Craig promises Millwall players will "fight" for the shirt

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MILLWALL captain Tony Craig says the squad are aware of the standards supporters expect of them as they aim to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat to Coventry against Barnsley tonight.

And he promised the players will be “fighting for the shirt” when they take on the Tykes.

“Millwall fans won’t accept the performance (on Saturday) and they certainly won’t accept people giving up," he said. "It was just one of those days.

“The disappointment hits you first and foremost and you’ve got to look at the boys and make sure their heads don’t drop.

“But we win together and we lose together. Losing 4-0 at home is very disappointing, especially the manner of the first half.

“It was one of those days when what went wrong… well, everything went wrong.

“I’ve had results like that before but you’ve just got to take them on the chin and move on as quickly as possible. For us, it’s coming at a good time on Tuesday.

"We’re wounded at the moment.

“Unfortunately that’s the profession we’re in, you have good times and bad times. But we’ve got great characters in the squad, we’re all in it together and we know what the consequences are.

“We’ll be fighting for the shirt come Tuesday.

“The gaffer’s got major decisions to make and the boys who haven’t been involved are putting their names forward now and quite rightly so after a performance like that.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

27 thoughts on “Craig promises Millwall players will "fight" for the shirt

  • August 18, 2015 at 12:30
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    Less talk, more action please. We've had players saying we're going to react to poor defeats for four years and nothing is ever done. Do your talking on the pitch not on News at Den.

    I was disappointed by Craig this week. Think because of the calamity next to him at centre half that he has been let of the hook with some poor performances. His leadership was disappointing on Saturday and, like most of the players, his head seemed to drop once the first couple of goals in.

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    • August 18, 2015 at 12:51
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      @jacktk:

      yes totally jack

      stop, stop stop, all this playing for the shirt bolloxs

      for one thing Harris said he was okay with the effort - so it is not lack of effort or desire - it is skill and intelligent play - please explain how you will improve that

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  • August 18, 2015 at 12:32
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    All I'll say TC is that we heard a lot of what we're saying from Dunne last season etc...
    The problem is teams know all they have to do is get an early goal against us and our heads drop.
    Been like it for ages.
    Saying that, I'll be there tonight cheering the lads on.
    COYL.

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    • August 18, 2015 at 14:09
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      @Syd the Lion: unlike Dunne in previous seasons I don't think we can blame TC for that article today, he couldn't stay quiet! Before I start I want everyone to know that I am not having a pop a NH because I love the bloke but ever since he took the reigns he has spoken about ' the Millwall Way'!! I think this is where our problems lie. I would like to hear what that way of playing is. Personally I believe it's more the mentality of pulling on the shirt and leaving nothing on the pitch, yet it seems we have adopted a Dave Basset style long ball game since he has been in charge. On so many occasions not just at the weekend we have the opportunity to pass the ball out via our full backs and work the ball up the field but instead we just see Forde hoof the ball optimistically towards the front line hoping they will retrieve it instantly nullifying our threat throughout the centre of the park... Williams normally skilful with the ball now gets bypassed and made to look dire, the same it would appear happens to Upson, Fred and Martin. We are not a Millwall team of old, this team truly has the ability to take teams on with the ball on the ground, with Fred and PCH on the wings AOB (when fit) upfront and now the appearance of Thompson/Powell in the centre of the park we really have the ability to break down these side rather than playing hit and hope football! I hope NH realises this before it's too late. This team can't play long ball football, let's change it before serious damage is done

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      • August 18, 2015 at 14:30
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        @taz1987:

        so true and obvious that you don't feel like it needs to be said ....

        .......but it does - Harris has to learn fast

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      • August 18, 2015 at 14:50
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        @taz1987: I agree with you , when we do get the ball forward it normally up in the air Steve Morrison is not the tallest of centre forwards neither is Lee Gregory so play the ball to their feet Morrison has the power to take a defender on and gregs has the skill on the ground , John Marquise is the only one who wins the high ball or has a go at the big centre backs and he gets slagged off for effort , all 3 dont get a good service . Martins crosses either dont clear the first defender or they go to the oppositt corner flag , Fred does provide Give Paris a chance he will provide When he played for Wickham He terrorised our back four with pace and crosses , we have another card in Ferguson he has Quality and can provide accorate crosses .

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    • August 18, 2015 at 14:10
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      @Syd the Lion: unlike Dunne in previous seasons I don't think we can blame TC for that article today, he couldn't stay quiet! Before I start I want everyone to know that I am not having a pop a NH because I love the bloke but ever since he took the reigns he has spoken about ' the Millwall Way'!! I think this is where our problems lie. I would like to hear what that way of playing is. Personally I believe it's more the mentality of pulling on the shirt and leaving nothing on the pitch, yet it seems we have adopted a Dave Basset style long ball game since he has been in charge. On so many occasions not just at the weekend we have the opportunity to pass the ball out via our full backs and work the ball up the field but instead we just see Forde hoof the ball optimistically towards the front line hoping they will retrieve it instantly nullifying our threat throughout the centre of the park... Williams normally skilful with the ball now gets bypassed and made to look dire, the same it would appear happens to Upson, Fred and Martin. We are not a Millwall team of old, this team truly has the ability to take teams on with the ball on the ground, with Fred and PCH on the wings AOB (when fit) upfront and now the appearance of Thompson/Powell in the centre of the park we really have the ability to break down these side rather than playing hit and hope football! I hope NH realises this before it's too late. This team can't play long ball football, let's change it before serious damage is done COYL

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  • August 18, 2015 at 12:43
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    "Fight for the shirt" - what like you did on Saturday TC????
    All very well talking a good game to John Kelly but on the pitch TC was quiet as a mouse on Saturday - certainly not the player/leader I remember or was expecting!!

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  • August 18, 2015 at 12:50
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    Unfortunately tony even in division 1 that is not enough you also need ability and a football brain to see danger before it happens and the ability to pass to our own players rather than playing it short and sell our players short as was the case last Saturday.

    Its simple game really, don't concede space, close down the opposition when they are in passion of the ball, when attacking create space for yourself or a team mate & DONT GIVE THE BALL AWAY CHEAPLY.

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    • August 18, 2015 at 12:59
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      @Barnlion:

      quite right carlos edwards is about the only defender we have had in the last 3 years who can actually distribute the ball relatively well

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  • August 18, 2015 at 12:56
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    Our defending in the last 2 games has been dire. We need to get tighter and stop keep trying to play offside, it ain't working. Picking up the runner is basic defending but we seem unable to do it. If a bit of man marking is the order of the day then so be it. A clean sheet is the most important factor right now and will bring confidence back to the team. If we can't defend against a Barnet team who have lost both their league games in League 2 and not scored a single goal then we are in trouble.
    Before the transfer window closes, a couple of competent defenders should be a must. I just hope we avoid defeat tonight and then build on it next Saturday at Scunny.
    COYL

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  • August 18, 2015 at 13:05
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    Good as it's the least we expect TC.

    COYL

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  • August 18, 2015 at 13:09
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    Unfortunately we've heard this talk far too many times now and I'm sick of it. It just becomes a let down with these so called promises about fighting and playing for the shirt. It's no wonder supporters are staying away, spending hard earned money when it's painful to watch.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 13:42
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    who you going to blame? - wasn't me who brought him back -

    4 years of signings that take us backwards - nearly all players no one else wants - shows you how bad Forde is when there were no offers for him in the summer

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  • August 18, 2015 at 13:50
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    “We’ll be fighting for the shirt

    youve all been fighting for the shirt throughout pre season its when certain players are given the shirt that they think they have done enough...

    hope Bomber drops the lightweights....

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  • August 18, 2015 at 14:05
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    Bounce back zebadee has more chance of bouncing back. Fight for the shirt ah well that's a couple of red cards then. The team should be able to hear themselves talk tonight cos the crowd won't hit 5,500. Yep onwards and upwards. Out of the League Cup stuffed by Coventry NH picking wrong players crowd dwindling yep future looks bright and it ain't orange. Where's the HOFF when you need him............................................................................................LIVERS FOR ENGLAND......

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  • August 18, 2015 at 14:26
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    Play pch Fred Thompson Jimmy and archer I think our youngsters are well worth a place in the team Powell philpot on the bench nelson we are producing players give em a run in the team they can't be any worse than the yoval rejects play the youngsters. They will fight for the shirt

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  • August 18, 2015 at 14:47
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    Carlos snd Jimmy can't come back soon enough. I'd drop Webster and try moving Williams to CB, and having Jimmy in midfield with Thompson or upson

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  • August 18, 2015 at 15:09
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    @Dave666 & @Benzo

    Agree with you two, play youngsters as mentioned give Archer playing time also experience so he knows what is coming into the game. Once Jimmy is back with AOB it will prove two points on attacking +Deffending onto Midfield and Attacking Forward for Stricker to score into net. So far its early season but one thing to say tonight will be a win deffo for sure with strong team line up

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  • August 18, 2015 at 15:19
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    Please stop talking b******* and dead articles and just win games. Also never play Beevers at lb again and forde and Webster need to be dropped for nelson and archer. Same s*** as last season in a worse league. Strikers aren't scoring and defence looks leaky I thought I would see some signs of improvement and granted strikers and midfield are taking more chances from outside of the box that are on target. But defence wise it hasn't improved even in a lower league so it needs a drastic change to kick them all up the a***.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 15:29
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    I am bored with this fighting for the shirt business. It is not passion that is the priority, it is talent, and that is followed by professionalism and organisation. Yes you have to want to play and win but it is no good being fired up and willing to tackle anything if you are out of position and don't get anywhere near.

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    • August 18, 2015 at 15:47
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      @Jzero:
      Totally agree mate, I'm getting tired of all this 'Millwall way' spiel that's been bandied around for the last few years. You know what, I wouldn't mind us playing the 'Barnet way' or the 'Coventry way', you know, organised, committed, talented,determined players who know what their doing and do it well. The last week has followed a familiar pattern, sound bites coming from the club about how important our home form is, opposing manager saying it's a tough place to come- just paying lip service, the inevitable collapse whilst we have to endure cock-a-hoop away fans taking the p***, then comes these type of rallying calls from whatever player the club puts up to it.

      We've had enough, all last year we heard exactly this kind of scripted BS after nearly every home game, I'm sick of it, STOP TALKING and get out there and do the business FFS!

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