Easter: Swapping Crystal Palace for Millwall was "no-brainer"

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© Edmund Boyden

JERMAINE Easter admits he jumped at the chance to join Millwall on loan from Crystal Palace – and was delighted to cap his second debut for the club with a goal.

Easter, who had a brief spell in SE16 during the 2008-09 campaign, scored the Lions' opening goal in their 2-0 win over South London rivals Charlton on Saturday.

The Wales international poked home Richard Chaplow's cross just 68 seconds after coming on as a substitute before Shane Lowry added a second with an incredible 35-yard free-kick.

"It was my first touch," he said. "It was looking like a stalemate because neither side created many clear-cut opportunities. It was pleasing to score because I felt the game opened up after that.

"It was a fantastic strike from Lowry – it was sort of Gareth Bale-esque, it was brilliant. When we got the second goal, it became a lot more comfortable. We were more confident and passed it around."

Ironically, Easter also found the net on his first appearance for Millwall in a 2-1 win over Swindon in September 2008 – but was then sent-off for elbowing Jack Smith, now a teammate at The Den.

The 31-year-old, then with Plymouth Argyle, was forced to serve a suspension and his one-month loan was effectively over before it had even begun.

But despite the bizarre events of five years ago, Easter insists he did not have to think long about a return to Millwall and the chance to link up with manager Kenny Jackett again.

"I am my own worst critic and I think that killed my loan spell," he said. "I missed three games, Neil Harris came in and started scoring and the manager didn't want to change the team after that.

"That sending-off killed my loan spell, which was disappointing. I elbowed Jack – although I think he made a meal out of it! I've mentioned it to him already and he just laughed at me.

"But that was a long time ago – the best part of five years. Millwall is still a great club, the the fans are really passionate and they turn out in their thousands.

"I spoke to Kenny last Tuesday and as soon as I got the call, it was a no-brainer for me to come and play for him again. I've played for Kenny before so I know how he works.

"Geographically it was perfect because I did not have to move. Kenny is a top manager and is really professional in his approach, so that's not changed since 2008."

Easter has found himself out of favour at Selhurst Park under new manager Ian Holloway – but says there are no hard feelings between himself and the Eagles boss.

"I am just here to play football," he added. "It has been a frustrating season for me and I think the Charlton game was only my 12th appearance this season – seven of them have been off the bench.

"Kenny played me on the left of a front three, which is what Holloway was doing. He is very good on rotation and getting in between the lines, so I picked up a few things from him actually.

"I brought that into the game on Saturday which is why I probably got the opportunity I did. Rather than just staying on the left, I came on the inside and was able to get on the end of something."

Conor Sefton

(@ConorSeftonNAD)

9 thoughts on “Easter: Swapping Crystal Palace for Millwall was "no-brainer"

  • March 18, 2013 at 09:26
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    Well done mate, keep it up and prove your critics wrong.
    2 goals in 2 appearances for Millwall nice start.

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  • March 18, 2013 at 09:50
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    A striker that scores .... You'll do

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  • March 18, 2013 at 10:54
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    Forget the big talk
    And do it on the pitch
    We don't need Charlie big b*****
    Get your head down and prove a point if not it won't be long before your reminded about where your from.
    Good start and a tidy finish.

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  • March 18, 2013 at 18:47
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    So far he has an average of 100% for the wall in goals scored and games played over 5 years lol long may it last mate. Keep scoring or at least trying and the wall faithful will adore you.

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  • March 18, 2013 at 19:45
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    So long as he makes the effort to fit in and accept that he is part of a squad then he should ok. Just not sure that he will be quite so u understanding if is benched. Apparently he thought he should start, good confidence but he should accept he is part of a squad and may not get 100% starts.

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  • March 22, 2013 at 01:54
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    LOOKS LIKE HE IS STAYING

    Steve Parish has suggested that Jermaine Easter may already have an agreement with Millwall over a deal for next season.

    Speaking to the Croydon Advertiser Parish explained.

    'Jermaine, we've let go. He's got months left on his contract and Millwall were prepared to offer him another year. He's been a great servant to the club, he's always given 110%. He needs to be playing first team football, and I think he may have an agreement with Millwall to take him for longer. He's 31 years old and he's got to think about his future, so we owe him that.'

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