Woolford: Millwall heading in right direction despite defeat

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MARTYN Woolford is confident Millwall will start to climb the table under new manager Ian Holloway despite Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Reading.

Woolford felt the final score flattered the Royals and insisted the Lions should focus on the positives from the game, which turned on Stephen Bywater's 40th-minute error.

Bywater's fumble allowed Pavel Pogrebnyak to score the opening goal, and Holloway's side never looked like getting back into the game.

With 20 minutes to go, Holloway threw on strikers Jermaine Easter and John Marquis in the hope of scoring an equaliser, but the visitors added two further goals.

"We started really well and were the better team in the first half," Woolford said.

"They managed to get the first goal, which is always an important one, and from then on we were always chasing the game.

"It was tough because Reading are obviously a good organised team and it is hard to chase games against teams like that.

"We've thrown everything at it, we'vve thrown all the strikers on and sometimes when you are chasing it, it opens up a little bit too much and that is what happened on Saturday.

"In the first half we created plenty of chances and if one of them had dropped for us first rather than them, then it would have been a totally different game.

"We have got to take the confidence from the first half performance rather than looking at the scoreline.

"We have got to take the positives out of the game, and I think overall as a team we are going in the right direction.

"We need to keep believing in that, and keep believing results will turn for us eventually."

Woolford admits it will take time for Holloway to make his mark on the squad.

"The longer he has to bed everyone together, the better we are going to be," the winger said.

"On top of that we have got new signings coming in, and he is trying to get everyone singing off the same hymn sheet.

"It bodes well once we are doing that. We have got a really good squad, a good manager and some good staff behind us. Soon the club will only start looking forward."

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47 thoughts on “Woolford: Millwall heading in right direction despite defeat

  • February 3, 2014 at 11:03
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    "everyone singing off the same hymn sheet......"

    but if they cant sing it will still sound SH1T...

    can you tell .....I hate this statement......it means nothing to get people singing from the same sheet.

    They should all know how to play football, it is after all 2nd tier football and if they cant handle the jandle (sorry its a Kiwi saying) then they should go play for Gillingham or Scunthorpe or some other crap team in the lower leagues....

    Im sure they go through training drills all day everyday....so put your life on the line on the pitch week in week out and gets us out of the bottom 5 teams PLEASE

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  • February 3, 2014 at 11:11
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    Woolford was excellent on Saturday, and seems to be adapting to the new style of play really well.

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    • February 3, 2014 at 11:22
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      @glyngo: Agree with you Glyngo. I thought he was our best player.

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      • February 3, 2014 at 12:28
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        @Adsy77777: adsy i agree with you and glyngo woolford did well in my opinion,we played some good football early in the game,untill bywater,s mistake we were the better team,their defence panicked a couple of time,s,also had a good look at william,s,he covered other player,s well,when beaver,s got out of position he just slipped in alongside shittu untill beaver,s recovered his position,also he did not set the game alight but you can see he is going to be an asset,good free kick that brought a save from their goalie.
        shittue was strong again,i would like his headed clearances challanged a bit more by our team,our two full back,s are getting forward really well they just need to work on the final cross,also we need some one big in the box to get on on the end of the crosses,morison runs the channels ok but its in the box we have no one big to cause mayhem by just being there,it mean,s their CB clear easily,i thought the ref had a reasonable game,but i could not understand a foul given against morison when it was clear he was the one that was fouled.
        all in all i was not to dissapointed apart from byawter,s mistake and IH decision to make his substitutions the way he did i think we matched them,so i think 3-0 flattered them.
        So imo woolford,s report was reasonable.
        So IH please work on full backs final cross,
        get some one on the end of them to allow campbell to work off of knock downs.
        got to go now but im happy to answer any one that think,s i am talking rubbish

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        • February 3, 2014 at 19:42
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          @jim1222: Hello Jim. Afraid I have to disagree with you on a couple of points mate. I agree with you that Woolford, Williams and Sittu had decent games. I would also add Morison to that list personally. Fredericks didn't really get going, Malone was at fault for one of the goals but got forward quite well. Beevs looked rusty and played a couple of balls Kolo Toure would have been proud of. Wright is just a waste of space IMO. Apart from the first 20 minutes I didn't think we looked particularly threatening as an attacking team, certainly one at home. And then the substitutions????????
          I'm really pleased with the signing of Upson and Jackson. Hopefully Bailey will be back from fat club in time for Saturday. On paper a central midfield three of Bailey (enforcer), Williams and Upson with Wooly on one side and possibly Jackson on the other sounds pretty good to me.

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  • February 3, 2014 at 11:17
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    give it time ffs! so many people yesterday turning on holloway and the team already! should be ashamed of ya selves really . he's got a f****** tough job to do, let him do it! it's a brand new start AGAIN. and yes it will take time to GEL AGAIN!!! it's tough s*** , deal with it! instead of walking out and acting like that will not help. we got 5 great signings and a great manager ! but it's not gonna happen overnight.

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    • February 3, 2014 at 11:45
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      @">steveomfc5 the reason we hav a moan when we lose is because we lov our club. Wot do u want the fans to do jump for joy.

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      • February 3, 2014 at 12:27
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        @block 28: no ! but i don't expect so called fans to walk out , and start giving our own manager and players constant grief it don't help. it's gonna take until next year to iron out all the problems lomas has caused.

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        • February 3, 2014 at 18:45
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          @steveomfc5: this bunch of players where the same for Jacket last year don't forget it's not all Lomas's fault by any means they are by and large not good enough.

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        • February 4, 2014 at 15:53
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          @steveomfc5: they get a big slap on the back when they play well...if they play cack expect the wrath of the crowd

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    • February 3, 2014 at 12:04
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      @steveomfc5: Maybe some of us are a bit over cynical, but I don't think people are turning on Holloway. I'll always back a new manager and hopefully he'll turn the team around.

      He needs time to do it properly, but the main aim has to be to make sure we stay up this season. Unfortunately, we haven't got long left and I don't think we should pretend 4 points out of 12 has been a great start. I also don't buy the theory that we were always going to lose to Reading. They're a decent side, but they're no Man City - plus we nicked a point at their place a few months ago.

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      • February 3, 2014 at 12:29
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        @Micky Lions: we will be fine this year i reckon we'll end up 13th/14th being realistic . patience is the key! and so many lack it! they think just coz we got holloway now we're gonna go flying up the table over night! he's gotta undo all the bad before the good can happen. And unfortunately that will take some time yet.

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    • February 3, 2014 at 13:39
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      I Thouroughly agree steveomfc. We need to be patient here as Holloway has inherited an absolute load of rubbish, we have been a sinking ship for over a year. Jackett had run out of ideas and Lomas never really had any. Because of this there has been a very negative atmosphere eminating the squad along with a lack of real quality to compete at this level. This is without a doubt the toughst job Ollie has ever taken, so it will take time but he will keep us up although it is going to be an inconsitent season. Anyone expecting anything more than a slim survival is dreaming. We are a million miles from infrastructure of clubs such as Reading, QPR and even some of the clubs near us such as Bolton or Sheff Wed. That is why this will take time, but we have the right man at the helm and i belive that next year we will be a good play-off contender. We just need to be patient and stick behind the manager and remember this league is tougher than it ever has been due to the iflux of cash from the premiership.@steveomfc5:

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      • February 3, 2014 at 14:34
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        @LyndonLion85: very wise words. I couldn't agree more tbh!

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    • February 3, 2014 at 16:25
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      @steveomfc5: I don't think it's a question of everyone turning on him Steve. He made mistakes on Saturday, by his own admission, both in the starting line up and his substitutions. The first half hour apart it was very depressing watching on Saturday. I know he wants us to play more attractive football, so do WE, but in our position we need a few wins, the football we play is almost secondary at the moment. I know reading are in form and high in the table, but so are a lot of the teams we've got to play. I am excited by some of the signings we have made and I will get behind any Millwall team and any Millwall manager. This is a forum for discussion on a club we all love. I respect most people's opinions on here and accept that we all might have differing views. People who make constructive criticisms are entitled to their opinions and to voice their concerns and opinions without being subjected to abuse or questioned about their validity as a supporter (not saying that's what you are doing). In my opinion Ollie's selections and tactics and comments after were to say the least a little bit worrying for some of us. COYL

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  • February 3, 2014 at 11:23
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    This is the same old song that Lomas and the players were signing, yes Reading are an half decent side, but not that good we just made them look it, as regarding your comment about chasing the game, if we did not give the ball away so much then stating the obvious we would not need to chase the game, we may not heve enough time for him to do that.

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  • February 3, 2014 at 11:31
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    Does anyone know if Scotty Mac back in the mix or is it lookin like turnin to s*** ? The more blokes up and running the better, it,l keep em all honest.

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  • February 3, 2014 at 11:35
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    Well I didn't think we made reading look good, I thought we made em look ordinary, and we completely snuffed one of the best strikers in the division out of the game.

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  • February 3, 2014 at 11:37
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    "Damned if you do, Damned if you don't"..... Some "fans" really fu**ed me off on Saturday! Turning on Holloway, turning on our own palyers.... you lads are a disgrace!!

    Moaning about going for it and moaning when we try and keep it to 1-0... what the hell do you want??

    As for the treatment of Bywater, it's absolutely disgusting "West Ham C***".... what a great way to support your team and urge the players on to do better, after he made a mistake he must hate playing at Millwall in front of his own fans!! So what if he is a former spammer.... He is currently our No.1 because Forde is injured so how about getting on his side as he is in our side??

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    • February 3, 2014 at 11:46
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      @Bradders: I agree it is pathetic and disgraceful that some fans keep on with their childish nonsense about West Ham, wish they would grow up. Nevertheless everyone wants Millwall to stay up and do well. We all have different views and ideas. The only problem is the lack of time to get the results to keep us up. All the disruption and change of players has not helped, The first half of the season the team had to try to play the way SL wanted, now it is all change with more new payers coming in and also losing our best and most creative midfield player. It will take time which is a luxury we do not have much of. We could also do with a little bit of luck, because after all Reading were lucky that Bywater fumbled the catch right in front of one of their players.

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      • February 3, 2014 at 11:47
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        @Peckhamlad: Actually I thought Beevers and Shittu looked good together at the back

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        • February 3, 2014 at 11:56
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          @Peckhamlad:

          Beevers looked shakey at the start of the game, but his confidence grew as the game went on. Taking him off was a terrible tactical Error, and fair play to IH for owning up to it.

          Totally agree with the comments above about the chanting at Bywater. Absolutely disgraceful. There was another 60 minutes of the game to get through and what he needed was for us to get behind him and keep the deficit down.

          We can moan about players not putting in a shift, but can you really blame some of them for letting their heads drop when every time they misplace a pass the fans jump down their necks and call them c**ts.

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          • February 3, 2014 at 12:21
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            @tomahawk: Couldn't agree more, the den IS a fortress when... and only when we as fans back our players even when mistakes are made, after all it's almost impossible to not make a mistake, unless you are expecting Lionel Messi to rock up bang in 3 goals.... but even that wouldn't be enough for some fans!

            Don't get me wrong, I can't stand players who don't put in a shift or ones that make a mistake but who am I to have a pop at them?? I certainly can't do any better and like to see any others on here give it a go playing for Millwall and me call you a C*** for 5 minutes non stop just to see how you will handle it!!

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    • February 3, 2014 at 11:48
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      @Bradders: I can't fault your post one bit, I was saying the same thing yesterday and all I got back was "stop defending the players" it was the complete opposite actually, I said IH needs time to put his mark on things and it won't happen over night especially with the mess the team was left in under Lomas and I said it won't do Bywaters confident any good when he is the only choice we have right now slagging the bloke off ain't got make him play any better, he needs confidence that 1 mistake and the fans won't turn on him, right now he is a millwall player not a west ham player and right now he needs everyone to back him !! Some of the people on here don't know their head from their ass hole, others were giving Williams stick because he didn't have the game of his life even tho he's had a few days training with the squad and play 120 minutes of football with us, get a grip and get behind the team back the manager and back the only keeper we have at the moment, I admit some deserve to be slagged off and dropped but IH needs to look at these players for himself with a fresh pair of eyes, if he listened to half you lot half the team wouldn't be playing

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    • February 3, 2014 at 13:50
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      Well put Bradders, some fans are clueless, no one like losing but we are in transition and it's going to take time, slagging off the manager and team already is only putting pressure on them when playing at home.

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    • February 3, 2014 at 18:50
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      @Bradders: cant understand why any one would keep on defending him..he's up there with the likes of pat cuff ..briane horne were'nt to clever..his weakness was his height....most recent cack keeper..Pidgldeley

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  • February 3, 2014 at 11:39
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    I thought Beevers was the best Millwall player last Saturday, then taken off. Still we should start winning now, starting at BURNLEY - Millwall fan will be in the David Fishwick Stand.

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    • February 3, 2014 at 11:59
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      @BUSHWACKER14: Beevers had a good game but his distribution was absolutely shocking.

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  • February 3, 2014 at 11:47
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    @bradders: yeah I agree, then they come on here and say what great supporters they are, joke.

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  • February 3, 2014 at 11:49
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    Think you have been one of our better performers this season, but disagree that we our going in the right direction, we were p*** poor on Saturday.

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  • February 3, 2014 at 12:00
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    The diverse range of emotions by millwall fans is the beautiful brutality of it all, in a strange sort of way it seems to set this club aside from any other and shocks many outsiders to the core. It's a personal opinion but I just think each and every supporter has their millwall thing going on deep inside. It's like a scene from clockwork orange . Don't shut it down too much, we,l become like everyone else.

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  • February 3, 2014 at 12:07
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    When's Fordey back......soon I hope!

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  • February 3, 2014 at 12:54
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    Had a look at the highlights and 9 times out of 10 the referee would have blown up for a foul on Bywater. OK, he shouldn't have dropped it, but we also aren't getting anything from refs (as usual). The chanting at Bywater by some of ours is a disgrace.
    I have no doubt we will survive in this division but it will ba another nail-biter. Next season will be really interesting with Ollie in charge.

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    • February 3, 2014 at 14:57
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      @junkmale:

      I thought this at the time too. Keepers are usually so protected by refs. The Reading player bundled into him and whilst it was definitely soft, usually the keeper would be given the benefit of the doubt.

      If it was Forde, maybe fans would be calling for the ref's head, but because it's Bywater he becomes the scapegoat...

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  • February 3, 2014 at 13:04
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    What was shittu doing for the first goal? Looks like he threw himself on the floor so the reading player could just bury it

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  • February 3, 2014 at 13:08
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    Keep the faith. I was encouraged by the last three matches and don't expect much from Burnley but watch us against Yeovil and believe Charlton are going to be the whipping boys (3 or 4-0). What worries me was the lack of atmosphere around the Den especially Saturday.

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  • February 3, 2014 at 13:14
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    Can't see us turning it around against Burnley next week (could be another stuffing) but the 3 games following that one are key to our survival, so hopefully the new boys will have settled in a bit by then to at least give it a go.
    Need Campbell and /or Jackson to get firing from the off and maybe spark Morrison into life again to offset the weak defence.. need to score at least 2 goals in a game now to avoid defeat imo !
    I only reckon 19pts from the remaining games, which will put us on 45pts.. might just be enough ?

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    • February 3, 2014 at 13:20
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      @24seven: I reckon we will get 23 points, which is a bit too close for comfort

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  • February 3, 2014 at 13:17
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    As usual millwall fans turning on each other. Instead of the team. Classy. And no I wasn't one of the ones swearing at the team. But if people around me do then iam not goin to s*** them off. Iam a big boy now things like that don't bother me

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    • February 3, 2014 at 13:21
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      @block 28: They may not bother you, but they can't help the players. What they need is a bit of support, not abuse.

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  • February 3, 2014 at 13:29
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    There are several issue here:
    1. there will always be some fans who s*** off players because they have low self esteem themselves - no excuse what so ever for the chants against Bywater - perhaps these idiots need to be told - they are only jumping on a bandwagon - soft target

    2. we have seen a pretty much unprecedented run of big home defeats over the last year - can anybody think of a time when we have let in so many goals at home and games have been over with 20 mins to go - some people just get sick of sitting through the oppo singing - it is hard to take on a regular basis

    3. so of course patience is wearing thin and anxiety builds and confidence drains easily - we are better than under Lomas by a mile , but the formula for creating more clear cut chance has to be found - I think this is the biggest hurdles; when we get the rare good chance both the players and crowd are expecting us to miss - there is no relaxation in front of goal and this what needs to be achieved very soon - sometimes the harder you try the harder it gets - the players need to play in an atmosphere that is supportive not hostile

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    • February 3, 2014 at 13:48
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      @timchimes: Win, Lose or Draw as long as our boys are giving it a go... like they are under Holloway then we will be there chanting their names and supporting them!!

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  • February 3, 2014 at 13:36
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    I would also like to add that to the blonde young bloke who sits near the top of east upper block 18 or 19 that shouts C### at the top of his voice at most games continuously for 20 minutes or so, you don't look hard you look stupid and all your little goonies who follow you also look stupid. Grow up

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    • February 3, 2014 at 13:49
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      Some people forget we are only SUPPORTters if we give support/help/praise/urge our team on.... if you are a "supporter" and slagging off one of your own on the pitch why not go and sit with the away fans???

      About as helpful as a chocolate teapot!!

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    • February 3, 2014 at 13:51
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      @millwall-1988: If I saw him I would have said something.... would I then be in the wrong and get my head kicked in by some little t*at and his "hard" mates because their are 10 of them... or would I get praise from everyone else... I wonder??

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      • February 3, 2014 at 13:54
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        @bordersarebest0170: @Bradders: I know that's why I haven't I'm only 26 I don't want him and his mob kicking the crap out of me it would either be another wembley or no one would jump in with me!!

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  • February 3, 2014 at 13:51
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    @block28: might bother the players though, the ones we are supposed to be supporting

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