Millwall's Morison: Seasons aren't won or lost in first month

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STEVE Morison says people shouldn’t make snap judgements about Millwall’s start to the season.

In a frank and honest interview on Lions Live Radio, he insisted that the last 10 days are not a pointer to how the season will pan out.

“I think we’re slightly blowing it out of proportion. We’re two weeks into a football season that’s 46 games long,” he said on Thursday night.

“The Barnet game could have gone either way. I missed a penalty and scored.

“The Coventry game, after we missed the penalty, you have to hold your hands up and say they made us look awful.

“Against Barnsley, apart from the three set-pieces, I can’t remember them having a chance.

“These three games that we’ve lost are not going to determine our season. If we go on a 10-game unbeaten run now no one will even remember this.

http://www.newsatden.co.uk/wp-admin/post.php?post=50498&action=edit#“We’ve sat down and watched the games. We’ve spoken about it, we’ve had it out with each other, we’ve seen our mistakes and it’s down to us to put it right.

“People have been told in no uncertain terms what their job is.”

He also refuted suggestions that the side has been tactically naïve, pointing to switches made in the last two games as evidence that they have changed their shape to counter their opponents.

He explained: “We’re playing 4-4-2, other teams are playing three in midfield. So Tuesday night me and Gregs (Lee Gregory) dropped in and let the two centre-halves have the ball – contrary to all the fans screaming at us to go and press – and held our positions so they didn’t have the opportunity to pass through us.

“Our problem is when we go to press, at home, teams pass the ball around us because it is such a big pitch and it is difficult when they’ve got an extra man in midfield, players can’t mark three men, it’s impossible.

“Football has changed. It’s more tactical, more technical. To be fair, in all of the games, we have changed. In the Coventry game for the last 20 minutes (of the first half) I was on the right with Gregs in the middle and for the last 15 minutes nothing happened. That was to get us to half-time and change things. And the same thing happened again in the Barnsley game.”

The striker admitted it will be a relief to play away from home this week, suggesting the culmination of events on the pitch over the three games weighed on the players’ minds.

He also called on more understanding from fans at The Den.

“We need to be more patient and to be patient we need everybody to be more patient with us.

“The problem we have with our club is that we’re not very patient. The fans aren’t patient and they react.

“The team is exactly the same team that went up to Shrewsbury and beat them, whereas all the pundits thought we’d go up there and lose. It’s the same players and the same team.

“At home the onus is on you but at the minute we’re not good enough to do that.

“It’ll be a nice change because we’ve played three home games, and we probably could have done with that game Tuesday night being away because everything just builds.

“But, as I said, there is a long way to go and the season is not won or lost in the first month.”

Staff

(@NewsAtDen)

56 thoughts on “Millwall's Morison: Seasons aren't won or lost in first month

  • August 21, 2015 at 14:30
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    If anyone hasn't listened to the interview, I would advise them too. Was refreshing to hear someone being honest and still being positive. Massive hopes for 3 points tomorrow but a clean sheet would be great for confidence!

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    • August 21, 2015 at 19:52
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      @whiteliont:
      Where's it at mate. Can't see the wood for the trees. The video eludes me.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 14:30
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    You're right Steve, there is a long way to go and nothing is won or lost in the first 3 games . However I feel our season is well and truly down the pan.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 14:32
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    Half way through the podcast on the way to work. Appreciate Morison's assessment of the situation, most of all his comments about words meaning little versus actions.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 14:42
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    Yes I agree that after only three games it is difficult to tell how the season will pan out, but surely we the fans have a right to be concerned, when we are subjected to performances such as Coventry and Barnsley. I am not happy with his comment about the fans reactions, what are we supposed to do when you see a situation where the opposition has two players flying down the wing and Cummings is nowhere to be seen. Or a simple free kick is taken and our defence and keeper watch it drift past and it to the net. Are we supposed to say, "Oh well never mind" Yes you can excuse mistakes, but when they keep happening, in my mind you have aright to make your feelings known, and I am not talking about verbally abusing any player while the game is going on, but when bad performances happen, we have paid good money, and a lot have travelled a long way, we have the right to tell the team how we feel. Anyway, got my ticket for tomorrow, can't wait, fingers crossed.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 14:49
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    No S@€t Sherlock, this time last season we won our games and had a good start, then we lost Edwards against Forest and it went T*ts up! As for patients, you pay us back 2 full seasons of money and then we'll be patient. We are fed up of excuses and disappointment...we are typical, we start building up something good then instead of investing to push us further we stop...I work hard for my money and I would rather now spend it in a house of ill repute...at least I will have a happier outcome!

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    • August 21, 2015 at 14:53
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      @vonhardshaft: *patience...oh and another thing, moving players around from one position to another does not constitute tactics, tactics is a course of action that counters another course of action to obtain an advantage...Imagine when they stormed the beach at Normandy they said oh send 1000 troops straight at the machine gun hole! No they changed tactics in order to gain an advantage over a powerful threat!!

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      • August 21, 2015 at 15:16
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        @vonhardshaft:

        Good grief (comparing folks getting killed with Football).
        Barnet, Coventry and Barnsley,
        could not really be considered a 'Powerful Threat!!'.
        On the other hand....Scunthorpe, maybe.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 14:49
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    @Steve Morison, thanks for the insight into tactics and formations
    (Most of us are baffled).
    But if you want to blame someone, don't blame the fans.
    If anyone is to blame, it is Alf Ramsey.
    Before he turned up with his wingless wonders and won the World Cup,
    we all knew what was going on with 1-3-2-5 systems, so did the players**.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 15:12
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    So the pitch is too big and we cant change its dimensions once the season has started as Bomber had this change made to help the way we play, so you will all need to adapt your game to the way Bomber envisaged us playing when he ordered the pitch to be enlarged.
    That is also a surprise that the opposition pass the ball around us, ever thought maybe we could try that it may even work.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 15:13
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    Like that Joe amphlet the radio host,doesn't sit on the fence,says what he thinks,may not go down well with some people, but willing to say what he actually thinks,said Berylsons been badly advised, slight dig at Ambler in not so many words!!, one of the best lions live podcast in a while,Morison expressing a forthright opinion .

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  • August 21, 2015 at 15:16
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    To much talk get on with it, if players can't hack it move them on simple, but hurry up this is painful

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  • August 21, 2015 at 15:27
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    I think there is lots of pessissim due to last season, it just feels like a continuation and admiting defeat already, lots of us (me definitely) had faith in our ability to escape and felt let down and betrayed.

    It's like finding out you've been cheated by someone, you move on but never trust the same again.

    So excuse the negative mood Mr Morison but until the players play in a way that gives "our" shattered confidence a boost then, and only then will the negative cloud disperse

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  • August 21, 2015 at 15:31
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    Well, i feel this is another pointless attempt at trying to satisfy the fans from a player. I respect Morison for coming out and saying this, and my post may be a little negative, but I feel it is my own personal honest assessment.

    1) We know the season has started, what we as fans are seeing however is the culmination of 3 season of the same issues.
    2) Moving a player 10 yards is not tactical nouse. Why were we not stopping the opposing team getting a free attempt to switch play when were narrow. An improvement is clearly needed there.
    3) If at home we can't press because other teams have more players in midfield, what does that mean when we play away. Clearly an improvement is needed on how we press as if they are playing around us then we obviously aren't doing it well enough. PRESS = Pressure 1st touch, Reduce options, Encourage mistakes, Stay compact, Squeeze as a unit. I don't think we are doing 3 of them.

    So me being patient anyway, expect to see this improve over the coming months. If it doesn't then patience isn't the problem.

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    • August 21, 2015 at 19:40
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      @tsib24:
      He wasn't trying to satisfy the fans. He was telling the few of you that are moaning like school girls, to chill out and remember we have 43 games left to play. Our season isn't over becuase we lost our last 2 games. Last season we won our first 2 games. It means nothing. Get a grip

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      • August 21, 2015 at 21:18
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        @82wall: At no point have I said I think our season is already over, others may have but I haven't. I am just stating what I personally think we need to improve upon over the coming months of the season, if the team improves then that warrants a player telling us to be patient.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 15:53
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    Steve to a degree you are spot on.but what you failed to mention was ..Where was the bloody midfield until young ben & aiden came on..

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  • August 21, 2015 at 16:04
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    cheap shot at the crowd -

    one nil up against Barnsley - whose fault for the equaliser , the crowd?

    missed pen against Cov then outplayed - the crowd's fault

    two goals conceded against Barnet and it could have been more - the crowd's fault

    what Moro is referring to is an inability to defend as a team - why not say that

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    • August 21, 2015 at 17:21
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      @timchimes: maybe by crowd ,he means the crowd of players on the pitch ,all bunched together like a kids kickabout in the park ?

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    • August 21, 2015 at 19:42
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      @timchimes:
      A cheap shot well deserved. If you really think that footballers in today's day and age will appreciate being called every name under the sun, 5 minutes into a game, your mental. They are human beings like everyone else and not supporters like me and you. Millwall is their job and if they are getting abused in their job they won't like it.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 16:24
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    How dare we be annoyed and p***** off for losing 3 in a row at home, its not we pay money to go and get served up dross football, its not like we actually want to be excited by our team, how dare we get the hump with the team, we're sorry, please continue to miss penalties and lose games.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 16:32
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    Trouble is morro we have made the pitch bigger to spread the balls wide and long for you and greggs to run into yet on tuesday it was long high balls to you try try and flick on thus making midfield redundantand the ball comes straight back, williams no doubt has a great left foot but all he does is float them into u why not bang them over the top cos 6ft 4 inch defenders are not gonna catch you and greggs. Does begget belief that we had had a back 4 on tues and they had 1 striker but pulled us all over the pitch cos we were overun in midfield just push a defender up which would be williams if he was played in the back 4

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  • August 21, 2015 at 16:33
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    Home or Away it's all nonsense, these are paid professionals, get on with it!

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    • August 21, 2015 at 17:20
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      @wongo:

      This, all day long.
      Wall to Wall winging from board down to players for three years now.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 16:51
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    Hey guys, why all the long faces. It's still early days, it's a marathon not a sprint, Rome wasn't built in a day, etc, etc.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 17:27
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    With all due respect Steve you have not had to endure the dross we have had to put up with in the last 4 years or so.
    And paid for the pleasure ?
    We expect a lot better in a lower League.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 17:32
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    We were unbeaten in first 3 last season and see where that got is, so hopefully the s*** start we have made this year will even itvup and we may get promoted ahhhh dream

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  • August 21, 2015 at 17:33
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    If we were moaning after three consecutive good seasons yes you could say that is impatient.
    After three season of home embarrassment paying fans have every right to be impatient.
    Especially when after every new season we get the normal nonsense of how ready the team is, fortress den and then after every defeat a different player enlightens us we how they going to put right in the next game only to be served up the normal crap.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 17:51
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    Steve I agree with most of the members comments on here if I made 3 big cock ups at work I would probably be out of the door looking for a new job I also have to sit down with my managers and have an appraisal 3 times a year. So called footballers are extremely well paid don't go and say short careers so should be able to put up with a bit of flack for playing crap at home for 3 seasons also the mention of teams playing round us on the big pitch one word ADAPT tactics do you think more io says oh well they played better than us and cut out our midfield no he makes changes which we need to learn quick starting tomorrow

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  • August 21, 2015 at 17:54
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    Sorry one other thing Steve they didn't have an extra man it's an 11 aside game unless you get a man sent off

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  • August 21, 2015 at 19:31
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    Three points tomorrow and there may be a little more 'understanding'. Can't knock him or any other player for given their honest assessment whether you agree with it or not but until the talk transfers into points on the board the fans are going to continue give the players stick. As Harris and countless others have said, it takes a certain type of player to play for us and some very gifted players have tried and failed whereas some less gifted players have become firm favourites for their performances. Maybe they should hire a few fans to go down to the training ground and shout abuse whilst they're training, just to get them used to it? (-:~

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  • August 21, 2015 at 19:46
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    The supporters are already totally down in the dumps after 3 losses at home in 8 days. It goes on and on with again not much light at the end of the tunnel. I am a long distance season ticket holder (600 miles) & I don't have money to burn to watch pony and depression into the bargain! All we are hearing again is talk. Please walk the walk!!

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  • August 21, 2015 at 20:28
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    The problem as I see it is this:

    Chairman has no experience on how to run a football cub.
    CEO has no experience on how to run a football club.
    Manager has no managerial experience at this level.
    Assistant Manager has no Managerial experience at this level.
    Team is full of youth that doesn't have experience at this level.
    The most experienced player we do have (Forde) has been having a nightmare and everyone wants dropped.

    If you have an in-experienced team you should have had a manager that has the tactical nouse or the ability to bring the best out of the team. This isn't a pop at Harris just fact. Its the blind leading the blind.

    The last few years has just been reactionary.

    Bring in Lomas- big mistake with the Hamster connection was doomed to failure from the start. Brought in his own player which just weren't good enough and too many players.

    Bring in Ollie- inherited Lomas's players, too big headed to know when to step back and make changes panicked and bought in has been's.

    Now we have gone other way and relying too heavily on youth. Yeah great to build on but who is going to teach them anything? An in-experienced manager? As much as we all love him he is still learning his trade. should have been No 2 for a little while with an experienced manager.

    Think Berylson needs to put his hand in his pocket and get some experience in (not journey men).
    Ambler.. Just give up tbh.
    Harris and Livermore still have a lot to learn just hope they learn fast.
    As much as its good to bring the youth on we don't have a team of young Ronaldo's you still need that mix of experience and youth.

    Need someone with a bit of bite in midfield to control the game a good hard tackler and someone with good distribution of the ball.

    Left back and right back we are weak as both tend to drift in too much and allow players to much space on the wings.

    Wingers that like to get down the wings and get the crosses in. Not over play the ball and lose it.

    Gregs and Morro will come good once they get good service. Could be the next Sherngiham and Cascarino.

    I think we will be in for a struggle this year hopefully we have enough about us to not get sucked into a relegation scrap but the players obviously have confidence issues playing at home and once the rot sets in its hard to get rid of it.

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    • August 21, 2015 at 21:44
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      @SE6: I like a lot of what you said, but I don't see a team full of youth
      Forde,
      Cummings, Webster, Craig, Beevers
      Martin, upson, Williams, Fred
      Morison, Gregory

      1 youth player in that team, so much experience, especially at league 1 level.

      Can't trot out youth as an excuse

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    • August 21, 2015 at 22:59
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      @SE6: Some good points made in this post.

      I think part of the problem are the platitudes that seem to be trotted out.
      During the off season our hopes are built up and we get promised so much, the season gets off to a less than stellar start, then the Manager and reasonably performing players are paraded before us offering half baked excuses and spin is put on to inept performance that we have just witnessed.

      The first step to fixing things is acknowledging there is a problem. I would think most of the supporters would be far happier if as an example the manager said look it was a terrible games from us and we are doing x,y or z to fix our game plan.

      It is early days and things are not lost but the recent history of our club is that we act too late on issues confronting the club as witnessed by the amount of time it took to act with the previous two managers.

      Sober judgement is needed, some plain speak and a better game plan established.

      That said off to the pub for a pint.

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    • August 22, 2015 at 12:04
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      @SE6: Good post but to my mind Holloway could not blame anybody but himself. Lomas was never given the chance that Holloway got to turn it around and there were one or two really decent performances (e.g. Blackpool at home) which may have been a pointer to things to come under Lomas. Not saying Lomas was the answer but he was no worse a solution than the very costly media whore clown that followed.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 21:29
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    3 games and we are doomed, ffs. I did like this site, but the last couple of weeks has shown that it really is a waste of time looking at the comments cos most on here are the reason no one wants to come to this club!!! (Supporters and players) slating everyone and everything about the club I love!!! Take a reality check, we have never been a big club, we have always been a middle of the road club that has had some great years and made of believe we could be great!!! All of us have paid shed loads of money over the years to watch great football and also some real sh**!! But the real supporters turn up because its in our blood!! The only thing a real supporter can say is that a player did not give a 100% whether they played cr"* on not!! I remember the simod cup and being 1 of 749!!! Just stop the whinging.

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    • August 21, 2015 at 21:40
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      @costalion: Why should we not want more from our club? Why can all the clubs around us progress and we are left to just float in mediocrity? We have a reputation that is how ever many years old now. No one is scared to play at the den anymore times have changed. The club needs to change with the times or risk going out of existence altogether.

      We will all go what ever that's just what we do and all we know. But why can't we expect more? Why do we just have to sit back and say 'Its the Millwall way', what to try and do everything on the cheap and when we do get a talented player through sell them for a pittance. We are a club with so much potential but no real money has been spent compared to other clubs. f*** me we couldn't even get the jumbotron sorted.. Its p*** poor management from the top down.

      And we except it because its all we know. We have gone too soft at the club now. Now its even easier to be taken the p*** out of than before. 20 years ago there would have been people protesting at the way the club has been run. Its been a joke for years now.

      There are other clubs that have just gone into nothingness I'm not prepared to sit back and watch mine do the same.

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      • August 21, 2015 at 22:02
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        @SE6: well said it just p*sses me off when all the people that come on here just want to slate the team, I want us to be there every season but have been millwall too long! We do deserve better, but just slating off players gives me the hump! We always looked out for our own now days its just a couple of games and that it for the season!!! I always thought we were better than that. Lets just try and give it time. Coyl

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  • August 21, 2015 at 23:27
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    Of course 2 defeats in 3 games into the season shouldn't be season defining and it's right to say that it doesn't help the players by getting impatient with them and giving them stick so quickly. I am not one personally to stand up and give our players stick shouting obscenities at them. The defence on behalf of us Millwall fans for any impatience though is that it is not the result of the last 3 games where we've conceded 8 at home and looked appalling as a footballing unit with tactics reminiscent of the dark ages - our frustration, impatience and anger is that it has been as bad as this for 3 seasons now, getting slaughtered by teams at home and playing s***. It's the accumulation effect with seemingly no sign of getting better, indeed we look to be getting worse. So I reiterate to those jumping on our backs that we are around 50 homes games in to the shambles that we continue to witness and we have every right to be frustrated. I'm not defending so evidence the abhorrent abuse that's directed with pure vitriol by some fans towards the players, but near in mins that given the slightest bit if encouragement we flock to cheer our boys on - like after the win at Shrewsbury we had 11200 turn up only to witness a shocking surrender to Coventry in our own back yard with an utterly shambolic performance yet again. We are sick to death of being s*** at playing football and we are sick to death of getting worse, and worse, and worse, and worse. The club and team need to give us something to feel hopeful about. I can't think of another club who has a worse home record than us over 3+ years. If course we are getting impatient

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    • August 21, 2015 at 23:59
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      @T20ColdBlowLion: The expectation is we have been relegated and should be the stronger team in this division. we have just lost 3 home games on the trot. Its supposed to be a Den of fear where the oppo fear to play. The only fear is from our own players. That's where the frustration comes from. We should be walking over these teams. We should have stayed up last year with the players we had. its just such poor mis management.

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  • August 22, 2015 at 07:04
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    Actually it is 4 games on the trot we have lost at home - conceding 12 and scoring 5.

    I think this fact alone clearly demonstrates where the problem is and until it is properly addressed I fear we will continue to suffer defeats both home and away.

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  • August 22, 2015 at 10:09
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    asking Millwall fans or football fans in general to be patient is like asking a baby not to cry, I know where he's coming from but players must realize that all the hollering and hooting just comes out of frustration, it doesn't mean the fans hate your guts and want you kicked out of team ( there are exceptions of course) but it's not going to stop so if it is affecting some players then maybe they need little cuddles perhaps they could introduce cuddle breaks every 10 minutes or so. They have to learn to handle it end if they can't they shouldn't be in the game because it's not just Millwall fans that give players stick. Personally I don't do I can't shout loud enough for anyone on the pitch to hear me but seriously I think it's counter productive and should only happen when a player obviously isn't trying.

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  • August 22, 2015 at 11:08
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    Agree its too early to be too concerned. Also think its important that we dont let last seasons toxic atmosphere creep in on Bombers start. Give them time. What I would say though is we need a keeper that comes off his line for crosses. Every time he is a sitting duck. These are balls into the six yard box and he should get out and cut them off. Pressman - sort it out and earn your money ffs.

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  • August 22, 2015 at 12:32
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    Looks like Moro wants to turn the club upside down and change it slowly but when will it be the time to score and deffend at the same time surely it should happen is a matter of time and patience.

    COYL you can win today !!!!

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  • August 22, 2015 at 14:18
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    “Our problem is when we go to press, at home, teams pass the ball around us because it is such a big pitch and it is difficult when they’ve got an extra man in midfield, players can’t mark three men, it’s impossible. I WONDERED WHEN THAT ONE WOULD BE USED. f***** priceless

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  • August 22, 2015 at 14:24
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    Great post se6 been saying for years we have become too soft, over zealous stewards , sticking the away fans coaily in the top corner making it really really comfortsble for them, the club who sorts that stuff out needvto come to an away game and see how we are treated, we may as well roll out the red carpet for away teams, no swearing , sit down etc what a load of bollx, lets s*** the fkers up we should not have teams coming to our manor taking the p***

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