"Ryan isn't a cheat," blasts Millwall boss after diving claim

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IAN Holloway leapt to the defence of Ryan Fredericks after the Tottenham right back was booked for diving.

Fredericks went to ground after being knocked off balance inside the area during the 86th minute of Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Yeovil Town at Huish Park.

Referee Andy Woolmer deemed that the Spurs loanee had tried to con him into awarding a penalty, and brandished a yellow card.

But Holloway said: "I'm gutted for Ryan and I think the referee got that wrong.

"If that was Ashley Cole, that would not have been a booking – it might have even been a penalty, I'm not sure. If you watch it carefully, I think he was brought down.

"I'm not bemoaning the referee because he's got to make a snap decision, but don't call him a cheat by giving him a yellow card.

"Ryan is a fresh, young, English kid, who runs like the wind and is still learning how to play the game – and he certainly isn't a cheat and he didn't dive.

"If you don't give a penalty, that's fine, say that there wasn't enough contact, but don't book him. The ref got that totally and utterly wrong."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

46 thoughts on “"Ryan isn't a cheat," blasts Millwall boss after diving claim

  • February 12, 2014 at 12:06
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    Thats quick he will be the first Millwall player on a TV reality show with Tom Daily on Splash, should bring some welcome good publicity to the club.

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  • February 12, 2014 at 12:17
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    From where I was standing it certainly looked like he got pushed but think it was the delayed way that he fell over that went against him.

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  • February 12, 2014 at 12:19
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    Sorry to say this, but Holloway's comments are starting to annoy me just the way Lomas's did. I've said it before, let the results on the pitch do the talking.

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    • February 12, 2014 at 12:28
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      @Micky Lions: If you get asked a question, what are you meant to do, just sit there and ignore the person who has asked you or say "no comment"??

      Lomas is a numpty who didn't know what to say and kept repeating himself over and over, wouldn't really back the players when needed a confidence booster and was an absolute bore who didn't have a clue about anything!! Ridiculous to put him in the same context as an experienced manager like Holloway!!

      Holloway has come out and backed his player, what do you want????

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    • February 12, 2014 at 12:36
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      @Micky Lions: If you dont like Ian Holloways comments don't read them! Comparing him to Lomas is crazy in my opinion! In this instance all he's doing is defending our player who was fouled and should have had a penalty but instead picked up a booking - how that could annoy anyone is beyond me!

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      • February 12, 2014 at 14:19
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        @TheBermondseyBomber: All I'm saying is Lomas soon got slated every time he opened his mouth - often deserverdly so, cos he was sounding like a broken record. I'm giving Holloway a chance to prove himself, but I'm not one of those who think he's the messiah come to rescue us. He might be high-profile, but his record is very mixed and what I've seen so far hasn't reassured me.

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        • February 12, 2014 at 15:53
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          @Micky Lions: micky , he's an extrovert in charge of a s*** bunch of footballers, he should be well down your 'p***** off with ' list mate .

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    • February 12, 2014 at 14:50
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      @Micky Lions: In the words of Stephen Fry 'It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that", as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I'm offended by that." Well, so f*ng what?"

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  • February 12, 2014 at 12:50
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    In my opinion, on this occasion, Mr Holloway's comments are spot on.

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  • February 12, 2014 at 13:31
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    The thing is anyone can set-up an account on News At Den, so if you do start seeing negative posts... whose to say it's not a fan of a rival club just trying to bring negativity to our fans and club???

    I'm dubious about some of the posts on here at times and feel they are so negative, beyond anything anyone who actually supports Millwall would actually say!

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    • February 12, 2014 at 14:01
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      @Bradders:

      Spot on bradders we are all meant to be supporting the club we love and our manager. Ian has defended one of his players...y wouldn't he?......Holloway knows this division inside out im sure any team in this league and maybe a few premiership clubs would of had him as a manager so lets get behind Olly rather than s*** him down to the ground. If anyone can keep us in this division and build a platform for us to build on next season then its the tried and tested ( many times might I add) Ian Holloway!! MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

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    • February 12, 2014 at 14:10
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      @Bradders: take your point bradders I think we just need to survive this season and stay in the championship.next season we will see a totally different millwall once IH has sorted the team out In the summer. COYL!!!

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      • February 12, 2014 at 15:25
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        @333lions: Not being funny but even if we don't survive this season we have to trust IH next season to get us back up! You can start to see what he is doing with the team.... he wants them to be fearless and confident... that's what makes a good team!!

        Since Lomas started the players lacked any sort of confidence and it has no doubt been a struggle for Holloway to get their confidence up again after such a torrid time with Lomas!

        Just look at Burnley, they always knew if they stuck with the way they play and play with confidence they will come back into games, even after going a goal down.... that is what Ian Holloway is trying to get into the minds of our players so we need to give them our confidence boosts on a Saturday!!

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  • February 12, 2014 at 14:14
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    @MICKYLIONS: cannot believe your comment mick

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  • February 12, 2014 at 14:24
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    You wont hear me slagging off Holloway any time soon.
    What is up with our fans? first they moan about having a Sh*t manager which then gets replaced by a great one. Then they moan about the style of football, which then Holloway tries changing to attacking.

    YET THEY STILL MOAN.

    The fans need to understand the problems lies beyond the manager. The whole Millwall structure has been flawed for a while now and has become a settlement for wage thieves. Hopefully Holloway can implement a new one. But that takes time.

    In Holloway I trust.

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    • February 12, 2014 at 15:47
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      @Dazi: Quite right too, not even the "Special One" would be a messiah at Millwall.... after what Lomas done to our team.

      I don't understand people who call themselves "Fans" or "Supporters" when they don't support and constantly s*** off the team, players & manager for any mistake which is made.

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  • February 12, 2014 at 14:50
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    No,quite right, Ollie is not any kind of messiah, he never said he was, people can come on here all they like and s*** him off and make snide remarks,cos that's typical of some, but for me he's a good hard working manager,with progressive ideas on the pitch and it seems in training.he is passionate about his team and his players,and backs em publicly whenever challenged,unlike some who can't wait to turn on him. This man is a good manager,he's been here six weeks working towards sorting a shitload of problems not of his making, and in my opinion he will ,given time. As for the Fredricks thing, he has to do an after math interview, and he will have been asked to comment, he backed his player 100per cent, so good on yer Ollie , what's wrong with that?

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  • February 12, 2014 at 14:51
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    Keep the faith and ollie will get rid of the deadwood

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  • February 12, 2014 at 14:57
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    The live commentary I was listening to said straight away, there was contact and the ref got it wrong

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    • February 12, 2014 at 15:52
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      @bordersarebest0170: so it was the f~cking ref who cheated us out of a win going back to the weds game dj went flying in the box ref played on..dj wasen't booked for diving...thats 4pts dropped in these 2 games...lost count of all the others w****** the lot of em

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      • February 12, 2014 at 22:17
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        @Jim28: in response to border comment, I too was listening to it and can confirm that they said there was contact. So yep yet another poor decision by an official in charge of a millwall game.

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  • February 12, 2014 at 14:58
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    We were going down with Lomas in charge without a doubt ! and with KJ we had a steady manager who didnt really take any chances. I think because we are not used to Holloways style of management we have to give him a chance. Although i must say when he made those substitutions against reading, and when i saw the team sheet last night , i was worried. However like Dazi, In Holloway I trust also !

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  • February 12, 2014 at 15:09
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    @bazza: yeah your right,but he held his hands up to that,cos it was too early,players weren't up to it, but he used to do that sort of thing all the time at Blackpool, and ran teams ragged , it took em to the premier,but he had more time and better players,

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  • February 12, 2014 at 15:10
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    NOTHING WRONG WITH OLLIE, HE JUST HAS TO GET THE PLAYER FITTER AND RUNNING AROUND MORE. THE GOALS AND WINS WIL COME NATURALLY. NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE. STORMIN' NORMAN.

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    • February 12, 2014 at 15:19
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      @bermlion: did you think it was a pen.cos i knoxw you where there..my mv8 was on the dog during the game & he said pen...cos he was talking to me he missed mfc's goal

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      • February 13, 2014 at 07:35
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        @Jim28: YES, JIM28 IT DEFINATELY WAS PENALTY: BUT THE I'M THE WRONG PERSON TO ASK, CAUSE I'LL ALWAYS STAND ON THE MILLWALL SIDE OF THE TUG'O WAR! " NO ONE LIKES OUT, WE DONT CARE" STORMIN' NORMAN.

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  • February 12, 2014 at 16:19
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    I can't stand Holloway haters.. Are you seriously deluded?? He would get a job almost anywhere in the Championship if he waited... I love the way he sticks up for the players and fans alike... We have never had a manager speak to the press so openly and stand up for the fans and the way we get bad press... He has said of the love he has for us already and even if we go down he will rebuild... If people start slagging him off before he's had the chance to work the sack of s*** he has inherited out, we will end up with some plank of a manager like Lomas again...

    We should think ourself slick he's in it for the long term and get behind him and the players... If we go down and we call for his head, who would we get in league 1??? Also what players would come if he wasn't here??

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    • February 12, 2014 at 18:26
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      @JONO: m8 i have never sucked up to a manager before so i'll be f~cked if i'am going to start now just because it upset7 you..i have seen alot of bosses in the 45 years s6e good some not so good ..& they have all got my backing...if i feel they got something wromg i will in no uncertain terms will let them know...& wot kind of fan calls there team aj load of s***..your supposed to get behind em

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      • February 12, 2014 at 21:27
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        @Jim28: I am behind them, they were a sack of s***, unfit and some with wrong attitude... Until Holloway came.. Was not aiming it at you, I'm talking about people being personal with him, talking about his ego... He needs time to make mistakes and test them. Let's have it right who better could we get? Ince? Haha... If we go down we should be grateful he's in it for the long haul and has committed long term. He's the first manager to have a pop back at the media for "highlighting" negative stuff. Off the pitch he could also improve our image and stop our sabotages by pointing them out.

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      • February 12, 2014 at 21:28
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        Also being behind a manager is not sucking up to them.

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  • February 12, 2014 at 16:30
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    @JONO: well said, could not agree more, a terrific manager,don't know how we got him. Still there's always the likes of SPACKMAN, LEE, NICHOL, the list is endless when the haters drive this man out

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  • February 12, 2014 at 16:43
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    I've been off this site for awhile but some of the comments are a joke. IH inherited an unfit pile of s****. He is getting rid slowly of players that are not his cup of tea, is bringing in better players, improving their fitness and it will take time to change the system. 5 games and some people are asking questions. Get real. We would have gone down with Lomas and I think we might stand a chance of staying up with Holloway, but he has a tough job, and needs patience. I admit his lineup yesterday was a suprise, but I'm not the manager, so can't pick his team. Have faith people.

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  • February 12, 2014 at 16:56
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    Changing the subject, I noticed that trotter was subbed after 70mins sat, and again after 60mins last night, now this is a player who went there match fit and didn't want to play for us,seems he may have been sussed out already.

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  • February 12, 2014 at 18:33
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    I totally agree with a lot of the comments above about people slagging our manager off.
    After the reading game I stood applauding our team off the pitch & some people had the front to question what I was doing.
    If these people cannot get behind our manager & team when we are in shlt street what is the point in them even being there.
    The club,manager,chairman & players needs all the support it can get right now..
    COYL
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    • February 13, 2014 at 04:38
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      @dannymcmfc: below this your find opinions about the Article..as usaul fans on this site have gone of topic & over the top...i can only guess its spill over from the last article....if your going s*** someone of have a pop at the f~cking ref..& his linesman if he bother to turn up

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      • February 13, 2014 at 13:09
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        @Jim28:
        Yes Jim you are right about people going off topic but I am not slagging anyone off I am just getting frustrated that some people are giving our manager & team grief after such a short space of time.
        I know & accept other people's opinion & I can understand the frustration people feel but equally this is the time we should now stand together & support the new manager & the team he is trying to galvanize after such a poor season so far.
        COYL
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  • February 12, 2014 at 19:10
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    This happened about 10m away from where I was standing and I don't think it was either a dive or a foul... he simply fell over! The ball got away from him after a sprint and his legs couldn't take him to where he wanted to be! I think it might've looked suspect from where the ref was standing and the fact he's gone to ground in the box- but it honestly didn't look like he was playing for the foul.
    That decision kind of summed up the refs performance overall really. We get hacked- they get a warning.... We put in a fair challenge - we get booked! It's been the same pattern all f**king season.. If we want results, we've got to get em fair and square- coz those corrupt c*nts ain't gona give us nothing! NO 1 LIKES US - WE DON'T CARE!! COYL.

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    • February 12, 2014 at 19:25
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      @Luke ColdBlow10: When that fat B****** from Blackburn fell over in our area last season at the Den with no one near him he gets a penalty, funny old game eh.

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  • February 12, 2014 at 19:31
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    I never saw the incident but , I hope he never dived. NO LION takes a dive , we fight and work hard. If that aint good enough , so be it. If you wanna dive , f@ck off somewhere else and do it , not here !

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    • February 12, 2014 at 22:59
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      @Block 8: you never saw Anton Otulakowski play then

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      • February 13, 2014 at 00:00
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        @timchimes: oh i did he was a master at it but he was a joy to watch. Cos he was the most skillful player since merlin..but the one thats stands out was the game against gills..when he over ran the ball then went to ground & grabbed the ball bacjk fr6 over the byline took a freekick for millwall to score..the ref allowed it to stand...TRUTH...anyone esle remeber it

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        • February 13, 2014 at 16:52
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          @Jim28: yeah he kept it in with his hand then crossed for mickey nutton to score and what made it better was keith pillock crying like a b****

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  • February 13, 2014 at 01:05
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    Lomas was a young managerial t*** and Holloway is a Janner!! Much prefer someone with a nautical background to be in charge of a sinking ship as apposed to a West Ham scum bucket t***!!

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  • February 13, 2014 at 09:04
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    @block 8 alan dunne dives rtegular

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