Joe Martin returns as Alfie Pavey bags hat-trick in Millwall win

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JOE Martin made his return to competitive action in this afternoon’s Elite Development Squad fixture against Coventry City at Calmont Road.

The defender was part of a strong home side that included four players who have featured in the first team this season.

Martin, signed from Gillingham in the summer but yet to make his competitive first-team debut following an ankle injury in pre-season, started the game at left-back.

Ben Thompson and Jack Powell were the central midfield pairing with Paris Cowan-Hall, who came on as a sub against Southend at the weekend, on the right. John Marquis partnered Alfie Pavey up front.

The Coventry side featured three players who were in Tony Mowbray’s first-team squad for their 4-0 win at The Den in August.

Centre-back Keaton Wood gave Millwall a 1-0 lead in the first half before Pavey scored a sensational seven-minute hat-trick after the break to take his personal tally to seven goals this season.

Coventry responded with a late consolation but Justin Skinner’s side have now won four of their last five games in the second tier of the U21 Professional Development League.

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37 thoughts on “Joe Martin returns as Alfie Pavey bags hat-trick in Millwall win

  • September 21, 2015 at 15:45
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    Its good to show Alfie Pavey scoring to the net. Pavey should be in First Team and drop Marquis to Elite Development Squad to improve his skills and Performance.

    so good to hear Joe Martin fully recovered and into full fitness should be defending formula.

    Joe Martin to Replace Tony Craig

    Alfie Pavey to Replace John Marquis

    things can also change with set off formation

    4-5-1 or 4-3-3

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  • September 21, 2015 at 16:04
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    I would like to see Alfie get a place on the bench in the near future. We need a natural goalscorer which Marquis and Gregory don't look like they are. He's almost 20 years old. Other teams are not shy in blooding talented youngsters. I can't see the harm in giving him a run out. If he's not up to it yet, fine, let him go back to the development team and give him a target to aim for.

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  • September 21, 2015 at 16:30
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    As TC is our captain, if Joe Martin does now play for the first team, does this mean Beevers gets dropped to accommodate TC or do we drop Webster and play with two left footed center halves? I can't believe that Harris would drop TC after the loss last weekend.

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    • September 21, 2015 at 16:37
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      @glyngo: I personally don't think TC merits a place in the staring line up in either position, certainly, I would prefer Ferguson over him at left back and Martin looked ok in pre-season. The question is whether we need a vocal captain and who else is vocal? Jimmy is quiet but leads by example, Williams? I personally would go for Edwards.

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  • September 21, 2015 at 16:32
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    Time to ring some changes bomber Martin for Craig, Nelson back in for Webster, rest Fred ( don't run him into the ground start with Paris, and give pavey a place on the bench, make no mistake IMO we're gonna spank someone at home soon, if some changes are made it could be this Saturday ...... COYL

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      • September 21, 2015 at 19:56
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        @Longfield Lion: It's a f****** joke isn't it. I'm gonna tell my boss I need a few days off tomorrow cos I'm tired.

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      • September 21, 2015 at 22:52
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        @Longfield Lion:
        A start on bench wouldn't do him any harm. He hasn't been the at the races the last 3 games and that includes the 2 away games up at crewe and port vale. Teams double up on him, and he needs to learn when to release the ball. He's young, he can't start every week.

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      • September 21, 2015 at 23:24
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        @Longfield Lion: the pressure we put on him plus being marked out the game has an effect on him, imagine being the other teams manager, getting the team sheet and not seeing him on there, mix it up a bit that's all I'm saying, be honest he's looked out of sorts a bit lately,

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  • September 21, 2015 at 17:01
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    If Pavey hadn't scored would he still be in everyone's starting eleven?
    Now TC is the scapegoat because Martin played today?
    Seriously guys. You can't change the team everytime we lose. We have just taken 6 points from 3 games. Not exaxctly relegation form is it? Yes, our home form needs to get a lot better but this was always going to be a mid table season and anything better would be a bonus.

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    • September 21, 2015 at 17:15
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      @NICKOLA: The only thing that needs changing is a bit more movement and quicker release of the ball.

      On Saturday Fred all match and AOB in second half ( when on left wing) were static waiting for full backs to bring the ball to them, instead of moving and making space and options. Also seems that full backs and wingers ALWAYS have to make the bye line before crossing, how about the forwards making there run into the box to receive an early cross from further out ?

      We are too slow and too predictable at home

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      • September 21, 2015 at 17:35
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        @eio: We build these players up - no one else does it - and then knock them down.
        Fred was the new great hope only a month ago wasn't he?

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        • September 21, 2015 at 18:22
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          @NICKOLA: football is about performance. Your only ever as good as your last game. The only way your gonna get a winning team is if you drop players who played poor whoever they are

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        • September 21, 2015 at 18:49
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          @NICKOLA: We all know that youth players will struggle for consistency, and Fred is experiencing just that, a temporary drop in form and energy levels. This really should not be a great surprise to anyone, it's common knowledge. In my view, he probably needs a rest and will be better for it when he comes back in in a few games time.

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        • September 21, 2015 at 20:14
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          @NICKOLA: Agree that these kids are built up.....overly so. AOB is classed as a kid..pretty much same age as Keith Weller, Derek Possee, Gordon Hill, Barry Kitchener when they hit the floor running when given their chance, Doug Allder 18yo, I could go on and on. The kids we have now are nowhere near the quality of players I have mentioned....yet they are gonna be world beaters, worth millions.....no way.

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        • September 21, 2015 at 23:17
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          @NICKOLA: yeah we build them up, coz every time any of our players perform we go overboard, but in any league it's a squad game and players should be given a chance if performing in under 21's or delevlopment sides, otherwise how would we know they can hack it in the first team, a manager IMO should show some guts and drop under performing players or players playing out of position IE: Graig at LB for a natural full back either Martin or Ferguson, sticking with Craig at LB just because he's captain shows we haven't learned anything from last season with Dunne. fred is too often maked out the game and our plan B is always hoof is up front , whatever out plan is at home it ain't working, or shall we all buy Rochdale shirts and make it look like an away game

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    • September 21, 2015 at 23:11
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      @NICKOLA:
      I agree with that. There is a MASSIVE step up when you go from the u21s to the first team. Pavey might turn out to be quality, but he currently has 5 people ahead of him (morison, gregory, marquis, philpot, obrien) so I wouldn't expect to see him this season more than a handful of times, Unless he scores goals when he plays. Also agree that we shouldn't keep changing the team just because we have lost. Said it before and I'll say it again, it does nothing good for a players confidence dropping him after 1 bad game, when he has played ok in the previous few before that. Sends completely the wrong message. After a bad performance, most players are very keen to get back on the pitch and put it right. If they keep playing crap, then drop them. But Saturday I would only make 1 or 2 changes to the team, and that would be PCH in for Fred, as he's now had 3 games where he hasn't really been involved, and Ferguson in for craig. Give the armband to Carlos.

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  • September 21, 2015 at 18:07
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    Hi give pavey a long contract or we will lose him for nothing cheers

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  • September 21, 2015 at 18:09
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    Hi give Alfie pavey a long contract or we will lose him for nothing cheers

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  • September 21, 2015 at 18:11
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    I will play alfie he has been banging in goals like there no 2mra bomber pls start alfie and play joe over craig simples COYL

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  • September 21, 2015 at 18:22
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    Keep a settled side and drop the players that do not perform,if our young players look good enough then bring them in. Iam not saying Gregs or Marquis are bad players but how long do you give goal scorers time to start hitting the net. Someone like Pavey is worth a go,young ,hungry and a point to prove,cant be any worse.

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  • September 21, 2015 at 18:39
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    Alfie and O'brien are the future of millwall and its great to see morrison helping O'brien out to get goals and to build his confidence up just like port vale away morrison and O'brien looked proper quality upfront together and its gonna be great having martin LB and moving craig into the middle of the defence with beevers...

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  • September 21, 2015 at 18:40
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    Alfie and O'brien are the future of millwall and its great to see morrison helping O'brien out to get goals and to build his confidence up just like port vale away morrison and O'brien looked proper quality upfront together.

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  • September 21, 2015 at 20:41
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    Pavey scoring for fun then bring him in ffs why wait

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  • September 21, 2015 at 22:07
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    martin LB with furguson attacking from midfield paris on right.aob n morro front two.williams centre mid with powell.beevers webster n carlos

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  • September 21, 2015 at 22:11
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    We do not need to panic. Yes we lost at home. There are many more games To go we will not win this league. Nor do it think we will get relegated. Give it to Christmas at least. We all will have a clearer picture of what we can or cannot achieve

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  • September 21, 2015 at 23:41
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    I cant stand this, '' we aint gonna get in the top 6 stuff ''- this is a poor league no dominant teams - this is our chance - wait to next year and you don't know who will come down and how hard it will be to beat them

    spend money now

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    • September 22, 2015 at 07:46
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      @timchimes: Too true - Look who is top - Burton ??????
      This is a poor League.
      No where near as strong a League that we left in 2010.

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      • September 22, 2015 at 08:46
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        @Longfield Lion: u no what I mean this is the easiest league we have ever been in who remember when harris has he 1st interview he said he will bye players who need filling we only brought 4 players out of 18 aleast 7 what happen always lie 2 our beloved fans im snm

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  • September 22, 2015 at 09:34
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    Nicky Bailey, Gueye and Woolford would have had a field day against Southend.

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  • September 22, 2015 at 10:06
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    My biggest fear at the moment is that as a manager there is no room for sentiment and as an ex team mate it is blatantly obvious that that is coming into Harris's judgement with Craig....for me he has been by far the biggest disappointment so far and Harris seems totally oblivious to it...he is trying to put him in the line up at all costs...he is NOT a LB....Ferguson an Martin should be streets ahead of him dor that position...an playing a 433 means there is greater emphasis on the full backs bombing on an Craig doesn't have that in his locker...he is at best an old fashioned full back who would just sit back an lump the ball forward... then on Saturday when Harris realised we needed more penetration down the flanks wot does he do...he moves Craig back into the middle to accommodate him and takes off Beevers...a 6ft6 CB who might just of got on the end of one of the many crosses that Ferguson kept pinging in....pals act or the naivety that you can't possible take off your captain...see Mourinhos handling of Terry for guidance here Neil....managers need to be ruthless at all costs.

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  • September 22, 2015 at 10:20
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    @KEAMERS: well 2 of em played in the 4-1 hammering they gave us in the cup, they certainly didn't have a field day then. Woolford did score a decent header to be fair but bailey was useless , so not sure what you base that on.

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    • September 22, 2015 at 11:29
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      @bordersarebest0170: It was more of a wind up comment than a sensible one mate. As far as i'm concerned Southend were terribile Saturday and we looked unprofessional.

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  • September 22, 2015 at 10:24
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    I wish people would stop this longing for ex players back- so far this season I've seen calls for shittu woolford gueye Dunney bailey fuller goodman Malone etc etc. Its ridiculous, none of them would make any difference, if Bailey for instance was this midfield genius why haven't any other clubs gone near him with a barge pole? Don't even get me started on Malone- the biggest wrong 'un at our club for many a year. The answer to our plight lies in the future not the past.

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    • September 22, 2015 at 11:04
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      @Still_Wall: we've already had enuff ex players back. What happened to this new team that was going to identify new players. All they identify was ex players. Still waiting for the fortress den. And a team I can identify as a proper wall side still waiting.

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  • September 22, 2015 at 12:33
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    Think of those 'ex' players if you will.
    Me, I'm still trying to forget them.
    But, for argument sake let's have a look...
    Dunne, Shittu, Malone, Hoff etc.etc. Is anyone really trying to say that team would be better?
    Fact is it wasn't which is why ladies and gentleman we are in League one and why most of those 18 players are still at home watching DVD's rather than actually playing for anyone.

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  • September 22, 2015 at 13:27
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    I think Pavey should be on the bench every week from now.
    Plenty of youngsters being regularly played at this level.

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