Millwall captain hopes "vital" backing from fans continues

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PAUL Robinson hopes Millwall fans will continue to get behind the team despite seeing their side win just four of 18 Championship matches this season. 

The Lions picked up a creditable point against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening but are just three points above the relegation zone after the bottom three teams all won.

And Robinson says it is crucial, now more than ever, that Millwall receive their supporters' full backing – especially at The Den, where results have improved of late.



"They have just got to stick with us and get behind the team that is on the pitch over the course of 90 minutes," he said.

"Our home form has been very good and the atmosphere that has been created in matches against the top sides has been excellent and driven us on at times.

"Their support is vital and something that we as players thrive on. It's massively important that they are with us moving forwards."



Robinson felt Millwall responded well to their weekend defeat at Leicester against Forest.

"There had to be a reaction because the Leicester performance was not good enough – it was unacceptable," he said. "We wanted to get back to the levels that we've shown over recent months at home.

"The lads put in a lot of hard work and a tough shift against a big side in this division who have spent a lot of money. We'll take the point, move on and look forward to Wigan now.

"It was always going to be a tough game against Forest but I thought the lads put a real determined effort in."

And the Lions captain believes similar performances will help to improve team spirit.

"Building togetherness comes with results and perhaps we have not had enough of that – we've been quite inconsistent – but we will get there with a lot of hard work," he said.

"We've got a new manager and quite a few new players as well, so there was always going to be a period of transition while we find a winning formula and the right way of playing. It will take time but I believe we will get there.

"It is exciting in the sense that we've got a young, hungry manager and a squad that is one of the strongest I've ever played in during my time here.

"We feel that we should be higher up the table with the players we've got, but it doesn't just happen. It is not about individual names on the teamsheet, it is about performing as a unit week in, week out."

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30 thoughts on “Millwall captain hopes "vital" backing from fans continues

  • December 4, 2013 at 15:09
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    The fans will always support and get behind you, we just want to stop conceding sloppy goals that are stopping us from moving up the table, another two last night to add to the growing number this season......

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  • December 4, 2013 at 15:28
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    Go home Robbo, your time is up!

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    • December 4, 2013 at 20:53
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      @Dazi: Brilliant! Just what he deserves after what he has given us over the years. Players like this are the life blood of our club, always have been, and he deserves more respect regardless of any perception of his current form. One of our modern greats.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 15:32
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    how many more players going to come out and try to defend Lomas, this is coming a f**king joke of a club,

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    • December 4, 2013 at 18:16
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      @harrythelion:

      YES THE MILLWALL SUPPORTERS ARE SECOND TO NOBODY IN SUPPORTING THE MILLWALL TEAM,
      SO ROBBO, STEV LOMAS AND ANYONE ELSE SHOULD ALREADY KNOW THAT !!!!
      WHAT WE WANT AND RIGHTLY DESERVE ARE PLAYERS WHO PUT ON THE MILLWALL SHIRT, TO GIVE
      THEIR ALL ON THE PITCH..........[ A BIT LIKE SOME OF THE PAST PLAYERS, NOT NEEDING TO NAME THEM ] ............. SO " COME ON TEAM " , GIVE IT A GO...........AFTER ALL YOU ARE ALL GETTING PAID
      PRETTY WELL, TOO .
      " NO ONE LIKES US , WE DON'T CARE "

      STORMIN' NORMAN .............SAYS IT AS IT IS!!!!!!!!

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  • December 4, 2013 at 15:40
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    Robbo, lovely bloke and gives his all to the team.Just is not good enough for the Championship.End off.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 15:59
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      @Longfield Lion: unfortunately your right. Slow on the turn now, as well as the, smash it anywhere passing, whether under pressure or not. Been great for us but we really need to move on. Keep him around though.... Invaluable experience needed in that dressing room.

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      • December 4, 2013 at 21:05
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        @les the lion: He was always slow on the turn and he was never blessed with pace. Robbo's strength has always been his reading of the game, strong tackler, strong in the air. However, if you are a centre half playing behind a midfield five or two banks of four you get stuck on the edge of the box or worse inside your own box, with very little time to react to developing play. Maybe he is struggling following a year out but one thing you can guarantee is that he'll be giving it 100% every game and in times of trouble that can be worth more than any technical deficiency. By the end of the season I guarantee that if you look back there'll be very few goals where you can say for sure that that was 100% Robbo's fault.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 17:16
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      @Longfield Lion: yep! His injury was always gonna be the end for him - well the end at the level he was - he looks a shadow of his former self

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  • December 4, 2013 at 16:14
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    Instead of talking S*** to us, how about doing something. All I see on here now is the players talking S***, the manager talking S***. how about doing instead of talking, mugs...

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    • December 5, 2013 at 08:07
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      @Dazi: He is interviewed and these are his comments. If he said 'can't talk, i've got a game on Saturday, what the f*** would be on these pages, then you would have nothing to moan about. And seriously, what do you expect them to say 'the fans can s*** us off as much as they like when we are playing s***, thats what we deserve'....nobody is ever going to so take somke of these comments with a pinch of salt and pay your money or make your choice.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 16:33
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    As Long as the all players put 100% in, the fans will always be behind the team, but the dismal and lazy displays we seen this season is a joke,esp considering like robbo says this is the best squad we have had in a long time, every player should be fighting for his place when there playing,but half the time it looks like they just turn up for jog, PUT IN THE EFFORT AND WE WILL ALWAYS BE THERE!!! COYL

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  • December 4, 2013 at 16:43
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    But what do you expect him to say? Yeah, we are crap, the manager is clueless... Yesterday, the fans were great and it is no coincidence that the team lifted its game exactly when the noise from the stands increased. And it should remain like this, otherwise we are doomed for sure. There is one thing for sure: it is going to be a very, very hard and long season with or without Lomas. And the fans should remain behind the club - here, I agree with Robbo 100%, this is vital.
    2013 has been a terrible year - Millwall completely lost its winning habits (our winning ratio is certainly below 20% - that's a disaster) and we could see that on the pitch : the team clearly lacks confidence, yesterday was another example - the fighting spirit and motivation were there, but the confidence is still missing... Unfortunately, getting the confidence back is far more complicated than simply changing the manager.
    Lomas is surely underperforming and made some wrong decisions (selection and tactics) but we should be careful what we wish: I'm just afraid that a change of the manager might mean switching to self-destruct mode and I prefer to believe that things will click soon.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 20:57
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      @bgwall: I'm not a fan of Lomas but like you I'm erring on the side of caution right now. He's had plenty of time but there is the odd chink of light. It's the bad performances that are so bad that makes me wonder whether he has the nous to sort this out. I think we'll all know for sure by the time we're singing 'Auld Lang Syne'.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 17:06
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    If Robbo reads this site, my response to his comments are as follows:

    It's all very well stating that its "vital" that the crowd stay behind you as players, but you players, and our Manager have to give something in return. I think I can speak for many in saying that we do not feel that all players are putting 100% in, and there are a fair few of us (and I'm not stating a personal opinion here either way) that feel that whilst SL may have the desire to do well, he's not performing in his role as we'd like.

    As supporters, we are spending our hard earned cash and precious free time to support our club, all the while knowing that you guys on the pitch and the management team are earning sigificantly more than we are, and probably get far more free time than we do. We also have to ensure constant performance in our jobs - if we don't, we get the sack, whereas you guys merely get benched at best, or at worst left out of the team - either way it doesn't affect your salaries, nor it seems your job security!

    So please, don't patronise us by telling us how important it is for us to get behind you... Far better for you as club captain to be telling your team to give us something to get behind and reminding them (and yourself) how lucky you are that you get to play football professionally and to wear a Millwall shirt.

    I will continue to attend all home games and as many away's as I can afford, despite not particularly enjoying what I'm seeing at the moment, and on occasions (last Saturday as an example), walking away feeling almost embarrassed by your performances.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 18:08
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      @crossenoughtogrowl: Well said Crossenough, as much as I love the Wall these guys want to live in the real world. Training probably starts about 10.00 (no rush hour stress to worry about) probably not everyday either. Home just after lunchtime, a spot of golf. They want us to back them 100% it works both ways Robbo. As skipper you need to lead from the front and tell those lazy f*****s to get their a*s*s into gear. Try working 40 hrs plus.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 18:29
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      @crossenoughtogrowl:
      Good post summarises how i have felt since Cardiff away this time last year. Enough talking from the team and current manager, do your talking on the pitch.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 18:54
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      @crossenoughtogrowl:
      Your so right mate.
      IF THE PLAYERS,MANAGER,COACHES,CHAIRMAN DO READ THESE POSTS
      IT'S NOT MUCH TO ASK FOR REALLY IS IT ??????
      ITS AMAZAING HOW FLIPPENT THESE PEOPLE CAN BE WHEN YOU EARN S*** LOADS OF MONEY (OUR HARD EARNED MONEY)

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  • December 4, 2013 at 17:15
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    Oh do f*** off Robbo - it's obvious the staff are getting the players to come out and spout this shyte! The sad thing is the players are losing the backing from the fans due to the inadequate coaching and management we have! Results and performances speak for themselves - we don't need Robbos pearls of wisdom unless it's in a match day programme!!

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  • December 4, 2013 at 17:19
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    Three wins out of nine games - not sure I'd describe our home form as very good.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 18:34
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      @Micky Lions: it's a reflection of how poor a team we now are that managing to not lose at home for a while is seen as very good form.

      Lomas and the players can say all they want but we the fans who watch the games know different, we're not f****** idiots. Lot of work to be done and improvement required to earn the fans respect back.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 18:29
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    I'd have Robbo over Shittu any day of the week! Robbo is proper wall and we wouldn't be where we are today without him!

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    • December 4, 2013 at 22:19
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      @MillwallLad123: hurlock is proper wall but I wouldn't pick him. Robbo has been great but he can't continue at this level,It was painful to watch him last night .

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  • December 4, 2013 at 18:49
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    Last nights problem stemed from the assistant manager who watched Forest last on Saturday fail to see what every one knows is that Andy Reid is still avery good player and runs the middle of the park. why was no one put on him to close him down and not give him time to hurt us.

    If you asked anyone there last night they would told you that but our management did not appear to reconise this threat Jimmy would have been ideal as his distribution is far from the best but he will run all night and also get stuck in, but what can you expect from this management ??

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    • December 4, 2013 at 19:42
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      @Barnlion: SPOT ON , its been like this all season , hartford should of known that forest had a very weak defence , made the wrong choices from the bench , didnt get tight to the big num 7 , unmarked for the goal , and yet the biggest bloke out there, maybe gallen was a lot better than we thought , cos the defence dont look right , GOALS AGAINST SAYS IT ALL

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  • December 4, 2013 at 20:52
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    The messsage to the players is:
    Cut the chat about how well the team has done. Let your feet do the talking. Then we'll listen.

    The message to SL is:
    Don't praise average performance. 1 point per home game and getting tanked away is not up to the standard expected of a team that has talent. This is relegation form.

    The message to the FOTB is very similar - this is a results game. KJ knew that. He knew he was judged on that. Don't be another 'excuse giver'.

    The message to JB is: Thank you for everything you do for the club. But please do not let this continue much longer. Millwall is not a club where a manager comes in to learn his trade at this level. When you know you have made an error in your choice - act swiftly.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 22:31
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    I do feel for Robbo and other footballers a bit here, they are asked the questions by journos who have column inches to fill and Blogs to write. They normally just state the obvious and always look for the positives.

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  • December 5, 2013 at 00:46
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    More talk just get on with it on the pitch that's what we the Fans want

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  • December 5, 2013 at 15:06
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    I think personally it's better if we have a big defeat in Saturday and lomas gets the knife and we get a known championship manager that knows the teams and knows the players and all this needs to happen before January if we are to have a chance of staying up

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