Millwall boss delighted after selection risk pays off at Forest

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© Edmund Boyden

IAN Holloway was "delighted" to see his selection gamble pay off after a much-changed Millwall side claimed an impressive 2-1 victory at Nottingham Forest.

Holloway revealed after the game that he had made seven alterations to his starting line up because his original team lost 6-0 in a training game on Friday morning.

And it was two of the recalled players, Scott Malone and Lee Martin, who scored the goals as the Lions closed the gap on fourth-bottom Charlton to just two points.



"We worked on something yesterday morning but I had to totally change it," Holloway said. "The team I didn't pick beat the team I did pick 6-0.

"On Thursday, everybody looked nervous and was giving the ball away and on Friday, when I picked the team, the players that I didn't pick beat the ones I did.

"I was not very happy so I changed seven people because I needed more confidence. I took a risk and I've never done that before, but I thought the lads handled it brilliantly.



"It was a strange thing for me to have to do but I am delighted for them and won't make a big issue out of it.

"They all took what I said on board and I think you could see how confident we were by the way we knocked the ball around in the first half.

"The ones who played confidently yesterday looked relaxed today."

The visitors had raced into a deserved two-goal lead before half time but Jamie Paterson's header shortly after the restart set up a tense finale.

"I got a little bit nervous in the second half I suppose with what's been happening to us and what happened last week, but we were terrific in the first half," Holloway said.

"We scored two good goals because we knew we could overload them down the wings and, yes, Scotty's goal took a deflection but we'd worked on getting him in that position.

"They play with a midfield diamond and that's what we spoke about.

"Lee thorough deserved the second goal and he has deserved better since I've been here. It's nice to have him back and he looked a bit of a Rolls Royce – I thought he was fantastic.

"Considering how long he'd been out for and how long he hadn't scored for, we were all delighted for him and it was a brilliant goal.

"That looked like him when he was at Manchester United. Hopefully he can come back, help the team and score more goals."

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53 thoughts on “Millwall boss delighted after selection risk pays off at Forest

  • April 5, 2014 at 18:58
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    LET EM ALL COME DOWN TO THE DEN! NO ONE LIKES US, ENJOYING THE HOME RUN. THE STORM.

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    • April 5, 2014 at 20:21
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      Stormin normin saw yer flag..touch...lads played some of the best football away from home....great great great..will be in london soon....

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      • April 5, 2014 at 22:17
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        @Jim28: WELL DONE JIM28, GREAT RESULT! GLAD YOU WERE THERE ALSO TO ENJOY THE WIN/ FUN. NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE. STORMIN' NORMAN.

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      • April 6, 2014 at 10:02
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        @Jim28:jim well done to you and every one else who traveled ,IH said he was not going to start hoff,how did he play ,did he hold and lay off the ball well,if so did we miss him when he was taken off,i like the guy so i hope he might start more often,then take him off when he runs out of puff

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        • April 6, 2014 at 10:52
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          @jim1222: the hof played well from the kick of...so did the team..the game was played on the deck..which suited him & the others..2 great goals from malone...the hof did get tired & was replaced by morro..even fordey had a good game...morro played well..the last 15 mins they threw everything at us including the ref...

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        • April 6, 2014 at 10:57
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          @>jim1222 the hoff had a good game held the line well good with his passing but strangely didn't win two many balls in the air. When morro came on we had to play more down the wings & the ball kept coming back at us.

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          • April 6, 2014 at 14:56
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            @block 28: what i have seen of him he seem's to take the ball on his chest a lot rather than head it,still if it works dont knock it,also i would like to see him start then take him of when he tires rather than bring him on when we are behind.
            im glad you had lots to be happy about on the way home.
            well done you and the rest who traveled .

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          • April 7, 2014 at 11:40
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            @block 28: How can anyone say the hof played well saturday? He contributed nothing to the game, we we're 2 up playing with pretty much 10 men he was that bad

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  • April 5, 2014 at 18:59
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    Looks like he's down to cutting the cards on selection or something similar.

    Why did you play so'n'so today ! that's easy he drew an Ace.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 19:22
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    So Olly played the people that WANTED it, were ORGANISED and today looked CONFIDENT.

    There's 3 words not associated with this squad ... and wasn't it great to see it?

    And how often in the past it's not been the best team that wins but the team that wants it more....

    I don't think the team that came up from Div 1 had great individual talent but together they wanted it ... and they got there.

    Can Olly now choose the ones that WANT IT.

    Even if it means we go down fighting...

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    • April 6, 2014 at 12:31
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      @kitch: Agree, Greece winning Euro 2004 is the example that always springs to my mind. Not the most talented players by a long way- but they wanted it and played as a team.
      Really happy for IH as well - the changes he made to the starting line up certainly raised a few eyebrows, including my own. But I felt that there must've be a reason for it - as I've said before - we as fans only know half of the story. (unless you're hiding up a tree at the training ground or you've bugged the changing room!)
      Hats off to the fella I say - for being brave and sticking to the info gained from training. It's a catch 22 - If he leaves certain players out (players with a 'rep') - there's always gona be fans saying - 'what the f**k is he thinking? etc. etc.' Then if you DO pick those players and they don't perform, it's still the managers fault...!? And picking the team is only one aspect of a managers job.....
      Hope this win softens the views of some fans - in giving IH's choices a chance. COYL.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 19:23
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    Just had a look at charltons fixtures to see if its time to grab onto some hope, they couldnt possibly have it any easier to pull away, yeovil and barnsley at home the 2 games in hand , ah well it was nice to get a win and maybe we can end the season with a bit of pride

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  • April 5, 2014 at 19:37
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    Yeovil won away from home Barnsley held the Gay boys (no pun intended ) so they both are fighting for pride as we did today so who knowers ???? Can we still dream of survival ???? C O Y L

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  • April 5, 2014 at 19:39
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    @THECOLUMBUSBLOCK: well I think charlton could find those two games v difficult as Barnsley and Yeovil are fighting for their lives and picking up points, so don't give up just yet.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 19:43
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    Sorry there is no R in knows ,,,, & after q p Rs result today there won't be in the prem next year hahahahaha

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  • April 5, 2014 at 19:48
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    Well done IH hard if to you for having the balls to change the team after Fridays training game those out there showed the fight needle and I applaud the 625 who travelled to forest you are true Millwall and I will join you at the Middlesbrough match with my son and grandson to add our voices to cheer on those lions

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  • April 5, 2014 at 19:52
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    Charlton will lose those games in hand and we will stay up. I'd put money on it if I had any.

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    • April 6, 2014 at 11:36
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      @benzo: that will mean bith Yeovil and Barnsley will have won, actually I think draw in both games would be best if we win ours.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 19:54
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    Keep the faith Holloway is begining to understand MILLWALL.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 19:55
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    Carewlion
    Apr 05 - 19:48
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    Well done IH hats off to you for having the balls to change the team after Fridays training game those out there showed the fight needed and I applaud the 625 who travelled to forest you are true Millwall and I will join you at the Middlesbrough match with my son and grandson to add our voices to cheer on those lions

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  • April 5, 2014 at 20:00
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    Perhaps Holloway should try those training game tactics every week! COYL!!!

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  • April 5, 2014 at 21:24
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    Might keep quiet about the initial team losing 6-0!

    All worked out in the end and another massive game coming up at Wigan on Tuesday.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 21:50
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    There are some players in this club need to have a long hard look at themselves, we already know they don't give a F**k about Millwall but you would have thought they had some respect for their own career prospects.

    Well done today boys, another mountain to climb Tuesday, still let give 'em some!

    COYL!!!!

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  • April 5, 2014 at 21:53
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    This goes some way to explaining the 'madness of holloway' we form our opinions on 90 mins match time once or twice a week,we are not privy to what goes on the rest of the week.The question is how much credence should be put to training performances vs match performances?Not sure IH has got the balance right often enough.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 22:18
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    now those 2 points lost against Blackburn become important

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  • April 5, 2014 at 22:21
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    So nice to get up on a sunday morning here in New Zealand and find out the boys actually put their lives on the line and went out to get the WIN....
    Sounds like IH made a big call to change 7 players after a training game on Friday...Guess if it hadn't worked would everyone on here be saying WTF is he doing..... But if this is what it takes to get 11 players on the pitch wanting to play football / wanting to play for MILLWALL then lets keep it going. If players know they aren't just in the team because they always have been its great and we get great performance on a sat afternoon.....then all for it.......

    C'mon WALL....keep the faith.... No Millwall fan will complain if we go down playing with your hearts on your sleeves each week....

    Now off to Watch the local team I follow here in NZ.....
    Big local derby game today.....C'mon North Shore put the same effort as my MIGHTY MILLWALL and we to can get a win away from home...

    Millwall for life...............................................

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  • April 5, 2014 at 22:35
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    Why is it we beat top teams and at the same time the rubbish that is done at the bottom also pick up points

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    • April 5, 2014 at 23:45
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      @jim1222: Thats why we are where we are; great result; well on top first half, holding on second. Had some luck today for one. COYL

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  • April 5, 2014 at 23:37
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    WE'RE THE BEST TEAM IN LONDON! OOOOOOOOOO THE BEST TEAM OF ALL!!!! EVERYBODY KNOWS US WE'RE CALLED MILLWALL!
    Great job Wall, players and fans! Now lets give those anorak c**ts something to worry about!! COYL.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 23:52
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    Alex script last nite read like a great novel, watching the description and seeing those first 2 goals I thought he was having a lend , then hanging on after they pegged a goal back , like it was been played in my lounge room. Sounded like the giant Austrian unscrewed his head and put his watermelon on for a brief few moments but still gotta love the fact that he was getting into the spirit of things. Boys had a massive crack and got a just reward for our club, we gunna have to climb out of this hole inch by inch but if last nite was anything to go by it.l be a hell of a ride. Take a bow travellers, when Alex said the players were fist pumping the away end it was ......................., il leave that part out but f***** unreal feeling. Great win and thanks to all for a great night.

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  • April 6, 2014 at 00:00
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    Just keep the same side and who knows we may actually keep winning, it's not over til the fat lady sings COYL

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    • April 6, 2014 at 10:46
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      @Davey:

      She is tuning up in the wings at the moment though

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  • April 6, 2014 at 00:12
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    Looks like the madness of King Ollie paid off today.
    Well done Ollie.Bit of a long way round but you'll get there!

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  • April 6, 2014 at 04:11
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    that was one of my 10 points I wrote- play more practise real life match games in training, it shows a lot!! You may as well chuck them cones in the bin, in practise we should be playing real life scenarios, and practise defending/attacking 30 corners one after another, 30 freekicks, 30 long throw ins. We need confidence built out of repetitive situations. Even if we have a freekick, how many players drag out 2/3 defensive opponent players away as decoys? You need to keep playing practise matches, and employ a new defensive management team asap. George Graham did it, and the first thing we need to do is concentrate on the defence. Holloway will find players who score goals for fun, but he needs some backup. C'mon Millwall

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  • April 6, 2014 at 08:46
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    the mad one got it right although we been sayong it for months that a lot of the wage thieves are not giving us enough well ollie has finally seen them for what they are. now turn wigan over and its game on coyl

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  • April 6, 2014 at 10:44
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    Time for Chapman and his security clowns to put their feet up for our remaining home games and allow the fans to turn the den into a cauldron of pure have and evil for the opposition and get on their case all through the game. . It's what we do best, too many teams come down and take the p*** now days in the sanitised atmosphere the club is happy with . .years ago all clubs hated playing us at home now they treat us like mugs . . We can be the 12th man and make the difference between staying up and going down (and no, that don't include the w****** who throw bottles and coins)

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    • April 6, 2014 at 13:23
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      @Fingers: If we get a win or draw at Wigan and Charlton drop more points.. Watford at home becomes yet another massive chance for us. The team needs to know that if they keep trying their best- we'll keep singing and making the den a hostile environment for the opposition.
      If they want to do some stewarding - go hassle the away fans...! We should take a leaf out of Yeovils book - take the roof off the away stand! COYL.

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    • April 6, 2014 at 15:41
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      @">Fingers. Totally agree with you about over the top stewards & police inside the den. Yesterday we shouted & chanted & sang withing touching distance of the OB. They never even flinched. Millwall OB could learn a lesson or two from them.

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      • April 6, 2014 at 20:31
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        @">block 28 sorry that should of read over the top stewarding

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  • April 6, 2014 at 11:29
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    both goals ultimately came from Hof flick ons that morison hasn't won all season - not blaming morison , we know that ain't his game - but Hof has to keep doing that and we need to get people working off him - you see from yesterdays results that shock wins are possible - I don't fancy us at Wigan but if we chase every ball , get a few breaks defensively , then you never know -Wigan always give teams a chance at the back. On the FLS Rosler was complaining their performance against Leeds was below par owing to tiredness - well they have to go again on Tuesday - we have to make sure we are sharper, put in all the challenges and see if they fancy it - Charlton or Yeovil will pick up points - any result other than a Charlton win will be manageable if we can win our home games

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    • April 6, 2014 at 11:38
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      @timchimes: I will be at Wigan, a draw would be acceptable in my view. Good to see Dunney back in centre of defence, I though he was excellent there against Bolton wasn't it?

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    • April 6, 2014 at 19:47
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      @timchimes: One perhaps faint hope is that Wigan play Arsenal in FA cup next weekend and may play a weaker side, and they may be wary of getting injuries. Whatever Millwall have to pull all the stops out to get something out of the match.

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  • April 6, 2014 at 11:41
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    The Hoff could potentially be instrumental in our last few games. His flicks and hold up play worked superbly and drew players towards him. Look at what crouch and Zigic do, they may not be prolific goal scorers which we desperately need but their presence in the box frightens defenders into close marking opening up spaces for others

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  • April 6, 2014 at 13:21
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    False hope or the start of a miracle? That is basically what yesterday's win means... I am very optimistic (I think we all have to be as Millwall fans) but I still am looking at playing League 1 football next year, I wasn't at Forest yesterday but reports and people's comments on the game have been positive and promising but we've left it too late (IMO).

    We heard the same when we beat Derby, that was a huge opportunity for us to pull away from the bottom 3 and make a statement, what happened? We managed 2 points from Charlton, Birmingham, Blackpool, Blackburn and Leeds all of which were beatable. I might be miserable and putting a downer on it but we need a miracle to stay up.

    Keep fighting till the end of the season and see what you can achieve Millwall and if the miracle comes off I'll be buzzing as much as everyone but for me I'm staying realistic and preparing for League 1 still.

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  • April 6, 2014 at 16:07
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    Delighted are we Ian? We're still going down so don't get too pleased with yourself.

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  • April 6, 2014 at 16:24
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    Too little too late. A little win here and there won't keep us up. Points dropped recently against many teams around us which would have seen us well clear of danger in mid table. I can't get excited about this current team as you never know who will turn up both physically in being picked or mentally, whether they'll care when they are picked. I sincerely hope I am wrong and we stay up as 3rd division football for the next 5-7 years is a demoralising thought. It's no more than the team deserves though, just a shame it'll be us who need to face that reality whereas the players who got us into the mess will have moved on or still be collecting a fat wage packet off our backs.

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  • April 6, 2014 at 16:36
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    @ALEXDANGELO: in answer to your post, I can assure you that holloway and every other team manager at all senior levels put all the routines you talk of plus many many more into their daily sessions.i am a qualified FA coach and learned dozens of daily routines from those courses. As a manager at a much lower level than this I used to go and watch professional clubs train ( MILLWALL one of several ))and use and adapt what they did for my own sessions, your post seems to suggest we don't do the things you mention , but I promise you they do all of it on a daily basis and much more.

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  • April 6, 2014 at 23:01
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    New on here, someone tell me if I'm doing it right cheers.

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    • April 7, 2014 at 07:51
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      @foxy: looks like uve arrived at the best location on the planet foxy, welcome to the wall.

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  • April 7, 2014 at 13:15
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    @FOXY: yeah foxy, you're doing it right, we now have our very own FOX IN THE BOX

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  • April 7, 2014 at 14:54
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    Cheers thanks for the wellcome.

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