Scoring no consolation for Maierhofer after Millwall defeat

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STEFAN Maierhofer would have gladly swapped his "crazy goal" for three points against Huddersfield on Saturday.

Millwall missed the chance to move out of the Championship relegation zone as they were beaten 3-1 by the ten-man Terriers at The Den.

Maierhofer had cancelled out Sean Scannell's opener but knew little about it as an attempted clearance deflected in off his giant frame.

That was the Austrian's first goal since he returned to the Lions for a second spell in January but it ultimately counted for nothing.

"It's not important for me to score, the important thing is that we win," Maierhofer said.

"I know I'm a striker and a striker must score goals but I'd rather not score and win 1-0 like against Nottingham Forest.

"I didn't score last week but everyone was happy after the game. I score this week and we lose 3-1, so I'm not happy.

"And it was a crazy goal because I was standing five metres from the line, a defender kicked the ball and it went in off my chest."

Huddersfield striker Nahki Wells was shown a second yellow card early in the second half but they retook the lead when David Forde fumbled Jacob Butterfield's shot.

"Their second goal is a mystery – there was a slip from Jimmy Abdou and then Fordey – but we win and lose together as a team," Maierhofer added.

"When the other team is a man down, you start thinking that a point isn't enough. But a point would have been better than none.

"It's hard to play against ten men because ten men have more spirit.

"We played 90 percent well but the last ten percent, the last pass is the important thing."

Maierhofer believes the Lions have to quickly forget about Saturday's result ahead of their midweek clash with Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

And he says boss Ian Holloway will rally the troops.

"He's a f***ing brilliant manager," Maierhofer added.

"I've played at lots of clubs but the manager here has a good personality. When you go out onto the pitch with the lion on your chest, there's an atmosphere.

"Millwall is a big club with a history and he [Holloway] is one of the best managers. After he's spoken at our team meetings, I could kill someone.

"He finds the right words every time. We had a 25-minute meeting after the game on Saturday and he said the right things.

"That's important because we all have to learn from our mistakes. But when we wake up this morning we have to look to the future.

"Defeat is hard to take but we have to look forward because we have a big week coming up and our next two games are very important.

"The important thing is that we remain confident. We played well on Saturday and we must play well again on Tuesday.

"But if we're f***ing s**t at Birmingham and we get three points, everyone will be happy."

Alex Aldridge


47 thoughts on “Scoring no consolation for Maierhofer after Millwall defeat

  • February 9, 2015 at 09:19

    Hoff I am sure we all would have also wished for that mate, but lets move onto Tuesday's game a must win game like all of them from now on as we don't seem to be able to do the business at home anymore.

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  • February 9, 2015 at 09:29

    Should be playing Gregory no matter what. I wouldn't mind seeing him Greggs and Hof up top but for me our best striker has been left on the bench in the last 2 games. Get him starting and with the new look team maybe he can start scoring a few more

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    • February 9, 2015 at 09:47

      @whiteliont: now that is a daft suggestion! It would mean ollie picking a 4-4-2 formation! And that's gonna happen!!!!!! NOT. It's a shame cos I do believe we are better than our position suggests

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    • February 9, 2015 at 12:46

      @whiteliont: No matter that he has scored 4 goals in 30 appearances.That he has no pace, can't hold the ball up and is s*** in the air.

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