Millwall captain: That was our best football this season

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

DANNY Shittu believes Millwall played their best football of the season against Bolton on Saturday, despite being forced to settle for a 1-1 draw.

The Lions only rescued a point when Martyn Woolford hooked in an 82nd-minute equaliser, but they dominated possession and created more chances than their visitors.

And so Shittu, whose performance merited special praise from boss Ian Holloway, admitted Millwall were "gutted" not to have claimed all three points.

"That was the best football we have played all season," he said.

"It takes a lot of courage to play the way we did [given our league position]. It was great to see the fans get behind us and support us in what we were doing.

"They could see we were bringing the ball down and passing it, and playing in the right way. The fans were great and the players are gaining confidence from them.

"We're really gutted not to win, but there were positives to take from the game."

Shittu also pointed out that the Lions have now fought back from 1-0 down to claim a point in three of Holloway's seven games in charge.

The defender added: "That wasn't happening before. Whether we are winning or losing, the manager's message is to keep going and try to get the next goal.

"In the last two games we've been unfortunate not to have gone ahead. We let in the first goal and normally we'd crumble, but we've been able to keep fighting and keep believing."

Shittu gave away a penalty before Woolford's equaliser when he handled inside the area, but the 33-year-old felt the decision against him was a harsh one.

Nevertheless, he was relieved to see David Forde save the spot kick.

"When people look at it again they'll see that I wasn't looking at the ball," said Shittu.

"You expect the ball to go out of play naturally. It was more ball to hand than hand to ball. The wind brought it onto my hand and Darren Pratley was nowhere near it.

"Even when the referee gave the penalty, Pratley told the ref he was nowhere near the ball. We were upset he gave the penalty but justice was done and Fordey pulled off the save.

"That gave us the momentum to get the draw, so I owe him a few beers after that."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

12 thoughts on “Millwall captain: That was our best football this season

  • February 17, 2014 at 08:31
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    Dano you wont get any argument from me about saturday's performance..it was probably the best i've seen from any team..no hoofing the balk ..with malone having the liecence to attack at will knowing dunno had his back...the lads in mid came together nicely with woolford the furhest forward of the trio..morro at the front working hard to bring others into play.,only down side is that the spurs kid seems to gone of the boil,C.O.Y.W

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    • February 17, 2014 at 11:50
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      @Jim28:you got it right jim i thought the whole mid-field did really well,williams and upson seemed to have so much time and did not panic on the ball it was scary at times,i was watching williams in particular,he seems to read the game well,IMO we have a bargain in what we paid for both williams and upson.
      None the less fans near me were shouting for them to get rid of the ball,and when the defenders hoofed a clearance because they were under pressure the same fans were screaming abuse about going back to long ball stuff,no pleasing some people.
      IF we keep this football up it will do me.Just hope we can beat the drop but i am a lot more optimistic than last year,also you can see why IH has been successful in getting team,s promoted.
      As you say the spurs kid must practice his crosses.

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    • February 17, 2014 at 14:38
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      @Jim28: spot on again Jim great to see other wall fans praising the passing.... I was impressed and as long as we keep pushing the positive play to the negative supporters REAL football will prevail at The Den 🙂

      In Holloway and the players I trust!!

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  • February 17, 2014 at 09:08
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    YES, DANNY SHITTU..............KEEP THE GOOD WORK UP !!!
    AS I STATED ON SUNDAY, I HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH THE WAY WE PERFORMED,
    AT LEAST 3 X PLAYERS COULD HAVE GOT "MAN OF THE MATCH" AND YOU DANNY,
    HAD YOUR USUAL GOOD GAME.........[ PENALTY APART ] !
    BRING ON BARNSLEY AT OAKWELL...............................
    SEE YOU UP THERE DANNY !!!!
    " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
    STORMIN' NORMAN

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  • February 17, 2014 at 10:42
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    Yep, looking a much better team now, excellent on sat. We have replaced trotter with a real class act in Williams, what a nice footballer, passes to death and gets all over the pitch,and tackles.liked upson too,similar type,these are what we needed in our midfield along with woolford who was superb. Well done Ollie, it's coming together.

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  • February 17, 2014 at 10:58
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    Was a good performance, but reckon the Ipswich game was better and against better opposition, let's keep performing like Saturday and sooner or later someone is gonna get there a*** kicked by the lions!!!!

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  • February 17, 2014 at 11:17
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    Dannys prober millwall #thatswhatwedo

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  • February 17, 2014 at 11:25
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    Keep it going Dan you are a lionheart in the team.

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  • February 17, 2014 at 12:00
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    In the second half we had a little period where the ball did not run for us a few misplaced passes from woolford and mcdonald ,every loose ball seemed to go to one of their player,s and all of a sudden some of the fans near me started to moan,one bloke calling for woolford to be taken off,i could not believe my ear,s but then that,s millwall for you,i think i will move my seat next year,,as for me nothing but praise for the team in the way they played with passion and skill.
    I am told their goalie was voted MOM by their fans,that say,s it all.

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  • February 17, 2014 at 14:43
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    Well said Danny!!!

    Keep up the good work, the fans seemed to be less impatient on Saturday, the more we play good football from the back the more the fans numb to real ball will understand...

    Sent emotional shivers down my spine watching our players play like that...

    In Holloway and the players I trust!!!!

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  • February 17, 2014 at 15:31
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    Come on boys! We need to bring a good support to Barnsley, as shittu said we gave them confidence Saturday! COYL

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  • February 18, 2014 at 09:29
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    Yep, right with you MFCTOMMY, we as always will up there at Barnsley to support Millwall, Danny & the rest of the team, and most important of all the LIONS SUPPORTERS.

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