Millwall fall to Barnsley defeat: Three things we learned

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WE take a look at some of the talking points after Millwall suffered their second successive league defeat at The Den.

The Lions went ahead through Fred Onyedinma before goals from Sam Winnall and Alfie Mawson gave Barnsley the lead.

It looked as though Onyedinma had rescued a point for his side when he headed home with eight minutes left, but Lewin Nyatanga had the last word when he nodded the winner past David Forde.

From Millwall’s problems at home to the question of the side’s flexibility, we analyse the latest result and what it means.

1. Home discomforts

A feature before the last three home games was opposition managers and players almost reflexively trotting out the same platitudes about how difficult it is for away sides to play at The Den.

In truth, all the evidence shows the fear factor is actually working for away teams and against the Millwall players.

It was very noticeable on Tuesday night that the atmosphere, even in this early part of the season, was strained. It was as if the home fans were waiting for someone to make a mistake on the pitch.

And the Lions players felt it too when one would have thought there would have been a fire-and-brimstone start to the game to attempt to get the Coventry result out of the collective system.

There was a nervousness in defence and tentativeness to attacks that only evaporated once Onyedinma scored the opener on 27 minutes.

The weight visibly lifted off the side at that point and they quickly could have gone 3-0 up as they began playing with a new zest.

Shaun Williams was inches away from connecting with a cross that would have doubled the lead before Lee Gregory bundled the ball over the line only for referee Dean Whitestone to rule the striker had impeded keeper Adam Davies.

Who knows what that would have done for confidence but instead Barnsley’s equaliser brought back the same doubts.

2. Flexibility

Neil Harris wants to play the traditional ‘Millwall’ way but is this signalling to opposition sides that there won’t be any flexibility in approach and therefore they have a head start in how they set up to nullify Millwall’s threats?

Coventry showed the value in being able to switch between formations last Saturday.

On the way out of the press lounge Tony Mowbray was asked whether he had deployed a 4-4-1-1, a 4-3-3 or 4-5-1.

“What does it matter what the numbers are?” he responded. “It’s just moving a player 10 yards further forward or 10 yards back at the end of the day.”

But Coventry had started with James Maddison in the space between Millwall’s midfield and defence in a 4-4-1-1 formation and had switched to 4-3-3 with substitute Jacob Murphy on the left before Jim O’Brien’s fourth goal.

Millwall have arguably been a bit linear, particularly at home where the initiative falls on the hosts to move their opponents around the pitch to create space, just as Coventry did when Maddison picked out Ruben Lameiras for the Sky Blues’ second goal last weekend.

Having the flexibility of, say, being able to switch to a 4-4-1-1 would also have the added benefit of being able move Onyedinma into the centre should League One defences wise up and decide to double up on him out wide.

The 18-year-old said during the summer his favourite position is behind the main striker and it would certainly be interesting to see how good he could get without having to do the energy-sapping defensive work that playing in a wide position requires.

Added to that again, Shane Ferguson was often left exposed against Barnsley on Tuesday night with Ed Upson initially in front of him before Onyedinma switched to the left.

Barnsley set up with two wingers holding their width either side of Winnall and Marley Watkins was able to push way up on the right to exploit the space outside and behind his direct opponent.

It took a while for that threat to be identified but being able to adapt between formations would lend itself to quickly remedying evident problems.

3. Set-piece setbacks

At least there will be an easier starting point from which to begin corrective action before the squad travel to Scunthorpe.

Barnsley’s three goals came, straightforwardly, from balls into the Millwall box that weren’t dealt with. Two were second balls that fell to Tykes players, while the winner came from a cross from deep that wasn’t exactly whipped in at pace.

Apart from the frustration of conceding three goals from set-pieces, looking at the actual circumstances surrounding Barnsley’s second and third goals will have been especially galling.

Harris said afterwards he had given his players responsibility to decide who to pick up when Barnsley won a free-kick or corner.

And there should have been time for Millwall to set defensively as there were a number of seconds between the awarding of both free-kicks and when they were taken.

It was as if the side were so focused on not conceding from play that they switched off when they should have been concentrating on the fundamentals of defending balls into their box.

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

72 thoughts on “Millwall fall to Barnsley defeat: Three things we learned

  • August 19, 2015 at 14:13
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    The youngsters are putting the seasoned pro's to shame. No leadership anywhere on the pitch, we need a robbo or shittu type captain especially when trying to blood the kids

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    • August 19, 2015 at 19:42
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      @DanmillwallB: a lot of
      Criticism for Danny Shittu on this site but I would rather have him at the back with Nelson than Tony Craig any day!

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      • August 19, 2015 at 23:44
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        @TURBO_COYL: this early in a season you wouldn't see shittu..but i take your.point about craig

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    • August 19, 2015 at 23:11
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      3 things I learned

      1- I have wasted 450 quid again to watch dire football

      2 - Harris is Holloway in disguise

      3 - if we don't drop Forde we are going down

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  • August 19, 2015 at 14:15
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    3 things we learnt,1. FORDE IS s*** 2. FORDE IS s*** 3. FORDE IS ABSOLUTELY f****** s***.

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  • August 19, 2015 at 14:17
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    4) Forde committed himself in to covering a curling ball to far corner, forgetting that they had a player between the goal and him.

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  • August 19, 2015 at 14:18
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    The lack of confidence and fear-factor excuse is hard to justify at the start of a new season and following a good away win. This is the fourth season we're having to endure this and its simply because too many Millwall players aren't good enough - plus they've been poorly managed since Kenny left. Our policy has been to survive on the cheap with loanees and free transfers that other clubs don't want. With better managers we might have been able to stay up in the Championship with such an approach, but you can only polish a turd so much and it soon catches up with you. I feel really sorry for Harris, but it looks like he's going to join Berylson's growing list of poor appointments.

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  • August 19, 2015 at 14:21
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    1) We are a total embarrassment at Home.
    2) Crowds will fall to a new low before long.
    3) Youth is our only way forward.

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    • August 19, 2015 at 19:12
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      @Longfield Lion: neil.step down and stay a legend.no one can sort this mess out until we get money.on the other hand who would come here?.no one came in for ford.i rest my case.

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  • August 19, 2015 at 14:27
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    Three things we have learnt.

    1) We don't score unless Fred is involved ( every goal this year)
    2) Craig does not look like the commanding centre back we need
    3) Gregory does not look like scoring or creating a goal 5 ( not incl penalties ) in 44 appearances is just not good enough !!

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    • August 19, 2015 at 14:37
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      @Kinet: yes mate , Greggs has to make way for a goal scorer and we might have to spend a few quid .

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    • August 19, 2015 at 15:47
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      @Kinet: I'm sorry, but giving Gregory so much stick this early is futile and unreasoned. He had a goal poorly disallowed and he didn't have a particularly bad game. The main problem is that without the creativity in central midfield running through and getting the ball to his feet, he's always going to struggle. I would stick with the front two pairing we have, but WIlliams and Upson do not deserve to start the next couple of games. Glad Abdous back, him and Thompson/Powell could be a good pairing there.

      Once again, Fred pretty much the only shining light for us....

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      • August 20, 2015 at 02:15
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        @jenks4: I agree I can't believe Jack Powell has not been given a chance. Williams and Upson have not once changed a game for us since they came here. They are not dominant enough to play together. They do not create whatsoever, hold the ball or tackle. Give me Jimmy and Powell in the centre on Saturday. Thompson and Fred on the wings.

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  • August 19, 2015 at 14:50
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    I expect NH to make changes for the' Scunny ' game my team would be
    Archer
    Carlos/Romeo, New signing, TC & Ferguson
    Powell, Jimmy, Thompson
    Fred
    Morro & AOB
    Time to see what the youth can do

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  • August 19, 2015 at 15:13
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    We need a new chairman, a new board who are willing to put money into this great club.

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  • August 19, 2015 at 15:16
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    Other league one clubs are getting decent loans . We need some ASAP

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  • August 19, 2015 at 15:24
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    Three things I learnt. 1. Forde isnt going to be dropped so buckle yourselves in for another survival scrap.
    2. Tony craig wasnt a cb before and he's not one now
    3. A flat four in midfield doesnt play to our strengths. Leaves a leaky defence open and offers no support for the forwards.

    Lets hope we tie fred down other wise we are daffy ducked

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  • August 19, 2015 at 15:46
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    The greatest manager we have ever had at this club was George Graham . He's blue print for success was simple. Build from the back.. I ask every one of you a question. Do you love millwall fc. If yes then you should not hold any loyalty to a player or MANAGER !.... Deep down I new , this job was Not for Neil Harris. Think about it boys. Under holloway. The club stuck by him. In return, we got relegated. Now Neil should have learn his lesson at the last game at home. 0.4... Come on.. The playersshould have got a call to train on Sunday . All week practice a plan A and B..simple stuff for fools. I saw none of this, just more of the same.. My answer is go get Martin Allen. Now

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    • August 19, 2015 at 16:10
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      @teddy.T: Totally agree IH is clueless we want someone with experience not an has been player. Cant understand why all the praise for he did,nt keep us up also got to many mates in the team who wont drop {Forde} let in 7 goals in 2 matches.IH is only in it for the money not the club.

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    • August 19, 2015 at 16:16
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      @teddy.T: Good post, I agree totally about George Graham, he had a strategy for Millwall from the start, realised the weaknesses and strengths and built a team that took the club upwards, unfortunately for us andtered afterwards. fortunately for him Arsenal soon recognised his strengths.
      Neil has a huge task on his hands and I don't think he is capable enough right now. I watched the video of last night's game and he looked despondent and shattered afterwards.
      The back four were naive. failed to mark their areas, allowed players to get behind them and frightened to tackle. The midfield was non existent, they never closed down quick enough, were sloppy in passing and slow to get back and defend. Gregory ran a lot but there was no one to support him. Our brightest and most dangerous player was Fred, not scared to get in the box and runs at the opposition, his defending is still weak but that will come with experience.
      It's up to the chairman and board right now, if we lose Saturday will they keep faith in Harris or if we win will they give him money to strengthen the squad because as it is they have not got the ability to mount any challenge.

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      • August 19, 2015 at 17:16
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        @Peckhamlad: Agree about interview with NH after last nights game.
        He looked angry,despondent and end of his tether if you ask me.

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    • August 19, 2015 at 16:24
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      @teddy.T: no arguments from me, i thought we should have got him a few seasons ago, he knows players who play for him and how he likes to play, there are a few question marks and i think he worries some chairmen because of his personality! I think berylson needs to be more hands on, its as though him and ambler are worried about upsetting people ! we have some excellent young players, but they soon learn that loyalty stands for nothing in football, and very soon Harris will start getting the flack and the players will stop playing for him, thats how it goes.

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    • August 19, 2015 at 19:23
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      @teddy.T: Agree about George Graham and how he went about things - even in his first full season we were awful away but brilliant at home as he went about building the side. Not sure about Martin Allen, but after the last few results we should be prioritising on keeping clean sheets - even if it means a few 0-0's to bring some stability.

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  • August 19, 2015 at 15:57
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    Morison
    Martin fred pch
    Williams abdou
    Craig beevers nelson edwards
    Archer

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  • August 19, 2015 at 16:31
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    Neil Harris: 'Maybe Millwall need new players'Millwall boss Neil Harris has revealed that he asked several of his team to consider if they want to remain at the club after their 3-2 defeat at home to Barnsley.

    The Lions slumped to defeat after Lewin Nyatanga's stoppage-time goal saw the Tykes win at The New Den.

    However, Harris is unhappy with the fact that Millwall have conceded seven times in their last two games and has suggested that reinforcements may be required before the end of the transfer window.

    He is quoted by the club's official Twitter feed as saying: "We're gutted tonight. After Saturday we were hoping for a performance and a result but it wasn't great. You can't concede three goals from set-pieces like we did tonight. Seven goals conceded in two games isn't good enough.

    "We've got to pick ourselves up for Saturday. Scunthorpe will be tough but the players owe me a performance.

    "Maybe we do need new players. I've asked some of the group to go away and think if they want to play for this club. I've left the players in no uncertain terms as to my disappointment. Character wise they have to be better."

    Millwall are currently 15th in the League One table

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    • August 19, 2015 at 16:39
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      the penny has drop at last harris, we need new players

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  • August 19, 2015 at 16:43
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    A defense a defense my kingdom for a decent ruddy defense, the defense has been as big a problem as the lack of goals for a long time and now, in my opinion, it's our biggest problem, it was evident preseason as well as it is now. After we got Morrison we should have focused on shoring up the defense.
    Is Ferguson out injured?

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  • August 19, 2015 at 16:44
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    With all due respect to people saying we need a new chairman, new board who will put money into this great club I have to ask what do you think has happened in the last few years. The Chairman has just written off in the region of 8 million. If you believe that money needs to be spent on players, where will the money come from with only 7000 odd supporters coming through the gate. If you believe the youngsters are the answer then we need to be patient. This great club has been ruined by Holloway who most thought was a good appointment but turned out to be a clown paying to much money for old on loan players. Harris is a young manager learning his trade and probably should have been given a couple more years with the under 21's. The whole club needs turning inside out and starting again and that will not happen over night. I don't think I have ever been so dejected as I was when I left the ground last night. We need the club to produce a 5 year vision and plan that we can get behind and support, but as supporters we also need to be realistic about our aspirations.

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    • August 19, 2015 at 17:40
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      I agree with the long term vision. It seems Neil needs to blood the younger players without destroying them in the process. @makerman:

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    • August 19, 2015 at 21:47
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      @makerman: That's a very sensible post. The problem is that, even though Berylson backed Holloway and Lomas with cash, he isn't backing Harris. Why is that?
      It is a bit worrying that we have spent nothing on transfers. I know we were in for the lad from Bradford and Morison's wage will not be cheap, but teams around us are spending on players or getting premier league loans and boy it is showing on the pitch.
      I will be the first to give credit to Berylson for what he has done in the past to keep us afloat but the point has come now where he has to decide and the choice is 'double or quit'. If he takes the latter route who knows what outcome will arise. We may go down teh tubes or another millionaire may turn up.

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  • August 19, 2015 at 16:45
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    1. We cannot defend
    2. We are clueless
    3. Teams coming to The Den are enjoying themselves
    4. We need a new GK
    5. We can't hold on to a lead
    6. Nothing has changed since IH, SL,have gone
    7. We are not capable of taking a 2 goal lead
    8. We must have the worst home record over the past 3/4 seasons
    9. These players are a disgrace and are letting NH down
    10.Relegation is a real possibility

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    • August 19, 2015 at 17:37
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      @makerman: excellent post and agree Harris needed more time with the under 21s. Harris has the heart without a doubt but maybe we need someone like warburton as director of football to teach Harris. One thing for sure, Harris needs to play players that will put a shift in. I'd bench forde, upson, Williams without a doubt. Bring in the young players and aim just to stay in this division for this season. Forget promotion @harry2310:

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  • August 19, 2015 at 16:53
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    We Millwall fans are no mugs .. If someone peas up your leg and looks at you and says " it's raining " we will not take it.. By that I mean . Harris tells players to go away and think hard if they want to play for club.. Tell them so call players they will be running a marathon until they know what the word Nike means... Its Greek for victory

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  • August 19, 2015 at 17:28
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    We have scored 4 goals in 3 games and conceded 8 now I'm not sure if 4 goals for in 3 games is an acceptable rate of scoring, could do better I'd say and I think we will but I can't see the goals against being reduced soon, which will in time have an adverse affect on the forwards, they will get despondent if the defense does not improve and things will get worse. NH don't be like IH -intransigent and stubborn if plan A don't work try plan B. If we go on leaking goals at this rate we'll need the best strikers in the country in top form just to break even.
    Early days I know but I can't hear any noises coming from the club that indicates the intention of sorting out that dire defensive record and it's been in need of an upgrade for quite a while now.

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  • August 19, 2015 at 17:36
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    Just checked and in the last 4 seasons and the 2 games this season we have lost at Home -
    41 games ???????
    Is it any wonder we struggle to get decent gates.

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    • August 19, 2015 at 17:52
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      @detroitlion: @Longfield Lion: L L I have to dislike that post not because I dispute what you say but because I accept it as the truth and the truth hurts. HELP us some one.

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      • August 19, 2015 at 17:57
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        I live in the Detroit area now and my dad is from Bermondsey. I grew up watching Alan west take corners in front of me at the old Den. I don't get to see the games but listen online when my kids are not playing here. The frustration I have heard from my dad seems like the same old story for the last few years. I hope NH can arrest this decline as I can only imagine how frusttaing it is to be around it every day.@john H:

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        • August 20, 2015 at 15:26
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          @detroitlion:
          Ah yes - I remember Alan West's corners.
          Left arm raised - I'm putting the ball straight out of play
          Right arm raised - I'm hitting the ball over everybody and straight out of play the other side
          Both arms raised - it's raining, please take me off.

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  • August 19, 2015 at 17:36
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    What has happened to the defending? Lack of cohesion? Lack of organization?
    I thought Craig was supposed to organize and anchor as an experienced player who is the Captain.

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  • August 19, 2015 at 18:05
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    Very impressed with the 3 points made. All spot on, particularly the not picking players up. As a defender you have to also get goal side of an opponent so you can attack the ball when its crossed in. The 3rd goal conceded was criminal. The 1st goal had no-one at the back stick and the 2nd goal came from our player not keeping his eye on the ball and allowing their player to get an important assist.
    All in all, schoolboy errors aplenty. Basic defending 101.
    On another note the energy was poor generally and there seemed a real lack of effort to track players and close down space. Rant over, now lets beat Scunny. COYL

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  • August 19, 2015 at 18:14
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    No flexibility in the team, don't close down teams, get overun most areas of the pitch, individuals not performing or being allowed to perform.
    Defence all at sea & not sorted during the summer.
    Youngsters being sidelined & unhappy.
    Playing a goalie who should be dropped.
    Balls in the box to CF's weakest part of their game.
    No tactical changes during the game.
    If not for Fred it would be worse.
    Sorry but no better than IH this season.

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  • August 19, 2015 at 18:36
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    i think they should bring someone like big Sam as director of football to help sort the club out & help Harris with sorting the defence out. He's proven he can take s*** clubs up a level.

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    • August 19, 2015 at 20:12
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      @block 28: Good call that block but then you would get all the idiots saying he is ex west ham.

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      • August 19, 2015 at 23:16
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        @LETEMCOME: west spam f*** him over they sack him didn't deserve 2 get sack he done well for them come on sam revenge

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      • August 19, 2015 at 23:51
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        @detroitlion: yeah if anything the vermin got a ex millwall player as manager...that must of really p***** them of..com home sam

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  • August 19, 2015 at 18:53
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    Its obvious that we wont get promoted this season and I dont think we should aim for promotion. The only way we are going to improve is by getting better players in weither that is from loans or from the market either way the positions ive seen that need to get improved are GK, CB, MC, and RW this is were we are the weakest. Yes I will admit that we need improving in all areas but NH needs to put Forde on the bench for a couple of games and give Archer a chance what was the point of signing any of the players that NH signed in pre season if he isnt going to give them a chance to prove themselves that they can play and they were worth the money.

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  • August 19, 2015 at 19:44
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    3 f****** things! How about 300 things! From top to bottom it's a f****** disgrace that ppl are still paying their hard earned cash are being short changed and not being told the whole story here!

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    • August 19, 2015 at 20:49
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      40 years of this !! Mine and 2 grandsons season tickets for this s@@t! Yes f@@king and daylight robbery!! Buy some players

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  • August 19, 2015 at 20:35
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    Let's not kid ourselves on here. It really is reality time.
    The last 3 seasons have been dire.
    Poor boardroom control. Some very poor managerial decisions. Dropped down a division which was coming 2 seasons ago.
    Now, we've got the clubs record scorer in charge who actually cares but the fact is that most of the first team don't.
    We need 2 midfielders, a goalkeeper, and strikers. Those signings coupled with the likes of our best youth can get us out of this division. No signings will equate to mediocrity. We all know that. It's not a complex issue.

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  • August 19, 2015 at 20:55
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    @LETEMCOME: Oh for the return of Kenny Jackett. If only he had been given the funds that SL and IH were given. I truly believe we would still be in the Championship at least.

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    • August 19, 2015 at 21:41
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      @potty1:
      Jacket had some good years but his last two seasons were not great. Basically he papered over the cracks with some amazing loan signings but there were signs that all was not well with the club. This was followed by two disappointed appointments. Now we have Harris, a legend of the club and a good man. Everything in me wants him and the young group of players around him to succeed but there are storms on the horizon for our club.

      It is easy to put down individual players or manager and we are all aware that performances on both fronts have not measured up but the real problem seems much deeper than that in short as a club at every level we seem to have lost our way.

      We have often fallen for some kind of "messianic" thinking that someone is going to come along and save our club. The plain truth is what ever plan or strategy we have is not working and has not done so for a long time. Out side of our year of promotion and the first year of the Championship we the supporters have put up with an incredible amount of dross. There have been so many sub par performances in recent times. There has been a revolving door of players over recent years and now the only light that many of us see in a young band of kids who have been thrown in at the deep end.

      Time for a reality check at all levels of the club. Changes are needed and a new and sustainable strategy for the future starting at the top all the way down even to the supporters, totally inclusive.

      Personally I have been involved in two clubs which have been national champions in high profile sports in another country some years back. Their is an air about successful winning club that permeates every level. Currently there is the stench of death about our club which as a life long support who is in his sixth decade of following Millwall causes me great pain.

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  • August 19, 2015 at 21:32
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    I feel sorry for Harris,this is only my opinion and I am not saying I am right but is he ready to get us out of the mess we are in. It seems like a lot to ask of a rookie manager considering the club needs to re-built from top to bottom. It would be a tough ask for a seasoned boss and thats why it seems a good idea to get some help in the shape of someone who knows how to negotiate the lower leagues and who has been there and done it. Something just does not seem right at the club but there are other clubs who do not have what we do and seem to be doing better. I love Millwall and would support us no matter what league we are in but I feel we all not only deserve more but have the foundations to achieve more. I dont want to see us keep sliding further down the divisions because we are far better than that. Do not mean to seem down but this club is in my blood and I truly care.

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  • August 19, 2015 at 21:57
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    Any one else having prob login in to prediction league

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  • August 19, 2015 at 22:19
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    1st time for ages we all seem to think the same things and all agree with each other. The 1 thing that is clear is that we all love our club.
    Tbh It's pointless being angry right now cause we have far to many problems it's hard to put a finger on what the root cause is, is it the board ? That'll be my guess, is it the chairman ? A strong possibility, is it the previous 2 or 3 managers ? They certainly contributed, is it the back room staff ? Got to take some of the blame as the last time I remember a club having as many training ground injuries as we have had was spurs 10 or 15 yrs ago, is it that we are so s*** that the last 4 managers have failed to sign any of their preferred transfer targets and have had no choice to stick with a core of players that the previous regime signed and couldn't get rid of anyone for a transfer fee so had to use the player budget on paying off contracts ? One thing is clear, we are an absolute shocking football club that right now lives on "used to be". I don't care about how intimidating we used to be or how passionate we used to be or the great players we used to have
    We are now content on signing middle aged players who used to play for us and we're even sticking with a s*** keeper who wanted out but couldn't find a club who wanted him cause he used to be good. f*** all this past nonsense we all know we're in the s*** and we all want the same thing, well the only way we will get it is if we move on its 2015 for f*** sake players are much more technical than they "used to be" even poxy little league 2 teams play us off the park. We need to let go and let go quick otherwise next season we could quite easily be staring at the conference. Come on JB it's now or never, s*** or bust.

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  • August 19, 2015 at 23:02
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    Defence! Defence! Defence! It's not f@#king rocket science! We hear manager after manager bang on about getting this player and that player who might help us score goals but rarely do we hear them address the real issue..... Defence! Sort it the f@#k out NH.

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    • August 20, 2015 at 09:49
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      @Cheltenham lion: my sentiments exactly CL I've been banging on about it I know and I hate to be a bore but you have to sort out the biggest most obvious problem first and the defense has been so poor for such a long time yet few people allude to the problem, a lot is said about the attack, well we aint done too bad so far could do better I know but as I said we have to sort out the most urgent issues first ie the shambles at the back, a lot is said about back room staff, the chairman, AA, this that and the other well to be honest I know sweet FA about all that, for sure there will be people that are only there to line there pockets or satisfy their egos but that happens at all clubs be it football, rugby, cricket or the local pub dart team there are always people that get involved that have their own agenda it's there in all institutions such as government local councils etc etc not just sport. All I know is what I see on the football pitch and at the moment it aint too pleasing but if the defense was sorted I'm sure things would look a lot rosier cos there is some good stuff going on as well. The thing that worries me is I've read NH posts saying the defense was at fault but I haven't heard much about replacing any of it. Joe Allen, how far off of fitness is he?

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  • August 20, 2015 at 00:28
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    Its to do with the Deffence poor Deffending but look at the bright side the Midfielders are having a go to attack and support Attackers even tho its their slack, another thing is switch Goalkeeper from Forde to Archer and Correct the positions and get on with it like it has to be..

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  • August 20, 2015 at 03:21
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    The 3rd goal was diabolical, out jumped at the far post, from a looping free kick 10 yards into our own half. The defensive issues are more serious than I first thought. How things can change in a week... Promotion contenders after game one, week later we are 17th.... The solution, based on the last 3 years and the executives who run our club, I do not have one.

    There still is no other club I would rather follow in the world though... COYL!

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  • August 20, 2015 at 09:04
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    Amazing how much sense John Kelly talks from just watching the game, when our coaching staff clearly cant see it!

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  • August 20, 2015 at 09:27
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    I'll make a prediction that we win nore away games this season than at home. Reason being that the den is probably the most negative ground full of paying moaners!! And what is all this "the millwall way" what are we trying to be like west ham now with "the west ham way" b*******! Pay your doe put up shut up, or stay at home and watch SPN!

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    • August 20, 2015 at 11:52
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      @Lions88: i think an earlier subsciber pointed out in four seasons we have suffered 41 defeats so far, i think our supporters have a bloody right to moan the club should be gratefall they still turn up i go back to 1948 in supporting this club used to stand on the edge of a bomb crator to watch the team at home we never gave up somtimes we used to get a home win to cheer us up in those days the players had some backbone, not good sides but tough to beat.

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  • August 20, 2015 at 09:28
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    I'll make a prediction that we win nore away games this season than at home. Reason being that the den is probably the most negative ground full of paying moaners!! And what is all this "the millwall way" what are we trying to be like west ham now with "the west ham way" bo###cks! Pay your doe put up shut up, or stay at home and watch SPN!

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  • August 20, 2015 at 13:35
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    If it's lack of confidence that is the problem now, was it over confidence after the Shrewsbury game that was the problem against Coventry? Maybe we should bring Romark back if he's still alive. ;) perhaps he could sort their heads out. I.K.I.A.I.S.I.A. I'm Millwall til I die.

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