Report: Millwall 0-0 Doncaster Rovers

MILLWALL were held to a frustrating goalless draw by ten-man Doncaster.

Rovers had Abdoulaye Meite sent off late in the first half but the Lions could not capitalise.

They had 67% of the possession and 19 shots on goal but the visitors defended resolutely after Meite's dismissal and somehow held on to claim a point.

Owen Garvan was missing for Millwall through illness and was replaced in the starting XI by Scott McDonald as boss Ian Holloway made just the one change.

As could be expected in a game between two lowly teams, the opening exchanges were cagey although the Lions' every attack was met with a roar by an expectant home crowd.

Lee Martin continued where he had left off against Middlesbrough by whipping a low cross into the box in the ninth minute which was scurried to safety by the visitors.

Martin again caused problems for Rovers when he cut inside and floated a cross towards the far post, with Carlos Edwards and Maierhofer close to heading it home.

The winger's centre from the opposite flank was then half-cleared to McDonald, whose shot from the edge of the area was blocked behind for a corner.

In the 33rd minute, Edwards blasted high and wide from a promising position before Shaun Williams headed a corner into the arms of 'keeper Sam Johnstone.

Doncaster were reduced to ten men just before the break when Meite raked his studs down Maierhofer's knee, leaving referee Fred Graham with no choice other than to dismiss him.

Malone then looped a half-volley over the bar as the half finished goalless.

Holloway withdrew Woolford at the interval and brought on Steve Morison, deploying him on the right flank.

Millwall began the second period on the front foot with McDonald's shot from the edge of the box deflecting narrowly wide.

Williams' drive was pushed away by Johnstone before the Manchester United loanee made a stunning save to keep out Morison's ferocious half-volley.

Morison then headed against the bar from Martin's corner as the Lions poured on the pressure.

Sub Simeon Jackson looked certain to score when Morison's cross flashed across the face of goal, but a Doncaster defended made a vital last-ditch interception.

As the fourth official signalled three minutes of additional time, Morison and Mark Beevers, now operating as a forward, both saw shots blocked in front of goal.

That proved to be Millwall's last chance as they extended their unbeaten run to six games but were left to rue two points dropped.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

50 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 0-0 Doncaster Rovers

  • April 21, 2014 at 17:28
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    Never take the easy route, feel sick

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  • April 21, 2014 at 17:30
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    Wasted opportunity if we don't beat s*** like that we deserve a squeaky a***

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  • April 21, 2014 at 17:31
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    What is about home games and playing other sides near the bottom? It'll be great if we can get something from QPR, but it's looking like we'll need to beat Bournemouth to stay up.

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  • April 21, 2014 at 17:33
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    Barnsley - Middlesbrough (A), QPR (H)
    Yeovil - Brighton (A), Middlesbrough (H)
    Millwall - QPR (A), Bournemouth (H)
    Charlton - Blackburn (H), Watford (H), Blackpool (A).
    Blackpool - Wigan (A), Charlton (H).
    Doncaster - Reading (H), Leicester (A).
    Birmingham - Leeds (H), Wigan (H), Bolton (A)

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    • April 21, 2014 at 19:09
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      @lion.ie: Looking at these remaining fixtures I think Yeovil and Barnsley will be relegated, Charlton will survive and we could end up with the same number of points as Blackpool, Doncaster and Birmingham but will be relegated on goal difference. Not winning today, the last minute draw Blackburn achieved and Morison's penalty miss at Blackpool could be our downfall.

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  • April 21, 2014 at 17:38
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    NINE - shall I repeat NINE Home games without a WIN !!!!!!!!!!
    Deserve to go down.

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    • April 21, 2014 at 18:18
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      @Longfield Lion: b*******, we only deserve to go down if we finish in the bottom 3.

      If our away form ends up making the difference then so be it, s*** at home or not.

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      • April 21, 2014 at 22:59
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        @MFC Lion:
        Well said
        Longfield
        Lion?
        It ain't over until the fat lady sings!

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  • April 21, 2014 at 17:39
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    Easter and Jackson 2 useless c**** what do they bring to the team absolutely nothing!!
    Rather have Marquis in the team, that's how bad they are!!!

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  • April 21, 2014 at 17:40
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    Ollie must stop bringing on the grusome-twosome together, we always seem to lack that something whenever they appear, are they joined at the hip !
    One is just about ok but the appearance of Easter always makes me feel we are running up the white flag with his arrival.
    Today was really hard to just create that final touch and I must admit we had some real chances but the ball would not just sit-up for the finish needed.
    Just as well they went down to 10 men because that 24 hour rest period difference could have been to their advantage at the end.

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  • April 21, 2014 at 17:47
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    Bottom of the table to having our season in our own hands, six games unbeaten, four points from six over Easter. Missed a big opportunity today but we're still a fair bet to stay up so I'm not sure why all the negativity is back? Win one of our last two and we'll be fine.

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  • April 21, 2014 at 17:47
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    Well at least we have not lost a must not lose match. Had the same been so for Blackpool and Birmingham we would be safe!

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  • April 21, 2014 at 17:57
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    The sending off as it often does worked against us, it was must not loose game not a must win. The Boro' game ensured that.

    It's not over until it's over, but unlike a month ago it's in our hands.

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  • April 21, 2014 at 18:07
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    Jackson and easter waste of f****** space, first half good second half total crap, when will we leave that place happy.

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  • April 21, 2014 at 18:25
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    This is looking a lot like how last season ended. Possibly reliant on Charlton (rather than palace) doing us a favour on the last day of the season.

    The fish to grab a late winner that sends Blackpool down would be great.

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    • April 21, 2014 at 18:30
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      @MFC Lion: Only one team will keep us up or send us down and that's us. You more or less said it yourself, the bottom three are the bottom three, no excuses.

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  • April 21, 2014 at 18:29
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    Another frustrating day at the den!I would have been happy with 4 points before the weekend started,can't fault the players effort just lacking a bit of invention in the last 3rd.Easter and Jackson are extremely ineffective,not anticipating a single morison knock down.We must fight on but whatever division we are in next season the dire home farm of the last 3 seasons has to be addressed!

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    • April 21, 2014 at 18:40
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      @norris: you are totally spot on - utterly without wit Jackson; running away from the ball half the time - Easter was playing centre mid without the vision to play in that space; blame IH for making his substitutions too early - we totally played into their hands -

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      • April 21, 2014 at 20:33
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        @timchimes: Don't know if I can blame IH for making the subs - could've been staggered more I suppose, but playing 2 games in 2 days might've had some effect on the timing of the subs...?
        But agree with you and Norris on Jackson and Easters displays today... Again, I wouldn't fault them for effort, but they do seem to have a touch of headless chicken syndrome about them. They both lacked in their sense of positioning and anticipation today - thought Morro did well getting up for the majority of crosses, but unfortunately no one was there to make his efforts count....

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  • April 21, 2014 at 18:31
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    utterly guileless = no quality or intelligence on the ball - why the substitutions so early - no patience - instead of 20 half chances when we had to play for 1 or 2 clear opportunities but no - so predictable - a win and we were all but safe but no; not allowed is it to do something straight forward like score against one of the weakest teams in the league with 10 men - no excuses possible - we had 4 against one at the back at times when they had the sloest forward know to man upfront who couldn't beat me in a footrace - as a squad how many chances do they want - I hoped we had turned the corner but no -

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    • April 21, 2014 at 18:39
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      @timchimes: Hold on Tim, you were giving out to me the other day for pointing out that all Holloway has achieved so far is a short run of unbeaten games. What's changed?

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      • April 21, 2014 at 18:44
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        @lion.ie: he has done very well but that doesn't mean he is unable to be criticised - we are way better off with him than Lomas and we try to play football at all times, until the point when we really need to play football against ten men and we start hitting long balls into Jackson and Morrison wide man - you figure that - Easter midfield and no one picking up any off the loose balls that dropped into space at the edge of the box - ultimately not good enough - no excuses

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        • April 21, 2014 at 18:52
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          @timchimes: Might be a case of his limitations as a manager being exposed? Time will tell.

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  • April 21, 2014 at 18:34
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    Average performance by the team , awful perfomanceby the crowd, apart from a few songs from the upper east todays crowd was a liability, ive never heard so much griping and moaning it made me sick. And for the two blokes on the end of row t in the upper west, if you that supporting your team you are mistaken, moaning for 90 minutes isnt support

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    • April 21, 2014 at 18:49
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      @thecolumbusblock:

      the crowd were with the teams for the first 10 mins - in fact it was okay till the sending off when quite rightly people expected us to bury them but we didn't - why would the crowd stick with us - no win in 9 at home - they have all been down here (the bottom sides ) and we have f***** up every time- you don't have to have the crowd screaming you on at top voice to score a goal against 10 men - it is the other way around - you score and people might give you credit -

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      • April 21, 2014 at 19:06
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        @timchimes: if they're not going to support the team they should keep their f****** mouths shut.

        Maybe you didn't hear the crap I was but there are some seriously miserable b******* down the den.

        Could do with calling the Samaritans before they top themselves.

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      • April 21, 2014 at 19:11
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        @timchimes: Very true, the stats are bad at home Tim, there's no way of getting away from that. But there were a few contributing factors to us not burying them today, as stated in my comment below. Getting a player sent off can be a bit deceiving IMO- unless it's one of your key players.. Because they already had a defensive approach to the game, so when he got sent off they didn't have to do much re arranging... they still put 8 players behind the ball with a lone striker waiting for a break, as apposed to 2....
        When we attacked them, they used the technique of dropping their midfield back with their defense, creating a wall of 8 players - this ended up being very hard to break down. Turned out to be just 'one of those games' in the end- and I also feel that Doncaster were extremely fortunate to defend all those goal mouth scrambles.. VERY lucky indeed. Just didn't fall right for us.

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        • April 21, 2014 at 23:22
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          @Luke ColdBlow10: you are right about the scrambles but honestly it shouldn't come to that - we needed to be more patient in build up and wait for a good chance - we forewent that composure and reverted back to the play of a month ago hoping for a break rather than making one through good play; that is why I am so disappointed - I didn't think Ollie was smart enough with subs and formations, just when he had to be - I don't consider myself a pessimist or an optimist but call it as I see it and I fear for us at QPR - Austin was back today and Rednapp will want to get him fit for the playoffs - i do not see why we will win - I honestly think our best bet is Donny losing their last two and we get a point against Bournemouth ( it is pretty certain Bournemouth will not be able to reach the playoff time they play us but I think they will give it a cut against us) that is why today matters so much - I don't think the penny has dropped with a lot of people

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    • April 21, 2014 at 20:00
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      @thecolumbusblock: The crowd of 12000 - 500 donny fans was totally pathetic for such a big game which could more or less seen us safe!

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      • April 21, 2014 at 23:26
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        @dpendet:

        every time we get a half decent crowd we don't give them any hope 0-0 Charlton for example - a win today and people think I'm up for Bournemouth, but we are left feeling deflated - why try to dress that up as good - 10 men and no goals that is the bottom line

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  • April 21, 2014 at 18:37
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    Gutted, but can't really fault the players especially playing 2 games in 2 days. doncater came for a draw with 11 men and with 10 just stuck everyone behind the ball. If we'd have got one goal we'd have got a couple more. Only moan at Olly is I thought we went long ball a bit early. Still, I'd have taken this position 4 weeks ago without a doubt.

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      • April 21, 2014 at 19:00
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        @lion.ie:
        yes but will you take the position at the end - you only get so many chances - brum need one point more than us with an extra game Blackpool could be playing Charlton last game when Charlton are safe - if you think we will beat Bournemouth to stay up then what I would say is why would we based on everything you seen at home for nearly two years - if you can't beat a s*** Donny team with 10 mean then where are you

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        • April 21, 2014 at 19:23
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          @timchimes: On 25th March we were bottom, 8 points behind Birmingham and Doncaster, nine points behind Blackpool. Charlton looked like the only team we could catch but they had three games in hand. If we'd have won one nil today we'd still need a win to be safe because our goal difference is shocking. We missed a chance today but we have two more and it's in our hands. On 25th March I posted that 'there's no coming back from here'. I'm happy I was wrong and happy that we're not discussing next season in League One just yet. We could be safe by 5pm next Saturday!

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  • April 21, 2014 at 18:49
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    Bit of a missed opportunity today- but I couldn't fault the lads on effort. Just seems like we try to force the win at home instead of just letting it flow... Saying that though, I thought our keeping of possession was very good today and we were easily the better side and should've won. As moody said, it just didn't sit up for us to get a decent boot behind it- and when we did - their keeper made a couple of fantastic saves. Even the issue of them only having 10 men didn't really have any significance - they just stuck to the game plan they already had - parked the bus and waited for a counter. (which never came, coz they're s**t)
    The thing that annoyed me the most today was the turning of the crowd.. I'm sorry to say.
    The attendance was great... but f**k me it weren't half hard to get everyone going today. (speaking for my block)... We literally dominated the game today, but a lot of fans ended up going quiet towards the end?? That's when the team needs our support even more- and what more can we ask of them if we are dominating the game?? That's when it should be constant noise from our lot, making it clear to the players that they are doing the right things. Instead, there was this constant groan, followed by the odd- 'useless bunch of c**ts...'
    Did some of us forget about how well we've done to even be in this position?? Those unbelievable away wins?? The fact that doncaster had an extra days rest, while we played on Saturday AWAY at Boro....?
    Sorry folks, I'm just venting here, honestly - WELL DONE TO ALL THOSE THAT DID MAKE IT TODAY - LOVE YOU ALL REALLY!! Just wish some of our lot would take the blinkers off sometimes and look at the whole picture...
    Anyway, rant over. Next up, the big London derby at QPR.. missed this fixture over the last couple of years, so very much looking forward to going and backing our lads for the full 90. COME ON YOU LIONS!!! Rest up, re group and go again. A draw would ok at QPR, but we are good enough to beat em. OH SOUTH LONDON................ x

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    • April 21, 2014 at 19:10
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      @Luke ColdBlow10: the team will have a better chance of getting points at QPR than Bournemouth as the wall that are watching won't give them a b********* for 90mins.

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    • April 21, 2014 at 19:14
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      @Luke ColdBlow10: Could not agree more with your comments, have we wondered why the team do well away but get so nervous at home? Could it be something to do with the crowd getting on their backs?
      Already some people on here take it on to s*** off a few players which is totally unwarranted. We remain unbeaten after 6 games just 3 points should keep us safe.

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    • April 21, 2014 at 20:25
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      @Luke ColdBlow10: agree with you some fans(so called) did nothing but moan,told didn't they we were unbeaten for five games 3 tough away games at that did not make much difference,we are on our way back north being a couple exile's from Rotherhithe,be down for the Bournmouth game still 100% behind the team

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      • April 22, 2014 at 08:48
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        @eddiebrewer: WELL DONE TO YOU BOTH, [ eddiebrewer and carewlion ] WHO MADE THE LONG TRIP DOWN TO MILLWALL FC FROM WHERE YOU LIVE,
        IF WE SEE YOU IN THE UPPER BK DURING THE BOURNEMOUTH GAME , WILL GET YOU BOTH
        A COUPLE OF BOTTLES OF SPECIAL MILLWALL BREW !!!!!!
        ============
        " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
        STORMIN' NORMAN

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        • April 22, 2014 at 13:57
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          @bermlion: thanks will try to get down got back to Seaton Carew near Hartlepool about ten just hope that we get another win all those who are going to qpr back the team come what may

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    • April 21, 2014 at 23:08
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      @Luke ColdBlow10:

      you are right in essence - the moaning does sometimes start early - but we haven't won in 9 at home - I never thought we would score today - we never opened them up properly - you could see we were tired last 20 and desperate - but it was Donny and it was 10 men - you can't keep blaming the crowd- they are pros and sometimes you got to get the job done - big time players do it when under pressure - today was massive for us - if we go down this above every other home match is the one that will have cost us because to not score against 10 men is bordering on criminal

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  • April 21, 2014 at 19:08
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    Don't worry, us 1300 or so will be the 12 man . We will get points at Loftus Road next Saturday.( the Bush-wackers 2014 ) .

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  • April 21, 2014 at 20:40
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    So much negativity at the moment. Unbeaten in 6. From where I was sitting (East Upper) crowd were pretty supportive and the team put in a real shift. Bailey ran the show malone and martin threatened all game, hof caused them problems and Moro won every header. For whatever reason it just didn't go in the back of the net. Only poor performance was McDonald, ineffective all game. From where we were, we have come a long way, we passed well and looked like a team. Anyway unbeaten in six on-wards and upwards, a win should see us safe.... MMMMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

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    • April 21, 2014 at 20:50
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      @grant_bazza88: Have to say i disagree. I thought Martin should have come off not McDonald. Martin was anonymous 2nd half yet McDonald showed in the first his composure with the ball at his feet. Each to their own though.

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      • April 21, 2014 at 21:42
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        @harryfabian: you are right each to their own... my main point was merely we are playing much better and the negativity should be less... any team would struggle when a team parks the bus the way donny did

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      • April 21, 2014 at 22:58
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        @harryfabian:
        you are right harry

        the sub was made too early unless MCD was injured - martin tired and was ineffective after he took a knock - without McD we lost a central presence behind the forwards and started hitting long balls - to me it is basic sense to replace like with like but we didn't and when people say the crowd lost patience , the first one to lose patience was Holloway with his substitutions - not impressed today at all by the game management - we made it far too easy for them

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    • April 21, 2014 at 23:00
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      @grant_bazza88:
      yes I was east upper and the crowd were good/patience with little to cheer

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  • April 21, 2014 at 21:04
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    Went today and I observed the following: 1st half we kept playing high balls up to the Hof but very little came off with that tactic. When good crosses came in no-one got on the end of them. 2nd half, s*** loads of possession but no cutting edge and far too much hesitancy in front of goal. One world class save from their keeper after a great strike by Moro. Donny did park the bus and wasted far more time than the 3 mins added at the end but defended bloody well. Beat QPR and we stay up imo. COYL

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  • April 21, 2014 at 21:44
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    Like everyone else I feel very frustrated that we did not get the win today. I thought we dominated but just could not find a way through. Martin frustrated me as I think he looked for one touch too many when he was in 2 very good shooting positions although he did work very hard as did most. I think the fans lack of patience did not help the team particularly in the second half as early as the 50th minute. I think it contrubuted to the team getting anxious and choosing many a wrong option at crucial moments. Having said that I still can' t fault the effort especially after playing Saturday and having a long trip home. We still nearly won though and was very unlucky not to score.
    My MOM was Williams. I think he is starting to show what a good buy he was.
    Well done for keeping this unbeaten in 6 run going. No team in the bottom half has form like that and in my opinion this is what will keep us up. Defence yet again looked rock solid apart maybe from the player of the season.
    Keep believing everyone. We are still looking good to stay up and remember this is Millwall, we dont do anything the easy way.
    Bring on QPR.

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