Dunne: "Solid" Millwall are very close to being a good team

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ALAN Dunne believes Millwall's 12 clean sheets this season proves that they are "very close to being a very good team".

Only Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday, who are the visitors to The Den in midweek, have kept more shut-outs than the Lions.

Millwall added to their total as they were held to a goalless draw by Fulham on Saturday.

And after another solid defensive display, it's clear where the problem lies for Ian Holloway's side.

"It's a shame we couldn't put the ball in the back of the net but any point in this league is a good point," Dunne said afterwards.

"Everyone has to chip in with goals because it's something we're missing. We're getting a lot of half-chances but it's not going in the back of the net.

"We've got some great link play around the box but the end product and the final ball – someone heading it in or anticipating a cross – isn't quite there.

"It's difficult but we'll keep going until something drops for someone."

Dunne added: "We're pleased with another clean sheet.

"I thought it could have gone either way in the second half – Fulham went for it and changed to a diamond, which caused us problems. Either side could have nicked it.

"There weren't many clear-cut chances. There were a lot of half-chances, crosses and cut-backs but neither goalkeeper had to make a blinding save.

"We dominated the first half but the second half was pretty even. It's another point on our total."

As Millwall search for the right formula in the final third, Dunne says it is imperative that they remain tight at the back heading into the crunch stage of the season.

After hosting the Owls on Tuesday night, the Lions travel to fourth-bottom Rotherham at the weekend in a relegation six-pointer.

"Rotherham got hammered on Saturday and we could go level on points with them on Tuesday," Dunne added. "If we win, it makes the game at the weekend even more exciting.

"We've got to keep picking up clean sheets and points. With 15 games to go, a team that is keeping clean sheets is a good sign.

"The teams around us aren't really doing that so that's a positive."

Millwall have kept four clean sheets in their last six matches and Dunne believes that is down to a "stronger" spine in the team.

And many of the Lions' January signings are continuing to impress.

"Diego Fabbrini is creating loads and I really like him – he's the first Italian player we've ever signed and he's got a lot of ability," said Dunne.

"He reminds me of George Best with the way he turns and runs at people. He's got something about him and the other players feed off that.

"Michael Tonge coming in has helped us in the middle of the park because he's an experienced player who can create.

"His volley was going in [until it was headed off the line] and he's got that in his locker – he can score from distance. He works well with Shaun Williams.

"The spine of the team is looking stronger and Jos Hooiveld has made us more solid at the back as well.

"We're very close to being a very good team. We need to score the first goal because then we'll be hard to break down."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

90 thoughts on “Dunne: "Solid" Millwall are very close to being a good team

  • February 23, 2015 at 09:10
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    "very close to being a very good team". What planet are you on? OK, I will concede that there is enough talent there to have ensured a mid-table finish this season, but the performances have not been great at all. We have had plenty of possession and chances and finished very few of them and we ahve let in goals that a well drilled U18 side would be embarrassed by. Get a grip, Dunne.

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    • February 23, 2015 at 12:19
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      @junkmale:
      I don't think so .

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      • February 23, 2015 at 17:14
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        @rogerclunn:

        but why does the club feel anyone needs to say anything - just shut up (in the nicest sense) and let the play on the pitch do the talking

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  • February 23, 2015 at 09:16
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    Well we looked alright at the back on Saturday but I did not think they were a very good side but the thing that stands out like a sore thumb is that lack of someone who can put the ball in the net when we get a decent chance, which happened several times when Diego crossed the ball from the goal line.

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