Dunne: Blackburn midfielder deserved red card for tackle

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ALAN Dunne believes he was lucky "not to break something" when Blackburn Rovers midfielder Tom Cairney caught him with a knee-high tackle on Saturday.

Dunne had to be stretchered off during the Lions' 3-2 defeat after being poleaxed by Cairney as the pair challenged for a bouncing ball.

And the right back felt Cairney should have been given his marching orders – even though referee David Webb did not even blow up for a foul.

To add insult to injury, the midfielder, on loan from Hull City, took the corner which led to Rovers' decisive third goal when play resumed.

"The boy should have been sent off," Dunne said. "I was lucky not to break something. He caught me on my standing leg, right on my knee cap and he deserved a red card.

"The referee apologised to David Forde after the game but that means nothing to us now.

"We should have had a penalty as well in the first half when Steve Morison was tripped. It's just the story of our season really.

"Anyone who comes to watch us week in, week out will see that we have not been getting the big decisions on a regular basis.

"I think I will be alright  – it is only an impact injury. I have had one stitch and hopefully the bruising will go down before next weekend."

Dunne's injury compounded a frustrating afternoon for Millwall, who now have the worst defensive record in the Championship having conceded 40 goals in 20 games.

"It is a very disappointing result," Dunne added. "I thought we started well – in fact we felt comfortable until Mark Beevers slipped and they scored a goal out of nothing.

"The second one was very sloppy defending and I didn't see the third. It is individual errors and it is hard to sort those out."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

39 thoughts on “Dunne: Blackburn midfielder deserved red card for tackle

  • December 16, 2013 at 08:49
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    Was at the game, Such a shocking tackle.. If Lowry was sent off for winning the ball then the follow through then why wasn't he? Just no consistency in the game nowadays.. People who may notice me comment on here regularly may know I ain't anti or pro Lomas, just want my Wall to do well. But on Saturday a couple of things Lomas did were weird to me... Or should I say what he didn't do, not taking Feeney off until the 70th minute was the strangest I've seen in a long while. He was clearly having a shocker and kept making mistakes but Lomas kept at it, could understand if we were on top of the game in the second half but we had nothing going forward in the second half.. But hey ho, Middlesborough is such a big game for us next week. I'll be there.. Come rain or shine right?

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  • December 16, 2013 at 10:07
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    Dear Santa,

    I've been a really good boy this year buying a season ticket for my beloved Millwall, going to away games when I can even keeping my temper when we're losing. So, I've put on my Christmas wish-list:
    1 referee who knows the rules and gives fair and honest decisions
    2 linesmen who not only know the rules of the beautiful game but are fit and can keep up with play
    3 substitutes who can come on and turn the game in our favour if need be
    But mostly and above all
    4 defenders who are good enough for this division, who can head the ball, who do not panic when the ball is at their feet and who can defend a set-piece!

    Mummy sends hugs.

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    • December 16, 2013 at 19:07
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      @REAL Supporter:
      HO, HO ,HO.................
      CAN ONLY HELP WITH NO FOUR [ 4/ ]

      DANNY SHITTU WILL RETURN AND STOP ANY MORE GOALS GOING IN.
      [ DAVID FORDE CAN RELAX , AGAIN ]
      ============
      " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
      SANTA - STORMIN' NORMAN

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      • December 17, 2013 at 08:05
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        @bermlion: Oh well Santa, I did think that a decent ref and linesmen were a bit too much to ask for. Still, one consolation though, you've just revealed yourself as a Millwall fan! ;0)

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        • December 17, 2013 at 13:17
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          @REAL Supporter:

          HO, HO, HO !!!!!!
          YES, SANTA LOVES MILLWALL FC...........

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      • December 17, 2013 at 08:06
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        @CBL59: Fanks CBL. Let's hope we all have a merry Christmas!

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  • December 16, 2013 at 10:36
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    S*** refs, we always get s*** refs !!!!!

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    • December 16, 2013 at 10:45
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      @dpendet: We get the same refs as every other team in this division only difference is they all despise us as a club!! No one likes us, we don’t care!!!

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  • December 16, 2013 at 11:54
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    This is wot we get at millwall stop moaning & get on with it

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  • December 16, 2013 at 11:55
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    This is what we get at millwall stop moaning & get on with it .

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    • December 16, 2013 at 18:27
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      @block 28: one person liked your spelling mistake. sow duz ey

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  • December 16, 2013 at 12:03
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    Its all very well the FA telling us to come to Wembley to explain the recent 'incidents' at our games but is it not about time the club summon the FA to the Den and start showing some DVD's of what we have to put up with? As long as its done professionally we should stop taking this laying down.

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  • December 16, 2013 at 12:31
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    It's the sporadic wins that are keeping SL in a job at this moment, some of the games we have deserved the win but some (Barnsley) were very fortunate and could easily ended differently. another 3 goals against, this is a critical factor and will ensure that we lose points even when our strikers are scoring 1-2 goals a game. Many people on this iste have seen the lack of quality defenders as an issue for some time now, why does the club seem so blind to it? The only consolation is that SL is clearly trying to get rid of the dead wood, but I fear the changes may not come soon enough for him, and his fixation with buying Midfielders has contributed to the problem.

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  • December 16, 2013 at 12:53
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    Tackle didn't look that bad really.

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  • December 16, 2013 at 13:18
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    Just seen highlights from our game on sat. In terms of there goals, words fail me!
    Shocking defending, truly shocking.
    I suppose the 3rd goal sums it all up where they were allowed to header the ball not once, not twice, but 3 fu#king times (in our box) before scoring.

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    • December 16, 2013 at 13:26
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      @Syd the Lion: Yep, really shocking, three players lost successive headers for the third goal, Robbo, Waghorn and then Abdou I believe. Truly shocking.

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      • December 16, 2013 at 17:43
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        @glyngo: the third header was Hoyte, not abdou

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        • December 16, 2013 at 22:16
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          @bonnie1272: oh right , even worse when it is a defender get out muscled.

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  • December 16, 2013 at 13:19
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    Its on the day! S*** refs or not, the way to win the game is to outplay the opposition. Something we struggle with without a doubt! Quite the ref blaming and start playing better football. Simple!

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    • December 16, 2013 at 13:28
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      @kempo_123: You can play the best football going but if the ref doesnt call the game right you don't stand a chance! Everybody raves about Barcelona's football but they are very well protected by referees!! Having said that I agree we need to play better especially at the back but there is no hiding from the fact we have some very poor officials in the majority of our games this season!!

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      • December 17, 2013 at 18:19
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        Barcelona get favoured by refs? What a joke, you obviously do not watch spanish football. There is a reason they have such a rivalry with Real Madrid because Madrid are Spain's team and therefore get the decisions from the Spanish refs.

        I do, however agree that bad decisions tip games one way or the other in close games. We have always got horrendous officiating and I can't ever see that changing. I go with optimism each week hoping we will get a fair ref never mind get one that is biased for us. No One likes us, we don't care.

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  • December 16, 2013 at 15:52
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    We have almost the worst defensive record in the entire football league.

    That isn't down to referees.

    Reverse the penalty shouts they haven't given us and we might be 3 points better off - might be.

    The problems within this Millwall side are glaringly obvious and the manager has had plenty of time to change it. Time he changed himself

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    • December 16, 2013 at 16:49
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      @Old_Les: Once again Les you have hit the nail on the head, some of the recent results have just papered over the problems, that I must say were there last season, but as you have rightly said the main man is the one who has to take the blame, but the truth does upset some of us.

      There are 2 new managers looking for a club now so maybe JB can supprise as all with a new man at the helm, ha ha just a Christmas wish.

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  • December 16, 2013 at 16:16
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    The way this is going we will be relegated, which means we have no chance of extending Forde and Trotter's contracts and will lose some of the better players we have to other clubs. And this defence would be shafted in League One, never mind the Championship. By Christmas time, goal difference is a usually a reasonable indicator of final position, so we are finished.

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  • December 16, 2013 at 17:11
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    Lomas out ZOLA in lol

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      • December 16, 2013 at 22:18
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        @bonnie1272: totally disagree about Zola, the guy only succeeded last season because he had a squad of top class European talent and still didn't get them promoted. Someone else for me, not Zola

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        • December 17, 2013 at 08:24
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          @thewall: @glyngo: Well said, did not do the job at the spam he should have got them relagated but he even failed at that, a great player but an average manager.
          We need a change but the problem is who is out there that would want to come 1 with the position we are in 2 because of who we are, we are limitied to people who are despeate for a job, or someone who has been connected with the club, which either way dose not bode well for the future.

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  • December 16, 2013 at 17:43
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    GUTTED GUTTED GUTTED. NOT SAID NOTHING OVER THE WEEKEND. WILL PEOPLE NOW GET REAL. START TO ADMIT WE ARE IN THE BROWN STUFF BIG TIME! 20 GAMES IS ENOUGH! THE DEFENCE IS THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE DIVISION. IM SORRY MR LOMAS IF YOU CANT GET THE BOYS TO DEFEND DEAD BALLS. COS THEY WERE DOING IT UNDER KJ. ITS TIME TO GET YOUR COAT! PS ALDO NO SWEARING!

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  • December 16, 2013 at 17:49
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    Oh s***!

    Knowing our luck, SL will be replaced with AVB

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    • December 16, 2013 at 18:41
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      @bonnie1272: I disagree I want cvd( isn't .there enough w****y divs from elsewhere already nicking our s and our kids jobs)

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  • December 16, 2013 at 18:58
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    Lomas says he works on defending in training & can't understand why we r conceding so many goals. Zonal marking don't work go bk to man marking u only hav to look at how many players come from deep unmarked

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    • December 16, 2013 at 19:46
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      @block 28: yeah that zonal rubbish never works man marking every time!!

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    • December 17, 2013 at 07:45
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      @block 28: Zonal marking or man marking, it doesn't matter, if the players aren't doing the job they are asked to it's just NOT marking. Some of the challenges, and I use the term loosely, in and around the box this season have been pathetic from our defenders and some of them can't even seem to jump more than a couple of inches off the ground. That said, the buck stops at the Manager and the coaching staff to sort this out and they've had plenty of time. I keep saying that we'll be OK this year as far as relegation is concerned, but if we lose a couple of key players and our goals dry up our defensive record could still kill us. A new centre half has to be priority No.1 if we are buying in January.

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  • December 16, 2013 at 22:44
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    Bring back Scott barron.

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  • December 16, 2013 at 22:44
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    ..and purse.

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  • December 17, 2013 at 11:18
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    We have to face facts, SL has had very little money to spend compared to other clubs, bringing in loan players is plugging the holes in a leaking ship and not the answer. There are a core of very good players most of them are signed to the club, know the fans and what is expected. A loan player knows he is not going to be with us long and if they are past their prime just doing a job, not very well.
    SL brought in too many players too fast and coupled with his lack of knowledge of Millwall's players has made I believe some bad mistakes. Unless the results change over the crucial Christmas period I think we will be in a relegation battle once more. If it comes to changing the manager then for me it would be someone like Sam Allardyce or a Mick Mcarthy, a person who has had experience at Millwall or similar. I doubt neither would be interested in Millwall, even if they were available, but Alex Rae might. As it is we can only hope that SL has the ability to turn the present lousy form around. (wishful thinking?)

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    • December 17, 2013 at 18:16
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      @Peckhamlad: I agree with almost everything m8, but you have got to be joking when you said Lomas hasn't had enough money. In comparison to some clubs I agree, BUT he has had more available to
      Him than any other manager of our club.

      The fact he has spent it on wages instead of transfer fees is his look out.

      Some managers before him have done far better with an awful lot less!

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