. Everyone who has attended games over the last two seasons can see the reasons for our demise, namely not investing in a defence that is worthy of the championship and a strike force that might only worry a conference team.
    Clearly progress has been made through this window with the defence and midfield, but your honestly saying ""If there are any more holes to fill then we can look to do something in the loan window if needs be" your having a laugh. I remember at the end of the last loan window "oh we could not get anything sorted but we will try again in the January window". Now we are back to another loan window coming up and another potential six points gone before anyone can be reasonably expected to come in.
    On the subject of a striker pay the money, as I see no point in bringing in someone who has been out of form languishing in another teams reserves, unless you want to continue with the current p*** poor stats of shots on target.
    Rant over.

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  • February 3, 2015 at 14:41
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    Would of been good to see Cahill back. Maybe it would have disrupted the side,say he came played well then disappeared,would it of given another player the hump losing his place to someone who was doing the off shortly. He might of even had a shocker and helped us go down,you never know. So lets not worry about Tim anymore just remember the one and only time he was with us and move on.

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  • February 3, 2015 at 15:12
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    Is any Cahill deal definitely dead in the water? Where has he gone then.

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      • February 3, 2015 at 16:30
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        @LETEMCOME: Shanghai Shenhua, sound like a Chinese Restaurant to me. Can't we just go over and order a Number 4 to take away.

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    • February 3, 2015 at 15:36
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      @Petie59: never any chance of him joining us. He has gone to China and did have talks with Moyes at real sociedad. No mention of Millwall.

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  • February 3, 2015 at 15:18
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    I will lmao when our strikers start banging in the goals, all they need is constant service....coyl

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  • February 3, 2015 at 15:39
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    The new keeper Ollie signed is a kick in the b******* for the young keepers we already have....

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  • February 3, 2015 at 15:58
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    No more of a kick in the teeth than seeing Fordey retaining his place no matter how many dreadful errors he makes every game week in week out

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  • February 3, 2015 at 16:32
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    Definitely a hole in our strike force, only worrying thing is....how big is this hole?

    Maeirhofer stands at 6ft 7 and he can't fill it?

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  • February 3, 2015 at 17:04
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    Disappointing we couldn't attract an exciting striker but prefer none than an ageing wage thief such as Varney. Think Tonge is a good addition, he has bundles of experience at this and a higher level so seems like decent business. After the last few performances and the new players I am proper looking forward to Saturday, Fabbrini and Hoiveld are both mustard, let's be loud and help send them Huddersfield herberts back up north empty handed!!

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  • February 3, 2015 at 17:17
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    can't say I'm overly excited about deadline day signings. I'm more happy about who's gone than Tonge and another keeper. We need to inject fresh blood up front. I would give OBrien a chance over the next few games. Gregs will come good. Anyone who goes to the matches and knows anything about football can see that he makes the right runs and movement off the ball but is sadly lacking in supply. If he scores 1 in 3 chances then he's going to need those chances to be created. Now fabrini is playing hopefully those runs Gregs makes will be picked out and the players we've got might go forward rather than keep passing backwards. I don't rate the hof. Maggie, ob and fuller should be filling in tjose places alongside Gregs. COYL the great escape is on.

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    • February 3, 2015 at 22:43
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      @southlondon1885: Personally, I would rather start O'Brien than Gregory at the moment in the absence of getting a new striker in. Gregory works hard but is neither physical or quick. I've liked O'Brien whenever I've seen him.

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      • February 4, 2015 at 10:07
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        I agree to some extent but then I think the two of them would do the business. I don't rate Fuller as he spends too much time on the floor and is a better impact sub. As for the Hof, did nothing against reading, looks pedestrian and imo was a desperation signing. I just want to see two up top!

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  • February 3, 2015 at 17:21
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    Replay of one of the best matches with regards to result noise and atmosphere ever to be played down the New Den, would take 2-0 again. Pity they have not got Lee Clark in charge quote" i hate this f**** place"

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  • February 3, 2015 at 17:46
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    Why have we now got 4 Goalkeepers? I can't see Archer coming here on loan from Spurs unless he was told he was cover for Forde yet we already have 2 other young Goalkeepers on our books. Or is this sending them a message that they will be part of the Summer clear out?

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  • February 3, 2015 at 18:11
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    Is harford still in france? Tell him to stay there, he's as much use for us as a towel is for a fish

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    • February 3, 2015 at 20:48
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      @mfclions: Good news and bad news there I'm afraid. Good news is that he's left France. Bad news is that he's now in Germany following a couple of tip offs after meeting a bloke in the pub. Apparently, he's heard about two up and coming lads. Hertz van rental and Vorsprung Durch Technik.

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  • February 3, 2015 at 18:21
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    An underwhelming transfer window and still no permanent solutions to the holes at the back and front. Loans might keep us up but as I've said before they hardly tie in with a 'future vision for our club'. 10 points plus in February or we will still be deep in the mire.

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  • February 3, 2015 at 20:06
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    Pretty amazing anyone was even speculating about Cahill. Not a hint of a rumour anywhere other than here he might omce back. He comes across as bright, close to the end of his career, and might be able to make a career after football in the emerging Chinese footballing market (eg, own a club) which, should he move to Australia, suits him well as not so far from home. Sensible move. Good luck to him.

    However, maybe we might see him as a loanee if the Chinese season is out of synch with our own...

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    • February 3, 2015 at 21:20
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      @SE14: Can everyone please stop wishing and hoping for Cahill. He's not coming, nor will be in the future. Same as Sherringham. Time to remember them as great players for us but also time to let them go now. Start looking for strikers cos it seems our scouting network can't.

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  • February 3, 2015 at 21:25
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    New to this site, but to be honest in general it's full of people saying "buy this or that player" "I've recommended Tom d*** and Harry from Outer Mongolia". Does anyone on here really think or even believe that Holloway, Ambler or JB himself want this club to fail? If you do you live in cloud cuckoo land. But, everything has to be done to a budget whether we like it or not. I've supported this club since the late 50's and it's never really been any different, that why we are who we are. Get over it.

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  • February 3, 2015 at 21:31
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    To be honest, Jamie Paterson would of been a great signing!

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  • February 3, 2015 at 22:47
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    I think us beating Forrest and getting Pearce the sack might be a reason why the Peterson deal fell through he probably ok'd the deal and now new manager wants to see wat whole team is like. Or sour grapes

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  • February 4, 2015 at 08:57
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    "I really like the look of all the players we have brought in and I think we are well equipped to improve our position in the league over the next few months.

    The clowns own words....there can be no excuses now.
    Hands up which fans, when asked what players do we need to help us out would have said Tonge and Archer....another reserve keeper and one more midfielder....I would have rather had Fred and Jake back

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  • February 4, 2015 at 11:28
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    Was never going to sign a striker of any worth during this window anyway. Not without forcing a deal by paying a massive fee. We are better off looking for a young striker from the prem on loan.

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  • February 4, 2015 at 16:12
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    To be honest, Jamie Paterson would of been a great signing

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  • February 6, 2015 at 04:09
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    Either way i think the best way to look at this is if we did sign Varney for example (who I think would of been a flop) it would of been the same old story of striker searching come July. Its a blessing in disguise and allows Ollie and the board to focus on perhaps getting a proven striker in the summer, albeit the quality will depend on if we are a championship team or not.

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