Maierhofer sets sights on Doncaster after first Millwall goals

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STEFAN Maierhofer rewarded himself with an Easter feast after gobbling up two chances in Millwall's win at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

The Austrian targetman opened his account for the Lions after 16 minutes at the Riverside Stadium and his second goal, a carbon-copy header, followed soon after.

And the striker, a former chef, joked afterwards: "When I get on the team bus I am allowed two pizzas because I scored two goals!"

Maierhofer admitted he was thrilled to get on the scoresheet as Millwall claimed their third straight away win, a result which lifted them out of the bottom three.

But the 31-year-old, signed by boss Ian Holloway on a free transfer in March, quickly turned his attention to today's crunch clash with Doncaster Rovers.

"Two goals, three points – I feel good," he said.

"It's a great feeling but I work every day in training and I know that I can help the team with goals. The important thing is to win my headers and work hard for the team.

"It doesn't matter if anyone else scores, as long as we win and take the points.

"I'm a striker so I need to score in every game. They were great crosses from Lee Martin and the result is very important to us.

"Three points at Middlesbrough and three more on Monday would be fantastic. We need to start the game like we started on Saturday and I think we can win it.

"The last few weeks have given us a big boost. Nobody thought we would win at Forest and we went to Wigan three days later and got the same result.

"I have been here one month and the gaffer said the right words every time and we have worked hard in training for me.

"In the past, I'm used to playing for teams at the front of the table, so this is a new situation for me. Every game, you have a lot of pressure.

"We've been doing very well. We took big points at Forest, Wigan and Middlesbrough. Now must do it now on Monday at The Den.

"I think that would a big, big step towards staying in this league."

Maierhofer had not played competitively for almost a year before he signed for Millwall but feels he is now caught up on his fitness.

Discussing his time without a club, Maierhofer said: "The last six months, I did my UEFA B Licence, working in an academy, working with kids every day.

"In February, I got my licence. I did well. I had a lot of offers. I had a good offer from Asian clubs and from Greece.

"I had an offer from Ukraine but the situation in Ukraine and Russia was not the best.

"I have always liked English football. I think it was good for me to have six months' rest, to look at myself and do the UEFA B Licence.

"I liked working with the kids. I was thinking about the next step in my career. I am 31 and I will play for the next three or four year at a high level then maybe I can become a manager.

"But the gaffer called me and said ‘come on, we need a player like you’.

"I told him that I was not in the best fitness but after I've done two or three weeks of hard work in training, then I can help the team.

"I think I've done well in the last few weeks when I've started and played 60 or 70 minutes."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

21 thoughts on “Maierhofer sets sights on Doncaster after first Millwall goals

  • April 21, 2014 at 07:10
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    we've been knocking at the door at being a good team for some time. so today i hope we get that first win at home in eight. lets hope the ref plays it fair for once. WUBBLE U.

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  • April 21, 2014 at 08:03
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    The mighty Hoff can help us do it today at home,We cud be practically safe by tonight ,keep the millwall surge going guys
    COYL!!!

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  • April 21, 2014 at 08:06
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    The mighty Hoff can help us do it today at home,We cud be practically safe by tonight ,keep the millwall surge going guys
    COYL

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  • April 21, 2014 at 08:12
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    I just hope the players aren't as nervous as I am about this game, bright start early goal and we should be alright, but if we go a goal down we can't get on there backs

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  • April 21, 2014 at 08:41
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    Millwall you have put us through the ringer this year more so than last year..even when we got promoted you had to make it hard..its what you do..& we the fans keep bouncing back....then again wouldn't have it any other way...WE ARE MILLWALL ENOUGH SAID

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    • April 22, 2014 at 09:02
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      @Jim28:
      THATS WHAT MILLWALL SEEM TO DO Jim28............
      NEVER MIND, AS YOU SAY WE ARE MILLWALL !!!
      AND THE EVENING STANDARD HEADLINE :
      " ENOUGH SAID "
      " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
      THE STORM...........................AGREES !!!

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  • April 21, 2014 at 09:07
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    When the Hof joined the lions I looked at his stats from previous clubs and thought this is the end for my Wonderfu club, but how wrong I have been as he has proved me wrong with some encouraging performances then his 2 goals at Boro, he has done more for MFC than the likes of Macdonald and Jackson so well done mate, keep going till the season ends and earn yourself a longer stay in SE16!!

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  • April 21, 2014 at 09:08
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    Could this man be the next manager?

    He seems bright and articulate and could sort out the catering as well?

    Could not do Wurst!

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  • April 21, 2014 at 09:47
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    Yes, let enjoy the BIG DAY and win this match like we have won our last three away games. C'Mon Jim28 & Stormin' you two can lead the sing off ! ( we are Millwall - no one likes us )

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  • April 21, 2014 at 09:50
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    Super Hof!

    Seems like a right character going by his lift selfie on Facebook (it's on Aldos Twitter too) and I bet it's no coincidence that we've started to improve since him and Edwards have joined.

    Both players signings were questioned by most of us, but they're looking like pretty inspired signings now!

    I'm looking forward to going today. COYL!

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    • April 21, 2014 at 09:54
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      @Kennyp: Also got to mention Nicky Bailey, I think he's essential to our Midfield!

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  • April 21, 2014 at 09:54
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    This is a huge game...for us, and it should be a sell out!!!!!...but alas those bandwagons will probably breakdown on the A2/M2 and south circular so we will probably gave our usual 10k crowd, it's a shame we cannot get anymore to roar the lions to victory.......let's make it as hostile as we can get an early goal to settle the nerves..Lang get the three points I feel will be enough to secure championship status. I'll be there in kitcheners stand singing out loud and proud...let's all do the same, and who knows the dream might come true...oh yes and if Lucas Neil plays lets give him as much abuse as possible the judas hamster......I say no more

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  • April 21, 2014 at 09:58
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    I think the HOFF has made an impact on our squad from his very first appearance. The issue of our strikers has been a hot topic throughout the season- and one of the key talking points has been - that we've mostly got players that lack in the height department, who have been getting the wrong kind of delivery... IN THE AIR!?? This made us 1 dimensional going forward - and a lot of pressure was heaped on Morro to provide this side to our game.. which he did do, on occasion... but a TALL order (pun intended!) to rely on him week in, week out, when IMO he isn't an all out aerial striker.
    The HOFF has given us more options in attack- whether it's the classic header on the end of the cross - nodding it down/ holding the ball up for the others (COMPOSURE) or drawing defenders away from the line of attack.
    But what has impressed me the most about this geeza from the off, is that he is up for it and gets stuck in... The image of him on his debut - slapping his forehead while shouting at Martin -"Put it on my f**king head!" sticks in my mind, and I knew, providing his fitness progressed, that he was gona be good news for us. WELL DONE HOFF and well done to IH for bringing him in. HOFFHOFFHOFFHOFFHOFFHOFFHOFF!!!! COYL.

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  • April 21, 2014 at 10:17
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    All I can say is ffs don't change anything round now ollie dear a win today and I fancy us doing qpr aswell, can't wait to get down there and have a great day all.

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  • April 21, 2014 at 10:56
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    Hoff seems a model professional, just the sort of leader the team needs. I shall be a bag of nerves all day, if we grab 3 points then I think we will stay up. Keep the faith!

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  • April 21, 2014 at 11:42
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    Anybody got any news on today's ticket sales?

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  • April 21, 2014 at 12:09
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    En - route to the den COYL!!!!!!

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  • April 21, 2014 at 12:15
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    1o/clock train from new eltham, go millwall eio eio eio.

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  • April 21, 2014 at 12:38
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    COYL!!!!

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  • April 21, 2014 at 12:57
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    Just win today please.

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  • April 21, 2014 at 14:05
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    He gives us something different up front and causes problems for the opposition defenders.

    Now he's reached match fitness and has a couple of goals under his belt I can see him scoring again today.

    2-0 wall Hoff and Woolford

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