Millwall's Fred: We need people to step up after losses

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FRED Onyedinma said Millwall need “leaders” after the Lions lost their third game in a row at The Den.

A miserable eight days for Neil Harris’ side was completed in injury-time against Barnsley on Tuesday night when Lewin Nyatanga headed in a late winner for his side.

Onyedinma scored his first two goals for Millwall, and his bullet header from Shane Ferguson’s cross looked like it was going to result in at least a point before Nyatanga rose to power Conor Hourihane’s free-kick past David Forde.

Afterwards Onyedinma said: “Right now we need leaders to step up and we need to stick together as a team.”

Asked if he sees himself in that role he replied: “I’m a leader in a different way, not a leader vocally, more influencing the game with the way I play, with energy, so I think I can be a leader in that sense.”

And while the 18-year-old attacker was happy with his own contribution, he said the players were distraught at the manner of the defeat.

“We wanted to win this game because of the 4-0 defeat at home to Coventry. We wanted to win and build from there so it is disappointing to get back to 2-2 and then lose 3-2 right at the end.

“I’m delighted with the two goals I scored, my first goals for Millwall. But we lost again at home so I’m disappointed with that.

“This was a third defeat at home as well. We conceded from three set-pieces which isn’t good enough.

“I think on another day we would have defended them well, and if you see the goals that happens sometimes in football.

“Hopefully the next game we can win and go from there.

“We obviously need to work on defending set-pieces. We’re going to do that and stick together as a team and go from there really.

“We just need to move on from this and look forward to Saturday and get a win.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

34 thoughts on “Millwall's Fred: We need people to step up after losses

  • August 20, 2015 at 08:30
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    Now they get the only decent player we have at the moment to come out and spout the same sh*te to try and appease the fans, it is getting pathetic. I hope he sticks around cos if he doesn't I dread to think where we will end up.

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  • August 20, 2015 at 08:32
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    Fred spot on said like a supporter lets hope that the management and the senior pro's read this and are put to shame by the way we have played at home and not just this season. We need to stop the rot a.s.a.p. I am not really bother about the FLT game on Tuesday but the need to win a home game to boost there moral and to give us something to cheer about at home.

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  • August 20, 2015 at 08:34
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    Seems like it's a real concentration issue, not been able 2 put the foot on the throat and keep it there. So many times conceding a goal very soon after scoring 1 and not been able to dictate on our terms. I don't see the games and only see highlights but is it my imagination that were. Having plenty of pings on goal for a real shithouse return? Whatever happens, keep the support loud n back the boys to turn it around. A proven goal scorer would probably come in handy as well. Bet they've got that sorted.

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  • August 20, 2015 at 08:47
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    Let's just hope we don't do a typical Millwall thing and sell him to a team who's fighting for for promotion in the championship for 150k!

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    • August 20, 2015 at 12:15
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      @billywall: that would be the 'Millwall way'

      Long term contract for this lad asap, he's destined for greater things than a poor league 1 side. Let's at least see some cash when the vultures do start to circle.

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  • August 20, 2015 at 08:52
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    Fred, a lad that not only cares but is absolute quality. The board need to tie this boy to a 5 year contract as he is are only potential big sale-able asset... however hope and pray they don't sell him! He was one of the players that the usual big greedy prem clubs were looking at signing to add to their already bloated youth squads but chose to sign and stick with Millwall now look at him grow as player! A prime example and note to other young heads with talent out there and their parents seduced by the big one-off payments and empty promises of the billion pound clubs. Another player chose to do the same thing in his youth... think his name was Tim Cahill or something...

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  • August 20, 2015 at 08:53
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    Team for Saturday.

    Archer
    Cummings
    Craig
    Beevers
    Ferguson
    Fred
    Thompson
    Upson
    PCH
    AOB
    Morison

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  • August 20, 2015 at 08:55
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    How sad that an 18 year old has to talk about lack of leadership. Don't worry Fred, keep playing the way you do and you will have all the leadership you need when they sell you at Christmas.

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  • August 20, 2015 at 08:56
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    Fred Onyedinma leads from example how is capable of scoring and also leading the team forward and not backwards. Even tho Jimmy Abdou did not score on the night his another leader and Playmaker from sample too they look good in partnership midfield. Now its best if AOB strike forces along Morison & Gregory making it instead of 4-4-2 but to make it 4-3-3 defensively and Attackingly

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  • August 20, 2015 at 09:27
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    It takes an 18 year old to point out our failings,
    Where is the leadership coming from?

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  • August 20, 2015 at 09:28
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    @alpha_dogg:
    Would like to highlight Sid nelson part in the third goal, being underneath the ball again and beaten to a header by a lad that stronger and taller then him ?
    Also how? Why? Has that lad in the last minute not been able to run so far up the pitch ? Trip him take a booking professional foul but no Craig had to do that, when two others could have done it. If it was a draw you would be complaining ?
    Need to be more street wise that's all.

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    • August 20, 2015 at 10:50
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      @Bush: For me, Lee Martin needs a b********* for that 3rd goal.
      If you watch the highlights, Martin makes a few feeble attempts to tackle there player then gives up. A total lack of commitment and the bloke had just come on as a sub.

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      • August 20, 2015 at 12:53
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        @Syd the Lion: Martin was at fault for not taking a booking he encourage the player to get into our half, when quite clearly he was looking to see the game out and was ready to go down like a sack of s***.
        @Tim being a big man don't make you any better at heading the ball nor should it mean you always get it right, Nelson really must have One Eye. .Webster and beever are not much better.

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    • August 20, 2015 at 11:04
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      @alpha_dogg: only wanted to highlight if Sid Nelsinho won his header at the back post which he was beaten to the game finishes 2-2 a small positive to build on, although this could have been prevented if the Barnsley lad was clipped 30-40 yard before Craig took him out to stop him. Would have been in his own half.
      I do question, if it lack of organisation or is it lack of capability physically, the Running is one thing the football is another, but getting hold of your man and physically holding him back to stop him with out giving a pen away Is what need to happen,
      but was robbo any better then nelson at his age ? I don't remember robbo being a world beater,
      What I believe Harris needs is a excuse to let some of The so called big hitters drop to the bench, but everyone is learning Harris included

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      • August 20, 2015 at 11:25
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        @Bush:

        there is not enough height with nelson and craig - you don't need to be told that- this is harris at work - he has dropped webster and f***** off beevers - there is n one left

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  • August 20, 2015 at 09:53
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    Well spoken Fred and I like your attitude, but I do wonder how many more times we are going to hear the words. Were just got to stick together and move on and win the next game.

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  • August 20, 2015 at 09:55
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    How f***** embarrassing when a kid has to tell grown men to stand up and be leaders! We are telegraphing to the rest of the division that Fred is our best player so don't be surprised when he gets marked out of the game. Fred aside, I wish those idiots would stop sprouting b*******, especially the so called "millwall way". What the f*** is that? Under performing strikers, lazy midfielders a goal keeping that's past it and a defense that wears signs on there shirts saying Christmas is early, please feel free to score set pieces as we don't know how to stop you. Priceless

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  • August 20, 2015 at 10:19
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    The set pieces lost us the game but the really incriminating thing for me was that when Fred got hold of the ball and tried to make something happen, no-one in a blue shirt made any runs for him or offered an outlet. They stood still and watched him. The kids are showing the experienced players how to play for Millwall at the minute but it's falling on deaf ears, if the rest don't liven up Fred will be this year's Fabbrini.

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  • August 20, 2015 at 10:23
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    we'll be f****** lucky to hold on to this young fella, can see him gone before the end of this season. and who could blame him?

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  • August 20, 2015 at 10:37
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    oh yeah and ya wanna stop conceding from set pieces hooiveld is without a club, dig deep get him in.

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  • August 20, 2015 at 10:46
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    Bailey and Gueye are without clubs too. Bailey especially would make a huge difference to the team at the moment. The worrying thing about Fred is that although he's started the season at a blistering pace and looks like a real prospect, he's still a young lad and will have a dip in form at some point. We need somebody else with a creative spark cos there's no sign of it at the moment

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  • August 20, 2015 at 10:49
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    Good man Fred, your attitude, loyalty, work rate and ability put many older pros to shame. I have no doubt that you will go a long way in football. I wish the club had a few more like you.

    Hope NH signs someone soon.

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  • August 20, 2015 at 11:01
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    Love Fred and his grounded attitude but I think we should try and move him into a more central role, as you would expect at his age he doesn't do the defensive stuff as good yet and it leaves whatever flank he's on a bit exposed, and with Cummings currently performing below par and without a natural left back it's leaving us exposed at times.

    Not knocking the kid at all, he's been a shining light so far, it's something for Harris and Livermore to take responsibility for.

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    • August 20, 2015 at 11:31
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      @Still_Wall:

      yes but why does it take 3 defeats to realise fred will have problems tracking back - it s obvious beforehand - like playing craig and nelson together leaves us short of height - it is obvious - like playing Ferguson, a winger who is new to the team , straight in at fullback - it is obvious - like leaving Forde in goal who is hopeless, it is obvious - smart managers don't have to learn from mistakes they anticipate them

      talk about rating Harris has 3/10 from me this year

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  • August 20, 2015 at 11:21
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    @alpha_dogg: @alpha_dogg:

    careful alpha you will talk yourself into the manager's job - oh I forgot , you are making sense - you cant have it

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  • August 20, 2015 at 11:27
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    Can we have have 11 Fred's please in every position What a team that would be .
    Opps just woke up

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  • August 20, 2015 at 11:44
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    Thank God we have got you Fred I have posted before about the lack of talking our players do on the pitch to be honest im not very impressed so far with Tc s leadership or actual defending we need a vocal Bailey type in midfield and possibly at the back to very worrying one of our youngest players asking for leadership on the pitch .

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  • August 20, 2015 at 12:10
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    Harris drop Forde, it's so obviously required that if he continues to play on sat I will seriously question your judgment. You either refuse to drop your mate or you're not actually seeing what all the fans can see. Not sure which is more worrying.

    What on earth must Archer be thinking to himself unable to get into a side with such a liability of a keeper.

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  • August 20, 2015 at 12:31
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    Forde been a liability for last 3 seasons

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  • August 20, 2015 at 14:18
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    Get Bailey back... Someone like Trotter to add some strength ... Better CB with experience along side Edwards who should be offered a new contract??? Give Archer a go in goal, with a solid experience defence he could benefit from ... F*** Lee Martin off ... & I reckon, maybe, just maybe! we might actually win a game or two!!

    Oh yeah, get someone in to help Harris out ... maybe Steve Coppel? or however you spell the blokes name

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  • August 20, 2015 at 18:30
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    We let two leaders go last season Shittu and Bailey I allready said this pay as you play bet they wouldn't have been injured so much

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