Millwall keeper Bywater receives Forde backing after error

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DAVID Forde is backing Millwall stand-in goalkeeper Stephen Bywater to bounce back after his costly error against Reading last weekend.

With Forde nursing a quad injury on the sidelines, Bywater has started between the sticks in the Lions' last two matches, and is set to face Burnley tomorrow.

Bywater allowed striker Pavel Pogrebnyak to score into an empty net after fumbling a high ball in the 3-0 defeat by the Royals at The Den.



"We've all been there," Forde said. "Goalkeepers are only human. Nobody goes out there to make a mistake intentionally, these things happen.

"That won't be the last mistake Stephen ever makes, and I will make mistakes as well. The way you respond is important, and I thought he did that well after the first goal.

"Stephen is a strong character, he's been in the game a long time and he is very experienced. He will bounce back from that, I'm sure."



Forde returned to training this week but will sit out the trip to Turf Moor.

"If you come back too early from a quad muscle injury, it can cause more damage," he said.

"As a goalkeeper, you are kicking the ball with such power over such long distances, so it's one of those that you have got to get right.

"Sometimes you have to sacrifice a game with the bigger picture in mind. For the sake of one game, you could end up missing six or seven weeks."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

43 thoughts on “Millwall keeper Bywater receives Forde backing after error

  • February 7, 2014 at 11:43
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    Dave I wish you would stop talking rubbish. Sign up, don't talk. Bywater is pony! And you wouldn't have such tired legs if you passed the ball out to your defence, instead of hoofing it up the pitch and giving it to the opposition time after time.

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  • February 7, 2014 at 11:47
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    I heard that Bywater missed the coach last week.
    Apparently, it went between his legs.

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  • February 7, 2014 at 11:47
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    The more i look at the replay of his mistake ,the more i think he was actually fouled no matter how slight.
    If we were playing at Reading and let,s say morison went in on their goalie in the same way i bet a pound to a penny the ref would have given a foul against us,to be honest i did think,at the time it a bit of a push on the keeper when he had both feet off the ground.
    As forde say,s bywater did really well after that incident,he made a good reflex save,but it was a bit unfortunate that the ball went straight to one of their player,s to score,he had no chance with the 3rd goal as i thought shittue was unlucky,he got a good block in only to see the ball loop up into the path of their player,in fact i think all three of their goal,s were results of lucky incident,s.
    So let,s wish bywater and the rest of the team a bit more luck,and to the 100% fan,s that make to burnley give them a cheer all the way for me i just know you will be shouting your head,s off anyway.
    So to micky and the guy,s i sit with at the den have a good day,i envy you lot as i just cannot do away game,s,but i will be there in spirit.
    I will have a gut wrenching afternoon glued to the radio,so good luck boy,s and remember the crunch for keeping clear of relagation is really on now,so to all fan,s i ask 100% support of the player,s no matter what happen,s.

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    • February 7, 2014 at 12:03
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      @jim1222: I agree. When I saw teh TV clip I thought it was a fout. 9 times out of 10 a ref would blow up for that kind of contact on a keeper, but this is Millwall and we get nothing from refs these days.

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    • February 7, 2014 at 13:19
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      @jim1222: I reckon all millwall goalkeepers should hav the attitude that if the ball comes in to their area and it's high then " get the f*** out of my way" , not doin anything illegal but absolutely committing their eyes and body to that ball and contest! Make those forwards aware that if ya gunna f*** with a millwall keeper then there's risk attached. And for that matter, don't f*** with anyone from millwall !!!

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  • February 7, 2014 at 11:50
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    O.k. my bad! COYL!

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  • February 7, 2014 at 11:51
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    Ford says. " that won't be the last mistake bywater will make"' yeah that's the problem, we all know that won't, there's plenty more where that came from.

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  • February 7, 2014 at 11:55
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    Bywater has at least one big mistake in him every game, juggling on the goal line against SW then handing Reading a gift, shame was after the gift his handling was excellent. He has to reduce the serious errors every game to be a decent keeper, currently he is a liability.

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    • February 7, 2014 at 12:04
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      @glyngo: totally agree mate, up until that howler the game could of gone either way, so he Defiinetly cost us at least a point.
      Has a mistake in him every game and is not up to championship standard.
      Instead up backing him Forde put pen to paper and sign up and be part of the IH revolution !!!! COYL

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  • February 7, 2014 at 12:00
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    RIGHT ! ALL YOU GOTTA DO, MR BYWATER IS KEEP A CLEAN SHEET , WE THE MILLWALL SUPPORTERS WILL BE RIGHT BEHIND YOU, DON'T TAKE ANY CHANCES, IF YOU DON'T FEEL YOU CAN CATCH THE BALL, THEN JUST DO WHAT OTHER KEEPERS DO, PUNCH IT !!
    [ OR PUNCH ANYBODY WHO TRYS TO BEAT YOU TO IT................DON'T LET THE OFFICIALS SEE !! ]
    " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
    STORMIN' NORMAN................................PLAYED GOAL - KEEPER IN THE SCHOOL TEAM, TWICE !!!!

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  • February 7, 2014 at 12:03
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    Theres no point moaning out bywater or even giving him.stick his s*** his west ham but his only playing because fords injured so no point jumping al all over him

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    • February 7, 2014 at 12:06
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      @Borough wall: He's only playing cos he's one of the long line of duff players we've signed in recent years.

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  • February 7, 2014 at 12:13
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    Is Andy Marshall still with us?

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  • February 7, 2014 at 12:26
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    don't know why people on this f****** site feel the need to write in CAPS!!! it's like ya desperate for attention ? and also wtf is forde even talking about this ? i was all up for giving him a chance, not even bothered about the whole vermin thing! forde is ex-vermin as well ! it's just he costs us the game every time he plays that's the problem he hasn't bounced back from the last god knows how many mistakes he's made so why is this one any different ? we need a young quality keeper asap or we're bang in s*** trust me! you can't go anywhere without a really solid keeper, forde is being funny bout his contract and bywater is a liability ! needs sorting.

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    • February 7, 2014 at 13:42
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      @steveomfc5: I skip past posts that are written in Caps

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      • February 7, 2014 at 13:54
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        @Steve: same here mate! lool no need for it, IT'S LIKE LOOK AT MY OPINION LOOOOK IM IMPORTANT NOTICE ME!!! hahahahahhaa

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        • February 7, 2014 at 15:09
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          @steveomfc5: CAN'T UNDERSTAND THESE ARM- CHAIR SUPPORTERS COMPLING ABOUT CAPS. Get to the Matches and support the Millwall Team, like the rest of us, Instead of useless complaining on here. And also back - up your Fellow Millwall Fans. This Site is for Millwall FC lovers, don't like it - I'm Polite!

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          • February 7, 2014 at 19:05
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            @BUSHWACKER14: i was under the impression you knew me for a minute there? but you don't ! so what put the whole armchair b******* in ya head i don't know! if i want to voice an opinion i don't f****** shout at people on the street which is what the caps represents online. if ya got an opinion say it don't shout it. quite simple really. and the fact you've replied means you're one of them people lol and i know what site we're on thanks i read it before i wrote anything .

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          • February 7, 2014 at 21:09
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            @BUSHWACKER14: THANK GOODNESS I DONT KNOW YOU MY FRIEND! WE ARE MILLWALL ALL THE WAY WHERE WE ARE. SO DONT WORRY ABOUT ON - LINE RULES. MY ADVISE IF YOU WANT IT IS STAY SAFE ON LINE. THAT APPEARS THE BEST PLACE FOR YOU. NOBODY FORCES YOU TO READ MY POST. AND I READ YOU DID NOT READ MINE, ANYWAY. NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE. THE STORM...........GIVES A UNDER - AGE POST.

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          • February 10, 2014 at 13:22
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            @BUSHWACKER14: What Armchair supporters?? - I am a season ticket holder thank you very much.

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        • February 7, 2014 at 15:10
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          COMPLAINING.........sorry spelling mistake.

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  • February 7, 2014 at 12:38
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    I thought bywater was at fault for the second as well should have come for the header

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  • February 7, 2014 at 12:56
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    Do we really give a f*** if Bywater has Forde's backing? "Oh, thanks Fordey, that make everything ok then now you've said that. Thanks" FFS, I know GKeepers stick together but Bywater is a liability and he aint going to get any better. Stop talking s***.

    My son is a young, up and coming keeper and plays for another pro clubs academy (Not mentioning any names) So i know the pressures on keepers and i can sympathize with them. However, me and the boy turn up early to Millwall games to especially watch Forde & Bywater warm up and he is constantly spilling, dropping balls all the time, Pearson must know he ain't up to it. If Ollie does go into this loan market a Keeper if definitely a position to address.

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    • February 7, 2014 at 13:06
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      @Windy: not mentioning any names? I hope it's not a certain east end club Windy 😉

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      • February 7, 2014 at 13:18
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        @MFC Lion: Na, f*** off! Not that bad, Jeez.

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        • February 7, 2014 at 15:00
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          @Windy: ok so that Orient ruled out.

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  • February 7, 2014 at 13:12
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    I cant for the life of me why people keep jumping to the defence of this useless west ham s***..if he was worth getting behind i would....as for the 1st goal he NEVER had control of the ball that is why it wasn't deemed a foul...everytime he goes near the ball bloke makes me bk*ody nervous

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  • February 7, 2014 at 14:06
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    Bywater is goin to hav a blinder tomorrow. Just to rephrase bywater is blind.

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  • February 7, 2014 at 14:07
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    A@ JIM28: which of our keepers are you talking about mate, cos they are both ex west ham,remember.

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    • February 7, 2014 at 16:43
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      @bordersarebest0170: only -1 played in there first team we put 4 passed the w*nker could & should of been 6...then wn beat em at upton park..no wonder bywater came here..he probably thought it couldn,t get any worse...whu snappee up forde when he was younp didn't get a game so flew back to ireland

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  • February 7, 2014 at 14:53
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    If you're going to choose which MFC player you are going to loudly s***-off as soon as they walk onto the pitch, then you are sitting at the wrong end !

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  • February 7, 2014 at 15:16
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    Cor ! We do get some on here, dont we ? Think they need to go back to the KIND MILLWALL SUPPORTER CLASS!

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  • February 7, 2014 at 15:19
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    He should have punched the effin thing - along with the Reading forward's head!

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  • February 7, 2014 at 15:25
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    No good crying over spilt milk it has happened, forget it and move on. Give Bywater encouragement against Burnley. Forde ought to either sign or let the manager know his intentions.

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  • February 7, 2014 at 15:30
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    Written tomorrow off to be honest, get everyone fit and up for the next few games agsinst the dross of the league, we'll know our fate soon enough

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  • February 7, 2014 at 17:07
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    ........For 'Bushwacker' read... Bishopbasher !

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    • February 7, 2014 at 18:02
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      @frank: frank, somebody needs to BASH - EM , Everybody knows Norm is Millwall through & through, and he always supports the Millwall Fans, ( shame we have some behaving like JUDAS ) .

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  • February 7, 2014 at 17:19
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    @jim28= ford was at west ham for two years though.

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  • February 7, 2014 at 21:25
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    I do not remember a new Millwall goalie or stand in goalie not slagged off for mistakes or for not being up to the job. Most of them went on to being better and accepted number 1s after time. The slagging off is often way too much especially when Forde may not be with us much longer.

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  • February 8, 2014 at 10:29
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    Having bywater is great for Force in terms for new contract. Of course he will back him as knows he always makes mistakes usually costly. GK needed soon Ollie.

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  • February 8, 2014 at 11:23
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    To be honest, Fordes comments don't mean that much. I may be in a minority of one but I have never had full confidence in Forde himself. Yes he is a shouty aggressive type but he makes plenty of blunders too. I don't think he would make my top three of lions keepers.

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