Jos Hooiveld hoping to settle nerves in Millwall's back four

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JOS Hooiveld believes it is his responsibility as an experienced player to help settle any nerves in Millwall's back four – and is "thrilled" by the start he's made.

The Lions have kept back-to-back clean sheets since Hooiveld arrived on loan from Southampton.

The 31-year-old has settled in seamlessly, and his relaxed style seems to be rubbing off on his new teammates already.

"I'm thrilled with the start I've made here," said the centre back. "It's nice to come in and get two good results straight away.

"It's a responsibility when you're a bit older to bring some calmness to the team.

"A lot of people tend to get nervous when you're in the relegation zone so you need to bring some calmness to the back four. That's what I try to do.

"Getting everyone united is a very important part of it too. When you're united, you can do a lot of good stuff. But a divided house can't stand."

Hooiveld has been itching to get back into competitive action following an ultimately fruitless spell on loan at Norwich during the first half of the season.

"I'm very glad to be involved in a team again," he said.

"My time at Norwich was a little bit frustrating, of course, but it can never affect you too much because every game on the bench could be a game closer to playing again.

"If you keep that in mind, it's always a bearable period.

"Norwich have a lot of centre backs in their squad but I played the first four games of the season – we won three and drew one but I was dropped.

"It's one of those things isn't it, what can you say?

"I was disappointed by that but that period of my career is done. I don't really think about it because it's now nice to be at Millwall.

"Since I came here the atmosphere has been good, the training's been good, the boys have been good and people have been smiling."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

32 thoughts on “Jos Hooiveld hoping to settle nerves in Millwall's back four

  • February 6, 2015 at 10:10
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    Very much needed calming and quality influence on our back row. Keep them in check Jos.

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  • February 6, 2015 at 10:12
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    Keep it up Jos, another clean sheet tomorrow will do nicely. If we can manage that it always gives us a chance.

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  • February 6, 2015 at 10:15
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    Sign the bloke up permanently before he increase his market value with us because he is playing out of his skin. He will be the major reason we stay up and then Southampton put a price on his head that we just won't be able to afford. Sign him up now please

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    • February 6, 2015 at 10:22
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      @el tel: free agent at the end of the season and I think wages are around 15k. Need him in its nice to have that quality at the back

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  • February 6, 2015 at 10:29
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    clean sheet to moz, 3 pts, and a few goals would be nice. WUBBLE U !!

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  • February 6, 2015 at 10:35
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    Lets be honest - from what we've seem so far - this guys going to have offers coming out his Ar5e in the summer! £15k a week is a bit steep for a 32 year old!

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    • February 6, 2015 at 11:59
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: still get 2 or 3 years of a top quality defender. Let's face it players who look after themselves play into their mid to late thirties nowadays

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      • February 6, 2015 at 13:12
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        @el tel: Yeah I agree he's got a couple years at a high level but £15k a week that's been banded about is bit rich! I've only seen him play 2 games for Millwall though so not counting me chickens just yet.... think a lot of fans get carried away too easily!

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  • February 6, 2015 at 10:50
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    defenders like this don't come round two often sign him now whatever the cost.

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    • February 6, 2015 at 11:26
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      @block 28: fantastic 'whatever the cost"?
      I think he is a really good player, i think he suits what we need. So I assume then that as in your own life, when you see something you want you just buy it? no of course not, we (Millwall) have to by definition operate to a budget. If it don't work you can have it. Look back to pre 2009 and the credit crunch. Such short memories.

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      • February 6, 2015 at 11:28
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        @chubby: should have read CANT have it. we need an edit button on here

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        • February 6, 2015 at 12:02
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          @chubby: you have think long term how much money would millwall earn if jos helped us stay in the championship. I've seen millwall throw money down the drain bringing in s*** players. This is not one of them.

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          • February 6, 2015 at 12:18
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            @block 28: yeah yeah blah blah. How about answering the Question. Money, budget? The alternative is, take stock when we know where we are.
            We have had enough knee jerk signings and he has played precisely 2 games.

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        • February 6, 2015 at 12:58
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          @chubby: I agree Chubb, the club has always operated on a budget we do really struggle to pay out for high earners!

          This could start to change though with the influx of good youth players on low wages, meaning the older players or "high earners" could be let go and even "higher earners" like Jos could well be within our budget.

          As a club we have always had to balance the books and that's not going to change until we have a rich sugar daddy who can happily lose ten's of millions in 1 season.

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  • February 6, 2015 at 10:53
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    Imagine what the back 4 would be like if we could get Carlos back and fit...

    COYL!!!

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    • February 6, 2015 at 11:26
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      @mfc1rob: What about the fly in the ointment of the back 4, Ollie's obsession with Dunne because he made hi skipper on a whim?? he needs to fit him in.

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      • February 6, 2015 at 15:27
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        @Barnlion: fair one barn, can't understand his obsession with dunney. I'm not knocking him but surely he's better off as a last 10 min gap/panic fill.

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        • February 6, 2015 at 16:01
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          @mfc1rob: Rob, that's my big fear we are doing well and then Dunny has a rush of blood to the head and all the good work is undone, but lets hope that Ollie has sussed him by now.
          There are 3 better CB and 3 better fullbacks so he should only be on the bench has you have just stated mate, anyway lets hope the mini run in the mini leagues long continues.

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  • February 6, 2015 at 11:08
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    he looks class ...we have to sign him up 3 year contract ...best CB since Kitch

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    • February 6, 2015 at 12:50
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      @SE17 Lion: The lad has played 2 games and all of a sudden he is messiah, if he plays like this for the rest of the season and we finish mid-table then yes there would be grounds to say he is the best since Kitch.

      Also look what happened to Shittu when he was in form and got a new 3 year deal... for the past year he has been a drain on the club, paying around £10,000 a week!

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  • February 6, 2015 at 11:11
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    He's JOS the man we need.Big three points for us tomorrow! COYL!!!

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  • February 6, 2015 at 11:21
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    31 is no age for a player like this who uses his brain rather than relying just on pace, he clearly looks after himself and could easily be playing at the same or even a higher standard five years from now.
    Sadly I think this is one of those no-win situations. If he was no good we'd struggle and probably go down, but he's proved to be a fantastic addition to the squad, so everyone is talking about him and it's highly likely that his next club (either a relegated Prem team or Championship promotion hopeful) has already got him penciled in for a summer move. Someone like QPR, Leicester, Wolves, Watford etc.
    Unless of course he is won over by the unique experience of playing for The Lions, I know that, if it was me (or any 'Wall fan) there'd be no decision to make: "Just show me where to sign Ollie..."
    You never know, but if he is on 15k a week I think that's a snip with no transfer fee involved.

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    • February 6, 2015 at 11:30
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      @mervpayne: I agree with the vast majority of your comments, BUT where do we all get this 15k per week or 20k per week etc? Have we got a spy on contract negotiations? None of us KNOW, we can guess but that is about it.

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      • February 6, 2015 at 12:00
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        @chubby: if we stay in the championship I think he deserves £15k who else is out there on our budget plus the money we save on the deadwood would be more than enough to cover it COUL

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        • February 6, 2015 at 12:56
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          @bobthelion: hollaway dont just want him to stay.bg article in the SLP on trying to keep fab..
          chubby we aint the paupers you make us out to be..we've had a long list of players on 15k +

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          • February 6, 2015 at 13:00
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            @Jim28: List them, I'd be keen to know who you "know" or "think" we have or are paying £15k per week???

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    • February 6, 2015 at 19:08
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      Easily still be playing at the same or an even higher level in 5 years? What makes you draw that conclusion? He will be 36!

      No win situation? Again got to disagree with you. He's been brought in on loan with the sole task of improving our defence so we avoid relegation. If we achieve that then a resounding win in my eyes. Should we then convince him to join us then we can consider that a bonus.

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  • February 6, 2015 at 11:33
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    I think Beevers will be a better CB playing next to somebody as calm and composed as Jos. Beevs was plenty good a few seasons ago when playing alongside an in-form Shittu who was going the same thing as Jos. no excuse to play Dunne there now

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  • February 6, 2015 at 12:41
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    No brainer for me, he is just what we want. No fee so that absorbs some of the wages a lot of high earner players are going, so that free ups some, he might be willing to take a deal now rather than wait for the end of the season lottery. His experience would help young Nelson no end, and if that is the partnership, their wages added together would be the same as two average players. I also think of all the players we have got in he is the one most likely to have the greatest influence in keeping us up. Saying that while not being impressed with the Hoff you have to say that with him in the team this season and last we do seem to get results, it may just be, as I have said before, it is not his footballing ability so much as the problems he gives the opposition in having to mark him and be aware of the big target man.

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  • February 6, 2015 at 12:53
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    Jos is a quality player and based on current form (2 games) I would sign him.

    Let's not get carried away, he has only played 2 games, yes we kept 2 clean sheets but if he consistently plays this well week-in week-out then we will have a real quality & consistent player on our hands!

    There have been so many at Millwall who after a couple of games look unbelievably good just for their form to dip, I just hope Jos can keep playing to this high standard every week!

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  • February 6, 2015 at 15:55
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    Top player for us so far. Best cb since nethercott

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  • February 6, 2015 at 16:06
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    Well said jos! Good to have a experienced centre back plus I think Sid Nelson will learn a lot from hoovield!

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