Abdou goal could be a "big moment" in Millwall's season

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JIMMY Abdou's flying header could prove to be a "big, big moment" in Millwall's battle against the drop, according to goalkeeper David Forde.

The fans' favourite, who last scored for the Lions way back in April 2013, grabbed the decisive first goal during Tuesday's do-or-die clash with relegation rivals Wigan.

And if Millwall are to pull off another Great Escape this season, Forde believes Abdou's emphatic finish in the 2-0 win over the Latics could be a turning point.

"It's about time Jimmy scored!" Forde said. "I'm absolutely delighted for him because he loves it here at this club.

"He's scored one very important goal before and I was there that night at Elland Road when his goal against Leeds took us to Wembley.

"If we stay up, we can look back at big, big moments and this would certainly be one of them."

Forde believes Abdou's diving header embodied the Millwall values that interim manager Neil Harris has restored to the side since his appointment.

"Neil has brought a bit of resilience back into the team and that's what Millwall is all about in times of adversity," he said.

"Jimmy has summed that up by scoring a fantastic goal.

"We're tough to beat under Neil and we're looking to turn The Den into a fortress again so that teams don't like coming here.

"We’ve got it rocking and it's starting to turn into the place of old."

Anything other than three points against Wigan would have been a hammer blow to Millwall's survival chances.

“It was a must-win game, make no mistake about it," Forde said.

"A draw wouldn't have been good enough. It was a cagey occasion and a bit tit for tat but we managed to score the vitally-important first goal.

"There was a lot riding on the game and it wasn't going to be the prettiest. At this stage of this season it's all about results and performances go out the window.

"We've played ten times better than that this season and been on the end of some tough-to-take defeats.

"We were poor for the first half-hour but the manager made a fantastic change of formation at half time and we managed to get a foothold in the game.

"It's always good when The Den is rocking like that and we're attacking our end in the second half. It's a fantastic result."

Rotherham, the side Millwall have to leapfrog in the table, have been charged by the Football League for fielding an ineligible player and could be docked three points.

But Forde says the Lions have to put that out of their minds for now.

"At the end of the day you have to wait until the decision is made – it's all whats, ifs and maybes at the moment," said the 'keeper.

"We could be blessed and it could be the bit of luck we need but we have to stay present and focused on the job in hand."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

47 thoughts on “Abdou goal could be a "big moment" in Millwall's season

  • April 16, 2015 at 10:55
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    let's hope so, but still a lot to do to be sure, but what's for sure its given us something to aim for, rather than the other option of already knowing our fete, a few more displays like those recently and a couple of helpful results elsewhere and you never know. COYL!!!!!

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  • April 16, 2015 at 10:59
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    2 wins without Rotherham getting another point,who reckons it.

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    • April 16, 2015 at 11:48
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      Fulham are so f***** s*** wouldn't be surprised if they didn't pick up another point, 2 wins 2 draws and we're playin championship football next season, be nice to get that first win under our belt Saturday.

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      • April 16, 2015 at 13:45
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        @bollocky: My good mate is a fulham die hard , and he is very worried, he honestly thinks we will catch them! one game at a time for me tho !

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  • April 16, 2015 at 11:15
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    So pleased for you James, well deserved for someone who show such heart & passion for his club & shirt!!

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  • April 16, 2015 at 11:29
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    Well said forde couldn't say it even better COYL upwards now boys we are always behind u no matter what let get 3pts against the sheep shagers

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  • April 16, 2015 at 11:34
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    Good day People, I have just found MAULED BY THE CROWD AT THE DEN, go to www.theeamigoswigan.com/2015/04/15/mauled-by-the-crowd-at-the-den/ Honestly it is brilliant and shows just what a special club we are and that the likes of wigan just don't understand.
    You what, the older I get the more I love my MILLWALL, ESPECIALLY WHEN OTHER CLUBS FANS WRITE STUFF LIKE THIS.

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  • April 16, 2015 at 11:42
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    No matter what happens even if we do go down Bomber and Dave have restored the pride and passion back into our club. I was pleased to see Fordey saying that Neil changed it at half time in a previous post I said I hoped that it was a managers influence and not just how it worked out which goes to show that he can see what is going wrong and knows how to put it right. The other very noticeable thing is how, Jimmy, Magaye and Gregory have all been 'talked up' by the manager no "his to fat", "he will not listen" and "not doing it my way" attitude we had under Holloway. Just from the Nelson header and the Upson reaction to the O'Brien foul you can see a real harmony in the team and desire to play for the club.

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  • April 16, 2015 at 11:55
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    what is there to dislike you turd brain about my previous posting ??????????
    go on justify you dislike, t***.

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    • April 16, 2015 at 12:11
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      @terry the turk lion: take no notice a lot of idiots press dislike without reading posts. Not millwall just t****** COUdislikes. Millwall till I die proud to be a LION NOLUWDC COU WALL

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    • April 16, 2015 at 13:05
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      @terry the turk lion: Don't worry Tel, it's a wind up mate, it was a good post and when I read it I thought what part of Wigan di he come from a right mug.

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    • April 16, 2015 at 14:51
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      @terry the turk lion: Not taking the mick, but maybe people enjoy disliking you specifically because no one else on here seems to get so wound up about it. Bully mentality: don't react and the bullies get fed up.

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      • April 16, 2015 at 16:13
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        @SE14:

        Thank s mate I truly not worried about it cos I have seen it for some great posts, I just wish that they would leave us adults alone and carry on watching the cartoon network channels.

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  • April 16, 2015 at 12:29
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    Bob and Peckham your both right, F.U.C.K. em.

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    • April 16, 2015 at 12:55
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      @terry the turk lion: I said on here the other day you have to register to be on here if someone press the dislike button 3 or more times Name them so they can say why after all its about options and say why they dislike . But they won't cause there not millwall

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    • April 16, 2015 at 13:50
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      @terry the turk lion: Terry ' no one likes you, so f*** 'em!, it is a great article and your right,it shows that no other fans get it, but they ALL wish they had it !!!!!!

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  • April 16, 2015 at 12:52
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    Oh the dislike button, if you don't agree with someone it would be nice to hear the reasons for not liking it.

    Ironically though "No one likes us we don't care" and when someone doesn't like your comment, you do care

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  • April 16, 2015 at 13:03
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    One thing should be certain, Jimmy About and Maggie have got to be rewarded and start at Cardiff City,but then N.Harris is the team manager who decides.( NOLU,WDC ).a nice 1 - 1 Draw will be good.

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  • April 16, 2015 at 13:11
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    its a shame that the season is coming to a close because if we had 10 games left you know with performance like brentford, Charlton & wigan Neil & the players would have easily pulled us away from the relegation zone, but it is what it is , on a good note we still have a chance of staying up where a few weeks ago most of us was waiting for the inevitable , so we have to be thankful to Bomber & the players for giving us back some pride & belief back. Going forward we can do this min points 4 from 6 from the next 2 games please & we will have the Den rocking for when Derby come COYL

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  • April 16, 2015 at 13:29
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    Cardiff = nothing left to play for. 3 pts.
    Blackburn = nothing left to play for. 3 pts.
    Derby = hope of auto will be gone so will rest players. 3 pts.
    Wolves playoff hopes gone Kenny fields his under 12 side. 3 pts.
    Lovely-Jubly.

    If Millwall fans made beer it would probably be the best beer in the world......lol

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  • April 16, 2015 at 13:34
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    Jimmy you truly are a millwall legend! COYL!!!

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  • April 16, 2015 at 14:33
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    Speaking of legends went and done the stadium tour with terry hurlock brilliant tour if anyone's thinking about it

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  • April 16, 2015 at 14:44
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    Sheep-shaggers 1-4 Wall. Ow wouldn't that be luvverly! COYL

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  • April 16, 2015 at 14:49
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    Fulham might only pick up one more point (at Blackpool) if they're lucky. So three wins from four and we stay up NOLU

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  • April 16, 2015 at 16:11
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    WIGAN has won a appeal for pearce being sent of.
    surely upson should now have his red resinded.

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  • April 16, 2015 at 16:15
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    Off topic I see wigans player has had red card resended what about upsons

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  • April 16, 2015 at 16:32
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    I am now laughing my nuts off, bring it on guys I am enjoying it.

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  • April 16, 2015 at 16:41
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    The Rotherham deduction of points will not be decided until after a few more games as the whole relegation issue might resolve itself with Millwall winning all their remaining fixtures and Fulham and Rotherham losing enough points to be one of the relegated sides.

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  • April 16, 2015 at 21:09
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    We are down. Does anyone think the league will deduct points from a team above us knowing that it might keep us up. £20.000. Fine for Rotherham ,don't forget,no one likes us.

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    • April 17, 2015 at 12:57
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      @LETEMCOME: please stop this playing the victim crap, there really isn't a footballing conspiracy against Millwall. While refs do make some dodgy decisions in games I'm sure Charlton weren't thrilled they had a player sent off against us and that Hoov then wasn't given a second yellow for a deliberate foul. Wigan getting 2 reds at the Den etc.

      The fa isn't looking at the Rotherham situation thinking 'better wait until the end of the season and see if Millwall are already relegated and by how many points so we can decide a punishment to make sure they still finish in bottom 3'. How ridiculous would that look if the punishment conveniently just kept them up?

      You seriously think they give a t*** about our club that much? We're a small club in London and other than us fans who support wall the majority of the rest of the footballing community are really not that bothered about our club.

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  • April 16, 2015 at 22:40
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    Letemcome
    I think your right mate, the FA will hang it out until the leagues finished to make sure we are down and start Rotherham with minus point next season.
    However we ain't been good enough all season, I read a lot of people blaming the managers but the players need to look at them selfs

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    • April 16, 2015 at 22:58
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      @E1Millwall: the football league as said this Will be sorted before the end of the season..rotherham aint got a league game for 2 weeks..so there is no reason for the FL not to sort it

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  • April 17, 2015 at 14:17
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    What a great diving bullet header from abdou, jimmy abdou, jimmy abdou, jimmy abdou!!!!!

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