Chaplow happy to play wide role for Millwall this season

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© Brian Tonks

RICHARD Chaplow insists he happy to play as a winger for Millwall this season.

Lions boss Steve Lomas has used Chaplow on both the left and right side of his midfield in the opening month of the campaign.

The 28-year-old was moved into a more central position against Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest, but says he also feels at home on the flanks.

Chaplow said: "I enjoy it out there. A lot of people look at me and see a central midfielder, but when I got promoted to the Premier League with Southampton I played every single game wide-right.

"It's not new to me and is something I thoroughly enjoyed doing at Southampton, albeit in a slightly different role; it wasn't quite as wide as the manager has asked me to play in the last three games.

"I am confortable there. It was slightly more fluid at Southampton because the full-backs were a little bit more attacking and we got promoted that season, so we were obviously a very good team. It was quite easy playing in that team.

"That role for me isn't a new one and I know people wonder what I'm doing out there, but I've played 35 games in a promotion season in that position before."

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12 thoughts on “Chaplow happy to play wide role for Millwall this season

  • August 30, 2013 at 13:49
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    That's all right then. Henry, Woolford, Feeney and Martin can now play centre mid.
    Brilliant.

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  • August 30, 2013 at 13:49
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    This acticle was in the Southwark News yesterday, it must be a slow day at the den then now mid thirty something players looking for a last payday going to sign before the deadline.

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  • August 30, 2013 at 14:12
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    "It was slightly more fluid at Southampton because the full-backs were a little bit more attacking and we got promoted that season, so we were obviously a very good team. It was quite easy playing in that team"
    The hint being that it's not so easy in this not very good side! 🙂

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    • August 30, 2013 at 14:42
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      @mungryy: Thanks for your insight into both Southampton and Millwalls the fluid and non-fulid side of football and the acknowledgement how certian players at this club would be finding it hard to play well. "like we never thought of that one" your did forget to mention that some of them are s*** as well.

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  • August 30, 2013 at 15:01
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    We are lucky to have one of the best central midfielders in the championship, so why play him wide?

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  • August 30, 2013 at 15:06
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    If there is a player in our current team that should be able to comment on how we have been playing without being judged himself its Chaplow..... The boys been a revelation in a team that is suffering at the moment. If he says that he is happy playing out wide then that's fine with with me. However, although i didn't go to the Hillsborough game, i have been reliably informed that he was the stand out player in a central midfield role, so a handy player indeed. IMHO Chaplow is pretty much one of a very few of our players that can hold there head high so far this season, so i don't think we should be knocking him when he mentions he played in a more fluid, successful, promotion winning team. Hopefully some of that experience and know how will rub off on the rest of them. Shock win on the cards this weekend 0-2 to Millwall. Chaplow to score first....COYLs

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    • August 30, 2013 at 23:15
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      I watched RC last season for the few games he played and he was the difference between us being mediocre/poor and superb when he performed, i'm hoping he can show what it takes to be MFC through and though, additions like McDonald & Bailey should only compensate after Wood left us for the promised land but hey ho, 2013 is a new season....

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  • August 30, 2013 at 16:35
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    Chaplow has just solved our problems. Sell the whole Millwall squad and buy the whole Southampton team and there we are - promotion!

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    • August 30, 2013 at 23:21
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      do you think we can get ricky lambert? knew we should have signed him up 4/5 years ago when Bristol Rovers sold him to SFC....

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  • August 31, 2013 at 02:09
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    the very fact this article was published prove people at the club read and take notice of what is wrote on this site,so keep posting sensible critics and perhaps the penny will drop on certain aspects of team selection and tactics.

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  • August 31, 2013 at 05:37
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    I'm glad he's happy being selected for a wide position but unfortunately he isn't especially good at it - which is probably why he usually winds up in the centre anyway.

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  • August 31, 2013 at 11:07
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    For me this shows a top attitude and a sign of a honest pro who is willing to do whatever job the manager asks. This is just what out struggling team needs and hopefully something that will rub off on some of our other players... However it is down to Lomas to recognise his strongest position and to play him in his most effective role for the team, and fact is that is centre mid!!

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