Report: Millwall 0-0 Charlton

MILLWALL and Charlton cancelled each other out in a tense derby stalemate.

The Lions went into the game knowing that a win against their local rivals would be priceless in their bid to avoid relegation, but they did not deserve to take all three points.

Neither goalkeeper was seriously tested on an afternoon of few chances and a draw leaves both sides still in danger of relegation, although the Addicks have games in hand.



Boss Ian Holloway handed 17-year-old midfielder Fred Onyedinma his first senior start in one of three changes to the starting XI.

Simeon Jackson and Alan Dunne also returned to the side, while Steve Morison was passed fit to start after neck injury.

Scott Malone was involved again after a hip problem but only made the bench, with Shaun Williams slotting in at left back.



Millwall nearly took the lead in the fifth minute when Onyedinma powered a near-post header narrowly wide from Williams' cross.

Ed Upson's 15th-minute error let in Callum Harriott but the midfielder opted to go for goal rather than pass to Marvin Sordell and wasted the chance.

Jackson and Williams both went for goal from distance but the former's drive was held by Ben Hamer and the latter's effort drifted wide.

In the 31st minute, Sordell's shot was deflected wide and Johnnie Jackson headed into David Forde's arms from the resulting corner.

The Lions' best opening of the half came when Morison brought down Dunne's diagonal pass and stabbed a shot narrowly wide from six yards.

And Hamer tipped Upson's half-volley behind for a corner shortly before the interval to ensure the sides went in goalless.

Harriot poked a close-range effort wide of the post after latching onto Bradley Wiggins' cross five minutes after the break.

Dorian Dervite made a vital interception at the other end to cut out Onyedinma's low cross, with Morison and Martyn Woolford both waiting to pounce behind him.

Paul Robinson then denied Addicks substitute Reza Ghoochannejhad with a last-ditch tackle in the area following Bradley Pritchard's clever pass.

After a flat opening to the second half, Holloway brought on new signing Stefan Maierhofer and the Austrian nearly scored with his first chance from Owen Garvan's corner.

In the 87th minute, Ryan Fredericks, brought on for Dunne, burst to the byline and stood the ball up for Morison, but his glancing header was blocked in front of goal.

That proved to be the last meaningful attack in a dire game in SE16.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

62 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 0-0 Charlton

  • March 15, 2014 at 17:42
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    Look out Sir there's a iceberg ahead........shut up and keep playing.

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    • March 15, 2014 at 18:27
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      @shoot ffs: JUST DRAGGED OURSELVES OUT THE PUB, SORROWS STILL NOT DROWNED! YES , FRED & TINY BOTH WORKED VERY HARD. NOBODY , YES, I SAID NOBODY ELSE WAS WORTHY OF THE MILLWALL SHIRT FOR 45MINS. NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE. STORMIN' NORMAN. ..........IS DRYING OUT, AGAIN !.

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  • March 15, 2014 at 17:46
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    Boring game. Only players that did anything was Fred, Lowry and Robbo. Dunne needs to retire. We're going down.

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  • March 15, 2014 at 17:46
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    That was possibly the worst game of the season. Freddie is the only positive thing to say about that game. Williams, Dunne, Robbo, the midfield....where to begin? League 1 here we come. I wonder what excuse the boss will come up with this time. We had the big man you bemoaned we lacked and we still can't score. Rubbish. So angry.

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  • March 15, 2014 at 17:47
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    Port vales gonna be a tough away game, but shrewsbury town should be an easy home win

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    • March 15, 2014 at 17:49
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      @weststandwill: No such thing as an easy win with this bunch. You have to score to win a game.

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  • March 15, 2014 at 17:48
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    Until we play with two strikers upfront we will continue to have a goal scoring problem. I honestly don't know if any of our strikers will be good enough even for league one but then several are just loans so we see where we go from here in the close season.

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    • March 16, 2014 at 11:22
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      @Bexley_Lion: Bexley you must also take into account the quality of the strickers we have out our disposal, there has not been one of them who as earned there corn this season, so there inablity to score and the defence unable to stop the gaols at the back, well it equals relagation.

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  • March 15, 2014 at 17:51
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    Nothing's changing, very like end of last season, they don't look like they believe they can score. The 4231 needs the 3 to get into the box for these flick ons and crosses but at the moment it's a jigsaw where none of the pieces fit. When Millwall have scored goals it's because the likes of Henry, Kane, Wood struck up partnerships with teammates, they knew where to put the ball or where to put themselves. When there's a new signing literally every home game, no surprise they look like strangers.

    One positive: in terms of flair, watchability and effort to make something happen, i'd rather have one Fred Onyedinma than six £18,000 a week veterans- which is exactly what we'll have in League 1 next year if Charlton win 1 of their 4 in hand.

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  • March 15, 2014 at 17:53
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    I Ollie but i think he's was the wrong manager to get us out of this sh**,

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  • March 15, 2014 at 17:55
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    sorry i like Ollie but i think he's was the wrong manager to get us out of this sh**

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    • March 15, 2014 at 18:47
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      @harrythelion: Some will blame Lomas, but for me Holloway is the biggest disaster this club has had since Jimmy Nichol. He took over with 24 games to go and has added loads of players to a big squad. But he’s failed to beat any of the bottom clubs and we’ve scored just 6 goals in 14 games.

      The only chance we have of staying up is if Holloway does what he did at Palace and walks. There’s still 30 points to play for and it wouldn’t take too much to stay ahead of the bottom three. Whatever happens, I hope for our all sakes he’s not still in charge next season.

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      • March 15, 2014 at 19:23
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        @Micky Lions: Agree with you Micky. We'll probably get slagged off for saying it, and accused of not supporting Millwall as many people still subscribe to the cult of Ollie. It really is like the story of the Emperor's New Clothes. The evidence is there staring you in the face. The man is clueless, his record, not only with us but with palarse before, is appalling and if you look at his managerial record overall is nothing special. We needed a manager and got a comedian. When he came in there were plenty of games to save us, he wasn't brought in to build for the future. The board have and still do back him. If we go down the blame is not with KJ, not with Lomas, not with the board, IT'S YOUR FAULT MR HOLLOWAY!!

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        • March 15, 2014 at 20:03
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          @Adsy77777: I completely disagree but certainly won't s*** you off for having an opinion. I think that there is nobody to take the blame as a whole but the rot started when we were unable to secure Chris Wood. We were so reliant on him during the first half of last season that nobody could see that the rest of the team were rubbish. Too reliant on loanees for the long term. No apparent investment in youth. I could go on and on, but as I said, I won't s*** you off for having an opinion.

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          • March 15, 2014 at 20:42
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            @Chipplefuddywick: Thank you sir. It is only my opinion, and I agree with you that Wood's loss was pivotal.

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  • March 15, 2014 at 17:57
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    Apart from Fred the rest was dire.

    BOTH ARE GOING DOWN.

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    • March 15, 2014 at 18:01
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      @Longfield Lion: could not agree more. A really poor abject performance.

      We are doomed!

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  • March 15, 2014 at 17:57
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    Just food for thought...

    If charlton stay up and wall get relegated and orient and brentford come up which looks very likely...

    Millwall and afc Wimbledon will be the lowest ranked London teams in the football league...

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      • March 16, 2014 at 00:02
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        Dagenham yes forgot about those slags, crawley def not and welling not in football league but soon enough welling will be better then wall

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  • March 15, 2014 at 18:03
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    Millwall manager Ian Holloway has admitted that his side need to improve in front of goal if they are to avoid relegation from the Championship. well blow me down he has seen it...I am glad I live abroad but s*** this has to be the worst season since I started watching over 60 years ago...the only difference now is all the b******* I read about

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    • March 15, 2014 at 18:09
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      @peter2545: Agree Peter, but when the good times come around now and again they don't half taste good. I feel sorry for Man U,Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal fans because when they go a season without winning anything its the end of the world and the little darlings can't handle it haha.

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      • March 15, 2014 at 19:05
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        @Sealion: yes sealion but when was the last time had good times...we have a chairman who trust managers. I would not trust my dog with any of them..Rosler leaves the Bees and goes to Wigan...give me one quote he has made...all we get is the summer one night stand plying his trade here instead of Southend Pier

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        • March 15, 2014 at 19:45
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          @peter2545: Rosler was ambitious, he went to Wigan who can pay him more and as an ex prem outfit would have had a better set up better squad and parachute payments.
          Who would want to come to us in our position only a madman.

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  • March 15, 2014 at 18:04
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    Relegation is a foregone conclusion now ! They only way will we stay up is if Charlton, barnsley and Yeovil don't pick up any more points for the remainder of the seasn !!! Fat chance ......

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  • March 15, 2014 at 18:05
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    The end is near ladies and gents!
    On a positive note thought Fred was brilliant and certainly one not for the future but now!!
    Get a few more of the youngsters in the team as they will be a lot better than the s*** carts we have at the moment .

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    • March 15, 2014 at 21:54
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      @dpendet: trouble is mate next season if he's any good what do you reckon what will happen if any club with an ounce of ambition comes waving their cheque book. Proper fooked!

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  • March 15, 2014 at 18:11
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    We are already down. That was the last straw

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  • March 15, 2014 at 18:17
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    The only positive I can see from going down is that Ollie will be able to siv through the sh*t and fully build his own squad plus have the time to implement his tactics.

    Who knows we might even come back stronger. 3 seasons later.... 😉

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  • March 15, 2014 at 18:18
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    I will pay Morrisons fare back to Leeds that Austrian in 45 minutes did more than he as all season. He as made a mug of all of us, the chairman and managers who pick him.

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  • March 15, 2014 at 18:19
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    Treated with contempt by ambler and co. ,treated with contempt by the stewards and treated with contempt by the playing staff (some of which are on 20 times my salary!).I have never felt so disconnected from MY team!

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    • March 15, 2014 at 18:23
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      @norris: well said not sure what you earn but if their getting 20 times more than you your doing ok. Morrisons on £17,000 a week

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  • March 15, 2014 at 18:24
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    if you don't like the s**t they are playing then don't go SIMPLE

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    • March 15, 2014 at 18:26
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      @harrythelion: what's simpler is players who don't try and are on loan go back to their own clubs

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    • March 15, 2014 at 18:48
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      @harrythelion: you make a fair point,but backing a poor team and having the p*** taken out of you are two different things,and i can't help but feel the latter has occurred the last 2 seasons!

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  • March 15, 2014 at 18:25
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    Fact. Millwall f c have forgotten how to score a goal.
    Results; in relegation .

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  • March 15, 2014 at 18:27
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    I have to say that at least under Lomas we DID score a few goals but everything was wrong at the other end.Now we are keeping clean sheets but can't score for monkeys. To be fair to IH he had a job on his hands when he took over and it needed a miracle to change things around, I just wish he would stop making unrealistic claims. Being a 1st division manager might be new to him, not sure but my senses say he will not see the year out.

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    • March 15, 2014 at 18:29
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      @Peckhamlad: Oh just to add my tuppence worth, Get Trotter back, since he left we have been crap.

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      • March 15, 2014 at 18:37
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        @Peckhamlad: Get Wood back because since he left we have been crap!!

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      • March 15, 2014 at 18:40
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        @Peckhamlad: Sorry, but it's the likes of Trotter who have put Millwall where they now are.
        I've just had a look at our remaining fixtures. I won't list them cos they're easy enough to find. My own predictions from those are 8 points.
        On that basis, you can wipe off 10k from today's game for our first home game next season vs. Port Vale.
        One word to desribe this season. EXCREMENT.

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        • March 15, 2014 at 22:45
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          @NICKOLA: Don't agree how many games did we lose when Trotter was not in the team and how many did we win? (This season)

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  • March 15, 2014 at 18:39
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    I thought FRED looked a really decent player today, Robbo was good, and when the HOFF came on he looked really lively,with a half decent touch. The rest huffed and puffed, but Morrison looked dull,jaded , lacked pace and energy and was dire.

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    • March 15, 2014 at 19:02
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      @bordersarebest0170: He's carrying an injury and hasn't had the luxury of having a game off like some of the others. I would be more critical of Bertie big bollux Jackson who keeps taking the money and still hasn't played 90 mins or ever looked like scoring. Just remember when Moro went off the other night we didn't have a clue, and don't get me going on that midget clown Campbell. It would have been easier for Moro to stay on the sick like the other no shows Bailey and co.
      He has been getting Battered every game with no support from the ref, the only time he has been missing was for an op. McD, Bailey, Chaplow, HOYTE, Jackson, Campbell. These are the ones who have let us down. I am not talking about Baileys back problem ( it may be genuine) but the fact that he was still not fit more than halfway through the season. I am letting off steam but I am p***** off with these f****** journeymen taking us for all we have and not giving something in return.
      Rant over for now.

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  • March 15, 2014 at 18:42
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    @PECKHAMLAD: TROTTER is crap, we were crap when he was here,can't get in boltons. Team

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  • March 15, 2014 at 18:43
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    A horrible lack lustre shambles of a performance, the first half was like a friendly i cant remember either keeper making a save, the silence at the final whistle said it all, it wasn't even worth booing, we look like a team without belief, without ideas , and almost without hope now, we need an astonishing turn around to even give ourselves a chance of picking up a few points , i fear we're doomed captain mainwaring, doomed .

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    • March 15, 2014 at 18:56
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      @thecolumbusblock: The turnaround had to be today. We are NOT suddenly going to win at Leeds. Forest, Wigan, Boro or QPR.
      Home games don't give us points either. Can't beat Charlton says it all.
      It's over.

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      • March 15, 2014 at 19:16
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        @NICKOLA: i wish i could disagree but i fear you're right

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    • March 15, 2014 at 19:36
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      @thecolumbusblock:
      considering what was at stake today ....neither team should stay up

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  • March 15, 2014 at 19:35
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    I assume the players went on strike today as some sort of mark of respect for Bob Crowe Fred was the only scab....the boy wont hang around here too long

    Uwe Fuchs could blossom on his second coming

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  • March 15, 2014 at 20:07
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    @SEALION : yeah I agree with everything you say about all our so called forwards, they are all crap. The fact I mentioned Morrison was because he did play today, and regardless wheather he is injured or not he was useless, in my opinion

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  • March 15, 2014 at 20:14
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    Lets sign Anelka.

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    • March 15, 2014 at 21:20
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      @malcolm03:

      agree...sign him and the quenell fella ...whoever he is....it would be a good gesture by the board

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    • March 15, 2014 at 22:42
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      @malcolm03: If he would come I would sign him tomorrow rgardless of reputation (to the end of the season of course)

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  • March 16, 2014 at 08:00
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    What shocked me more than certain players being useless was that charlton came down to the den and created a better atmosphere then us.We had a full house and we were quiet after 20minutes.We are getting better if it means we go down then so be it cause majority of us on this forum who moan and complain will be back next year supporting the team again.Why ??cause the club is in our blood or maybe were just mental.

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  • March 16, 2014 at 10:45
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    I work abroad so can't attend as many games as I'd like but yesterday was what I'd consider a typical derby/relegation battle where both sides were more concerned with not losing than actually going balls out to win.
    Like everyone else on here I thought Fred was good although he did get pushed off the ball a little easy - but I guess he'll fill out and get stronger as he gets older. I thought 'Lurch' had a good debut and a decent first touch. I also think Dunne should have been wearing a red shirt!
    I guess injuries mean we can never consistently put out the same team so we can never build on results over the likes of Ipswich or Derby and I don't know the answer to that.
    But what definitely upset me most was when Charlestown started singing 'Its so quiet at the Den' - I really did hang my head in shame!!

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    • March 16, 2014 at 14:01
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      @ewifromstives: Plastic Supporter.You need to give up this working abroad lark and get a lesser paid job back home so that you can be down the Den week in week out. Only then will you be entitled to an opinion. I have my own house on the market and am currently looking for a ridiculously priced terraced house back in SE23 just so that I can continue to claim my right to supporting the club I have loved since I can remember and followed all over England for a period of nearly 15 years back in the 80's and 90's. I too am ashamed by the Anoraks coming through loud and clear on Lion's Player, even tough I was trying to drown them out with my own songs from the comfort of my living room, 400+ miles away.

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  • March 16, 2014 at 19:37
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    Charlton only need to win 1 of there games in hand & we are bottom 3. SORT IT OLLIE FFS .

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  • March 16, 2014 at 22:04
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    Both to go down, I was so bored watching this poor lions team, what has gone so wrong??

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  • March 18, 2014 at 17:40
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    A lot of people on here Blame holloway, The buck stops with the players, if they don't want it were fooled...we'll and truly , the players just have not performed and if we had done this at work I am sure lost of us would have got the old tin tac !

    I for one am looking forward to next season and the clear out in the summer !!!!!! And looking for other players to compliment the ones brought in on proper contracts, like Williams and Upson.

    The only down side is we have to see out this season...let's play for at least pride...it's getting embarrassing at work now !!!!

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