Bailey withdrawn from Norwich game after back spasm

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MILLWALL midfielder Nicky Bailey was substituted at half time against Norwich on Saturday after suffering a back spasm.

Bailey had been sidelined since September with a calf problem but the club have confirmed he did not suffer a recurrence of the same injury.

The 31-year-old experienced pain in his back and will now be monitored by the Lions' medical department.

"The reason I put Bailey in was because he helped us so brilliantly last year to fill gaps in our defence," said boss Ian Holloway.

"That's what I was hoping would happen on Saturday.

"Unfortunately I had to bring him off at half time because he's had a reaction to all the work he's done and the twisting and the turning.

"It's nothing to do with my physios – they're brilliant – and this club has a fantastic record of keeping players fit and getting them fit.

"The stats show that."

Shaun Cummings and Stefan Maierhofer resumed full training this morning, while Paris Cowan-Hall is also being eased back into the group.

"Maierhofer gives me the opportunity to play the ball from back to front," added Holloway.

"He really does cause all sorts of issues and that brings Diego Fabbrini into things when he plays in the pocket.

"We've also missed the legs of Lee Martin and Paris, who the fans haven't even seen yet.

"Cummings had been excellent and we were starting to look solid at the back with him at right back.

"I've had to play Jimmy Abdou there and then move Alan Dunne when we needed a settled back four, which is vital."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

43 thoughts on “Bailey withdrawn from Norwich game after back spasm

  • March 9, 2015 at 12:59
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    Take it he's out for the rest of the season it was a dot on the cards he weren't ready even tho a different injury he's been gone to long without a competitive game under he's belt who's next

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    • March 9, 2015 at 17:54
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      @DANGEROUS: he was s*** on Saturday. Never been his biggest fan but he needs to go now. Can't be carying around injury prone players like him. Waste of 15k a week

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  • March 9, 2015 at 12:59
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    why don't you and bailey take a permanent holiday! we can't afford passengers and that's what both of you are. im struggling to recall what's been put up here that's positive this year? all i know is we don't want ya here ollie your talk has got you this far and that's far enough! all i want to hear id that you've cleared ya f****** desk. if people actually done their research on you they'd realise all these sound bites week in week out are the same sound bites you fed plymouth, leicester, qpr and palace! just GET OUT NOW!!! we have a mid table side here without a complete clown in charge.

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  • March 9, 2015 at 13:07
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    1) Get rid

    2) "It's nothing to do with my physios – they're brilliant – and this club has a fantastic record of keeping players fit and getting them fit" - Anyone following Millwall recently would know this is not true whatsoever.

    3) Why rush him back too early? The way Howson went past him on Saturday for their first goal was utterly embarrassing

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  • March 9, 2015 at 13:09
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    STILL GOING ON ABOUT LAST YEAR. CHANGE THE STORY AND MANGER FFS. COUL

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    • March 9, 2015 at 13:24
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      @bobthelion: HE'S LOST THE PLOT LOST THE TEAM LOST THE FANS TAKE THE HINT AND f*** OFF NOW

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  • March 9, 2015 at 13:18
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    now come on, be fair to the man - when we went back to front with the Hof and with Lee's legs we only lost 3-1 at home most of the time

    and it is clear we have really missed Paris' legs , that is really easy to tell because he played for all of 45 minutes

    everything IH says is about convincing himself - some alternate reality from everybody else

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  • March 9, 2015 at 13:21
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    GET HOLLOWAY OUT NOW.
    He has no idea and can only play one formation. Week in week out its the same with the inevitable loss. He's destroying the club, any atmosphere, any confidence the players may have and he didn't even have the nerve to show his face from the dugout Saturday after going two goals down.

    On his salary and what we have to pay he should be act like a man and take the criticism not hide like a child!

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  • March 9, 2015 at 13:21
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    You/we got lucky last year in our last 8 games, the situation now is completely different, and you hung bailey out to dry saturday, 80 mins u21 football since we beat fulham!, because you dont care about the players, which really surprises me. you always, in every interview try to move the blame to players not understanding formations!, fitness, body fat FFS, and now us fans, your quote that we have soon forgotten last season is a disgrace and should warrant your sacking alone !!!!!!!!

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  • March 9, 2015 at 13:23
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    We are a Club for the Old and Crippled.
    And that includes the Manager.

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  • March 9, 2015 at 13:37
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    Holloway the only thing you convince is your reflection in the mirror every day now and I'm guessing the mirrors cracked hence our bad luck your still here and the split personality

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  • March 9, 2015 at 13:39
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    fk off holloway take dunne and sicknote bailey with c@%ts

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  • March 9, 2015 at 13:42
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    the fact that he had to resort to desperation and play an unfit bailey, tells it all - I hoped it would work, he says - well hope is no good - I hoped you'd left Ian, but it hasn't worked

    let's get some facts straight also - after we won his first game against Ipswich last year we went on a run of one win in 13 before he 'saved' us - he put us at the bottom in the first place

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/teams/millwall/results/2013-14

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  • March 9, 2015 at 13:53
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    So our survival was resting on one player who is constantly injured and plays about 5 games a season if were lucky you just couldn't make it up something is obviously very wrong with the type of player we buy or their fitness regime . we attract only the best players to our club so I have no doubt the physios are all also the best that money can buy .
    What a f****** stupid statement to make now they are taking us for idiots .

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  • March 9, 2015 at 14:17
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    cummings back in training ,soon as he puts him back in side , dunne will be put back to cb ,clueless .

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  • March 9, 2015 at 14:18
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    "It's nothing to do with my physios – they're brilliant – and this club has a fantastic record of keeping players fit and getting them fit.

    You are having a f****** laugh. Show us the stats then, seem to have stats for everything else.
    While your at it publish the actual cash Bailey has accumulated whilst on the bench or on his sofa per raitio to games played.

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    • March 9, 2015 at 15:22
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      @kenfromtheden: The only stats that matter are Won, Drawn and Lost. You don't seem to mention your record on that, do you Ian?

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  • March 9, 2015 at 14:25
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    We did he come back well you can f*** off with Holloway you then f*** all the time you been with us so fined a new club

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  • March 9, 2015 at 14:30
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    You don't know what a settled team is never mind a fu@king settled back 4..doomed

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  • March 9, 2015 at 14:38
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    no manager in the land would want to manage us because the amount of stick the fans give them when we are losing, when holloway got the job everyone could not believe that a manager like him has come to millwall , but now we aint winning he is s*** and dont know what he is doing despite the fact he has taken two seperate sides to the premiership.

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    • March 9, 2015 at 15:18
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      @pshields: Holloway you k.nob - this site is meant for Millwall supporters, so stop f***** posting on here.

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    • March 9, 2015 at 15:54
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      @pshields: he's also got Leicester and Blackpool relegated, you can add us to that list in a few weeks time.

      One of those promotions was Palace, a squad he inherited, looking good for auto promotion and he got lucky to get promotion through the playoffs.

      His win percentage with us is below 23% even if you think he was a successful manager previously how s*** does he need to be with us to be considered not up to the job.

      Win % below 15 change your mind?

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      • March 9, 2015 at 16:28
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        @MFC Lion: He got QPR relegated too. He would also have taken Palace down as well whilst he was well on the way to a nervous breakdown - just before we stepped in to employ him.

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    • March 9, 2015 at 16:00
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      @pshields: If you think its just because we are losing you cant be a supporter mate!

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      • March 9, 2015 at 21:09
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        @Micky Lions: shame he didn't have the decency to walk away again. Palace looked doomed but Pulis arrived and they looked a different team.

        I'm sure someone else could have done a similar job for us. I can see it taking half a season in league 1 by which point he will be down to last 6 months of his contract. JB will decide that the payoff isn't too great and there will still be half a season for next manager to have a realistic chance of keeping us in league 1.

        Still hopeful it will be at the end of the season but that's still a whole years wages to pay.

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    • March 9, 2015 at 16:07
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      @pshields: To be fair, I think IH has been given more time and patience by not just Millwall's fans but the board too - and on top of that you can add more finance and freedom in the transfer market - than any other manager in our history.
      Yes we are a hyper-critical bunch, but I thank the footballing-supporting Gods every time I see that embarrassing Ultra circus down the road at palace, that I was born, and will die Millwall.
      And in a funny sort of way, it is that hyper-critical nature of our fans that actually attracts managers to the club - and I think that was the case with Holloway. They know that if they can bring success to The Den they will benefit from the flipside of that criticism which is some of the best, most passionate and loyal support in the land.
      Millwall fans really wanted Holloway to be a success at Millwall, even more so than any other manager (maybe apart from Rhino and Macca perhaps!) and Holloway clearly wanted to bring us success and enjoy that unique idolisation that only a Millwall crowd can give you. But, for whatever reason, it's just not working.
      You only really know what a manager is like when he is actually employed by your club. I too pointed to promotions at Blackpool and palace as being part of the IH CV. However, on closer inspection, it may well be that he took over those clubs in good shape (similar to McGhee when he took over Millwall in 2000) Grayson and Freedman had already laid some very solid foundations at Blackpool and palace and whilst that doesn't mean IH did nothing to gain success, I think we'd all agree that it's much easier taking the helm of a ship that's speeding full steam ahead to shore than one that's run out of fuel and got a hole in it. He struggled with similar situations at QPR and Leicester. QPR gave him the opportunity to take them back up and he did. Leicester decided otherwise.
      As I said in a previous post, I'd love to think he could turn it around, prove us wrong or bring us back up if we did go down but I just can't see it happening.
      I think it's very much a case of 'right man, wrong time'.

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    • March 9, 2015 at 18:26
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      @pshields: Holloway's record stinks. His win ratio over his career is some 26% so the 23% he has with Millwall is hardly a surprise. Dougie Freedman got Palace in a position to go up and Tony Pulis kept them up after Holloway mucked up. Grayson did much of the work at Blackpool. Holloway is a serial failure and is only hanging on for the money.

      Mentioning Simon Grayson, he is a good manager and seems a straight forward bloke. Preston North End is surely not the limit of his ambitions?

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  • March 9, 2015 at 15:41
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    Shocking news to hear Baileys injured, not like him at all.
    Back spasms require a min of 10 games rest before the player can return, very unfortunate.

    This does however provide Holloway with a watertight excuse for us getting relegated as we looked unstoppable for that first 45 against Norwich with him back in the team. Yes some will point out we we're 0-2 and being outplayed. In fact most will say Bailey wasn't very good and cost us a goal but remember Ollie says differently so rest easy in the knowledge that were all wrong and everything is fine at the Den.

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  • March 9, 2015 at 15:56
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    I keep looking at this forum, watching Sky Sports hoping that I'll read that this Clown has been sacked, but sadly he's still here. Not only is he still here but he comes out with s**** about the physios, the journeymen players which he has brought in. In a nutshell, why don't you and your s*** purchases f*** off or at least stop publishing this s***. I'm sure it contravenes trading standards policies.

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  • March 9, 2015 at 16:17
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    No point changing now we just have to ride the storm and out up with it, holloway will come good and we will have one hell of a team

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  • March 9, 2015 at 16:57
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    Get rid of that raspberry ripple as he's nothing but a drain on our resources just like you Holloway!!

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  • March 9, 2015 at 17:50
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    Lame statements from the lamest Manager about

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  • March 9, 2015 at 18:31
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    Berylson is to blame and Ambler and whoever gave Ollie the job...no one would give up 15 grand a week....I dont blame Ollie for taking the money....Ambler is the same hes on fantastic wages so why would he admit to being no good at his job....one weeks wages is a years for most of the fans....Berylson is being took for a mug by both of them....he needs someone to work with who aint a con man....he wont listen to the fans because he thinks he knows better...about buisness yes about football no and whats happened to the fan on the board ...what is his input,,,Millwall FC is a cash cow to all the lot of em....stick to baseball Berylson

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  • March 9, 2015 at 20:49
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    Crazy comments.

    If I were manager, I would have released the following statement:

    Bailey was withdrawn for tactical reasons. We needed to stop the creativity in there midfield and in my opinion Tonge was more able to provide defensive cover.

    Unfortunately that didn't work because Tonge was also responsible for a goal against us.

    I will therefore retreat to my office and prepare thirty P45's including mine.

    Then I will become idolised at Millwall.

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  • March 9, 2015 at 22:54
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    This wage thief has had medical problems since his pre -charlton days. Why is this c*** still on the payroll?

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  • March 10, 2015 at 00:13
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    The comment about Hof causing problems with Fabbrini and this 'pocket' business is part of the problem. I'm no tactical expert but surely playing 1 up front only works when you have midfielders that score goals in support, Fab's great but he doesn't provide this, he's just doing the same thing Scott Mcdonald did! It's the same ineffective tactics with different personnel. When you're scrapping for your lives, 'pockets' and 'holes' belong on the snooker table, 'channels' on the telly and you need to play a system that the players you have are comfortable with. These elaborate systems are for the clubs who can afford to fill their squads with players of sufficient quality to be able to play them.

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  • March 10, 2015 at 00:22
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    Last night i saw Bailey in an episode of CSI...was the corpse, of course!

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