Charlton clash could decide Millwall's season, claims Dunne

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ALAN Dunne believes Saturday's local derby against Charlton will have a major bearing on whether Millwall are playing Championship football next season.

The long-serving defender, who returned to the side in the 1-0 win over Derby last weekend, was rested at Blackpool in midweek but is expected to start the game at The Den tomorrow.

And the 31-year-old admits the importance of the Addicks clash cannot be understated, with both clubs desperately needing a win in their battles against relegation.

The victor will give their survival hopes a major boost with three vital points while severely denting the other team's chances of staying in the second tier.

Dunne said: "Charlton and Millwall go back a long way and there are massive bragging rights on offer. It will be a game that could decide our season.

"They won't want to get beaten, they will come here and sit back and try to nick a goal. We'll be going for it because we need the points."

Charlton drew 0-0 at home to Huddersfield on Wednesday evening and have four games in hand on Millwall, but Dunne believes the Valley club would rather have the Lions' points.

"They've got a lot of games to play so we've got to tear into them from the off," he said.

"You would definitely rather have the points on the board, especially when you have to play Saturday-Tuesday back-to-back between now and the end of the season.

"It is a chance for us to pull away from them and what they do with their games in hand is down to them.

"We know that our points are there, in the bag, and now they've got to go and win games.

"They could leave themselves open in games because they know that they need to make up the points difference, and it's not easy to do that under pressure."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

11 thoughts on “Charlton clash could decide Millwall's season, claims Dunne

  • March 14, 2014 at 14:10
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    Between you Robbo and Holloway you should turn that dressing room into a frenzy just before the teams come out.
    Time for a Millwall performance.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 14:12
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    It's nice to see a player who is aware of the situation.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 14:26
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    "They won't want to get beaten, they will come here and sit back and try to nick a goal. We'll be going for it because we need the points."

    No s*** Sherlock.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 14:44
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    They need to win just 1 of 4 games to overtake us...that's why tomorrow is vital. Lose and we are hoping that the other teams at the bottom implode...and relying on hope is a dismal strategy. Who is the ref? All we need is a "send off merchant" or a needlessly book our 2 nine carded midfielders, and it could all kick off. To be fair if we cannot beat the anoraks we do not deserve to be in the championship.

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    • March 14, 2014 at 15:18
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      @drifter: True- Bottom line is if we CANNOT beat them WE deserve to go down.Simple as that.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 15:05
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    Cant believe the rubbish being spouted on here by the manager and players who's turn it must be to toe the party line, I wounder who came up with Dunny's bit f****** Einstein , I am glad they know this could decide our season but putting all this crap into print it seems like they are treating us like children.

    Using all these cliche' less talk and more action you dont need to spell it out to us the fans we know how much we need to stay up and when we do JB can take stock of what he keeps and what he culls, and I think the cull will be a big one what ever division we are in next season.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 15:16
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    'we've got to tear into them from the off'.
    Love that Dunney!

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  • March 14, 2014 at 16:36
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    It's no 'could' define our season, it will define our season! COYL

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  • March 14, 2014 at 18:02
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    Not a big fan of Dunney but I'd much rather him than Fredericks. Freddy is supposedly better going forward but an actual fact rarely does. I'd much rather have Dunne who is much better defensively and isn't far off Fredericks in terms of getting forward. Dunne also understands what it means to play for Millwall.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 18:46
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    ALL THIS TALK THAT ONE GAME COULD DESIDE OUR SEASON WE HAVE 11 GAMES TO PLAY A POSSIBLE 33 POINTS WE NEED AS MUCH ENCOURGEMENT AS POSSIBLE , I WOUNDER IF ALL THE NEGATIVE MECHANTS OUT CAN FIND AWAY TO RESOLVE OUR SITUATION WITH THEIR COMMENTS . WE ARE MILLWALL FANS WE WANT TO WIN . WE NEED THE BACKBONE OF DUNNY AND ROBBO AND BOMMER AS A CHEER LEADER TO GET THE ATMOSPHERE AT HOME TO BOILING POINT FOR EVERY REMAINING HOME GAME THEN TELL US OUR SEASON DEPENDS ON THE GAME WE DO HAVE A NEW STRIKER WHO IS ABOVE OUR AVERAGE HIGHT

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  • March 14, 2014 at 22:49
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    With all due respect dunnie, hav a heart to heart with ya mates before the game and go out and get the job done! Every week were talkin bout this . Just f****** win, it doesn't matter if you push the ball into the net with you're nose whilst crawling along the turf just f***** do it so we can stop feeling like losers all the time!

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