Relegated Millwall didn't score enough goals, says Dunne

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ALAN Dunne believes a lack of firepower has cost Millwall their place in the Championship.

The Lions will return to League One in 2015-16 after a five-year stay in the second tier – and Dunne says the problem has been blatantly obvious.

In the past three seasons, Millwall have scored 139 goals in 138 leagues games – effectively an average of just one per game.

They were the division's third-lowest scorers during 2014-15; only Wigan and Blackpool, the two other relegated teams, had worse records.

But while the Lions conceded a whopping 76 times, they also kept as many clean sheets as Watford (15) – who went up to the Premier League.

And Dunne said: "We've not had enough goals in the team over the last three seasons – that's why we are where we are, and there's no avoiding it.

"It's not easy for a club like Millwall to pay someone the money that a top striker demands in this league, but what they are demanding gets you goals.

"To get 15 or 20 goals from someone in the Championship, you have to pay a premium and we haven't had that in the team.

"We could do better in every area but the bottom line in this division is that you need two or three players who can score regularly, not just one.

"We've always relied on one and it hasn't been enough. I've always thought you should build a team from the top and work your way back, and we haven't done that.

"Over the last five or six years, we've kept enough clean sheets to keep us in mid-table.

"Most seasons, we've been in the top six or seven in terms of clean sheets and that should get you into the top half.

"Keeping clean sheets is a team effort, it's not just the back four and the goalkeeper, but as for scoring goals, it's been a problem.

"We haven't had someone to score us ten or 15 goals for a while – when we did, when we had Darius Henderson, Chris Wood and Harry Kane, we were at the other end of the table.

"It's not hard to work out what you need and what's been the problem. The club will have to assess that in the summer.

"It's all about your forward players in the Championship – that's my opinion."

Proven Championship strikers earn the best part of Premier League wages – and the Lions kept to a tight structure despite spending a club-record budget.

But Dunne insists that having one goalscorer on big bucks wouldn't have caused resentment amongst the lower earners in the dressing room.

"Kenny Jackett wasn't sure about that and he didn't what that to happen," the defender added. "Personally, I want to play in a team that wins games.

"There are already players at the club earning nearly three times what I am, so the wages of other players isn't important as long as they are doing a job for the team.

"It's only a problem when a club brings someone in on big money and they're not bothered about the club – they don't care and they're not pulling their weight.

"But if you have the right sort of lad who fits in, scores his goals, earns his money and cares for the team, then every other player would want him around.

"We would all benefit from winning more games."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

45 thoughts on “Relegated Millwall didn't score enough goals, says Dunne

  • May 5, 2015 at 08:47
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    Really Dunney, thank you for that pearl of wisdom we could never have figured that out on our own!

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    • May 5, 2015 at 10:47
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      @Tel77: What about the number of times we were in front but we could not defend the lead, its not just one area of the team, but well done skip don't mention the defence (oh its where you play), this seasons done (no pun intended) lets look to the future with Neil Harris.
      Lets hope the dead wood get moved on and if we are lucky enough to get some new blood in lets hope they can add to the team rather than there bank balance as some of Coco's signings come here to do.

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      • May 6, 2015 at 09:02
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        @Barnlion: Hopefully someone comes in for "international class" keeper and as much as Dunney has been a god servant surely it is time to let him go.
        The future really does look bright with the abundance of quality young players we have and with 20 players out of contract Bomber has plenty of room to bring in some proper Millwall players. No more players like GTF and Hoyte stealing their wages.
        COYL

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        • May 6, 2015 at 14:46
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          @Tel77: I really hope so, so we can move on from the last couple of years and give us all something to cheer about, even if its in Div 1 we ani't had much of that for a while so hopefully Bomber can bring it on.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 08:59
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    the wages we paid for all the dead wood we had laying around could have gotten us a top striker

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      • May 5, 2015 at 15:22
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        @MIGHTY: Dunne believe it or not I like you, in fact we've had a beer in the past, but now your talking like a c***.

        We scored 3 against Derby.. Came away with a point. Two at Brentford the same.. Your right we didn't score a Norwich but managed to let in a six.Got two at Wolves but still let in four. Let in more than 3 goals against Bradford, twice. Norwich at home let in four, borough at home let in five. Huddersfield got three past us as did Wednesday and Ipswich ... I could carry on but me thumbs hurting

        So to win games you've got to score goals, agreed. But you'd need mesi up front to make up for the joke defence that you've been at the middle of for along long time now. Take responsibilities don't pass the buck

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  • May 5, 2015 at 09:06
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    GTF & the hof were a disaster.
    OBrien came good too late but he's to be excused cos he's a kid & Gregory is a better playmaker than a number 9.
    By the way ranegie was also a waste of space.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 09:07
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    Dunne didn't defend enough either, seriously hope his contract isn't renewed otherwise we're in league one for a while.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 09:07
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    I agree Dunney, but we are stating the obvious here. Hopefully you're just reiterating the fans frustration to the Board who seem to always hit a mental block when paying the real money for a team's most arguably expensive commodity - Proven Strikers.

    Bournemouth scored the most goals in the league and consequently won it because they had several players in their team who scored goals for fun. They had Kermorgant (15), attacking winger Ritchie (15), Pitman (14), Wilson who reached the magic (20) and cost 3 Million in today's game. Pretty standard payment now for that sort of goal return.

    Bristol City did the same in League One, again as Champions with several players weighing in with goals that entered double figures including an 8-2 win last game of their season. We did very well when we went up as Champions f L1 in 2000/01 season including the 5-0 demolition of Oldham last game of the season to clinch the title away from Rotherham, scoring 89 goals in total.

    So if we are to realistically go straight back up at the first attempt we going to need several top strikers and attacking midfielders who can all find the net. We been too wasteful in front of goal for too long. I have no doubt our manager being an ex-striker himself will address that issue... No doubt its already happening.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 09:09
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    Yes, not scoring enough of the many many chances we created was an issue, but the root of the problem IMHO is the defence and Dunne is part of that problem. We scored two on Saturday, which is fine and let in four. How may times in other games did we have the lead this season but were unable to defend it? A lot. This summer Harris will have to get quality in at both ends of the pitch.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 09:12
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    So everyone agrees with dunne? And so they should. This has 100% been our issue. However, taking a look at comments in the article about forde, you'd have thought it was all down to him!

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    • May 5, 2015 at 10:35
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      @82wall: Thing is 82 more of the defeat's were down to Forde as opposed to any other individual player,as a goalkeeper myself (many year's ago ),i know that if a defender make's a mistake then there is another player to cover that mistake,but if a goalie make a mistake then he has no covering player to help him out.
      The sad thing is Forde has made so many mistake's for a mediocre goalie let alone an international goalie,also his distribution is woeful and he does not command his 6 yard box like a goalie should.
      also the mistake's he has made has actually cost us the game.
      His age is against him in today's game 34 now ,just think about it,what is he going to be like in 2 season's time at the age of 36.
      His concentration is not what it should be,how many time's do we see him wandering about outside the penalty area,not looking at what is happening on the pitch,he is going to get caught out with a Beckham type goal.
      Sorry mate he is no better than a number two goalie in my view.
      Dunne say's we did not score enough goal's,he is telling us something we already know.Most top team's start at the back ,goalkeeper first back four second,then mid-field and forward's ie george graham ,clough, mourino fergie,.The big example of this is Arsenal when Graham won his trophy's he had a rock solid defence,he left in came wenger did well with graham's defence,wenger did not replace the back four as he should have,result was Arsenal have not won any where near enough Trophy's as they should have.
      Getting back to Forde he did not control his back four enough for me,after a goal went in he told them what they should have done,but to late after we have conceded,if you look at the great goalkeeper's of the past and present they were telling their back four to keep their shape before the goal went in not after.Bank's,shilton,scmicheal ,they were the guvnor,s of their defence.
      Sorry Forde is not the way forward.

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    • May 5, 2015 at 10:44
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      @82wall: have to agree with you .there were some idiotic posts concerning forde.not saying he didn't make mistakes( the whole team did.)but a keeper aint got the luxury of other players helping when they do make a rickett.

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      • May 5, 2015 at 19:29
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        @Jim28:
        "a keeper aint got the luxury of other players helping when they do make a rickett."
        Well yes, exactly.
        Which is precisely the point some of us made when explaining why Forde's occasional moments of excellence can't atone for all the rickets.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 09:14
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    Sorry Dunney but I think you’re stating the bleed’en obvious. We actually scored less than a goal a game and although we kept 15 clean sheets we let in 1.7 goals per game! So it doesn’t take that much to work out why we ended up where we ended up. It’s interesting though, that since Bomber took over that average changed. Over 1 goal per game for and 1.5 goals against, which, obviously still isn’t good enough but moving in the right direction.
    Now that I’ve mentioned Bomber. I’ve just heard a bit from his speech at the ‘end of season’ dinner. Blimey, I think he may be Winston Churchill reincarnated. Certainly got me fired up for next season.

    COYL. In Bomber I trust!

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  • May 5, 2015 at 10:01
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    We need better midfielders that can score goals & defenders from set pieces. At the moment we ain't got that. You shouldn't just rely on your strikers especially ours.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 11:04
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    We Need To Acommadate A Couple Older Heads To Guide These Kids Don't Get Me Wrong This Ain't Going To Be No Easy Ride Next Season We Got A Couple Ex Players In Charge That's Good Thing Playing The Millwall Way Don't Trust This Board One Bit Ambler ect To Many Grubby Hands Who Don't Seem To Care About The Fans But We Will See What Happens In The Next Few Weeks After This Big Meeting To Guide Our Future Just Have To Give Our New Management Team And Kids The Time They Are Going To Need I Rest My Case

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  • May 5, 2015 at 11:06
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    Spot on Dunny. Any team is only as good as its strikers and ours have been abysmal. I lost count of the number of games we were well in if not on top but missed easy chances to get the vital first goal. Then when we conceded we sank. For a bit more than we paid for Gregory, we could have got Gray. Look what he did fro Brentford. It's all very obvious - but not apparently to Holloway or Ambler (the idiots).

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  • May 5, 2015 at 11:19
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    No s*** Dunny but hopefully you won't be around next season to worry about it!

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  • May 5, 2015 at 11:47
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    To be honest he's just about summed up the season, we need more investment ,where I don't know, any way changing the subject, heared on lions live something about our sponsors ,have they pulled out of investing due to crowd trouble at Rotheram ? Some one enlighten me as I only caught the tail end of the radio show...thanx.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 11:48
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    was it all down to not enough goals or was it mainly the fault of the defense? surely it's a bit of both. One could say if only we scored more goals on the other hand one might say we let in far to many goals so how do we decide who is right? obviously we could have scored less and stayed up if we never let so many goals in or if we scored a lot more but let a few more again we could still of got more points. Fulham Huddersfield let in plenty of goals Sheffield W didn't score many so as I said in previous posts it's all about balance. As we let in a lot of goals in a just few matches but also had 15 clean sheets this season I think I would say lack of goals was probably the major factor for our demise, by how is much hard to say but lack of goals the main problem for me for me just but come next season we need to improve on both that's for sure. No matter what-- I.K.I.A.I.S.I.A. I'm Millwall till I die.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 12:03
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    There's nothing like shifting the blame away from yourself and pointing the finger at your mates. Noble actions from a true gent!

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  • May 5, 2015 at 12:33
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    Most of that's pretty obvious but Interesting comments regarding wages

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  • May 5, 2015 at 12:34
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    After a quick look at the league table I observe that the three relegated teams had the three worst goals for record MFC 42 WA 39 B. 36 so the bottom team scored the least goals then 2nd bottom then us so I think this does further indicate lack of goals major factor in our relegation.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 14:09
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    I am amazed at how intelligent this bloke is. The defence as seen on Saturday has been woeful, and to blame the position on the strikers is shameful. They have been poor, but he should look himself in the mirror, and say, enough is enough, I've had my fair share out of Millwall and its time to go. He's the worse 'legend' of all time

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  • May 5, 2015 at 16:59
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    Nasa has stated that they are very close to understanding the way in which man will one day travel to Mars , I think we have just found the missing link .

    As people have stated some of the games we scored 2 or even 3 goals in we still drew or lost that's because the woeful defending please go Dunney and stop taking the p*** out of all of us .

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  • May 5, 2015 at 17:02
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    How does a small club like Millwall compete in the championship? Ask Bournemouth their attendance for 2014/2015 is actually slightly lower than ours so is Brentford's the only other club with less is Rotherham. There are a lot of big clubs in thE Championship so it's always gonna be tough to compete but I take heart from the a- fore mentioned stats if they can do it so can we.

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      • May 5, 2015 at 21:04
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        @Millwallsteve: if only but, even with a filthy riche owner would the F.F.P. not restrict how much we could spend on players? does the F.F.P. restrict how much wages we can pay a player or how much we can spend on anything and everything or is it solely the initial fee of a player?

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  • May 5, 2015 at 18:00
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    Spot on Dunne.

    And don't get me started on our s*** defending, there's this one bloke who plays for us who's not a very good right back and he he spent most of the season at centre back! Cost us loads of goals.

    f*** me the only way to top this article would be if it was a quote from Hoyte instead.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 18:19
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    Bomber sack Dunny right away!!!!!! He was our CAPTIN last year and for him to come out with those comments is bang out of order to MFC.
    We as the supporters are not thick, we can see what we need and what we don't need.
    What Dunny said should be kept in house.
    Get on the phone to Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall at Bournemouth and pick there brains Bomber.
    Ok the Russian mite help but if the players are not enjoying the club,as we have seen in the past the player won't give 100% which is wrong but that's football today sorry to say.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 19:45
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    how long did it take dunny to work that out

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  • May 5, 2015 at 22:51
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    I think this article was purely put out there that he ain't on as much as the fans think therefore we should give him a extension ??

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  • May 5, 2015 at 23:38
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    Well done!!

    Alan Dunne sir you deserve a big fat gold sticker for your sublime words of football genius.... Here's a packet of chewits share them with the rest of the defence and celebrate a great effort in passing the buck.

    Our team failed to gel.... 90% of our players were pony all season.... We never looked comfortable stringing a pass together.... Attacking wise we had no flow or venom when it came to through balls.... The only real convincing finishes we had was from the few goals Maggie scored. I would of liked to see him play more....

    Next season will be harder than we think, we need to let the youth gel and bring in a bit of young quality players. I am looking forward to it though!!!COYL

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