Winger Woolford wants to score play-off winner for Millwall

© Paul Keevil
© Paul Keevil

MARTYN Woolford is hoping to make amends for breaking Millwall hearts in 2009 by scoring the goal that sends the Lions into the Premier League.

Woolford, who infamously hit a late winner for Scunthorpe United in the League One play-off final three years ago, made his debut for the club against Bolton on Saturday.

And the 27-year-old is hoping to put the past behind him and become a fan favourite at The Den. He said: "I've been told I've got a lot of making up to do!

"You never know, we could make the play-off final and I could score the winner again. But first and foremost I'll be putting a shift in and making tackles every week.

"That's what the fans want to see from me. A few of my first touches went astray on Saturday, which I was a bit disappointed with, so I have to improve on the ball.

"I think I was a bit overexcited to be back on the pitch again so I need to settle down next week. I'll be making sure I get plenty of crosses in and hopefully I can chip in with a few goals as well."

Prior to Millwall's 1-1 draw at the Reebok Stadium, Woolford had not started a game for former club Bristol City since November – a 2-0 defeat to Charlton.

"I had to put in a real shift and get stuck in," he said. "I was pleased to get 90 minutes under my belt because it's been a while since I've done that.

"I need to get back into the swing of things and get everything back up to what it needs to be. I was definitely pleased with the run out that I got and I felt pretty fit.

"It was a fair result and a good point for us. We need to take that into the next game at home. The lads worked really, really hard for each other.

"That's something that I've noticed already – work ethic is a big part of this club so I wanted to make sure I was running hard.

"I had a long stretch and an ice bath after the game to help me recover properly. I have to take care of my body."

Woolford, for whom the Lions have paid less than £100,000, admitted his career was stagnating at Ashton Gate and that he needed to get a move to play regular football.

"It was frustrating at times for me at Bristol City – things didn't really work out and I had to move on," he said.

"I was very pleased when the opportunity to come here came about and I'm looking forward to getting a run of games. I heard about a week ago that Millwall were coming in for me.

"I was initially told that Bristol City said 'no' to a loan move so I didn't know whether the interest had gone away. But then it all happened in the space of a few days.

"I got a phone call at 7pm last Monday night asking whether I could come to London straight away. So I jumped in the car and away I went.

"It was good to play 90 minutes at the end of a hectic week. I'm looking forward to getting settled."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

8 thoughts on “Winger Woolford wants to score play-off winner for Millwall

  • January 14, 2013 at 10:15
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    A footballer who wants to play , that makes a refreshing change

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  • January 14, 2013 at 11:53
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    Under a 100k a bargain. Good competition with him and Taylor for left wing berth.
    COYL

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  • January 14, 2013 at 14:20
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    Proper bargain at thy price!

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  • January 14, 2013 at 14:34
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    Welcome to the club, Martyn, from your fans in Norway! Cant wait to see you thrive and excel at Millwall. I expect this move to be a winner for both us and you.

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  • January 14, 2013 at 16:32
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    All forgiven son, we had a great day the following year and probably benefited from another year of consolidation. I felt we were stronger as a result of that disappointment. You still owe us though 🙂

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  • January 14, 2013 at 21:24
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    Hey Mistagonna! Any decent strikers in Norway?

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  • January 17, 2013 at 14:24
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    He's a good player he will graft he stood out at Scunny , your in the right place now, graft and all is forgiven.

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