Millwall's Nelson: League One standard better than expected

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SID Nelson says the standard of Sky Bet League One this season is a lot higher than people think.

Millwall looked like they would justify their pre-season billing as one of the favourites for the title after successfully negotiating a tricky opening away fixture at Shrewsbury.

But a defeat to Coventry, who in Adam Armstrong had a Premier League striker, emphasised the nature of the challenge of making a swift return to the Championship.

They then lost in injury time to a Barnsley side that came within 12 minutes of knocking Everton out of the League Cup on Wednesday night.

“I think in the Championship the opposition will keep the ball for longer periods and then, bang, they’ll go,” Nelson said as he outlined what he has found to be the key differences between the divisions.

“In League One, it’s back and forth, back and forth, and you get so much pressure put on you.

“But you have to be able to deal with that. I think the standard has been a lot better in this division than what people thought it would be.

“I think a lot of people thought that after coming down to League One that it would be easy for us, but in terms of the standard there hasn’t been a whole lot of difference.”

Nelson made his first league appearance of the season against the Tykes as Millwall conceded goals from three set-pieces, but was part of a defence at Glanford Park that kept a first clean sheet of the season. .

The 19-year-old centre-back says gaining a knowledge of his direct opponent is key and he has been doing his own homework on forwards who aren’t as familiar to him as those in the Championship were.

He explained: “Paddy Madden was sharp on Saturday and Hendo (Darius Henderson), who I trained with here when I was younger, he was a handful. He’s a big boy and likes to throw the elbows about!

“But that’s something I learnt last season, you’ve got to know who you’re coming up against. I haven’t played against a lot of these guys before so I’ve got to know their strengths and weaknesses.”

Nelson, who partnered Mark Beevers in the centre of defence against the Iron, also believes his natural attributes suit the style of play Harris is attempting to impose on the side.

“I like playing a high line,” Nelson said. “At the back end of last season me and Beevs kept a high line and I thought it was quite successful.

“The way I am I try to be the organiser on the pitch. At the end of the day it’s about getting your line right and getting cover around.

“For me I’m not as physical as some of the other lads, I’m still young. So if I’m playing too deep I’ve got to come and attack everything and the strikers can pin me in.

“If I hold a high line and the ball gets put in behind I feel like I’ve got the pace to cover.”

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36 thoughts on “Millwall's Nelson: League One standard better than expected

  • August 27, 2015 at 13:07
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    Sounds like all at the club believed the hype and the NH bandwagon instead of concentrating on having a plan A and a plan B,now we need a plan C.

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  • August 27, 2015 at 13:22
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    I don't think playing a high line fills us supporters with much confidence Sid.........I don't think any of our CBs are blessed with much pace??

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  • August 27, 2015 at 13:32
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    U just got 2 hope sid that arw RB AND LB are on their game covering u of not we are f*** COYL

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  • August 27, 2015 at 13:33
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    Really like Sid and I think he will be a quality defender for us in future but if he's the one organising our backline then no wonder we conceded 3 at home to Barnsley! He's not experienced enough to be given that responsibility! There's very little difference between league one and the championship and it sounds to me like the club assumed league one would be a cake walk - hope they've woken up! Roll on Saturday!!

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  • August 27, 2015 at 13:35
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    High lines...back lines...
    Well Sid, if you don't win on Saturday,
    expect to stay behind with a pencil and write a hundred lines.
    We must win at home...
    We must win at home....

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  • August 27, 2015 at 13:36
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    U just got 2 hope sid that are RB and LB are on
    There game covering u of if not we are f*** COYL

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  • August 27, 2015 at 13:55
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    Sid has years ahead of him in the game. He has steadily improved us he has grown. He maybe rash at times in the tackle. But one thing for sure I've seen in this player he cares he is hungry and sets himself high standards. He has been thrown in the deep end league one is still a decent standard. As Millwall are finding out. Get a settled defence and good goalie I.e Archer and we build from the back. And let's hope the gel and we start getting points on the table.

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    • August 27, 2015 at 14:07
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      @dave666: your right Dave, they are young, but sound like older pro's I think its a good thing the lad is saying we thought thought this was gonna be easy and it ain't! They are learning which can only be a good thing!

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      • August 27, 2015 at 16:23
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        How on earth can it be harder than the championship? He's just making excuses to cover his a*** when we lose again at home the kid aint got a clue.

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        • August 27, 2015 at 21:30
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          @baz2262: if you look the posts earlier in the summer, almost everyone said " nh is right. We need to consolidate this season, introduce our youth, and build a team to challenge next year" 99% of the responses agreed! Why do you all now put a downer on a NEW manager trying to give us all what we want!! Please don't give me sh*t about the last 3 seasons, they are gone, over and mean nothing now! The management, the board and most of us true supporters want this experiment to work, it might take a season, but don't be hypercritical and say you want us to build a team and expect everything to fall in to place in a month! It's a long haul after the last 2 muppets, and the money they wasted. Just get behind NH the team and Millwall. FFS give it a bit of time!!! COYL

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          • August 28, 2015 at 19:55
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            @costalion: Waste of time NH is clueless about management he is a player NOT a manager.what excuses you goner make when we drop?

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  • August 27, 2015 at 13:58
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    Do our lot live in a cocoon or are these the new excuses?
    Welcome to mother Earth Sid!

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  • August 27, 2015 at 14:07
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    Is that some kind of play area with a ball pit?

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  • August 27, 2015 at 14:09
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    Perhaps Sid it just shows the lack of investment in the team over the last few years has got us to this stage ?

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    • August 27, 2015 at 15:36
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      @Longfield Lion: Too right. Most of us have plenty of experience with Millwall of how difficult it is in this league. Despite their two-day conference and trips to Portugal, the club are unfortunately the ones who have underestimated the requirements for this division - unless its their plan to get by on hot-air. It's one thing having a clear out of all the dross accumulated in recent years, but not bringing in quality to replace them is criminal. We went down because the squad was so poor - it was obvious we needed proper investment in the team to stop the rot. Morison is about the only decent signing over the summer and even that was last minute.

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  • August 27, 2015 at 15:54
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    Horatio ranting on again - let your feet do the talking. I have lost count how many times Horatio has been on here giving it this and giving it that. Concentrate on the training pitch before getting your name in the spotlight on here yet again.............................You don't get JIMMI ABDOOOOOOOOOOO
    going on about this and that he just get on with it JIMMI ABDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO is a legend. Horatio you have a long way to go.

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    • August 28, 2015 at 13:42
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      @Mekongriver: The bloke has been asked to give an interview...so he answered the questions given to him and did an interview. I seriously doubt he's gone around calling different reporters begging them to interview him. The likes of Nelson are chosen to do these reports because they're the 'homegrown' players who Harris thinks give him the best chance of the team identifying with the fans. The same sort of player we've all been screaming about to be played for years. I seriously doubt 'getting his name in the spotlight again' was Nelson's motive. Can only answer questions when asked! Give the kid a break.

      Maybe one day we'll see a post from you with a bit of positivity.

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  • August 27, 2015 at 15:59
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    Sid Nelson the new Paul Robinson

    MILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    NOLU WDC

    COYL

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  • August 27, 2015 at 16:08
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    I dont think any of us thought it would be easy ! And we were right

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  • August 27, 2015 at 16:13
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    If you think like that Sid we will go straight down. You got to face the truth we are in div 1 not the Premier as your bottle gone already? if so bye.

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  • August 27, 2015 at 18:11
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    A bit sad really that we the supporters know more than the players and club 3/4 seasons in this league watch and learn Wall

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  • August 27, 2015 at 19:00
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    Transfer deadline today- will there be a couple of new signings? Obviously at least one if not two are needed

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  • August 27, 2015 at 19:24
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    No new luck on new signings

    unless its an Emergency Loan or maybe tilJanuary for next transfer window open:

    No News means no signings

    looks like stick with current squad or promote Development squad into first team squad

    its the only solution..

    problem solved!!!

    COYL

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  • August 27, 2015 at 19:36
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    This is the weakest league 1 that I can remember. So if Sid is surprised by the standard, how sh*te did he think it was? Or how good did he think we were? I'm turning in to a grumpy old man with these headlines.FFS any chance of some real news?

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  • August 27, 2015 at 20:02
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    Sid get on with it be part of the solution shaw that back line up and wear that shirt with pride, set plays need defending we see players giving there all were the best fans in the world

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  • August 28, 2015 at 07:58
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    How is this league all of a sudden better then before..well sid i can asure you it aint...where is the likes of southampton.norwich.liecester.leeds.charlton.and huddersfield...all top clubs that was in it the last time we were here..sid mate you cant tell me fleetwood.burton albion.shrewsbury and others make up a tougher L1 then before

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    • August 28, 2015 at 08:37
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      @Jim28: WELL SAID JIM28, WE WANT 'FIGHTERS' AT MILLWALL, ITS NO WONDER WE GOT RELEGATED! LION - PLAYERS GET PLAYING GOOD AND TOUGH FOR YOUR MONEY. GET STUCK INTO EM'. THE STORM WANTS IMMEDIATE ACTION, NOT IN 3x YEARS TIME!

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  • August 28, 2015 at 08:40
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    BTW Sid, Adam Armstrong is only 18 and 5 foot 8 tall!!
    Our John Marquis is much older, bigger and still seems to be learning!!!

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    • August 28, 2015 at 09:08
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      @beethoven5:
      Good point mate, all summer long people were flapping saying we would have 'too many youngsters' in the team, when really the opposite is still true, three older players is enough in any team as far as I'm concerned, Craig, Jimmi and Morison would fit that criteria for me. It's actually the experienced ones who have let us down so far- Forde, Upson, Webster, Martin and Williams in particular have gone missing whereas Thompson, Sid, Archer and O'Brien (on Saturday) have put them to shame really, attitude wise.

      I'd throw more of the youth in, at some point we've got to give them a chance, it's ridiculous that many still see marquis as a youngster, he's what 22/23? Even Aiden must be 21, he should have a lot more games under his belt by now, after all Coventry had two 18yr olds up front against us and look what happened. The P/Boro game would be a perfect opportunity to give Powell and Philpot to name but two a chance to show what they can do.

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  • August 28, 2015 at 11:04
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    Mid-table doesn't seem such a bad season does it, I never believed we were top 3 to go up anyway, this new squad needs 1-2 season to develop to it's potential and promotion this year is extremely unlikely.

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  • August 28, 2015 at 11:19
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    Look like its between Top 10 or Mid-Table this season.

    As Long Morison and Gregory stays fit and play alongside together then everything should be well

    COYL

    MILLWALL WILL FIGHT TIL SUDDEN DEATH

    NOLU WDC

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  • August 28, 2015 at 12:36
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    With the attitude Sid has he sounds terrified of div 1 I can't see him lasting long .

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  • August 28, 2015 at 23:38
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    Look like Young Sid Nelson needs to Learn and Adapt to the game

    sooner than later that will produce to better skill and Performance

    COYL - NOLU WDC

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