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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