Dunne: Millwall have "clicked" since training ground bust-up

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ALAN Dunne believes "something has clicked" at Millwall since the squad held a heated training-ground inquest ten days ago.

Dunne confirmed that there had been a "row" between players prior to their game against Nottingham Forest earlier this month.

An enraged Ian Holloway made seven changes to his starting line up at the City Ground after the team he had originally picked was thrashed 6-0 in a practice match.



That scoreline led to a frank exchange of words in the dressing room and prompted Dunne to "speak out" about the side's poor run of form.

The following day, Dunne was made captain and the Lions beat Forest 2-1.

The defender said: "There was a bit of a bust up in training before the Forest game, which I wasn't meant to be playing in.



"We had a row in the changing room because the reserves had beaten the first team. A few words were said and I spoke up and said what I felt about individuals and about players.

"I got emotional and it showed that I cared.

"Only so much can come from the manager and sometimes it takes a player to speak out. I have been here for 22 years and I felt someone needed to step up and say what they felt.

"Since then we've had three good results, so something's changed and something's clicked."

Asked what the tone of his speech had been, Dunne added: "You can work that one out for yourselves!

"Desperate times call for desperate measures and it needed to be said. It was not aimed at any specific individual but it was something I wanted to get off my chest.

"I said, 'we have got six games left here, I will be here next year so let's make sure everyone fights to keep us in this division.'

"It was along those lines, but obviously with a few swear words thrown in!"

Millwall built on their win at Forest with another victory against Wigan, before fighting back to claim a 2-2 draw with Watford on Saturday.

"I'm delighted to finish off a good week for us with a draw," Dunne said. "Seven points from nine as captain is pretty good and you can't ask for more than that.

"The overall performances in the last few games have been exceptional. I thought we started slowly on Saturday but as the game went on there was only one team in it."

The Lions were heading for a cruel defeat when Almen Abdi's shot deflected in four minutes from time, but Martyn Woolford came up with a stoppage-time equaliser.

Dunne added: "I think we over-committed a little for their goal because we felt comfortable after the equaliser and thought we were going to win it.

"Sometimes when you do that in the Championship get punished, especially by a team like Watford.

"They countered on us to go 2-1 up but the boys and the crowd dug in and showed the spirit that Millwall is all about.

"When we scored, the whole place lit up and I haven't seen that for a long time. The players deserved that at the very least.

"I'm confident we will stay up now. It was a vital point on Saturday. The stats recently have shown that we've been dominating games and we're playing better football.

"We have got four games left and I think we are capable of picking up nine points from 12, which will be more than enough to keep us up."

The Lions' improving form has sucked other teams into the relegation battle, while results elsewhere also went in their favour on Saturday.

Dunne said: "I'd say there are six teams in it now – Doncaster, Blackpool and Charlton, plus the bottom three.

"Straight after the game you want to know how the other teams have got on. When you hear they've lost, that makes our point even more vital.

"Some of the other clubs are in freefall while we've picked up eight points from 12, and if we get that again from our last four games that should be enough.

"We have still got to play Doncaster here so it's all to play for. Blackpool and Doncaster have been dragged right into it.

"We don't want to get carried away – it's one step at a time. We've got to play Middlesbrough and Doncaster in a matter of three days and that will decide our fate."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

34 thoughts on “Dunne: Millwall have "clicked" since training ground bust-up

  • April 14, 2014 at 09:17
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    people on hear question dunny's ability but you can't question his heart. well done to the boys over the last three games, same again next 4 and we will be in championship next season.

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  • April 14, 2014 at 09:17
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    A lions heart......

    Wall through and through

    Now gather your thoughts, dust yourselfs off, and go get boro!!!!

    Enough said!!!

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  • April 14, 2014 at 09:18
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    Oh and no injuries in training please 🙂

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  • April 14, 2014 at 09:22
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    well said Dunney, you take your fair share of stick mate but one thing for sure is Millwall in your blood. Think you should stay in the team to the end of season. keep it up mate

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    • April 14, 2014 at 12:45
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      @DELBOY64: If Cripps, Kitch and Rhino were playing now they would probably get loads of regular abuse too. Dunne and Robinson are no world beaters, but they're proper Millwall - committed one-club players and too many people forget that.

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  • April 14, 2014 at 09:22
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    You represent the fans and club so well Dunny.
    You deserve the captain's armband.
    THANKYOU.

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  • April 14, 2014 at 09:23
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    I must hold my hands up and confess that I believed that all the players were committed but they lacked poor basic technique and loss of confidence but it would seem Dunny has spotted that there was a lack of commitment from certain players.
    Who would have thought that a player getting paid for a game he is supposed to love could give less than 100%, even park players play to their best with the only reward being self satisfaction.
    Well, I hope that it is self evident who they are and they should be f***** right off at the seasons end.

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  • April 14, 2014 at 09:38
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    LETS BE HONEST, MILLWALL HAVE NOT BEEN GREAT, ( YES WE HAVE PICKED UP USEFUL POINTS ) , IF WE STAY UP OR GO DOWN, A LOT OF THESE PLAYERS WILL HAVE TO GO, OR DURING MY SEASON TICKET VISITS, WE WILL BE SUFFERING AT THE BOTTOM AGAIN. NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE. STORMIN' NORMAN.........TELLS IT 'CLICK - STRAIGHT' .

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  • April 14, 2014 at 09:45
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    People on here have slaughtered dunney this season and said he needs to go.
    I've always been behind him and Robbo. Yes their time is winding down but you need some of the old guard to do what he did. He's been there before and seen us go up and down, FA cup runs and has always been Millwall.

    That's what we need a team of loyal millwall players who fight like lions and thrive off the sound the den makes on a Saturday afternoon

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    • April 14, 2014 at 10:00
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      @CrawleyLion: i know some will say things like who do you think you are..or much worse..i dont know where some of this hatrred for dunne comes from.perhaps its the players who got told some home trruths

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      • April 14, 2014 at 10:15
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        @Jim28: I have always wanted someone else than Dunne in at right back - you can see from Edwards what a difference it makes to have someone comfortable on the ball in that position - it is no coincidence we are more fluent since he came - it is never a personal dig at Dunne - surely no one doubts his commitment, but the fact is he is not a particularly good player and if all our team were as good as him we would be in L1 forever - you can have team spirit and be good as well , it is just we didn't by the sounds of it - if we do stay up we owe him a great deal but he isn't the answer medium term for a successful/strong Championship side unfortunately; as a reserve defender and for his spirit maybe

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        • April 14, 2014 at 14:23
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          @timchimes: if that aint a personal dig i hate to read one of yours..& to say he's league 1 player is strange seeing he's been at this club for 22years..most of them have been in the top 2 leagues..we had 3 stints in the lesser one...i also remember when carlos came you called him over the hill

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          • April 14, 2014 at 17:30
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            @Jim28:
            Jim, it is not personal - what pleasure is there in slagging players off , especially ones like Dunne who give their all for us. - if you read what my posts , I never s*** players off for the sake of it. It is just a fact that as a right back he isn't a Championship quality defender. Just like Jack Smith, Josh Wright or Karleigh Osbourne or Feeney aren't Championship quality. I can't help that.

            Perhaps if he forms a good understanding with Beevers he might give CB a good go next year with some good coaching, but as a full back his ball skills are too limited - the days are gone when a defender can just whack it long every time. Certainly under Holloway playing it wide out from the back ; unless he develops composure and passing ability he can't start.

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          • April 14, 2014 at 17:53
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            @Jim28 : Jim I don't think you will find a post with me saying Edwards is too old - I might have questioned his quality - He has done well but here is the key point - he looks better grade than Dunne and some others we have had not because he himself is that wonderful (otherwise he would be in Ipswich's squad - let alone first 11) only that Dunne etc have been so weak - When we do get someone who is reasonable they look good because of the multitude of second rate players we have had in the last 2/3 years - these are basic things that Edwards can do - Look at Beevers he has hardly connected with a pass all season, yet on Saturday he was dropping off deep controlling the ball and actually finding his man at times; not always pretty but Holloway has shown him that that is the only way if he wants to play at this level; either he develops those skills or he plays in L1 or 2

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      • April 14, 2014 at 16:33
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        @Jim28: It's easy for us to have a stab at players when they aren't performing especially in a season like we've had but you have to commend the fact that after 42 games he's still got the heart to stand up for his club and tell the others it's not good enough and face any criticism he gets on the chin. That's the sign of a club legend

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  • April 14, 2014 at 10:18
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    Dunney do me a favour mate and when your training today throw some more f**** at the ones who think there bigger than millwall maybe we will get four more wins you never know.

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  • April 14, 2014 at 11:10
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    Well done dunny for sticking by your club & telling the squad some home truths if all the players had your commitment we would of been out of the s*** long ago. Having said that well done to all the squad for making a fight of it

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  • April 14, 2014 at 11:29
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    I see we have a non league youngster at the club,Its alright them saying that he as scored 40 odd goals this season for his club but that's non league can he do it in the championship
    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11688/9265250/transfer-news-millwall-looking-at-non-league-ace-connor-calcutt

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    • April 14, 2014 at 12:33
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      @colin66: Good, in the past Millwall have signed some excellent players from non-league outfits- Phil Walker Trevor Lee and Teddy Sheringham to name just a few.
      Lets hope this youngster cuts the mustard.

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    • April 14, 2014 at 14:51
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      This is EXACTLY the sort of player Millwall should be after. Ever successful lions team of the past has had a few ex non leaguers, MFC youths & a scattering of old pros. When we try to go down the all old pros route we normally get shafted by wage thieves! BTW, Peckhamlad, Ted was a Millwall youth player. He was on our books from the age of 16. Played out on the wing as I recall. 🙂

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      • April 14, 2014 at 15:47
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        @MickyMillwall: And of course Neil Harris came from Cambridge city,I think its great that we are already looking at players for next season now and not when the season has started I think olly will be good for millwall,If we stay up I reckon we could push for a top 6 finish next season

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    • April 15, 2014 at 11:15
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      @colin66: thats the gamble clubs take if he had proved he could score goals at the higher level,he would be at a bigger club and we couldn't afford him,its a gamble.

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  • April 14, 2014 at 11:40
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    Yep, if we stay up, do the decent - thing and Step - Down! We need some New or Young Good Players in Millwalls Team next season. We need to be in the Top Ten NOT the Bottom Five. ( this is purely cause we stuck with the old guard, we have NOT forgotten those early / middle season matches! So thanks and move on in may 2014.

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  • April 14, 2014 at 12:27
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    i have been one of his biggest critics,so i will give credit where credit it is due,dunne's intervention in the the dressing room may be the thing that keeps us up,even if it does not my view of him has changed big time,many on hear have said he is millwall through and through,so its time i came on board and agreed with those people.
    Keep it going millwall lets not waste his words that have helped turn us around,so players and fans lets give it our all.

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  • April 14, 2014 at 12:34
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    It's interesting that it took a "dressing room bust up" to change things, couldn't Ollie work it out for himself?

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  • April 14, 2014 at 12:54
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    @Peckhamlad: I think Ollie probably did enough by changing the team to cause it to happen.

    He may be crazy at times - but he certainly isn't stupid.

    Far from it

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  • April 14, 2014 at 12:59
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    If you used that energy on the pitch we would not be near the bottom. I can still hear scores of fans around us giving Dunne loads of stick for many games he played, cause he played ABSOLUTE RUBBISH! ( he has a lot to give back, not just the last 2 / 3 games) .

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    • April 14, 2014 at 16:20
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      @BUSHWACKER14: well it seems like it was through lack of ability rather than lack of effort.

      Many of this squad cannot say the same which is shameful.

      If his talk in the dressing room led to some of the 'better' players giving their all it could be what ultimately keeps us in the Championship.

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    • April 14, 2014 at 19:52
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      @BUSHWACKER14: Totally agree. The worse I have ever seen was against Middlesbrough where his body language said it all. If he gave some players belters then well done, but he deserved some of his own during the season, and he got some from me.

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  • April 14, 2014 at 19:23
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    Ive been one of dunneys critics with a few cheap shots i admit, im delighted hes shoved them down my throat, total respect to him .

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    • April 15, 2014 at 06:56
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      @thecolumbusblock: good to see someone man up when they think they got it wrong..cos there's alot who wouldn't

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  • April 14, 2014 at 19:56
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    Big game for us tomorrow charlton Barnsley best result draw don't know?

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  • April 14, 2014 at 20:00
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    Well done to dunney,but is says a lot about todays players when ONE shows they care and he is lauded as a hero!

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  • April 14, 2014 at 21:14
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    Thank u Dunney, we are proud to have you wear our shirt

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