Dunne toasts display of Millwall goalkeeper after Wigan win

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

ALAN Dunne hailed the performance of David Forde after the Millwall 'keeper made several fine saves in the 2-1 win over Wigan on Saturday.

Forde was in superb form in front of watching Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, who was at The Den to cast his eye over the 33-year-old.

The Lions stopper did not disappoint – although his stunning stop to keep out Leon Barnett's last-gasp header was missed by his international boss, who had made an early exit.



"I thought it was in – he did really well to get there," Dunne said. "It was a fantastic save and just shows the quality that he's got and the form he is in at the moment.

"Fordey knew O'Neill was going to be here – and if he needs a right back, I'm available too! I heard he was gone by the time Fordey made his big save but I'm sure he'll get a DVD."

Dunne and Forde were involved in a nasty second-half collision which left the goalkeeper requiring treatment – and feeling sorry for himself.



"He's my roommate, my pal and my mucker but he had a go at me," Dunne joked. "If I hadn't knocked into him and they'd scored, it would have been a lot worse.

"I would rather give him a clump, the ball doesn't go in and we can sort it out later. Worst case scenario he's got a bleeding lip.

"He was not happy because he was going back to Ireland for a few pints of Guinness, so he might have to drink through a straw!"

Forde is out-of-contract in the summer and has been strongly linked with a move to Celtic, and Dunne admits it would be a huge blow were he to leave.

"He is a big player for us on and off the pitch, he is a big character in the dressing room and he's a Millwall-type player," Dunne said.

"They are hard to find so to let one go would be disappointing, but I think he can play at the next level. His overall game was great."

The Millwall 'keeper was denied a clean sheet by James McArthur's 84th-minute drive into the far corner, which cut the Lions' lead in half and set up a tense finish.

"We have been known to make it hard for ourselves over the years, but in the end I think 2-1 was a fair result," Dunne said.

"We were disappointed with their goal – it didn't look like he kicked the ball properly – and we had to see it out for ten minutes, but I thought we dug in.

"Wigan have a lot of quality players, they pass the ball really well but we felt comfortable at times. Our back four were excellent and we counter-attacked well."

Strikers Steve Morison and Jermaine Easter scored a goal a piece to down the Latics and Dunne believes the duo have an important part to play for the Lions this season.

"Morison has got a lot of ability, he just needs an arm around his shoulder now and then," Dunne said. "He likes to be the main man up there and, when he is, he can be electric.

"He plays on the shoulder, he is quick, fit and has shown in the last two games the kind of quality he can produce. We need him to be doing that all season – if he does, we'll be alright.

"His head hasn't been down but he hasn't been playing, so it is difficult. He had only been coming on here and there, and Morison is the type of player who wants to start.

"When he feels like the main man and everyone is looking at him, he's unplayable.

"Jermaine is a fantastic player with a fantastic work ethic. He works so hard in training when he's not in the team that he deserves that kind of glory.

"He hasn't played a lot but when he has come on he has always been effective. I think a lot of Jermaine."

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13 thoughts on “Dunne toasts display of Millwall goalkeeper after Wigan win

  • December 9, 2013 at 09:46
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    Superb display from a superb keeper and person. Gives his all for the club, just wish we had a deal already sorted for him! DONT GO FORDEY! :/

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  • December 9, 2013 at 10:05
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    I think his Ireland days are over, but Dunney sounds like a Millwall manager in waiting.

    For all the griping on other posts, I thought we were well worth the win. Wigan kept the ball really well and have some decent players, but we showed a lot of spirit and looked far more threatening.

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    • December 10, 2013 at 21:02
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      @Micky Lions: I am liking that ring alan dunne millwall manager,

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  • December 9, 2013 at 10:26
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    Two world class saves one in each half
    Proper millwall and now one of a long list of top drawer keepers we've had over the yrs.
    Will be extremely hard to replace.
    Fingers crossed he pens a new deal but would not hold a grudge if he goes to celtic as it will be thoroughly deserved.

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    • December 9, 2013 at 21:53
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      @lukesmithmfc: what did you make of Saturday Luke? Ain't seen any of your posts.

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      • December 10, 2013 at 19:40
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        @bonnie1272: ello bonn
        Me phone keeps playing up keeps losing the keyboard, so unfortunately i have to keep me posts short or blow em out.
        Thought it was much better than tuesday but gutted for mcdonald he's gone from 1st to 5th choice in 3 games. I think moro is getting there and i think we'll see a big improvement over the next month or so now he's tried what he wanted and gone back to 442 i think he's starting to realise what the players can and cant do so will learn when to change and mix things around with the formations. I dont think he'll be as one dimentional and once we sort out the things that are causing injuries on the training ground and gets a fully fit squad the quicker we'll move up the table.
        It has been rotten bonn but i'll keep positive as he's going nowhere mate he's here to stay atleast to end of the month so its pointless having a go every week just makes us misserable and it does get boring bonn all the negativity
        There has to be a balance.
        Sorry mate me phone seems to be alright at the mo so not so short this one. Lol

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  • December 9, 2013 at 10:43
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    Forde got a 9 from the Mirror for his performance maybe he ought to go on Strictly Come Dancing next ! Dunne is right about Morison and Easter they will make a great pairing if they start together.

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    • December 11, 2013 at 09:17
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      @Peckhamlad:
      YE, FORDE GETS GOOD MARKS FOR HIS DISPLAY ON MOST WEEKS THAT WE PLAY,
      BUT SORRY TO REPORT FROM WHERE WE WERE SITTING / STANDING.......
      DUNNE WAS PRETTY POOR LIKE THE REST OF THE DEFENCE !!!!
      "NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE"
      TRUTHFUL STORMIN'...............

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  • December 9, 2013 at 10:51
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    As Dunne says Millwall type players are hard to find so I will be sorry to see him go but would wish him all the very best especially if he got his dream move to the club he has supported all his life.

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  • December 9, 2013 at 11:17
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    We'll never replace him if he goes!!

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  • December 9, 2013 at 14:52
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    A far better game on Saturday than Tuesday night, you could almost believe that the team read my last post! Really pleased to see them knuckle down, work hard and dig a result out.

    I must confess the last 10 minutes were nailbiting, but so much better to walk away from the game this weekend feeling like they all put a shift in and we got a deserved win.

    All I ask is that they keep up the work rate and effort they showed at the weekend - if they do that, the 12th man will return and we can go from strength to strength.

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  • December 9, 2013 at 20:26
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    Let's assume David Forde is going, champions league etc. too much to expect him not to.

    So let's get blooding someone at Southend and hopefully meaningless games at the end of the season.

    Nothing personal but looking forward to the Gers sticking a few past him sooner rather than later.

    WE The People!!!

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  • December 11, 2013 at 12:59
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    Another good interview. Lomas is hopefully learning that players like Dunne, although maybe not the most technically gifted players in the world are very important to us. Forde is massive to us as well, maybe the most important player in the squad and it is so important he stays, until the summer at least. I think if he was to go in January it could have a disasterous effect on the team like when we lost Chris Wood last season and this year we dont have enough points in the bag already to ride out the storm.

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