Report: Millwall 0-1 Brighton

A CONTROVERSIAL penalty decision proved the difference between Millwall and Brighton on another frustrating afternoon at The Den.

Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard threw himself to the ground after minimal contact from Danny Shittu and David Lopez converted from the spot five minutes before half time.

The Lions controlled the remainder of the game but struggled to create clear-cut chances, with Jermaine Easter's shot, which hit the bar, the closest they came to earning a point.

Steve Morison, Scott McDonald and DJ Campbell were dropped from the side that started against Barnsley, with Simeon Jackson, Owen Garvan and Jermaine Easter replacing them.

Brighton dominated the opening ten minutes but Ed Upson nearly gave Millwall the lead when his clever free kick dropped onto the roof of the net, with Tomasz Kuszczak beaten.

Kuszczak held onto Shaun Williams' set piece in the 9th minute before former Charlton midfielder Dale Stephens drilled wide from 25 yards for the visitors.

Debutant Garvan created an opening for Easter by flicking on Martyn Woolford's pass but the striker's shot was blocked by the outstretched leg of a defender.

Leonardo Ulloa should have broken the deadlock when he met Andrea Orlandi's inch-perfect cross with a firm header, but David Forde smothered the ball just in front of the goal line.

Upson, who was the Lions' standout player in the first half, then forced Kuszczak into a save with a shot from long range.

But after referee Geoff Eltringham penalised Shittu's challenge on Lingard, Lopez stepped up to score from 12 yards, sending Forde the wrong way.

And Ryan Fredericks made a vital block seconds before the whistle to prevent Lingard from poking in Ulloa's cross for what would have been a killer second goal.

Millwall carved out an opening immediately after the restart when Garvan's free kick found Shittu, but the captain headed straight into Kuszczak's arms.

Easter nearly equalised when the ball squirmed through to him inside the six yard box but his shot on the turn smacked the underside of the bar.

Manager Ian Holloway brought on McDonald and Morison in a bid to liven up his side's attacking play, but the former blazed over on the hour mark.

The Lions were on top for long spells in the second half but struggled to break down the Brighton defence, who sat deeper and deeper as the minutes ticked by.

Williams teed up McDonald for a 20-yard drive 15 minutes from time but the Australian's miscued effort summed up the host's fortunes in front of goal.

Garvan blasted inches over the bar in the dying stages as the Seagulls held on.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

79 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 0-1 Brighton

  • March 1, 2014 at 17:19
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    We are going down.
    We cannot score - STRIKERS are s**t.

    What difference has Holloway made since joining ????

    No difference if you ask me.

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    • March 1, 2014 at 17:23
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      @Longfield Lion: as I said on Thursday mate holloway talks B******* got shot down no f*****g Change holloway has same win ratio as lomas if we lose next games Lomas has better GOING DOWN

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    • March 1, 2014 at 17:24
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      @Longfield Lion: as I said on Thursday mate holloway talks Rubbish got shot down no f*****g Change holloway has same win ratio as lomas if we lose next games Lomas has better GOING DOWN

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    • March 1, 2014 at 18:08
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      @Longfield Lion: WELL THAT WAS RUBBISH WE SAW. OLLIE YOU DISAPPOINTED ME. YOU ARE FAR TOO SOFT ON THESE PLAYERS. THEY STILL DO NOT WANT TO CHASE AND FIGHT. MILLWALL FANS ARE BECOMING THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP.THEY ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH. THANK GOODNESS THAT I WILL MISS THE NEXT TWO GAMES ( DERBY & BLACKPOOL ) CAUSE I WILL BE IN SPAIN. NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE. STORMIN' NORMAN

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    • March 1, 2014 at 18:23
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      @Longfield Lion: They were useless, end of story ! Can't tackle, can't shoot, I'm fact can't do a lot.

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    • March 2, 2014 at 11:32
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      @Longfield Lion: WHEN I GET BACK FROM MY FITNESS IMPROVEMENT BREAK IN WARMER CLIMATES ( 7 DAYS ) I'M SURE MILLWALL WILL BE AT LEAST 4 PTS BETTER OFF. NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE. STORMIN' NORMAN.

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    • March 2, 2014 at 12:39
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      @Longfield Lion: her has made a difference mate , lomas last 9 games 8 points , holloway first 9 games 6 points !!

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  • March 1, 2014 at 17:24
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    Relegation would of course be disappointing but let's be realistic, we are punching above our weight. We have only ever been a decent 2nd tier team but these days that 2nd tier is division one. The premier league is fantasy football and the pyramid really starts at championship level.

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    • March 1, 2014 at 18:31
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      @Chipplefuddywick: Where does all this punching above our weight nonsense come from?

      I'll admit we're a yo-yo club between the second and third divisions, but since when did we start thinking we can't compete with the likes of Bournmouth, Burnley, Watford, Blackpool, Doncaster, Huddersfield, Charlton, Yevil and Barnsley. And without recent Sugar-Daddies, clubs like Wigan, Reading and Brighton were lower-league fodder!

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      • March 1, 2014 at 19:05
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        @Micky Lions: Fair point but let's be honest, most of those clubs seem to attract or produce better quality players than us. But if you look at the English leagues prior to the fantasy league, Ipswich, QPR, Burnley, Derby, Leicester, Forest, Brighton, Bolton, Boro, were all teams that were first division quality. We haven't got that and will never have. I take your point but we must accept our place in the food chain or it will niggle.

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        • March 1, 2014 at 20:04
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          @Chipplefuddywick:
          I've been supporting Millwall for over 50 years and as far as I'm concerned Brighton are a 2nd or 3rd tier club with the others somewhere between the top flight and where we are now. In fact the only time any of the sides mentioned here had real quality was when Cloughie managed Derby and Forest. Apart from that you'd have to go back to the early 60s for a decent Forest side even earlier for a top Derby outfit.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 17:26
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    Like a record with a sratch on it. Always the same thing repeating time after time.
    Jackett got out just in time. Lomas was a disgrace. Ollie hasn't turned it around.
    Our central defence has been and is crap. Our forward line couldn't hit a barn door from two feet.
    There are still three teams worse than us. However, if Yeovil for example, can grind out a 1-1 draw at Reading when left with 8 men on the pitch then it doesn't augur well for us. Next game prediction- Nil points for us. Then, Charlton home. A traditional home banker with mortgage money on the result. Not this time methinks.

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    • March 1, 2014 at 17:30
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      @NICKOLA: We have TWO away games before Charlton.

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    • March 1, 2014 at 17:32
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      @NICKOLA: Was Lomas really a disgrace ????

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  • March 1, 2014 at 17:27
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    we have everybody s**t that no body wants

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  • March 1, 2014 at 17:29
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    useless c**** .will not be spending my hard earned cash again.just cant score a f****** goal.we must have the worst forwards in the f****** league.the players dont give a f*** about this club.f****** wages you haveing a laugh .the players should be payed f*** all.p*** takeing c****.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 17:30
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    Isn't fair!
    But we'll stay...
    COYL!!!

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  • March 1, 2014 at 17:33
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    We don't have goal scorers full stop. Waghorn, though not prolific was a decent target man and that was a player Lomas got right. Sadly the rest are just here short term so will be off somewhere else anyhow even if we stay up as I don't think they add much at all up front. They are journeymen and his tactics still lack width. You can blame dodgy penalties but we cannot score. He was the wrong appointment for survival as I stated before. Waiting for more BS soundbites about working hard etc but hard to see survival. Please no more damned player statements - let the football do the talking!

    Personally I cannot see how we will survive as you need skill to score - not luck and we have little of either. Woolford is about the only one you would think could score and how sad is that with all the supposed strikers on our books?

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    • March 1, 2014 at 17:48
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      @dude: Waghorn scored 1 and made 2 today.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 17:33
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    What I don't get is why when we cannot score, Holloway persists with playing this 4-5-1 stuff. All the strikers we have work better as part of a 2 upfront partnership, that is glaringly obvious now and yet he still plays with one of them like they are Torres or Drogba up there. It's just not goner happen, c'mon Ian be realistic and try to work out a game plan based on the actual skill level of the players we got and maximize it. We still got a very tiny proportion of time left to still give ourselves a life line in this division so use it wisely.

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    • March 1, 2014 at 17:47
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      @Bexley_Lion: as I've said , holloway has said he never had and never will play 4-4-2 yet plays strikers on the wings , this guy is a con man loved by the media but then again they don't have to pay to watch this crap !

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  • March 1, 2014 at 17:34
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    how can yeovil get a draw with 9 men;we woyld get slaughtered with 11. if yeovil stsy up and we go down what a fu-king show up with all the so called talent we have, lomas must be p****** himself with what we are achieving now which is f-ck all.

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    • March 1, 2014 at 18:03
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      @DELBOY64:

      They got the draw because their players care . .Ours just say they care . . They have not got the skills or the heart

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    • March 1, 2014 at 18:04
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      @DELBOY64:

      They got the draw because their players care . .Ours just say they care . . They have not got the skills or the heart . . Absolute disgrace

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  • March 1, 2014 at 17:44
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    said a couple of weeks ago i could'nt see us winning another game and i still cant! hate being negative but maybe going down will give somebody if not IH the chance to start again and sort this shambles out. Sad sad day, Again!

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    • March 1, 2014 at 18:38
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      @macman: I can't see Holloway being here next year - he'll either be sacked or do the honourable thing and admit he's not up to it.

      Five points and five goals from nine games is downrigh disgraceful. I'm afraid I can see a plane flying overhead on the last day of the season with a banner saying 'Holloway - Palace Legend'.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 17:46
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    I'm not complaining. We are much better off with Holloway than Lomas. If you think we need Lomas back you can do one.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 17:48
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    We have two great signings in Upson and Williams. If we can keep hold of them ill keep the faith.

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    • March 1, 2014 at 20:07
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      @Sidcup_Lad:
      I can't see it. So far as I can make out IH has brought in 7 players and not one of them is any better than the bunch he inherited.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 17:50
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    Yes we lost,Yes our forwards do not know where the goal is but are we really helping here with slagging them off 24/7 no I don't think so.Please DONT say Holloway is like Lomas you are talking out of your Arsenal we are not letting in 3 or 4 goals every game if or when we go down at least we have Holloway in charge and we will go back up just have FAITH for f**k sake coming on here is giving me the hump hearing everyone s*** of the team or the manager IF they read this site it must dis hearten them or make them feel why should we try any harder.This is just my opion

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    • March 1, 2014 at 17:55
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      @colin66: We are better off under Holloway, he has got us losing playing prettier football !

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      • March 1, 2014 at 20:10
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        @Sealion:
        I saw one decent move in the first half. That was it. No penetrating passing, little osr no movement up front, no looking for the space - except when Spurs kid was drifting off the opposition wide players looking for nothing in particular. I did however see a few triangles being made in our half whilst the Brighton players waited for us to give them the ball - I bet they were well bored!

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  • March 1, 2014 at 17:53
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    I find it laughable, having just read that Holloway is basically no better than Lomas. Haha

    Here are a couple of evident changes.

    1. We haven't leaked as many goals since
    2. We play/are playing better football
    3. Holloway has made better signings

    What more can you ask of a bloke who has joined a team of Misfits and has beens. WHAT CAN HE DO?

    THE BLOKE NEEDS TIME, HE AINT F****** DUMBLEDORE

    Its the clubs thought were in this mess anyway. As for the "players" who are not preforming or always injured their contracts should be terminated by mutual consent.

    waste

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    • March 1, 2014 at 18:01
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      @Dazi: totally agree

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    • March 1, 2014 at 18:05
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      100% right m8 a total clear out and start again.

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    • March 1, 2014 at 20:12
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      @Dazi:
      "Holloway has made better signings"
      Are you sure? They aren't any worse, certainly but that's about as far as I would go.

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    • March 1, 2014 at 23:53
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      @Dazi: I don't think anyone honestly thinks Lomas was any good, but if you want statistics, then Holloway's five points/five goals from nine games is way worse than Lomas's poor record.

      Nobody expected miracles, but Holloway has had a big squad to work with and already brought in seven players of his own. I can see some positives in the play and a few of the new players (Upson/Williams), but on the evidence of his time so far I'd say he looks totally the wrong man for the job of keeping us up.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 17:59
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    Sort this mess out Holloway FFS.
    I have said that I will buy everyone on here a drink if we go down.
    My only consoalation is the fact that we are all tee totallers on this site.

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    • March 1, 2014 at 18:16
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      @wall2wall:

      I have an expensive taste in Starbucks double choc, full cream, double whipped, triple bean, with a suggestion of cinnamon and a smattering of marshmallow.....I suggest yiu start saving

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    • March 1, 2014 at 18:18
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      @wall2wall: You kan schpeek fore yaslef. Mines a keg of stella please.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 18:17
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    Forde, 6 - Bored, only 1 real save to make
    Fredericks, 5 - s***
    Shittu, 7 - solid + unfortunate
    Lowry, 7 - solid
    Malone, 7 - positive but often out of position defensively
    Williams, 7 - calm
    Upson, 6 - not involved
    Garvan 5, - did he even play?
    Woolford, 5 - did he even play?
    Jackson, 5 - see above
    Easter, 5 - couldn't hit a barn f****** door
    SUBS: Morison, 6 - looked threatening + should have started
    McDonald, 3 - F****** S***
    Feeney, 4 - see above

    We're going down

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    • March 1, 2014 at 18:27
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      @Alan.F: Morison should have started ? 5 goals in 26 games says he shouldn't even be at the club , Leeds knew what they were doing when offloading this preening has been on us !

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      • March 1, 2014 at 18:43
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        @southstandview: constant long balls played up front. Who can win the Ballard did when he came on? Morison, that's who!

        His goals tally is only bad until you post what the rest of the strikers have managed. Those 5 make him look like f****** Suarez in comparison.

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        • March 1, 2014 at 18:49
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          @MFC Lion: maybe we should sign him permanently then or maybe we could sign someone who can score goals , just a thought

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      • March 1, 2014 at 19:51
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        @southstandview: What about the Billy Big Bollockses Campbell, Jackson and McD at least Morison has found the net more than once and does actually win balls in the air. Those other w****** don't even come close.

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        • March 1, 2014 at 20:37
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          @Sealion: Morison is finished at this level so if we stay up we can get rid of our entire forward line and start again

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      • March 2, 2014 at 16:37
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        @southstandview: I really don't understand why you've got such a strong view on Morison being s**t. I reckon he's the only one who looks like scoring (especially when it comes to anything in the air) and I think it was unfortunate yesterday that the chances that fell to Mcdonald, didn't fall to Morro- coz I reckon Morro would've of at least tested the keeper or buried 1 or 2 of em.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 18:18
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    when was the last time we got a penalty like that - it is no good manager after manager complaining about the outrageous way we are treated ; like people have said on here many times , we need to take video evidence to the FA showing the series of joke decisions against us - of course we are lightweight up front but having to chase the game like that makes it so much harder

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  • March 1, 2014 at 18:24
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    Once again the players don't turn up. The first half was awful.

    Why did you have to touch that t***** Shittu? The ball was going out of play and the c*** was always going to dive. Other than the header before that was all Brighton produced!

    Maybe if we're lucky and Barnsley and Yeovil stay below us we can muster a few points to overtake Doncaster as IMO Charlton will not waste those 3 games in hand and will not be one of the 3 to go down.

    Lose that home game to Charlton and my small amount of remaining hope will be gone.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 18:27
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    That Owen garven Is absoluty s*** what does he do the abdou don't, abdou deserves a chance his a true lion. The boy has fantastic fighting sprit. As for the penalty what aload of s***, No penalty in my eyes keep ur head up shittu ur still are best defender

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    • March 1, 2014 at 18:38
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      @harry cook: Shittu brings back faded memories of another Millwall leaden footed defender with no positional sense, the turning circle of a cement truck yet who could head a ball from SE14 to the French coast. His name was Mel Blyth. As for Abdou, a headless chicken who may well wear a lion on his heart but not up to this level. He is matched with Smith and Wright who collectively should have been blasted away from the Den via a cannon. The real issue is the forward line. I don't think they could score against 8 men from the kick-off. How much have we squandered under Jackett at the end of his reign, Lomas at the outset and now Ollie ?
      What price now for a Wood/Waghorn partnership?

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      • March 1, 2014 at 18:42
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        @NICKOLA: you correct - we lack that extra class - having said that if we got soft penalties we wouldn't need such good strikers - Brighton are in a ridiculously high position
        - they offer nothing up front and if they reach the playoffs it shows what can be done with a limited strike force and some confidence and luck

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        • March 1, 2014 at 18:49
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          @timchimes: we have the limited strike force sorted just the confidence and luck to get right.

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      • March 1, 2014 at 19:43
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        @NICKOLA: Waghorn and Wood,what a mouth watering but sadly impossible prospect Nick.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 18:31
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    This is all about results, results, results. Yes, Holloway talks a better game than Lomas, we aren't losing by such big margins, but we are still losing just as many matches. We've taken about seven points from the last 39. Anyone who knows anything about this club knows we will languish in division one for ages if we go down. Holloway hasn't given the players the steel and resolve and spirit despite talking the talk. For me, he's living on a past reputation. He seemed to go through some mental collapse at the end of his term with Palace and I can't discern a pattern in his tactics or player selections that will keep us up. I think we all got a little too excited that we had a "biggish name" manager here, but he has had his share of failures. That said it is too late to change the manager for the rest of the season. So he has to change the way he's approaching things. It's old-fashioned defensive grind we need now Ian. If you don't have the players to adopt to your tactics and style, you adapt the tactics to their strengths.

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    • March 1, 2014 at 18:38
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      @Eddie Grace: but this doesn't add up - it is not defensive problems costing us matches now - just one goal conceded sheff wed, yoevi,l Barnsley, Brighton - some one at some point has got to score to put us ahead in a match - when we score first at home we normally win,, if you can remember that far back

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      • March 1, 2014 at 18:48
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        @timchimes: I can remember as far back as Peter Burridge banging them in. All the successful Millwall sides were founded on iron defences, even the flair teams of Weller and Possee. Most of this team, especially the defence, aren't up to this standard of football. Er, that's why we keep losing.

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        • March 1, 2014 at 18:55
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          @Eddie Grace: grief...somebody else here recalls Petet Burridge...good player as well"......

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          • March 1, 2014 at 19:40
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            @peter2545:

            cheer yourselves up

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCji8iCl1Yw

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          • March 1, 2014 at 19:54
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            @peter2545: @peter2545: LOL...well that side brought back a few memories....some class players there, especially Burnett

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          • March 1, 2014 at 20:07
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            @peter2545: I remember a season when we had 5 forwards who could score goals. Broadfoot, Jones, Terry, Burridge, McQuade. They all got double figures except McQuade and I think even he got 8.!!!!!

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        • March 1, 2014 at 19:01
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          @Eddie Grace:

          the facts are we don't score two goals in a match and these days you are unlikely to win if you don't - we create half chances that quality strikers or second class strikers who are confident put way from time to time, but currently out strikers don't - Easter has to score and not hit the bar - when do we score spectacular goals out of nothing? As a crowd we have become conditioned into not expecting us to score even when we create the odd clear cut chance - I am convinced our current strikers do not expect to score each week when they walk onto the pitch - as a striker you have to expect to score - their confidence is rock bottom - that is why Keogh has scored at Blackpool because he is free from the pressure our strikers play under

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          • March 1, 2014 at 20:09
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            @timchimes: yes but Burnett came many years after Burridge..those days it was the likes of Possee and Weller...Burridge was a 2000 pound buy from Leyton Orient...Possee 25000 quid and Weller 18000 quid from Spurs....glorious days indeed

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  • March 1, 2014 at 18:42
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    My posted preference at the time, was for Warnock to come in and keep us up, he only wanted six months then we could have considered our options. The problem now is what do we do if we stay up, or down ....Holloway is on a long contract....all these romantic notions spouted every wek about ''clearing out the dead wood'' and rebuilding....whats all that about. Argubly our two most saleable assets Henry and Trotter left for pennies....whos gonna pay a fee for whats left, we get nothing for the loanees, and the driftwood on nice salaries are gonna stay exactly where they are...who wouldn't. The council is selling the ground around us, and our hot dogs and coffee are tateless as well. We want to stumble over the line into 4th bottom... then what. There is no miraculous transformation gonna have us fighting for the play offs....maybe relegation the better long term option

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  • March 1, 2014 at 18:43
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    Mixed feelings about todays game- I think a draw would've been a fair result. NEVER A PEN! F**KING ROBBED! But there was a couple of chances for brighton early on- gave em free headers and very lucky not to concede really.
    I think we did well in our build up play and getting in the right positions- but yet again, we just aren't clinical enough. Mcdonald really disappointed me today- he's always gona struggle in the air- but when he gets chances like he did at his feet- he's got to at least be testing the keeper to get a corner or a rebound. Plus, with some of the chances he had, he time to take a touch and make it a solid chance. WHAT THE F**K IS GOING ON??!! A lot people on here don't like Morro, but I think he made a difference straight away today. Need his height.
    Can't fault the lads work rate though today and I clapped em off at the end for that- but this is a results business and something needs to click very soon....

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    • March 1, 2014 at 19:04
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      @Luke ColdBlow10: a very fair and rational appraisal - fine margins - I hope hollway would give the strikers some confidence but they still play in an anxious way- snatching at chances

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  • March 1, 2014 at 20:30
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    The stark difference for me between Millwall and most other teams in this division is our inability to break down a defence when we are on top. Yet if we sit deep and defend we will always concede. League One here we come.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 20:57
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    Well I think I'm the only one on here who thought we played well. First quarter of an hour Brighton looked the better side,but for the rest of the game I thought we were the better side,and in the second half we seemed to boss it. For me ed upson was outstanding , he looked the best player on the pitch. I'm very disappointed in the result but not the performance. Brighton were no threat at all going forward, and got a soft penalty, I think ,unlike most that we still have a fair chance of staying up cos, yeah I thought we were alright.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 22:56
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    I don't like to say it - But I feel were doomed this year - IH has never to my knowledge saved a club in our position from relegation, I said that when he was employed and I'm sticking to it - But in his favour I'll say the team aren't as poor as under Lomas - But still woefully poor.
    I love my Millwall but this squad is probably the worst I can say I've ever seen play, they try but the strikers, Words fail me.
    Cum on 'Wall give us something to shout about...........PLEASE

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    • March 2, 2014 at 12:12
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      @aeojt: To me IH has always been a good manager when he has a good squad, with which he can get more out of them and his attacking style can give a team the bit of extra lift required to make the playoffs. But to my knowledge he has never rescued a team from relegation.
      This requires a totally different approach a backs to the wall kind of attitude not the charge of light brigade approach.
      You start by making us hard to break down and grind out results not by using some kind of Kamikazi tactics, and using all 3 subs when there is still a lot of time left on the clock, what do we do in the event of an injury of which we get many. He is lucky his cowboy tactics have not bitten him a lot harder.
      My choice would have been Warnock to the end of the season but I must admit when it turned out to be IH I was still pleased as I liked the guy but I must admit his tactics have got me worried.
      These are just my thoughts and I don't think they are any more or less valid than anyone elses on here.

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  • March 2, 2014 at 19:46
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    Holloway is clueless!

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