Woolford fully-committed to Millwall's fight against the drop

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MARTYN Woolford believes his performance at Birmingham on Tuesday proved that he is fully-committed to Millwall's battle against the drop.

Woolford almost joined Leeds United during the January transfer window but the deal collapsed on deadline day.

The winger returned to the Lions fold as a substitute against Huddersfield last weekend before playing the whole 90 minutes at St Andrew's in a crucial 1-0 victory.

The 29-year-old, whose contract at The Den expires in June, was hailed for his "magnificent" performance by manager Ian Holloway after the game.

Woolford said: "I hope that if anybody did have any doubts about me, my attitude or my state of mind, I've proved that I'm focused on Millwall – and that's how it's going to stay."

Reflecting on recent events, Woolford added: "It's been up and down.

"Being out-of-contract in the summer, the gaffer is looking further afield and when Leeds came in for me, he had to have a look at it.

"The gaffer wanted to focus on the players that were definitely staying for next season, which was fair enough, so things were up in the air for a little bit.

"I went away and trained with a couple of the others but for whatever reason, Leeds didn't happen.

"But the gaffer knows that, attitude-wise, I'm not going to let anything like that affect me.

"He told me to come back into the group, work hard in training and show him that I'm worth a place in the team.

"It's turned around quite quickly for me and I was glad to be back in the starting line up. I'm happy to be around the lads and playing again.

"To come back in and get an important win is all very positive for me."

Woolford's potential exit was not a reflection on his attitude or ability, Holloway told him.

"The gaffer made that clear," Woolford said. "And when something like this happens, it never does you any favours to moan or mope around.

"Throughout my career, if I haven't been in the team I've been working hard to get back into it. It's something that's served me well and I'll continue to do that here.

"Now that I'm here and I'm staying, hopefully I can keep playing and I'm looking forward to the rest of the season."

Holloway, who mastermind the Lions' first away win against the Blues since 1968, added: "I thought Woolford's response for me and the club was magnificent."

Alex Aldridge


25 thoughts on “Woolford fully-committed to Millwall's fight against the drop

  • February 12, 2015 at 10:31

    Get the winner saturday and your be a hero.

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  • February 12, 2015 at 10:35

    Woolford has always been a good player....Ollie has messed him around ....

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    • February 12, 2015 at 11:40

      I may be in a minority but think Woolford should be given another year. Yes, we need to trim the squad, but we still need utility players and Woolford is a decent footballer, generally regarded as having a good attitude.

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    • February 12, 2015 at 16:09

      @SE17 Lion: he was a very good left MIDFIELDER when he had a attacking full back behind cause IMO he cant take on men down the line.

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