Bailey returns from injury as Millwall U21s beat Bristol City

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MILLWALL midfielder Nicky Bailey stepped up his recovery from a long-term injury as the U21s thrashed Bristol City 7-3 on Monday afternoon.

A calf problem has limited Bailey to just two appearances this season but he came through today's development fixture unscathed.

Bailey played 45 minutes as Aiden O'Brien's hat-trick inspired Neil Harris' young Lions to a convincing win.

Also on the scoresheet were Jack Powell (2), Dylan Casey and Ben Thompson.

Harris told the club's official site: "That was a crazy game of football!

"We played some fantastic attacking football in the first 30 minutes of the game and scored two. With no disrespect to Bristol, it could have been three or four at that stage.

"We were really composed in possesion, built lots of attacks through our centre halves and the midfield.

"It was great to see Nicky back, to see his enthusiasm and excitement. He played like a young kid at times, chasing everything.

"He is a real example of how to play in a development game as a senior pro. First class."

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28 thoughts on “Bailey returns from injury as Millwall U21s beat Bristol City

  • February 16, 2015 at 17:54
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    Good news and could be important come end of the season

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    • February 16, 2015 at 18:31
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      @glyngo: wage thief, his contracts up, he wants to play games to try and impress someone for next season!
      Wouldn't want him on my side if there was a war!!

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      • February 16, 2015 at 19:43
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        @dpendet: Bailey is a quality player. He'd be captain by now if he hadn't been injured. I think we've missed him to be honest. He didn't ask to be injured and unlike some he wants to play and stay fit in the process. For me, he's a better option in midfield than Abdou and a Bailey/Tonge midfield gets the juices flowing. Players who like to rack their studs on your ankles but also able to spray the ball around. I also think technically swapping Chaplow for Pennant is a good bit of business.
        Yes, we still need a striker and i've been campaigning for one for months like we all have but who is going to come to us at this stage of the season? Marquis etc. might be able to do the business at a lower level but we've seen they can't do it at ours. Stay up, and with a few permanent signings from the loanees we'd attract someone who is worthy. There's still a lot wrong at Millwall but it is what it is. It's always been like that.

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    • February 17, 2015 at 12:12
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      @glyngo: IMO a very quality player that would match williams brilliantly but he is so injury prone at times he lets us down at very important times.

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  • February 16, 2015 at 18:00
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    I understand that it's a development game and that the standard is very different to that of the Championship (especially consideration the position we are currently in), but I can't understand how someone like the "HOF" can be our first choice striker when he can barely head a ball for someone his height, whereas the likes of O'Brien clearly want to be given a chance and seem to know where the back of the net is!

    Great news about Bailey coming back, but it just papers over the grand canyon that is the lack of goals in the current first team.

    Hope I'm proved wrong and the "HOF" smashes his own hat-trick on Saturday. COYL

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    • February 16, 2015 at 18:09
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      @CBL59: I don't know where this Hof nonsense come from--He is knocking down everything that comes his way--just wish someone would finish something....

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      • February 17, 2015 at 11:11
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        @FLLion1: i've seen cows jump better than him. he might knock em down if they land on his head, but anything a fag paper higher than his head and he don't touch it.

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      • February 18, 2015 at 08:16
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        @FLLion1: Totally agree with your post as do many ! Sometimes the work he does is not noticed I certainly notice it

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  • February 16, 2015 at 18:02
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    Play O,Brien against Fulham.
    Got to be better than the Hoff ?

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  • February 16, 2015 at 18:02
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    If he stays fit, could do an end of season job for us, just like last year

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  • February 16, 2015 at 18:08
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    Good news.
    Will be like a new signing (he'll play once and/or get injured in training)
    Think we missed him.
    Probably a reason in letting chaplow go to ipswich.
    Fingers crossed he now stays fit and proves his worth.

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  • February 16, 2015 at 18:10
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    So with Bailey back that means tonge is a waste of. Money. Millwall don't p*** me off sign Fred Powell nelson and obrien up to longer contracts they won't be substantially expensive and our definitely our future. I'm tired of old journeyman who are past it. These names can be on the team sheet for the next decade and we can see them all at the peaks in the careers instead of when the past it.

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    • February 16, 2015 at 18:20
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      @spartacus: Tongue was not a waste of money or do you reckon Bailey will play every game 90 minutes for the rest of the season ???????

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  • February 16, 2015 at 18:13
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    Probably play last eight games & then get injured again so he can sit on his a*** at home collecting his wages.

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  • February 16, 2015 at 18:49
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    Sorry I know no player wants to be injured but how do these players always end up at our club where are they having their medicals done at the local vets all the money we waste could be put to good use buying young talented injury free players who can help the club push on

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  • February 16, 2015 at 18:50
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    It's a miracle ! Lazarus has risen from he's sick bed. All iH has to do now is turn home loses in to wins. Ooh and the larger down at the Den into Corona beer, Cheers

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    • February 17, 2015 at 09:41
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      @teddy.T: mate, that's seriously not larger down the den. I get p***** on the thought of a beer but I can drink that s*** all day

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  • February 16, 2015 at 18:51
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    Just so long as we get him up & running like end of last season.

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    • February 16, 2015 at 19:20
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      @Millwallsteve: Honestly think that we have missed Bailey in our midfield, he not only is an 'enforcer' in midfield, he also sets the tempo for the rest of the team

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  • February 16, 2015 at 19:01
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    Bailey Tonge and Jimi ....Tonge is the best player for that position

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  • February 16, 2015 at 21:56
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    Yea good news for me looking forward to him securing up the middle of the park hopefully get a few games out of him heading towards crunch time

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  • February 16, 2015 at 22:22
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    i remember Jackett was after lee barnard a few years ago, he knew where the goal was but his agent told us he was 'out of our league'!, well, he is at stevenage now, on loan, why not take a punt and try and get holloway to talk to him, if he wants it, its his last chance for him at a bigger club and the last forward we got from stevenage didnt do bad for us! We are not going to get anyone else who has that natural goal scoring ability are we, just listen to holloways interviews, and we dont need another big lump.. just a thought !

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  • February 16, 2015 at 23:50
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    Not that it's in relation to the above article re Bailey overcoming injury... Again... Finally. But I think questions need to be asked when the only way us MFC fans get to watch goals scored, as opposed to the usual goals against, is by watching two Millwall players who are currently out on loan in the lower leagues. One of whom isn't likely to be coming back (Marquis). And we do need a striker who is proven at scoring goals. I'd look around the Premier Leagues fringe players if I were Holloway. How can he not feel the need for a striker when he was almost prepared to hijack Scunthorpe for Van Veen. If he felt he needed a striker then, then why no longer? We're staring league one in the face 3rd time in a row and Holloway thinks he will turn water into wine, again! I'm finding it harder to understand. He's had long enough to buy,beg,borrow and steal a front man. Hopefully Pennant will score bucket loads from the wing and Holloway will prove me wrong.

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  • February 17, 2015 at 08:10
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    Keep playing like this and it will make an impact on the first team. Kris Twardek got a facial injury watched him a few times in pre season and thought he was a good player skilful and got at cutting back from the byline

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  • February 17, 2015 at 09:36
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    Well that settles it, play the under 21 squad against Fulham! At least they can score! Sorted

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  • February 17, 2015 at 11:37
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    If we go down I have a feeling we'll have to start over completely, cant really see JB sticking around too long in League 1, with no sell on value, the regeneration in tatters, a rudderless ship with a drunk captain and a mutinous crew only in it for the money. Dark times lie ahead in league 1.
    The club sold for a quick buck and back to Boston. Club in free-fall it happens, league 1 was just the tip of the iceberg, through the trapdoor we fall into league 2, despair, with no money all the earners jump ship, Holloway sacked and paid off, just kids left, and from the ashes of the fire rises the phoenix a club reborn with the clubs top scorer coming in to manage the team and putting faith in the kids he knows, a meteoric ascent, taking the league 2 title and league 1 back to back and into the championship again, with these youngsters about to hit there mid 20's and in peak form, we sell 2 of them for multi million pound deals that finance a cup run and play off place finish.

    Or we stay up this season and Holloway stays in charge and we fight relegation every year until his contract expires and we have 50 midfielders on the books

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  • February 18, 2015 at 18:41
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    Keep hearing sign this, sign that. The problem is we have little money to play with, with smaller gates,smaller income then the FFP league to worry about, I will admit I've only managed 1 game this year but I'm partially disabled and I live in Brighton. I still have some faith in a manager that's managed to get two 'Small' clubs into the Premiership, but time is running out. I will always love Millwall my families team for 5/6 generations, unfortunately my grandkids like Man Utd & Liverpool! COYL, NOLU!

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