Forde tips Bailey to be a key player for Millwall after debut

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

GOALKEEPER David Forde found solace in the performance of midfield debutant Nicky Bailey after Millwall's opening-day loss to Yeovil Town.

Steve Lomas' side began the 2013-14 season with an unexpected defeat at the hands of the newly-promoted Glovers but Forde remains confident the Lions can have a successful year.

Bailey, who is still working his way towards match fitness following his summer switch from Middlesbrough, immediately impressed after coming off the bench early in the second half.



And Forde believes the 29-year-old will play a starring role for Millwall this season.

Forde said: "I thought Nicky was fantastic – he put his foot on the ball and got us passing. He warmed to the fans by making three or four fantastic tackles and got the ball moving.

"He played some excellent diagonal balls and passes, and once he gets up to scratch fitness-wise he'll make a big difference. He can be a big player for us.



"The squad is certainly in a better position than it was last year with the additions we have made. The manager probably didn't field the side he wanted, but a few of the additions he has brought in weren't fully fit.

"It can be hard when there are new players coming in. A different manager probably means a different style of playing – sometimes these things take time.

"Once we get up and running, we'll be a good side. It [losing] might be a blessing in disguise because it was a kick up the backside. It's still early doors."

Millwall spurned a host of opportunies before Ed Upson's 88th-minute winner crept inside Forde's right-hand post, and the Lions stopper admitted the result "wasn't acceptable."

"There were bodies in front [of me] and I don't think he caught the ball particularly well, so he got very lucky," Forde said. "If you look at the number of chances created in the game, we were the better side.

"We put in more crosses and caused more problems but sometimes the Championship is cruel like that and you do not get your just deserts. We should have scored and we've left ourselves open at the back.

"We're all old enough and professional enough to know what we should have done. It wasn't acceptable to lose like that at home. In the first half we struggled to create any kind of fluid movement.

"Playing a team who have just come up is always difficult – Bournemouth beat Charlton as well – because their adrenaline is still high. It's disappointing but we'll get over it quickly."

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10 thoughts on “Forde tips Bailey to be a key player for Millwall after debut

  • August 5, 2013 at 07:10
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    "Once we get up and running, we'll be a good side. It [losing] might be a blessing in disguise because it was a kick up the backside. It's still early doors."

    Just as I said on Saturday..... Beat Wimbledon, use the game to get new players bedded in an go and stick an unexpected one up Ipswich I say.

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    • August 5, 2013 at 07:24
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      @JonnyBanks: it may take more than a game against the Wombles to get things up and running, as lomas said on the Millwall web " no body put their foot on the ball, and he wants a long and short passing game"( not just lumping it to Morison to make a token challenge)with Bailly in midfield alongside Chaplow we may achieve this but it will take some time.
      Com'n Wall.

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      • August 5, 2013 at 07:50
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        @wandererwall: Agreed it will take a while to get it 100% right, but we don't have to lose every game until that point. Muck in, win ugly until eventually it clicks. And I think it will do.

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  • August 5, 2013 at 07:42
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    "It can be hard when there are new players coming in. A different manager probably means a different style of playing - sometimes these things take time."
    My thoughts exactly...

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    • August 5, 2013 at 09:11
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      @LowerBlock31: I can understand new players, new manager, new system of play all takes time to sort its self out but what has not altered is that when you create chances (11 shots in our case) you put some away it is the basics of football. I can understand if we were not creating any chances that you could blame the above reasons. Even the kids playing over the local park know where the goal is and what it is for. You do not need time to gel if you have the ball at your feet and the goal at your mercy. You could have Man utd's midfield, back 4 and keeper playing for us but if the forwards are incapable of hitting an 8yd target then wtf.
      This is not a criticism of SL but of strikers who can't strike, I know its early days but -------------!

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  • August 5, 2013 at 07:54
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    It looked just like where we were at the end of last season to me!

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  • August 5, 2013 at 08:14
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    Seems like the team and management agree with the fans appraisal of the game. They will need more time to gel and thankfully we have a whole season ahead of us.

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  • August 5, 2013 at 08:27
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    we cant play any worse can we as was pointed out the nigels lost first 3 last year ipswich is winnable bailey and mcd to start tomorrow is martin fit yet id start malone as well

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  • August 5, 2013 at 17:46
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    What your really saying Forde is ive been paid thanks,and it us the fans that have paid you .

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    • August 5, 2013 at 18:32
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      @southstand: ???????? I read it as 'it wasn't god enough' and 'first half the midfield was pony' and 'Bailey is a good player, changed it in the second half and once he is match fit will be a big player for us'. Also that' once everyone was match fit it will be a different team'. Pretty much spot on Fordey and what most of us have been saying in the aftermath of Saturday.

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