Chaplow takes the positives after Millwall claim first point

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© Brian Tonks

MIDFIELDER Richard Chaplow felt Millwall's 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday was a big step in the right direction for Steve Lomas' side.

The Lions fought back from 2-1 down to grind out their first point of the Championship season courtesy of Andy Keogh's late penalty at Hillsborough on Saturday.

And whilst Chaplow admits Millwall are still very much a work in progress, he hopes the standard of their performance against the Owls offered a taste of what is still to come.

He said: "I think we showed that if we keep our shape and our focus, we can control games and create chances. We played some decent football so the signs are positive.

"In the second half we changed our shape and got control of the game again – they were worried by that because they changed their formation to combat us.

"I thought we played a lot better, we got on the ball and kept plugging away. We showed a lot of strength in our character to keep going in the last ten minutes.

"We've been creating chances in the last three games so we knew the goals were coming, but unfortunately we have given away two sloppy goals again. We are shooting ourselves in the foot a little bit.

"If we don't cut that out, we're not going to get very far in terms of winning games. We are pleased to have scored two goals, but we let in two bad goals at the other end.

"I was pretty positive that we'd come back. We started the game very well but went through a tough 20 minute spell when they got on top, but that was through our own doing."

Chaplow was at the centre of the major talking point – referee Stuart Attwell's decision, on the advice of his linesman, to award the Lions a penalty after Jeremy Helan's challenge.

"I got in front of the guy and just waited for contact," Chaplow said. "He came steaming into the back of me like I thought he would do. From my point of view, there was definite contact and it was a definite penalty."

Chaplow believes it will take time for Millwall to find their feet but is confident that performances – and results – will only get better after a disappointing start to the campaign.

He said: "The gaffer's brought in six or seven quality players – lads that know the league and have played a lot of games. It's an old cliche but it takes time to gel.

"Sheffield Wednesday haven't won a game yet either – and there are other teams who have a similar record to us. We've got time on our side and there are a lot of games to go.

"The gaffer knew that he needed to get points on the board early doors and unfortunately that hasn't happened for us yet, but we need the fans to give him time.

"He's very calm in the changing room. We haven't seen him snap yet – but I'm sure he's got one in him if we keep losing. He's been very positive so far."

Lions players were put in the usual position of having to wear Wednesday's old away kit for the first half after a mix up, before changing into their orange third strip at the interval.

Chaplow said: "We got told at about 12.30pm that the kit hadn't made its way up but the lads took it in their stride. The kitman was devastated – he's Millwall through and through.

"15 minutes for half time can be too long anyway – there's only so much talking you need to do. Maybe we should have a change of kit every week!"

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

33 thoughts on “Chaplow takes the positives after Millwall claim first point

  • August 26, 2013 at 08:12
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    Some good positive points but lets not get into the habit of making excuses. As you said we have got good, experienced championship players; now start showing it!!!

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  • August 26, 2013 at 09:55
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    "I got in front of the guy and just waited for contact"

    Should've been more concerned with trying to score.

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    • August 26, 2013 at 10:33
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      @benzo: Eh? His experience earned us a point in the end.

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    • August 26, 2013 at 16:47
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      @benzo: Bomber made a career out of drawing fouls out of defenders, its part of a decent strikers armoury.

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  • August 26, 2013 at 09:59
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    Don't know how yet but we've got to get chaplow playing center mid.

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    • August 27, 2013 at 08:46
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      @mfcmike: Your right mfcmike we can all see it but the bloke who makes the calls can't and that's a worry because we cant all be wrong.

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  • August 26, 2013 at 10:37
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    I don't like it when players look for fouls or dive. Never have done, even if it gets us a goal.

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    • August 26, 2013 at 10:51
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      @benzo: It wasn't a dive Benzo, he took a punt on the defender being reckless and it paid off. If the defender buys it then more fool him. I hate diving and cheating but to me this is just clever play from Chaplow against a dumb defender and there seems to be a lot of dumb defenders in football these days! Anyway, as some have already said, they owed us one after the bloke collapsing with exhaustion in our area got them the spot kick and the win at the Den not too long ago which probably just about kept them up last season and almost helped send us down.

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      • August 26, 2013 at 11:02
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        @lion.ie:
        I was just saying; if someone says they waited for contact, it suggests to me that they were looking for the foul and that is basically cheating in my book.

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        • August 26, 2013 at 16:13
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          @benzo:
          If the bloke just stands there he is cheating? That's complete nonsense. He didn't make the other guy clutter into his back - the idiot came up with that idea all on his own. Now when Anton Otulakowski used to wait until he saw the tackle coming in and bung his foot in the way - that was a bit dodgy, But I'm afraid I was all too pleased when he got a potentially important free kick or, better still, penalty.

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      • August 26, 2013 at 11:26
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        @lion.ie: Agree with your comments, I have always thought that overall this is the toughest division bar none to exist in let alone win, and we need to compete tactically and mentally as well as physically, that said the idea of possibly bringing back SM after 4 weeks just seems medically ludicrous!!
        Lomas could begin by playing the guys in the positions they know best, I can't help but think that this would enhance the overall fluidity of the side, even if it only enables the players to identify exactly what it is they should be doing, and where they should be on the park! Common sense??
        Still we have a point and from what I heard yesterday (listened to the game) it sounded far more promising

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      • August 26, 2013 at 13:04
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        @lion.ie: When Sheffield Wednesday beat us 2-1 at The Den didn't Miguel Llera score a free-kick, and Gary Madine scored a volley from a corner in the 90th minute. I'm sure the penalty where the guy collapsed was in the 2-1 defeat to Blackburn.

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        • August 26, 2013 at 13:47
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          @JKiernan7: Think you are right there, another 2 goals conceded from set pieces. You would like to think that they had learned something !

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          • August 26, 2013 at 14:44
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            @Sealion: I know, we're shocking at defending set pieces. Even Wimbledon were winning every header against us from corners, and you'd think by now that Bywater would know to either stay on his line or punch the ball away as he clearly can't catch. I know defending a corner may sound easy but even Manchester City conceded two goals from corners against Cardiff.

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        • August 27, 2013 at 00:36
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          @JKiernan7: Your dead right, apologies. We were still due one though! (-:

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  • August 26, 2013 at 10:56
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    Sounds like we played on the ground, and had most of the possession, point away to stop the rot hopefully, 3 points at Forest will be a good result c'mon you lions

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    • August 26, 2013 at 11:03
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      @mewall62: Forest is a cup match but a good result will do the team's morale and me good!

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  • August 26, 2013 at 11:05
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    Anyone know what happened with Shittu on saturday looking at the videos he was static and looked unhappy which is unlike him normally, was he injured?

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    • August 26, 2013 at 15:05
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      No, he's just grossly overweight. Granted, he can head a ball but his pace and positioning are woeful. Forwards that play one two's in front of him leave him static.
      Robinson's introduction improved us 100% in the second half and I'm sure he is now inked in to start from now on.
      @Peckhamlad:

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      • August 26, 2013 at 18:46
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        @NICKOLA: Lets hope Robbo is first choice again. Shitts did us proud last season but perhaps now it's time for him to stand down.
        Anyone know how Fordey is getting on?

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      • August 26, 2013 at 19:41
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        @NICKOLA: forgive me if I am wrong nik, but weren't you one of the many voices screaming at AA for not giving shittu a new two year deal at the end of last season.

        Now he has that two year deal it would appear that he can't be bothered.

        Just out luck eh?

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        • August 26, 2013 at 21:39
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          It's not that he can't be bothered. He hasn't looked after himself in the close season.

          @bonnie1272:

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          • August 27, 2013 at 09:00
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            @NICKOLA: If thats the case Nick it shows a great lack of professionalism. He knew when the season was starting and it was his duty to make sure he was fit and ready to perform. Imo he should have been dropped and fined until he was back in condition.

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  • August 26, 2013 at 11:27
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    Good to get a point but an own goal and a penalty we are still a long way off from scoring goals from open play,2 more away games will tell us if we are making progress so heres hoping .!!!!

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  • August 26, 2013 at 12:05
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    If you want to play the game and wait to be fouled to win penalties & free kicks then probably best not to declare publicly anywhere that's what you're doing. Besides stand up, be man, play football & more importantly be a Lion.

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    • August 26, 2013 at 18:20
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      @LionsGoForth: Chaps won us the game! Thats why people use the term "win the penalty" Its all part and parcel of the modern game. I hope he wins us a few more this season!

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  • August 26, 2013 at 12:56
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    Nice to hear positive noises from a quality player. If Chaps could get the rest of the team thinking as he does (and playing) we have an even chance of staying up. COYL

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  • August 26, 2013 at 18:07
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    He is Jimmys white twin!

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      • August 28, 2013 at 09:37
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        @Sealion: he may not look like jimmy white,but he came in on cue to win the penalty.I cant understand other posters, calling him a diver or worse still a cheat,after all said and done he was going away from goal and if the sheff defender had stood of him we lose 2- 1.stupid defender in imo.

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