Millwall midfielder: Positive mindset key in relegation fight

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

MILLWALL cannot allow their heads to drop after sliding into the Championship relegation zone, midfielder Ed Upson has said.

Charlton's midweek win over Bournemouth saw the Lions fall into the bottom three for the first time this season with ten games of the campaign to go.

But Upson believes no good can come from dwelling on the situation and has called on his teammates to maintain an optimistic outlook.



He told NewsAtDen: "It's never nice to see your team in the bottom three.

"Maybe that was the wake up call people need to switch into gear but I'm not saying anyone hasn't done that already. We're all aware of the situation we're in.

"In and around the team we have got to keep our heads up and stay positive because results have got to change.



"Charlton's win was talked about, of course, but what's been said more than anything is that we've got to concentrate on ourselves first and foremost.

"You can worry about what everyone else is doing and their results, but you can't let that get to you. You've got to be in your own little bubble.

"Focused is the word. We should be fully focused on winning as many games and picking up as many points as we can and seeing where that takes us.

"It's down to us, it's all on our shoulders and we are the ones who can get us out of it. We're not going to rely on anyone else's results.

"Everyone's really positive at the moment and we cannot let our heads drop in any way.

"We cannot be down or negative about anything because that is not going to help us get out of this situation."

Results aside, Upson, a January signing from Yeovil Town, is loving life at The Den

"I am fully settled in now and I am really enjoying it," he said. "Coming to Millwall has been brilliant for me, everyone's welcomed me nicely and I feel like part of the group already.

"I'm playing week in, week out and understanding what the gaffer wants me to do and my role in the team.

"Hopefully I am showing that I can do that for him and I think that I have put in some good performances, but the main thing is results and they have to turn.

"As soon we do that, everything changes – the whole mentality, attitude and the positivity of the squad. That all comes with winning games."

Upson struggles to put his finger on why Millwall haven't been winning games – or why they weren't able to build on their fantastic win at Derby earlier this month.

Since then, the Lions have lost to Blackpool and drawn with the Addicks.

"We're playing well enough to win games but we have been unlucky with some penalties that shouldn't have been given and chances that we should have scored," Upson said.

"That's just what happens when you're down that end of the table.

"We had a great win at Derby, we played well and deserved to win the game. We didn't have long to recover for Blackpool but we were flying in the first half an hour.

"We missed a penalty, hit the bar and hit the post – we should have been 3-0 up. When you don't take your chances, the other team tends to get one and score it.

"They sat back, held on for the second half and made it difficult for us to break them down.

"Losing like that can be even more annoying because you are not getting what you deserve. It's so close but it's just not happening for whatever reason.

"The performances have been working but sometimes you need some luck – for the penalty to go in or for the ball to hit the bar and then go in. The margins are very fine."

Having pulled off a shock at the iPro Stadium when expectations were low, Saturday's trip to Elland Road to face Leeds United could be ideal for the Lions.

But Upson added: "There is the same amount of pressure in every game at the moment no matter who you are playing because it's so important to pick up those points.

"At this stage of the season, every game is as important as the last one and the next one.

"Obviously the pressure will be there again against Leeds but you wouldn't be a professional footballer if you couldn't handle that.

"We'll go into the game feeling as positive as we can."

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17 thoughts on “Millwall midfielder: Positive mindset key in relegation fight

  • March 21, 2014 at 11:18
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    Its all good to keep your heads on and keep motivation but we shouldnt of got of this situation in the first place. No more excuses!!!!!!

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  • March 21, 2014 at 11:19
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    Not gonna rubbish this article simply cos its by the one player who has performed each week

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  • March 21, 2014 at 11:23
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    True ed , at critical moments in games recently things have turned to s*** and chances have been missed, only you blokes can turn this around. Just remember the sacrifices of the supporters and what it means to them . It's not to late . Keep workin hard and fortunes will favour the brave.

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    • March 21, 2014 at 11:59
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      @grassgrower: just read that we could have lost fred to reading last summes for 3001000..but mfc refused to let him go..& will be keeping others such as goodman.o'brien.pavey..nelson& marquis is all of these worth keeping???

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      • March 21, 2014 at 12:17
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        @Jim28: it's hard for me to judge Jim, I never see the games apart from brief highlights each week , it looks like Fred has some go in him and pavey sounds like he,s ok? Who do you rate and value for dollar which ones would you keep??

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        • March 21, 2014 at 18:00
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          @grassgrower: Apart from Marquis and Fred, I haven't seen any of the others in action - but we keep hearing good things about em.
          Paveys 124 goals in a season is pretty impressive at any level (barring jumpers for goal posts!)...
          I think it's vital we keep hold of these players- if they're trained correctly and keep progressing- they'll become the main vein of our future team. Depth in a squad - of youth and experience - seems to be the key at the highest level of football. Everybody was taking the p*** out of old Ars* Wenger not so long ago and calling for his head.... but investing in youth seems to be paying off for them now- makes good business sense too...

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          • March 22, 2014 at 00:48
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            @Luke ColdBlow10: thanks for the insight Luke, ya right, developing youth and investing in the future crop of kids may be critical to the future success of the club.

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  • March 21, 2014 at 11:48
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    I cannot believe this is the 1st time we've been in the relegation zone, we only picked up 2 points from our first 6 games!

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    • March 21, 2014 at 12:12
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      @Jim28: i meant 3 hundred thousand@harryfabian: dont worry it wont be for lög anoaraks (h) to burnley then 3 away to forest derby & leeds

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  • March 21, 2014 at 12:11
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    Hi Ed welcome to the excusses page, so you have been asked to put your head above the parapit, got to say you have been one of the brighter things that have happened to Millwall this season, I understand that you can't see why we are failing to win more games.

    I know that you can't say it on here but the reason is that we have too may players who are not good enough or even worse can't be arsed to play to the best every game and have given up on Millwall, but lets at least not go down without a fight as the lsast few games have seen to me, that's what some players are doing looking forward to there holidays.

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  • March 21, 2014 at 12:41
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    Use your head, Ed, and get up front and get us a Goal in quick time.

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  • March 21, 2014 at 12:51
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    Looking at our remaining games I can only see us picking up 11 points realistically

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    • March 21, 2014 at 13:50
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      @southstand: another optimist (-: 11 might be enough?

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  • March 21, 2014 at 13:50
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    i can put a finger on why we aint winning its because we cant f**cking score goals simple as that.

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  • March 21, 2014 at 14:00
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    These players speak B******S. I wish they stop going on about confidence. Be professional and grown up and get on with the job you are paid for.

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  • March 21, 2014 at 15:24
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    Anyone else amazed this is the first time this season we've been in the relegation zone?

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  • March 22, 2014 at 08:02
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    Your turn this week? I'm so fed up you can co what you like with your 3 points. I'm in hospital with acute pancreaticisis & the only thing that wil make me feel better is a WIN not a much-hyped possible win if we can keep focussed!!!

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