Gallen relieved after Millwall survive despite Derby defeat

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© Edmund Boyden

JOE Gallen insisted Millwall's season had been "very successful" despite the fact they were spared relegation by virtue of other results on the final day.

The Lions needed a point against Derby County to be mathematically certain of survival, but Conor Sammon's goal five minutes from time condemned them to defeat at Pride Park

But Peterborough and Barnsley failed to get the wins that would have sent Millwall down to League One, leaving Gallen to reflect on a mixed campaign full of highs and lows.

He said: "We were disappointed to lose but to survive in such a strong division, whilst getting to an FA Cup semi-final, makes this a very successful season, although we might not feel that way.

"I knew what was going on in the other games but Kenny didn't. I didn't tell him the scores because things weren't looking good for us at one stage and we had to concentrate on our own job.

"Thankfully for us, to get over the line, some other teams have helped us out. It has been big game after big game for us recently, with no time to rest. Players were playing through injuries.

"Everybody needs to have a rest. There are only so many games you can motivate yourself for. It's been hard keeping everyone's spirits up when results have been going against us.

"But I think when you look back it's been a good season – it's been very up and down."

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45 thoughts on “Gallen relieved after Millwall survive despite Derby defeat

  • May 4, 2013 at 19:33
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    'There are only so many games you can motivate yourself for.' I hope that 'motivate' was a misplaced word here, otherwise this guy shouldn't be near the first team.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 19:53
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    Oh dear JG your as blinkered as KJ if that's a succefull season god help us if we have a bad one get your coat taxi for two KJ a and JG.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 19:54
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    Millwall's season "very successful". I am lost for words. Relying on other teams to keep us up. I guess a mid-table finish would be regarded as the equivalent of winning the Champions League then.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 20:00
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    Big game after big game when we've consistently failed to deliver. If he thinks it's been a good & successful season he must have his head up his a***. He should try forking out his hard earned cash to sit with us and watch that crap every home game.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 20:32
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    Rewind 10 months, and be told this season your team will be still in this division next year and you will have a potential once-in-a-lifetime FA Cup semi-final appearance for our younger fans, you'd have said "done".

    What this season shows us is we have a great manager who is not able to deepen his squad due to a lack of financial resource; not a lack of tactical or intellectual resource because he is only limited only by the tools at his disposal and is otherwise human. Not able to keep or attract strikers like Wood (we'd be in the play offs with him) because, simply put, there is a lack of resource. What could Jackett do with resource we only hope to find out...

    Resource comes from sponsorship at this level. Thanks in no small part to a bunch of chavs against Wigan, we're set back a number of years again. I hope Jackett is with us long enough to keep us in the top half of this league for some years to come.

    So if you want to look for long-term blame or failure this season, do you blame individual players or tactical decisions, or do you look at those chavs who took years off this club?

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    • May 4, 2013 at 22:22
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      @SE14: Agree with everything you say and fully in the KJ camp, but that doesn't extend to his coaching staff when they make ill thought out statements like those above. The fact that we have negotiated through another season in the Championship is a credit to the club but the way we fell away in 2013 gives us no cause to celebrate 'a successful season' as we were the second worst performing team in the last TWENTY games.

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    • May 4, 2013 at 23:40
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      @SE14: I also agree with everything you've said. Hopefully this will be a watershed for the club. JB and KJ know we are short of where we need to be and I think that the money generated by the cup run will be spent on the team - I don't think we can afford not to - relegation would be a disaster. I still think Kenny is the main to take us forward. Looking forward to an exciting pre-season. COYL

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    • May 5, 2013 at 09:01
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      @SE14: very true and i think we will see our fates affected by those muppets

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    • May 5, 2013 at 11:00
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      @SE14: Agree 100%

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  • May 4, 2013 at 20:34
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    I'm like the others on here, 'is he sure' If that's a good season I don't want a bad one ffs

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  • May 4, 2013 at 20:40
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    Open question to Millwall what are your intention for next season,will there be funds available to strengthen the squad,will KJ see the light or shown the door,does JB really expect larger crowds without any investment into the squad.
    Replys from JB or KJ welcome.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 21:04
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    More down than up I would say... We melted after Christmas and went out with a wimper. Every team in the bottom eight had big game after big game, same as us, it's called The Championship. That ain't gonna change and we need to be able to compete next season. So a successful season? no, we scraped through as one of the worst teams in the league.

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    • May 4, 2013 at 21:44
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      @Swanny: Well said Swanny! Compete is the key word. As i have said before i'd settle for survival most seasons but give it a go ffs!

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  • May 4, 2013 at 21:10
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    WELL WELL , a good season when we had wood , hendo , then kj goes potty in the sales and in comes the old carthorses , nice to reach the semi , but we messed that up , thank god for the summer , i would rather be us then wolves , the coaching staff must learn from this season , kj go find us some unknown gems , and this time buy not loan .

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  • May 4, 2013 at 21:55
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    Your obviously easily pleased Gallen . . You might as well leave with the rest of the dead wood and wages thieves if you think that is the attitude we need to succeed son

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  • May 4, 2013 at 22:08
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    "Very successful season" Beating Preston (thanks to a deflected goal), A poor Aston Villa side, Luton (non-league) and Blackburn (who were in turmoil) has seemingly papered over the fact that we've dropped from 5th to 20th. We've won 4 of last 20 and top scorer is T-63 in the league. Not to mention wasted wages join Hulse, Tyson and Saville. B******* was it a successful season we aren't that dumb Gallen.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 22:39
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    "Very successful" ..... Come on joe!!

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  • May 4, 2013 at 23:14
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    looking back Gallens pre & post match comments have always been very uninspiring, would not surprise me if he is the reason behind this 4-5-1 home formation we have adopted, in KJ we must trust but lets get shot of Gallen, bring in Chopper as KJ's no2, that will inspire fans and players alike and pass on some much needed coaching on how to be a proper Millwall centre forward!!

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    • May 5, 2013 at 10:02
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      I like it! Put some Millwall juice back into the place. I also reckon we should put Trotter in a room with Terry Hurlock for a wee chat.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 23:43
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    Think bringing Bomber back in some capacity would be a master stroke.

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  • May 5, 2013 at 09:26
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    Successful Season really?!?!? More like good start to the season and shocking end to the season!! Lets hope we can get some good signings In the summer! Peterborough and wolves have some good players that would be good additions. Lets hope KJ uses this transfer window better than the last one!!!

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  • May 5, 2013 at 09:34
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    Possible signings: Doyle, sako, o'hara, henry, baldock, elliott back? All just been relegated so should get a decent price but doubt many will be interested or want too high wages..

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    • May 5, 2013 at 10:02
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      I like it! Put some Millwall juice back into the place. I also reckon we should put Trotter in a room with Terry Hurlock for a wee chat.

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    • May 5, 2013 at 10:04
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      If you mean Karl Henry, that's a great shout. We need an enforcer in the engine room, but I reckon McCarthy might fancy him at Ipswich.

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    • May 5, 2013 at 10:12
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      @billyd78: O'Hara is on £40k, Sako cost them £3 million, Doyle's wages are too high, not impressed by baldock/Marvin Elliot + Henry is a liability. I think we should be having a look at Peterborough. McCann, Rowe, Tomlin and Gayle are all decent players + can score.

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      • May 5, 2013 at 12:34
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        Tomlin, yes

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  • May 5, 2013 at 11:03
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    If we're talking attacking midfielders, then Jem Karacan would be my choice. I thought he was excellent during his loan spell with us.

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  • May 5, 2013 at 11:25
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    Some of you need to take a reality check. Take a look at our history and 56 points in the second tier is definitely one of our better finishes.

    Well done KJ and JG another season in the championship secured. Thank you.

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    • May 5, 2013 at 11:48
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      @realistic: I am a realist and think it is a great achievement and have backed KJ consistently on here, but you can't defend these comments, they show no comprehension of the time, effort, money and emotion the ordinary supporter puts in and how the league performances this year have let the supporters down.
      Made for an exciting last day though...lol

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    • May 5, 2013 at 15:06
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      @realistic: 56 points is a good return but it could of been so much better. Could've made better signings when wood went but it is what it is. Kc still the best manager outside of the prem

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  • May 5, 2013 at 12:02
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    We imploded after Christmas. Lost two goalscorers and brought in 3 strikers who failed to produce. Good rest and a bit of a clear out over the summer and we start again in the most exciting competitive league in football.

    I think we need to bring in an attacking coach to help our strikers. Bring Harris back, we need some more of that Millwall fight in the dressing room.

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  • May 5, 2013 at 14:41
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    Need to get rid of the dead wood and bring in some hungry players don't matter how old as long as the desires there

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  • May 5, 2013 at 14:46
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    Don't know about you lot but f*** me if your to stay up then that's the way to do it. Absolute quality in my book, s*** until the very end.
    If any of us say this hasn't been a successful season then we need our heads examining. Since the tern if the yr we have done everything in our power to go down and we failed at it, from performances to signings to attendances to crowd disturbances, collectively the biggest mess at my club I can remember. But somehow we manage to stay up - thank you Peterborough utd - we make an fa cup semi regardless how we got there we got there, we didnt lose a local derby. so please tell me how a s*** little club like ours with not a pot to p*** in who's done what we've done this season has not had a successful one. I'm simply judging it on what I've seen with my own eyes, we're top s*** make no bones about it so staying up is a success on its own. Now it's done we can look properly with clear minds. Bring on next season. This one aint been the best but given we have another shot at it next season then the best we can hope for is staying up again. Hopefully this seasons poor form will curb some people's enthusiasm and lower the expectation levels, we're best when up against it with an expectancy to fail. We all have a job to do next season so as fans lets do ours properly without all the b******* of this season - physically and mentally - we're not doing too bad and our club have come a long way.
    JB now needs to show KJ that he really has faith in him by supporting him on the training ground and by giving him the funds to bridge this 12 or so points gap that they're talking about doing, the reality of that gap is probably about 3-5million money I cannot see JB investing but as long as they're seen to be doing something to address the situation then that'll do me.
    S*** football bad luck fa semi and champship football next season, too right it's been successfull.

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    • May 5, 2013 at 17:49
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      @lukesmithmfc:

      If avoiding relegation by a whisker if your idea of success can you kindly define your idea of a bad season.

      Plummeting from a play off hopeful position to relegation candidates with 4 wins in 20? games isn't my idea of good - especially when home losses come against four of your relegation rivals.

      Fifteen homes wins from the last 46 isn't going to bring in the crowds that the club are constantly whinging on for

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      • May 5, 2013 at 19:28
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        Relegation - which we deserved -
        And getting knocked out of cups first time of asking.
        We are a small club in this division

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        • May 5, 2013 at 20:12
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          @lukesmithmfc: A realist after my own heart.
          We are consistently going to be battling relegation because we are a small club with limited funds fact, like it or not.Have a look at the other teams in the division they are nearly all much bigger clubs with the bigger funds that go with it. The division is fast becoming an overspill from the Premiership with most of the clubs benefitting from the parachute payments they have earned from their brief flirtation with the big boys. Blackpool, Hull,Barnsley, Birmingham, Burnley, Reading, QPR, Bolton, Leeds, Blackburn, Etc, Etc,Etc.
          Peterborough were probably one of the only teams to be in the same boat as us, Ipswich very nearly went under. So you see a top 6 finish is unrealistic for a club the size of ours, as I have have said before we can give the bigger boys a bloody nose on our day but it is a very long season and we cannot sustain it, even if we get a decent 11 we can never afford the strength in depth that many of the other teams have, a couple of injuries and we are knackered.
          I'm sure we all want whats best for the club but if you are looking for a top 6 finish it is never going to happen for this club, the small fry are getting forced out so get used to the constant relegation battles and savour when we survive and if the worse ever happens we then have a promotion battle to enjoy. It will never be dull at the Wall

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    • May 5, 2013 at 19:26
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      @lukesmithmfc: I've got to admit that yesterday was a massive relief - most of us remember what it feels like to drop into the bottom three on the last day of the season. But I wouldn't describe it as a great end to the season.

      Barnsley fans will feel like they've been promoted - just like we did up at Chesterfield in 1983. But there's not too much to celebrate after a second-half to the league season like we've had. The only thing I'm thankful for is that it's all over (though I'm sure I felt that last year too!).

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      • May 5, 2013 at 22:14
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        This season was different than last season simply because this division gets harder every time three teams get relegated into it from prem as the money they're bringing down makes almost impossible for us to contend with. It will be a massive division next season and anyone of the 18 teams who miss out on promotion but avoid relegation will be successfull.
        The s*** players that have come in and all the injuries and suspensions we've had staying up IMO is a success not in the context of jg or KJ but simply cause we were that bad. I'm only in this opinion now it's done and dusted. Yes it may contradict previous posts of mine but the season is now done so we can all be sensible and level headed. I believe we are a bottom end championship club and if we stay in it for the next five or so yrs then we may end up finishing one of em in the play offs. Guys I, like you believe it's been one of the most frustrating seasons I can remember, but championship survival and an fa cup semi for a club who has always yoyo'd from divisions two and three and has always had an average of between 8-10k through the door is a success, a s*** one but staying up was always the target and we done it in only the way millwall know how. We're going on like we should be in the playoffs and should be signing every Tom d*** and Harry out there, since when ? Cause I've never known us to be that club.
        I'm glad it's over to be honest, I've never known a season like it - maybe the season we dropped out of the top flight - and I have a strong feeling next season will run this one close as the gap from top to bottom will become closer and closer. I don't believe it was an overwhelming success as fallen has said but my views are solely based on staying up and the fa cup semi considering how s*** we were.

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        • May 5, 2013 at 22:36
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          Haha poxy iPhone
          Fallen should have read gallen

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  • May 5, 2013 at 19:40
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    What a end of season. Four wins from the playoffs and two points from the drop. We got through it and i am extremly proud of the Lions. FA cup semi final only spoilt by the few p***** that want to bring the name of Millwall back down again. JG has a point when he says it was a "very successful season" But shot himself in the B*llox by saying "There are only so many games you can motivate yourself for". I take pride in the fact that nearly every manager in the league has said The Den is a hard place to come to because of the supporters. We are doing our part in motivating the team but obviosly JG doesnt know how to anymore. So see ya JG you are the weakest link GOODBYE !!!!!

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  • May 5, 2013 at 21:33
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    Hey Luke

    When's the book coming out?

    Or are u just releasing chapters one at a time

    Lol

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    • May 5, 2013 at 22:19
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      Haha,
      Would you buy it if I did bring it out ?

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  • May 6, 2013 at 04:47
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    I suspect that Joe Gallen is regretting some of his choice of words, to be honest I think our performances have been battling with little class to show so motivation seems ok (obvious exception being Dany N'Guessen). I DO think fatigue is a genuine factor though, maybe that is what he meant?

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    • May 6, 2013 at 09:51
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      @glyngo: Yes I make you right there Glygo the fatigue both physical and mental of having to play twice a week in what amounts to be the equivalent of cup ties with the loser possibly facing relegation, having to play with injuries and the fact that losing becomes a habit its a mental thing, confidence goes thats what I think JG meant by the motivation statement.
      I remember well the season we got relegated from the old 1st Div, we had the usual bits of bad luck where I think it was Arsenal down the Den where we played them off the park and then they nick a goal against the run of play, that scenario happened a couple more times and the we find ourselves in a slump which we can't pull out of. We waste 800k on Goddard and the rest is history.
      Its what we do!

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