Forde: Millwall still adjusting to changes to squad in January

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

DAVID Forde is confident Millwall can rediscover their form in the Championship now that they have a settled squad again.

Top-scorers Chris Wood and Darius Henderson moved on during the January transfer window and the Lions have brought in four new players since then to bolster their attacking ranks.

But Millwall dropped to 12th in the Championship table on Saturday, six points adrift of the play-off positions, after defeat to Blackpool – their fourth consecutive loss in the league.

Forde, however, believes new arrivals Rob Hulse, Nathan Tyson, Benik Afobe and Martyn Woolford should be given a bit of time to find their feet in South London.

"We've lost a couple of big players recently, like Wood and Henderson, so that has probably put us into a bit of transition," the goalkeeper told NewsAtDen.

"But I take a lot from the Blackpool game – we looked to be getting back to where we were earlier in the season. Hulse was immense and I think he will be a big player for us.

"Once the new lads bed in we can get back on our feet again. New signings always take a bit of time to settle because they have to get used to the club and their new surroundings.

"But I firmly believe we can go on a good run with the new lads that have come in."

The Lions left Bloomfield Road empty-handed after Tangerines loanee Nathan Delfouneso scored a stoppage-time winner, but Forde was adamant the goal should not have stood.

"It was handball," he said. "If you look at the flight of the ball, it was going across the left side of his body and he's managed to con the ref and get it onto his favoured right foot and score.

"That's just the way our luck is seems to be going at the moment. We hit the bar twice and the post once and they have managed to get away with a handball and score a goal.

"It was our fourth loss on the bounce and it really hurt. Everyone was thoroughly disappointed to lose the game in the last minute because that would have been a fantastic point away from home.

"If we play like we did in the first-half, and certainly parts of the second-half, we can cause teams a lot of problems. We're not too downhearted."



2 thoughts on “Forde: Millwall still adjusting to changes to squad in January

  • February 12, 2013 at 17:04

    Blatant handball!

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