Report: Millwall 1-3 Leicester City

LEICESTER City maintained top spot in the Championship with a 3-1 win over managerless Millwall at The Den on New Year's Day. 

The scoreline somewhat flattered the visitors, who had been camped inside their own half defending a one-goal lead until Jeffrey Schlupp scored the killer third goal.

The Foxes went ahead early on through Anthony Knockaert's strike and doubled their advantage after the break when top-scorer David Nugent headed in.



Jermaine Easter should have equalised at 2-1 with five minutes to go before Schlupp made the points safe for Nigel Pearson's side in stoppage time.

Millwall were able to name an unchanged starting XI for only the third time this season as Neil Harris and Scott Fitzgerald kept faith with the side that drew at Doncaster.

Despite beating Bolton at the weekend, Leicester made five changes with Marcin Wasilewski, Ignasi Miquel, Dean Hammond, Andy King and Gary Taylor-Fletcher all starting.



Kasper Schmeichel was tested early on when Nicky Bailey caught hold of a powerful half-volley which the goalkeeper parried wide.

But the league leaders went ahead when Lowry was dispossessed 30 yards from goal and Knockaert strode forward before driving a low shot into the far corner.

Schmeichel punched away Richard Chaplow's long-range effort in the eighth minute before Gary Taylor-Fletcher spurned a glorious chance to make it 2-0, firing wide with David Forde on the deck and the goal gaping.

But the Lions soon settled and began to create good chances of their own.

Schmeichel rushed off his line to smother Steve Morison's effort after the striker got goal-side of Marcin Wasilewski.

Morison headed over from Martyn Woolford's cross in the 25th minute before McDonald's clever turn and shot drew another save from Schmeichel.

McDonald went close again soon after when, with minimal back lift, he bent a shot towards the top corner which sailed agonisingly wide.

But having finished the half strongly, Millwall found themselves 2-0 down two minutes after the restart.

Taylor-Fletcher sprung the offside trap and crossed for strike partner Nugent, who headed in from inside the six yard box.

That goal looked to have knocked the stuffing out of the Lions, but Chaplow pulled one back after McDonald's shot was parried in the 67th minute to give them hope.

Substitute Lee Martin was inches away from converting Chaplow's cross moments later as Millwall pushed for an equaliser.

Harris and Fitzgerald introduced Easter from the bench and the striker should have levelled when Morison's flick on put him through on goal, but he chipped wide of the target with Schmeichel in no man's land.

McDonald and Chaplow both sent efforts wide of the target as the fourth official held up the board indicated six minutes of additional time.

But as the Lions poured forward in search of a second goal, they were caught on the break.

After a foul on Martin went unpunished, Knockaert fed sub Schlupp, who finished cooly past Forde to put a gloss on the scoreline.

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45 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 1-3 Leicester City

  • January 1, 2014 at 17:11
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    Hang on to the deadwood because we will need them next season where they will feel more comfortable.

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  • January 1, 2014 at 17:27
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    At least the team fought to the end and created chances, but failed to convert. Wekness is at the back which has to be remedide very soon. Referee seems another prat. Remember we were playing top of the league from a lowly position.

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    • January 1, 2014 at 19:38
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      @Peckhamlad: Yes agree, at least we tried to play football to, the scoreline does not reflect the performance.

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    • January 2, 2014 at 08:36
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      @Peckhamlad: Peckham,
      Yes you are right but I am not usually one for slagging off the ref but yesterday he missed or let go a lot of big decsions, 3 bad tackles anyone of them could/should have been a stright red and the back 5 (Forde) included all started of looking in good shape, but the full backs get caught out of position too often and there distrbution is shocking as well.
      But the team seem to have more about them than they had under SL and at least we were making chances and hitting the target, which is more than we done when we played them at there place, although we lost we seemed to be more of a team and it also had sprrit.

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    • January 2, 2014 at 10:31
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      Not only did we fight 2 end..we took the fight to em from the first whistle..the fact they had to resort to fouling to score two goals ...saying that our finishing was a bit crap..EASTER NOT ONE OF YOUR BEST

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    • January 2, 2014 at 13:25
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      @Peckhamlad:
      ANYBODY WHO THINKS WE PLAYED WELL, AND WERE UNLUCKY,
      MUST HAVE BEEN WATCHING A DIFFERENT GAME FROM WHERE
      WE WERE ON THE B.K. [ UPPER ].............
      THE DEFENCE WERE HORRIED, THAT BECAUSE WE HAVE STARTED
      TO PLAY THE SAME SORT OF TEAM THAT STEVE LOMAS PLAYED, AND
      THE SAME METHOD !!!!!
      WE CANNOT BLAME DANNY SHITTU THIS TIME........
      [ SO ALL YOU, " BRING D.S. DOWN BRIGADE " WILL HAVE TO FIND
      SOMEBODY ELSE TO BLAME, NOW !!!! ]
      FOR ME..................I GIVE 100% SUPPORT TO ANYBODY WHO PUTS
      ON A MILLWALL SHIRT [ AND TRIES.... ]
      BE IT DANNY SHITTU OR " OLE FATHER THYME " ................
      NOW LET'S ALL GO DOWN TO ROOTS HALL [ SOUTHEND UTD ],
      AND GIVE OUR USUAL MILLWALL ROAR OF NOISY SUPPORT.......
      ON SATURDAY AND MAYBE, JUST MAYBE AGAIN, [ WITH SOME GOOD
      LUCKY DRAWS FROM THE HAT ] WE CAN REACH WEMBLEY YET AGAIN!!!!!

      " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
      STORMIN' NORMAN ..............BITING BACK !!!!

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  • January 1, 2014 at 17:30
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    New boy in fast. One point in it. Whole new back four required.

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  • January 1, 2014 at 17:31
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    Hope the youngsters get played in the f.a cup see what they can do.. need a chance to prove themselves and the cup isnt a priority

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  • January 1, 2014 at 17:32
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    some it up roll over lay down

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  • January 1, 2014 at 17:42
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    we just don't have anyone who can ping a ball into the net from half a chance or not really a chance at all, 1 scrambled goal in the last 4 games is all we'v managed, and as usual 3 more conceeded. i really fear for us at southend on saturday, just have no confidence in this lot to either score a goal or keep em out at the other end , massive clearout required here, awful group of letdowns

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  • January 1, 2014 at 17:45
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    Another hard luck story, picked off by an experienced team with a sturdy defence who know how to get results on off days. Genuinely thought we were better than them in the first half and were really banging on the door at 2-1, but didn't have that lucky break or flash of magic, crossing poor at vital moments and people snatching at chances. Quite right to have shots with wind like that at your back but you won't be able to keep them down from 30 yards out. Abdou and Bailey did their jobs but Trotter's passing might have made the difference. Well done McDonald for managing to get a few moves started with 3 giants sitting on him. The new manager will have to do something about the defence, as we already knew.

    And send that referee back to the school pitches, Leicester made a mockery of him the whole game.

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  • January 1, 2014 at 17:50
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    I have got this horrible feeling that Dave Jones is being lined up to take over.

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    • January 1, 2014 at 17:53
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      @NICKOLA: Does that mean we will end up Davey Jones' locker?

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      • January 1, 2014 at 18:00
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        @Sealion: should be in Davey Jones' locker!

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    • January 1, 2014 at 17:55
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      @NICKOLA: I hope that is just a rumour.

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      • January 1, 2014 at 18:10
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        @glyngo: he is the bookies favourite. I don't think this will be a good move IMO.

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      • January 2, 2014 at 10:49
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        I'VE HEARD A RUMOUR IT'S NOT

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    • January 1, 2014 at 18:08
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      @NICKOLA: nah we can't have a nonse at the helm!!

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    • January 1, 2014 at 20:18
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      @NICKOLA: He would be a terrible appointment. Not for Millwall in a million years.

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  • January 1, 2014 at 18:06
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    What's the point in having a great prospect like Pavey and not using him? Seriously, at this point what have we got to lose. Our so called strikers are firing blanks, so to hell with all their experience of not banging them in, lets get in a player who knows what it's like to hit the back of the net repeatedly. There are plenty of other young one's at Millwall who could show our first team what it means to play in the shirt with pride, Fred to name one. Happy New Year to you all! COYL!

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  • January 1, 2014 at 18:06
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    wouldn't that be just what we need, dave jones the man who took sheffield wednesday to the foot of the championship in front of much bigger crowds than we could ever get, how would the board explain that appointment.

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  • January 1, 2014 at 18:06
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    Did anyone notice any new faces in the directors box?

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  • January 1, 2014 at 18:33
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    I cant see the board paying for a top dollar manager. Always seem to go for the cheap option. Will probably be an "Has Been". Consigned to league one football still with four tea bags in defence.

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  • January 1, 2014 at 18:33
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    You cant make a silk purse out of a sows ear

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  • January 1, 2014 at 18:40
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    I have just got in after another inept display by millwall. The players look uncomfortable on the ball, and three of the back four were woeful, make your own minds up who they were. Jimmy Abdou for all his effort creates nothing, Woolford is way out of his depth, Morison, was he playing?, McDonald tried hard, as did Bailey, but the rest, I just don't know how they look each other in the face in the changing room. If I was on the lower stands I would have given Dunne a piece of my mind, body language said it all, a loser and end of his time. Very disillusioned, not sure where we go from here, apart from League 1

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  • January 1, 2014 at 18:46
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    Just read Bombers comments on the MFC website. Oh dear, we need someone ASAP as he must have seen a different game to me and the other 10k inside the ground.

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  • January 1, 2014 at 18:59
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    I think we was on the back end of clinical finishing and some diabolical refereeing and linesman's decisions. (hence the fan taking the flag off the linesman and throwing it 2nd half)
    We showed more commitment than that of late.
    The conditions were conducive to long shots , we tried a few of them.
    Believe me , I've seen a lot worse this season by a mile.

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    • January 1, 2014 at 19:24
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      @Block 8: I agree block.

      For all of our lack of confidence, we tried. Which in itself is a plus point.

      Having said that, woolford doesn't help our team in a defensive role whatsoever and would benefit from a rest IMO. The rest of the midfield tried hard.

      Macdonald tried to link up with Morison who again suffered from a lack of service.

      Overall though it was better than many games we have played lately.

      It's a shame Lomas wasn't in charge because for once his criticism of the referee would have been justified. Lol.
      If it wasn't for his inconsistencies, their first and third goals would never have been as IMO they both looked like fouls in the lead up.

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      • January 1, 2014 at 19:29
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        @bonnie1272:
        I think we've got enough about us to stay up. We just need a bit of luck and a game plan that works. Easier said than done I know , but I think we're capable of improving .

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  • January 1, 2014 at 19:23
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    just got back , shocking ref and lino today , the positive would be at least we went for it , martin shouldnt have lost the ball for the third goal , chaplow looked positive today , easter should of put that chance away , the new man has a massive job on his hands , the club seems to be left in a bad mess by lomas , i dont think u ask no more from harris and fitz today , they tried there best with the players they have , confidence is shot to pieces at the moment.

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  • January 1, 2014 at 19:30
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    Much better performance from where I was sitting, we looked a lot more comfortable on the ball than we have done. Leicester done a job on us, took their chances, laid on the grass when they needed to.

    Certainly more togetherness than anytime under Lomas. We certainly didn't look as bad as we have done.

    Looking to the future was very worried to see bircham in the exec lounge and certainly don't want Jones. Neither right for the club.

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    • January 1, 2014 at 19:41
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      @dragonflymfc:
      I agree Bircham's a young man keen to cut his teeth somewhere. I hope he don't get the job and does his apprenticeship in the very lower leagues like all managers should.
      We need an experienced pro that the players can immediately trust in his methods cos they know his track record suggest his methods work !

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  • January 1, 2014 at 19:33
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    Just to add, the ref was useless, the tackle on Abdou was a certain red, horror tackle from behind. If that was a wall player away from home he would have walked no question. 1st and 3rd goals were decisions that should have gone to the home team, not at the den.

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  • January 1, 2014 at 19:39
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    Does there come a point when you accept this is a relegation season, or do you keep on fighting at any cost? Any cost?

    The latter is the romantic option and I do no wish for the worst. But if it means a repetition of several managers over the next couple of seasons all looking for short-term fixes (loans) and thus keeping us down in the 3rd tier for 5 or 6 years, with good managers too cautious to come to us, then I would prefer exposing the younger players to 2nd tier football now to build at the foundation to make the most of our current position.

    But, like politics, learn-term vision doesn't win votes.

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  • January 1, 2014 at 19:44
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    No disrepect to NH and SF but the quicker we get a new Manager in the better, he needs to be given a chance to get some decent players in before we hit rock bottom. As I've said before we urgently need two centre halfs, the four that we have got are far below the standard required for this division and someone in centre midfield player that looks comfortable on the ball and can control the play and provide some quality to our strikers. Oh and if there's any money left, a right back, two wingers and maybe then we might look like we are going to win a game.
    Agree with the ref and lino having a mare today, but our players did go down too easily for the 1st and 3rd goals, both needed to show a bit of strength rather than looking for a free kick.

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  • January 1, 2014 at 19:51
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    Positive for me to be fair we tried to play football from the back, the scoreline does not reflect the performance neither. We had a go against the top team. Unfortunately we need decent defenders who can pass from the back.... I remember Yeovil's back four knocking it about really well switching it across pitch when needed. This should be standard nowadays.

    Leicester looked average today, twice our players was bullied off the ball and our finishing was poor. What we can say is at least they seemed to put in effort, Bailey had a great game too.

    The ref and linesman where absolutely shocking, the moron getting in the linesman's face will do us no favours 🙁

    Major issue with defenders... We need some big strong athletic centre half's who can pass too....

    Morrison had a couple of decent flicks and got the run into the box but final pass was poor, three years ago he would of put that int the net from a tight angle.... He needs to be reminded of how good he can be.... Our team can play they just need an injection of positiveness and assertive orders.

    In my eyes positive all round compared to the woeful performances, if it wasnt for the bullying off the ball individual mistakes then we played good for once but we need to turn these into results.

    COYL

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  • January 1, 2014 at 20:36
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    Not sure what I can take from todays game. 1st goal can be argued it was a foul on lowry, but I'm sure it wasn't, I actually blame woolford for exposing malone which in turn left lowry naturally drifting out left to cover malone. It will take lowry a couple more games to get used to cb again. The 3rd goal I would blame chaplow, he had a good chance to get the ball down and at least get a corner but he again failed to do anything when all he had to do was get the ball in the box. His indecision led to martin picking up the ball and although I felt he looked for the foul he was pushed but he could have done more as the ref was never going to give us a free kick. The officials where at best shocking. I cant pick a MOTM cause no one deserved it maybe Jimmy who took a beating at times today.
    Shame the bloke had to snatch the lino's flag as it left his young girl in floods of tears.
    a lot better than it has been but still nowhere near good enough. Relegation is about what we deserve tbh and the board have to now do the right thing by bringing in a decent name if we're to try and stay up.
    leicester are the best team I've seen this season by far and I've seen em twice today they weren't at their best but theyre intelegent it how they approach the game. They know how to grind a result know how to mix it up and more than know how to play the ref. 4 or 5 chances they had a burried 3 of em.
    thought baileys passing was shocking. Beevers far too slow, dunne as millwall as he is cant go 90 mins without a yellow and he was not that good. Lowry not yhat bad just needs to get direction on his heading.
    chaplow is a CM and that showed loads today as he cant cross for s***, woolford has been very good this season but has no desire to defend, Jimmy was his usual, malone not too bad but needs to learn his defensive positioning, mcdonald was good but not great as was moro, martin ok but too weak, easter should hang his head in shame, terrible finish.
    I hope the kids and reserves get a run out at southend as we really dont need a cup run.
    and we need a new experianced man in before Huddersfield game next sat as I cant see our squad of players taking an inexperienced man seriously.
    better but still not good enough wall.

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    • January 2, 2014 at 00:53
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      @lukesmithmfc: Mr Smith, have you ever thought about writing a book? You have far to much time on your hands. Short and sweet is the way forward, bit like myself 🙂

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  • January 1, 2014 at 20:42
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    The ref needs his b***** chopping off after that display. Do the FA send us s*** refs on purpose, The tackle on Abdou was a red and we had a shot that clearly hit there defender and went for a corner and the ref gives a goal kick. Also Forde getting beat again in the same corner is becoming a regular occurrence. We need an experienced manager sharpish.

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  • January 1, 2014 at 23:12
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    when lomas was telling us about crap refs decisions he was getting slaughtered on here, now so many on here are giving it the crap ref treatment. our lot fell over like girls, and the ref wasn't having it was how i saw it. neil harris or not we were poor in inportant areas, no good using the ref stuff just cos its bomber, lomas wasn't allowed to.

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    • January 2, 2014 at 00:15
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      @bordersarebest0170: We deserved nothing today i thought we were poor with no invention and im not blaming the ref for us losing, Are you saying that jimmy fell over from that poor challenge from knockhart? I wasnt sticking up for bomber as you implied im making my points on the game. The ref is getting stick on here because he was s*** and people are pointing this out. ps f*** lomas he's gone get over it.

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  • January 1, 2014 at 23:49
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    We tried hard today , peppered them in first half, soft goals are killing us though. Sh1t refs and that linesman? Pathetic. Coyl

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  • January 2, 2014 at 00:28
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    @eightieswall : i never wanted lomas to start with, was glad to see the back of him, so yeah i'm over him alright, i was just pointing out the double standards i read on here

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  • January 2, 2014 at 17:20
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    I'm a bit surprised by the messages on here that say we played ok. Only chances we really had were from long range, crossing was poor and apart from Easters chance we created very little. I'm fed up with the headless chicken run around with enthusiasm brigade, it's quality we need. It reminds me of when Teddy was young getting bollockings from the crowd because he wasn't crunching tackles all game. Players that know how and when to pass is required PDQ.

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