Millwall defender issues rallying cry ahead of Palace derby

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

ALAN Dunne has called on his Millwall teammates to stand up and be counted when they face Crystal Palace in Tuesday's crunch clash at The Den.

The Lions must capitalise on having a game in hand over the teams around them at the foot of the Championship table if they are to avoid a nail-biting final day of the season.

Three points would confirm another year in the second tier for Kenny Jackett's troops, but anything other than a win would leave them needing a result against Derby County on Saturday.



Dunne says the visit of the Eagles would be the perfect stage on which to banish fears of relegation – and he insists Millwall will not crumble under the weight of expectation.

He told NewsAtDen: "So many times in football we say 'this is the biggest game' – but it has come to the stage now where this really will be the biggest game of our season.

"It is more important than an FA Cup semi-final. The league is our bread and butter and it's what we get paid for. We all want to play in the Championship.



"We should have had it done by now but it hasn't worked out that way. Both teams need the points so it's a London derby with a huge amount at stake. It's going to be an incredible atmosphere.

"There's a little bit of naivety and inexperience within the team that's costing us sloppy goals but we have to learn fast from that. If we'd scored three or four more goals since Christmas we'd be safe.

"But it is still in our own hands. We have six points to play for and we're facing a Palace side who are not on form at the moment – neither are we – but I think we've been solid of late.

"Our defending against Nottingham Forest on Saturday was good – we were up against a very good strike force that has cost a lot of money. The only goal they could score was from a set piece.

"We will be fired up for it – the manager will make sure of that. The players know what's at stake. As a player, if you're not fired up for Tuesday night then you're in the wrong game.

"It is a game you should want to play in – a huge London derby knowing that a win would keep us in the division for another year. Every player has to be breaking their bollocks for the club.

"Nobody wants to play in League One. Nobody. I know I don't."

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(@NewsAtDen)

14 thoughts on “Millwall defender issues rallying cry ahead of Palace derby

  • April 29, 2013 at 23:50
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    Well f****** said Alan. Tell some of those c**** to Pull they're finger out. If they think the crowd has been harsh lately, well l

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  • April 29, 2013 at 23:50
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    Hahahahahaha get in there dunney boy!!!!
    "Breaking their b******* for the club"
    That's all we've fcuking wanted for the past couple months.
    Millwall enough said.
    COYL

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  • April 29, 2013 at 23:51
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    Well roll over against palace and you will see how bad we can really get! Aldo you need to add an edit button to this

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  • April 29, 2013 at 23:53
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    Had to get that post above me edited one didn't ya Luke lol. Looks even more like I'm a spastic now, cheers pal.

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    • April 30, 2013 at 07:06
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      Uv oo faby

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  • April 30, 2013 at 07:50
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    Happened to see a few of the players leave on Saturday and the only one who looked thoroughly p***** off was Dunny.

    I Know some people knock him and others can't stand him but he's millwall through and through and the I wish some of the remainder of the team showed an ounce of his passion.

    Last time we played palarse Zaha was lucky to stay on the pitch he spent most of his time in Alan's pocket lets hope he does the same again.
    Saying that I met Feeney at Wembley as he walked to the station and got to say he went up massively in my estimations and I'm pleased he is getting a start or two.

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  • April 30, 2013 at 07:53
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    Give us something to shout about wall we don't want our wall in league one either, lets not go down without a fight, this is where we miss real wall players. Do or die tonight boys the fans will be there in fall voice COYL one big push

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  • April 30, 2013 at 07:56
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    Dunney always gets drafted in when we need to firm up the defence, he has done us proud this season. I reckon tonight will be a cracker. COYL !

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  • April 30, 2013 at 08:13
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    Can not wait for tonight well said Dunny we just have to win COYL

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  • April 30, 2013 at 08:31
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    Thanks Dunny for someone in the team speaking out about the trouble we are in, of course this game has more importance than the semi final and so has evry game since and before it, if we want to stay in this division.

    Lets hope that KJ gets both tactics and motivation right for tonight, because if we dont get a result all you sensitive souls on the playing and coaching staff should make a very quick exit as I would not like to be in your shoes or should it be boots.

    if you get get stright into them and so that this team means as much to you as it does to all us saps coming to every home game, we will rise to the occasion and make the palarse know that they are playing at the DEN we can be the tweflth man for you "but we need your example" to liven our sprits tonight. The very best of luck and Dunny get right on um from the whistle.

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  • April 30, 2013 at 08:57
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    Dunne might not be the most gifted player in the world, but you know he's 100% Millwall and will be up for a game like this. Like the Framptons, Craigs and Robinsons - the sort of committed and hard edge this team has been lacking.

    We don't seem to have many home-grown or local players anymore, but I think it's vital the club changes its reliance on loans and journeymen - and starts building a young squad of our own.

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  • April 30, 2013 at 09:15
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    Lets get the 3pts. Job done. Then get the team sorted.

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  • April 30, 2013 at 09:35
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    Agree with that malcolm03, but we may also need to look at the coaching staff and the scouting system as some of our signings have been woeful at best and a drain on the club finances to boot, but yes the 3 points are paramount tonight and after that maybe JB can start to sort things out accross the whole club.

    Because if he does not and we "do stay up" it is only putting off the inevitable till next season which is too much to ask us to go through again, if this does happen as others have said we will be like Pompy & Wolves which JB we dont want and neither do you as the gates will again tail right off, with just us die hards turning up for Div 1 games.

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