Millwall's Harris says Lions didn't get what they deserved

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NEIL Harris felt Millwall didn’t deserve to lose after Southend became the fifth away side to emerge victorious at The Den this season.

Goals either side of the break gave the Shrimpers a 2-0 win as the Lions endured another hugely frustrating afternoon at home.

Southend registered just two shots on target over the 90 minutes, but David Mooney and Adam Barrett gave Jordan Archer no chance with two clinically taken goals.

Millwall, in contrast, had 13 efforts on goal, with six on target, but found Daniel Bentley in brilliant form for the away side.

And the Millwall boss felt the goalkeeper was the  difference between the teams.

Harris said: “I’m frustrated because we’ve lost another home game. We weren’t excellent but we didn’t deserve to lose the game.

We made two mistakes and switched off twice and that has cost us.

“They have a top-class goalkeeper who will be gracing the Premier League very soon. He has won them the game of football.”

Harris revealed afterwards that he possibly should have “mixed it up” after naming the same side that beat Port Vale last Tuesday night.

This was Millwall’s third game in seven days but Harris felt the players who had produced Millwall’s best performance of the season at Vale Park deserved to stay in the side.

“We had a terrific week, an excellent week,” he said. “We were so much looking forward to coming back here.”

“We had spoken about setting standards, high standards with good quality.

“I can’t fault the boys on effort, the spirit is terrific. Jordan has not had to make a save the whole game and has to pick the ball out of the net twice.

“As ever at The Den everything seems to end up in our net. Going the other way our quality in the final third wasn’t as good as it has been recently.

“That was clear to see and certainly a frustration and I hold my hands up, maybe I should have mixed it up today, maybe I should have put fresh legs out at the start.

“We monitored the boys Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and they were good. So we wanted to reward good performances and try to keep a settled sided, which we have been craving.

“But today maybe this was a game too far for some of the players.”

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42 thoughts on “Millwall's Harris says Lions didn't get what they deserved

  • September 19, 2015 at 18:46
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    Yeah right, I suppose we didn't deserve to loose the other 3 games at home either. Get real Neil, football is all about putting the ball in the net not about how many shots you've had, as Southend proved, 2 shots 2 goals end of story. 10000 today how many next week? Poor Fred had a bad game, and should have been substituted at half time, for Cowan Hall but you let the poor bloke struggle on, every one could see it, except you

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  • September 19, 2015 at 18:55
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    If you don't score you don't win games, switched off twice too many times, Archer is a good goal keeper, so thats no excuse.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 18:57
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    i agree - more excuses - not good enough - bad tactics - bad technique

    no clear chances against a poor side - hitting long hopeful balls again

    they didn't switch off twice did they - we did

    we deserved to lose because they scored twice and we didn't - depressingly poor tactics - we have no way of breaking down defences at home - too slow - too predictable - the amount of crosses that went into the box to no one was unreal

    why not say we were not good enough again at home and recognise we need some new players -

    you are right 10,000 not bad considering - but how many of those games can we sit through - it is plain boring - same old weaknesses - abdou has no threat , Williams is too deep , upson too slow and fred has a lot to learn - it is not good enough - Gregory runs around - aob did well , tried hard but other than than it is too easy to defend against - no pace no penetration

    why not say these things neil - too much credit for very ordinary performances

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  • September 19, 2015 at 19:05
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    Sometimes I think some of this team do not realise what it means to play for our club
    The Fleetwoods and Burtons of this world , I don't care
    But to lose to clubs like the Shrimpers, and Gillingham . . . .
    We have a long a proud record against the likes of them

    I would cringe if we were drawn against Palace or West Ham now in a Cup Comp
    It would be my would be my worst nightmare
    We would be flogged, and it guts me to admit that
    We have always raised our game
    Held our own

    But we have sadly gone so far backwards it has now become embarrassing

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  • September 19, 2015 at 19:20
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    it is beyond embarrassing

    if we lose, we lose, but what I cant stand is an analysis of the game from the managers which suggests we were unlucky - downright bad play cost us two goals - whose fault is that ??? - oh well lets just pretend it didn't happen

    and by the way David Bentley was not in brilliant form he didn't make one save that any other goalkeeper would not have made (perhaps apart from forde)

    second rate crap again neil - WHEN A LOT OF EFFORT JUST ISN'T ENOUGH

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    • September 19, 2015 at 19:30
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      @timchimes: all Bentleys saves were standard saves , Harris is hiding behind the fact that this team is devoid of creativity and none of our strikers can be relied on to take chances .

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      • September 19, 2015 at 20:03
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        @southstandview:

        if we don't get some new players, this season is going nowhere - a waste of money for fans

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        • September 19, 2015 at 20:09
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          @timchimes: I agree and I don't think Harris is man enough to drop Craig for a proper full back .

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  • September 19, 2015 at 19:27
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    Sad to say but it was down to you NH! Craig at left back when you have Martin and Fergusson sitting on the bench. Two glaring weaknesses today, Craig, far too slow and Fred who was woeful! When you eventually changed things you took Beavers off who was playing well and put Craig in the centre and Fergusson at left back? You should forget that Craig is Captain and your friend, he was playing badly and should have been taken off. Beavers must have been upset by this. Beavers was the only player who was likely to get his head to a corner and we had plenty of them! You also brought Gregory on for Upson when he was injured when Gregory is so out of form and could not hit a barn door at the moment and pushed Aiden, who was our best player and the only one likely to score outside, what a waste. Paris Cowan-Hall deserves a chance in the next game. Morrison's rant at Cowan-Hall was disgraceful, considering the over hit ball that he expected him to get after just coming on.

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    • September 19, 2015 at 19:37
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      @Longtimer:

      spot on - more f*** ups by harris - every time - his tactics are so obvious and boring

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  • September 19, 2015 at 19:31
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    Everyone's gone back to being negative. Ok yes we lost at home again today, but 6 points from 9 really isn't that bad. Let's just hope we can forget about today and go back to those winning ways. Also, why doesn't Harris ever start Paris? Usually when he comes on he looks really good- wins majority of headers and has a lot of pace. I'd really like to see Paris and Fred on the wings as they can cause defences a lot of trouble. I think Tony Craig is another Robinson. He's just not cutting it anymore. Since the start of the season he hasn't had a game where I thought he stood out. Id definitely play joe Martin instead of him now that he's fit again.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 19:36
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    From where I was sitting, it didn't seem unlucky to me.
    We just weren't good enough. And on top of that,
    once again at home, some tactical nonsense.

    A good crowd today, so they can't be blamed.
    This one is down to you Neil, and your boys. A couple of good results
    and everyone was getting carried away.
    A long way to go, before this team and management
    start ripping it up in this league.

    A big reality check today, I am afraid.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 19:41
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    yes - true - at home you need skill to unlock teams or pace or physical presence - we don't have any of them - watching abdou today was painful - utterly clueless on the ball - fred the same - why should we win with performances like that

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  • September 19, 2015 at 19:55
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    IT WAS ABSOLUTE UTTER BL**D Y TRIPE. DONT INSULT US NEIL. Why does Fred continue to have to take on every single opposing player on his every run, every time, just cross the ball!!! I have never seen a player give the ball away so much and a Millwall side concede possession so often, it's rubbish. Who has jacketts number?.... At least he got wingers crossing from the byline.

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    • September 19, 2015 at 20:26
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      @Marshlion:
      Jacket was one of the best tactical managers we had
      Old Wisey was great for a war cry and motivation but he had something to work with
      Right now we do not have the squad that we had then
      We need tactical ideas
      NH is a Millwall Legend
      But do these players know our history , our background that this would mean anything?

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  • September 19, 2015 at 20:03
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    I said it on Tuesday we have a stigma about playing at home our players are scared not the oppo. Not too sure how it happened or how to fix it but that's the boards job and fast.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 20:38
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    NEIL Harris felt Millwall didn’t deserve to lose after Southend became the fifth away side to emerge victorious at The Den this season.
    Maybe not you but millwall got exactly what it deserved. Yet again you had your b******* handed to you on a plate. This didn't come as a surprise but at least Neil you got what you've been asking for, a team that plays 'the millwall way'

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  • September 19, 2015 at 21:37
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    Reads like a Holloway review of proceedings, could accept it as a one off, but we cannot win at home, we lack creativity, not scoring goals, we so need a few players and for NH to succeed, he needs help from an experienced manager and sooner rather than later

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  • September 19, 2015 at 21:46
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    I am afraid this season we are getting exactly what we deserve.The self flagellation by some supporters is bullocks, our crowd is passionate,noisy and generally loyal(given the chance).It is about time we were given the performance we deserve instead of being blamed for the team/clubs shortcomings.On the football side Tony Craig needs to be competing for a centre half shirt with three others,his full back performances bear no comparison to Carlos's.As much as I admire Jimmy as a man and an athlete,he simply is not the quality of footballer we need to break down opposing teams at the dentist. I would assume in terms of pay scale Morison is top dog,it is time he lead the line accordingly. Finally it would be nice to see some signs of enthusiasm and ambition from the top of the club,any employee performs better if they feel they are working for a firm going somewhere.

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    • September 19, 2015 at 21:59
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      @norris: Please replace dentist with den! Also Fred had a poor game but take into account the kid is 18 and still very much learning his trade (it is probably the only reason he is with us )

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  • September 19, 2015 at 21:51
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    I didn't go cause of work but looking at the stats we had s*** loads of chances and corners and their keeper is the best outside the prem and won them the game by the sounds of it.
    Glad Neil held his hands up in defeat but he is still learning his trade and came up against an experienced manager for this level.
    Let's be realistic southend have just come up and are not as bad as the table shows so have a little more confidence than us who have just been relegated.
    We have a good crop of kids who need this season to bed themselves in.
    Fred had a good start but teams are doubling up on him and he's coming up against seasoned pro's who ain't gonna have him run rings round em, same said for O'brien. What Neil should have done was put Martin at left back and played Cowan - hall cause he has as much ability as Fred and opposition won't afford to double up on two players, it will also free up a striker and the the midfielders to move and play more attacking football.
    The only dissapointment for me is that Neil is trying to set up at home the same as when we're away, you can't always do that as we've found out every home game but that will come with time and experience, it will come a lot sooner if he gets an older head working with him.
    I'm convinced it will come good but like half the squad, Neil is still cutting his cloth.
    Patience is what's needed.
    We've been s*** for a good couple yrs and were paying the price for it.
    Solidarity this season is first and foremost. We're building something which has a lot of promise let's not be trying our best to knock it down.
    We all want the same things and need to expect inconsistency.
    My boy has his first league games tomorrow for his under 7s he's had 2 taunaments the first they got smashed the 2nd they got to the semis they're a really good side. My point is as good as they all are they are young and learning they have no given right to win every week but they show an awful lot of promise. Pretty much like the squad Neil is assembling. But I will not put my boy and his mates down for losing so I will have to do the same with us.
    It will come good.

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    • September 19, 2015 at 22:05
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      @lukesmithmfc:

      luke - it pays to watch games before commenting

      southend were weak - they played without their top striker hunt and scored with their only two chances

      we had loads of half chances which would have been real chances if any of our forwards showed composure and a good first touch - but they did not - we fired in loads of aimless crosses into a defence with men tallers than ours - it showed up all the shortcomings we know we have - but as always we wont do anything abut it and get better players - it wont come that good with this squad because there are too many of them that are not good enough

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      • September 19, 2015 at 23:32
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        @timchimes: I hear you tim but I only referred to the stats and stated the obvious in regards to where both teams have come from.
        When I say it will come good I'm on about Neil and the kids cause come next season we'll have 2 or 3 more coming in on a regular basis I. E pavey Thompson philpot.
        This season will very frustrating to say the least but the difference this season is the kids.
        By next season we'll have rid of a couple more not so good senior pro's.
        Unfortunately we are what we are and always have and will be.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 22:00
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    Dont get your knickers in a twist. 6 points from 9... they came and parked the bus and robbed us with their only chances of the game. It happens. We were too slow with our forward play - Craig on the overlap is not ideal. Fred had a stinker and Morrison and Gregory fluffed everything that came their way. AOB was ineffective despite his hard work. They all put a shift in but they looked a bit jaded. PCH deserves a start in my opinion. Gets up well for a little fella and goes forward. Poor man management taking Beevers off.. he was our best player - him and Webster. But I'm not too disheartened.. we were poor but still the better team. It was just one of those days.

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    • September 19, 2015 at 22:08
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      @Mullwall:

      this is a fair analysis BUT it wasn't one of those days - it was one f those many days where we were not good enough tactically or technically - WE NEED BETTER PLAYERS

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      • September 19, 2015 at 23:30
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        @timchimes: Everybody needs to separate the past from the present. We've been poor for a very long time. But this is a new manager, young and inexperienced and the same can be said of his squad. This lot deserve a clean break and some patience. Give them time.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 22:33
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    Rookie manager/youth team graduates/rebuilt squad and no money to spend. We are where I thought we would be this season, mid table. All the work that needs to be done and the need for the manager and players to get experience, it all means that we shouldn't be expecting much more than a mid table finish this season. Everyone just needs to calm down and give NH time.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 23:13
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    Its been the Fifth straight defeat surely the sixth will change its ways. Joe Martin,Shane Ferguson and John Marquis should feature more on the pitch.

    Neil Harris not out yet until next match against Rochdale

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    • September 20, 2015 at 14:53
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      @PikeyLion88: Marquis?! Behave yourself.

      Not even 10 games gone yet and we're midtable, no need to be changing manager.

      This is not a great squad, there has not been any investment to suggest JB and the board are trying to force us back to the Championship at the first attempt.

      If Harris is being given a serious run as manager then this will be his first full season so maintaining us as a league 1 side will probably be about right.

      As I said if those in charge were serious about promotion they would have got an experienced manager and provided him with the funds required to get out of this league. They haven't, so don't expect too much.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 23:42
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    Question for the club - is there an away only membership? Three seasons of absolute sh1te at home and I have had enough. This is the worst set of home performances I have seen in 30 years following the club.

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  • September 20, 2015 at 00:29
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    their defense gobbled up almost every high ball into the box from the off but we still kept pumping them in there, only PCH won more than he lost in the areal challenges 3 out of four as I saw it.

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    • September 20, 2015 at 09:06
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      @john H: Spot on. Just going through the motions especially when Morison can't be asked to compete and just allows himself to be held down and dominated by whatever defender without trying to win the ball. Also think his gesture to PCH after laying off a hald hearted pass shows he isn't up for it in any way.

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  • September 20, 2015 at 03:21
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    There's sum really good points in these posts, and it's as frustrating as f*** takin a few steps foreword then steps back again but let's keep encouraging these blokes. Be demanding and don't accept crap but knockin the f*** out of em every time we lose is gunna hurt us all long term. They already know that millwall not sum lay on ya back hooker club , let's just keep pushin em forward and drivin em with that famous millwall noise and grunt.

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  • September 20, 2015 at 04:04
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    Someone needs to tell Craig he hasn't got to launch the ball everytime. Hitting 40 yard forward passes is never going to work especially if Morison doesn't want to challenge their centre halves Give the ball to someone who knows how to use it but god knows who that is. Wasn't keen when we signed him then he was made captain straight away. Very poor all round today.

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  • September 20, 2015 at 08:50
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    Some good post on here bit of moaning but after today you would expect that .A point to make last week Neil knew his best side this time he say he should have rested players or mixed it up yes I agree .But we have some good little players learning there trade and some experienced Players who should be helping them along not screaming at them as a certain seasoned pro did to one of the Kids soon as he come on the pitch especially when you are not having the greatest game yourself there kids and will have good games and not come up to scratch in others when Rhino @ Co were in charge we had the same thing but people were patience and look how those kids turned out same sort of mix but we had a great day out at the old Wembley so yes it's not how want it at the moment great expectation and let down the next so all Ime saying is let's give Neil a chance and the Team to work it out if we finish top half this season I will be happy and next time who knows. Keep your spirit up Cheer Em on and do it the Wall way

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  • September 20, 2015 at 12:23
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    Yesterday was disappointing following our 2 excellent away performances. However, NH’s comments do show his naivety as a Manager, as IMO we did not create enough despite our possession. In simple terms we were mugged by an experience manager Phil Brown.
    Most of our short comings for yesterday have already been mentioned on here. Individual performances and management decisions were not acceptable (A disgraceful decision in taking off Beavers, what message does that send to him following his recent performances).
    Nevertheless, the point which has not been made is that we have now lost our first 4 league home games. At present it difficult to see that form improving. If this was to continue it will not be a Mid table finish but a Bottom of the League Relegation finish. No one wants this. Criticism albeit constructive is not solving the issue. The club has no money, so new players which are on everyone’s wish list will not be coming. The fact that NH has achieved good away results and has the respect from all at Millwall proves not only that his heart is in the right place but that he does have some ability. Yet he does need help as mentioned this woeful home form needs to improve immediately.

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    • September 20, 2015 at 12:36
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      @Torrieollie: At last someone speaking some sense - a really good posting well said.
      What is really worrying is that the manager thinks / believes we deserved more - we did not - it was an atrocious performance all round.

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  • September 20, 2015 at 12:25
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    Doesn't matter how many shots on target try getting it between the post end of

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  • September 20, 2015 at 13:51
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    Didn't get what we deserved we did, what did we do in that game ? we go a goal down At home you know what's gonna happen same old sh*t, a home win against Peterborough in a Mickey Mouse cup gets people excited for the next home game cmon, Neil your a legend at this football club you was the man when I was a kid but I'm afraid it's gonna end badly.

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    • September 20, 2015 at 16:51
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      @markymfc15: I went to Port Vale, Crewe, and yesterday it wasn't the same side. Morrison is not mobile enough, Gregory AOB up front with Fred given licence to go wherever he likes to try to drag defenders out of the way to make room for PCH to get into. Chins up, 19 always left. COYL

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  • September 21, 2015 at 15:52
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    Tony Craig should be changed for Joe Martin and John Marquis for Alfie Pavey.

    4-3-3 formation will do the trick COYL

    NOLU WDC

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