"Wounded" Forde admits it's do or die time for Millwall

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DAVID Forde admits it's do or die time for Millwall in their battle to survive.

Forde still believes the Lions can stay in the Championship, despite being five points adrift of safety, but says they can afford no further slip ups in their final seven games.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash with Nottingham Forest, Forde described the thought of relegation back to League One as "soul-destroying", but vowed to fight to the end.



"This is as tough as it has been during my time at the club," Forde said.

"I look back at last year when things were really difficult and I don't think we were as good a side then as we are now, which is the most annoying and frustrating thing.

"When I look at the way we've played recently, we probably should have won around seven of our last 12 games and we shouldn't be in this position.



"We've played very well in a lot of games but for whatever reason we haven't got the breaks or taken some of our chances.

"There are still seven games to go and I know there is a gap between us and Charlton, but if we can get a big win at Forest all of a sudden things will change."

After the trip to the City Ground, Millwall travel to Wigan before hosting Watford.

"We can string two or three wins together and build up a bit of momentum," Forde added.

"It's got to be this week – the next three games will tell a massive story. Since I've been here, we've always done it the hard way, in typical Millwall fashion.

"We've always done well up at Forest and we've already beaten Wigan this season, so these are the games we excel www.honeytraveler.com/buy-proscar/ in.

"The bigger the game, the bigger the challenge and hopefully we'll rise to the occasion.

"There are a lot of twists and turns at this time of the season and someone usually puts a run of wins together out of the blue, so hopefully that'll be us.

"We have got a great opportunity with seven games to go and we're not really relying on anyone else. If we string some results together, it's still in our own hands.

"But the longer it goes on, it's out of our hands so we have to start winning now."

In the absence of captain Paul Robinson and his deputy Danny Shittu against Blackburn last weekend, boss Ian Holloway handed Forde the armband.

He said: "Playing for my country and captaining Millwall are my proudest career highlights, and when I've done it in the past I've absolutely loved it.

"Being captain gives me a great sense of pride. It's an honour and a privilege."

Forde admits this season has been especially bruising for the club's long-serving players.

"We've been here a long time and we have an added responsibility because we understand the club," he said. "It hurts us a lot and I'm certainly wounded at the moment.

"There's nothing worse than a wounded animal so hopefully we can rectify the situation.

"I would be absolutely gutted if we went down – it would be soul-destroying. We've worked so hard to get into the Championship.

"The way things have unfolded this season must be hard for the chairman because he's given it a right good go and invested a lot of money.

"It's disappointing for him and for the fans, but all of the lads are hurting too."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

18 thoughts on “"Wounded" Forde admits it's do or die time for Millwall

  • April 4, 2014 at 12:54
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    If you were that proud captaining our team then you won't hesitate in signing a new contract Fordey to help in the rebuild from next season!

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  • April 4, 2014 at 13:19
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    What do you care, you'll be of in the summer.

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  • April 4, 2014 at 13:27
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    Only a few more months Dave, then you're off anyway. I'm sure you'll get over it.

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  • April 4, 2014 at 13:31
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    Rats leaving a sinking ship springs to mind ,none of you lot give a SH1T or your so called pride would have kicked in & you would have played your hearts out four OUR Club ,,,C o y L

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  • April 4, 2014 at 13:34
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    Forde, you patronising p****!!!!!! What a load of b******* coming from someone who is off at the end of the season.

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  • April 4, 2014 at 13:43
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    It's only about actions now, the words are hollow and don't matter a f***!

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  • April 4, 2014 at 14:37
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    Fordey you came in when we seriously needed a keeper...pidgely was a f****** nightmare...arfter reading your goodbye speech .cos that wot it read like..not gonna s*** yer..good luck

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  • April 4, 2014 at 17:40
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    Save your weasle words for your new clubs supporters

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  • April 4, 2014 at 18:05
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    Wounded animals are a lot weaker than without the injury and are usually there for the taking.
    Rings a bell.

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  • April 4, 2014 at 18:50
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    Been a good servant but as you all say he will be off.. but no matter bringing in a fresh team may aswell bring in a new goally for the next few years

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  • April 4, 2014 at 19:11
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    Always done well at Forest? We lost 4-1 there last season and this year their reserves knocked us out the league cup.

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  • April 4, 2014 at 19:43
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    F*** off Fordey! Stop trying to sound like you give a s***! If you were that bothered you would have penned a bew contract. Your part of the reason we are in the s*** anyway!

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  • April 4, 2014 at 21:17
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    Thank you,Dave!
    Now we know that in the summer we will be without a man who loved us so much!
    Goodbye and good luck!

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  • April 4, 2014 at 21:25
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    All we ever get is the players saying 1 thing & doing another ..we love millwall blar blar , we must fight for the club blar blar blar, it's in our hands blar blar .. All aload ov b***** .. The only thing they really care about is wot new motor they r gonna buy with their weeks money most ov us could ever dream about .. Frack the lot of them off holloway as 99% ain't good enuf for the Cham/ship which they have shown to b true for the last few seasons ..

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  • April 4, 2014 at 21:44
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    I've never been over the moon about Forde. this years performance is definitely one of someone who's heart is elsewhere. and as keeper the slightest mistake deliberate or not is another goal against, come on Forde get your finger out and perform like a proper pro. and give all - to the 'Wall. COYL

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  • April 4, 2014 at 22:53
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    No Brian Horne!!! No case of Stella!!! Overated BUT loyal when we pick the bones out of it.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 00:11
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    I met Fordey once, he agreed to meet my nephew who was writing a profile on him for school. Guy was genuinely giving up his time for a young fan and came across a really decent bloke. If he moves on good luck to him, we will survive. If he stays, even better.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 23:43
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    "Hurts us a lot"

    B*******, the 'players' couldn't give two f**** . . .It hurts us a lot more having to pay the wages thieves every week . Shut up Forde eh

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