Dunne: I'd drive the team bus if Millwall boss wanted me to

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ALAN DUNNE joked he would drive the Millwall team coach if asked to after filling in at centre back against Yeovil on Tuesday night.

The long-serving right back stepped into the breach alongside Danny Shittu at the heart of the Lions defence after an injury to Richard Chaplow forced Shaun Williams into midfield.

And the 31-year-old admits it was a huge relief to be back in competitive action, having been dislodged from the side by Ryan Fredericks during Holloway's first week at the helm.

Dunne said: "I don't think I have ever played at centre back before for the first team – only ever in training games.

"The manager used me there while we were out in Portugal and had a chat with me about it.

"He thinks I can play there if need be because I can read the game well and I'm quite quick.

"I suppose I add a bit of pace there in certain situations. I think I could do a job anywhere across the back four with my experience.

"It was nice to get some minutes again. Ryan has done well since he came in and I respect the manager's decision regardless of who he picks at right back.

"It was great to get on and I felt I did alright at centre back.

"If it benefits the team or the manager, I am available to play anywhere. I've been at Millwall for 22 years and I'll do whatever it takes to stay in the first team.

"If the manager wants me to play in goal, I'll play in goal. If the manager wants me to drive the bus, I'll drive the bus.

"I just want Millwall to do well and I want to be part of that. I'm not selfish, and if lads are playing in front of me I'll get my head down and work my way back in.

"I'm always confident I'll find a way back into the team."

Steve Morison's second-half header salvaged a draw for Millwall at Huish Park, with another crunch clash against Bolton looming at The Den on Saturday.

"Any point in this league is a valuable one," Dunne added.

"It's a point gained on Doncaster and we're now a bit further away from Charlton. It makes our game on Saturday even bigger now, because we can overtake Bolton."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

26 thoughts on “Dunne: I'd drive the team bus if Millwall boss wanted me to

  • February 13, 2014 at 10:05
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    There will always be a space for you at the club Dunney! All be it not as a starter!

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  • February 13, 2014 at 10:07
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    Just get fitter Dunny and do more running. Not toouch to ask. Never mind T. Bus and all that trash. You forget we have seen all the matches you have played this season. SO GET IT ON. Millwall fans dont ask for much!

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  • February 13, 2014 at 10:20
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    I know what most of you lot are thinking but I am not going to be the one who says it, but can one of you get on hear pronto and lets get it said, I cant believe he has said this.

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  • February 13, 2014 at 10:28
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    Maybe you should drive the bus to Brentford and link up with TC again!
    You have been a great servant to Millwall, but we need to move on as you do to pastures new, as sorry to say you are no longer championship standard.

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  • February 13, 2014 at 10:28
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    Possibly the thinking here is that he can now take over the role previously occcupied by Jack Smith. Dunne can fill in at right back and now apparently centre half and is therefore worth having on the bench. I do think that Smith isn't going to see many more games and will be playing for Orient or similar pretty soon.

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  • February 13, 2014 at 10:32
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    You get my vote every time dunny true pro..i would put him in the holding role..after all he is a midfield player

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    • February 13, 2014 at 19:29
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      @Jim28. Dunne can still do a job I would play cb. So we can finally c Williams & upson in midfield worth a go

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  • February 13, 2014 at 10:58
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    He may not be the greatest player in the world, but he has blue blood running through his veins. He is wall and he is not one of these players who throws his toys out of the pram , when he does not get picked, he gets on with it. He is good to have around, not just for filling in, but to show the new players what playing for us is all about.

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    • February 13, 2014 at 11:45
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      @rikkiatwall: agree, not sure if he,s never had opportunities elsewhere but f***, that's a lot of service at 1 club. Gotta be applauded for loyalty.

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  • February 13, 2014 at 11:47
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    Dunney can play across the Back, in my view he may be a better option as CB cover now that he has reached 31, but I would not rule him out from getting back in the team if he can adjust to Ollies style and expectations from his full backs. Dunney should be called called 'Elvis', he's made that many comebacks!

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  • February 13, 2014 at 11:53
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    When it's his time to move on, he and the management will handle it. Until then he is a Millwall player and deserves his chance when it's presented to him. Remember the team is full of loan rangers at the moment.

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  • February 13, 2014 at 12:11
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    Dan Shittu was the only defender starting against Yeovil - Fredericks, Williams and Malone preferred position is midfield. We have conceded the most goals in the league. So Dunney, park the team bus in front of the goal!

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  • February 13, 2014 at 13:04
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    If Dunney drives a bus like he plays football, he'll end up getting pulled over (as in, ref says to him "Oi, you ... here now"), nicked ("I'm booking you for that lunge") and fined ("Now you're suspended again") every time he got behind the wheel!

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  • February 13, 2014 at 13:14
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    he'd probably crash it any way

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    • February 13, 2014 at 15:45
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      @gatecrasher: probably into a busfull of referees! COYL

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  • February 13, 2014 at 13:37
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    This geezer choke's me up, he's still like what we would be like if we was suddenly called down from the stands by Ollie and was asked "Did you bring yer boots son?" Love him, f****** love the fella.

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  • February 13, 2014 at 13:51
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    Well apparantly he did well at centre back when he came on, and you know you'll always get a challenge and a tackle out of him, so that's good as far as I'm concerned . And bearing in mind he had Robbo on the bench, but still preferred to stick dunney on cos he's quicker, well done Ollie, thinking outside the box. I like it.

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  • February 13, 2014 at 14:04
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    good lad.

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  • February 13, 2014 at 14:51
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    what is wrong with chaplow,he has turned into our very own sick note.

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    • February 13, 2014 at 15:14
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      @jim1222: ah well, he's had his run out for the season. See you in August Chaplow!

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  • February 13, 2014 at 16:29
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    Great Chaplow injured again, f****** joke, as for Dunney, one of the few i've always backed up,always works hard to get back into the team, knows whats to be expected from us and rarely lets you down, bit light weight for CB though surely

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    • February 13, 2014 at 20:56
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      @SpiceIsland:
      what's your thoughts on Dunney as a sweeper in a back 3 ?

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  • February 13, 2014 at 17:39
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    I eould stick Dunney at centre back eith Shittu because he is experienced and quicker than Robbo and Beevers, we probably need Willuams to show us what he can do in midfield. Your a legend Dunney

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  • February 13, 2014 at 19:07
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    God bless ya Dunney. Makes me proud to support the club you clearly love too. 22 years service deserves a statue in the car park !
    Loyalty , a very rare commodity nowadays.

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    • February 14, 2014 at 03:35
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      @Block 8: dont ask lewisham for a statue..you know wot appened last time we asked for 1 of kitch..they sold the ground where we was goinhg tn put it

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  • February 15, 2014 at 02:55
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    Fair play to you dunne. You always do you best for millwall, occasionally get sent off, but you wear the badge on the heart mate. Ps I need a lift to work in the morning, if you could drive it would be much appreciated

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