Frustrated McDonald says Millwall will "go again" at QPR

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SCOTT McDonald says Millwall will quickly get over the frustration of Monday's 0-0 draw with Doncaster and focus on beating QPR this weekend.

The Lions battered ten-man Rovers at The Den but were forced to settle for a solitary point.

That result kept Ian Holloway's side out of the relegation zone but leaves them with work to do in their final two games of the season if they are to stay in the Championship.



Millwall will be safe if they win at Loftus Road on Saturday and Blackpool lose to Wigan.

McDonald said: "We carry on and try to win our last two games. We will pick ourselves up and go again.

"We'll look forward to QPR because we have been enjoying our away games – the surface more than anything has been key to that, and I'm sure QPR's ground is going to be nice.



"It will be a great occasion, we will have great support behind us and it's a London derby, so it's all to play for."

McDonald refused to attribute the Doncaster stalemate to the dry pitch at The Den – or the fact Millwall played two games in three days over Easter.

"We cannot use the pitch as an excuse – it's the same for both teams anyway," he said. "It's one of those things.

"We are not here to give excuses. We knew the situation and prepared as best we could. Sometimes when you play against ten men it is much harder to break them down.

"If you get a goal then it changes the the whole complexion of the game – it opens up a little more and you probably end up getting a second goal, but we couldn't get one.

"Full credit to Doncaster because, with ten men, they were looking for a draw and got it.

"We are all frustrated. Everyone expects you to win when you are playing against ten men for two-thirds of the game.

"It's probably a hoodoo. It's a lot harder to break ten men down when they just bank in and make it difficult for you.

"They'll be happy with a point, whereas we're disappointed because we wanted all three.

"We probably would have taken four points from our last two games, but the situation being as it was we definitely wanted to win on Monday.

"In front of your own fans, there's an expectation after they have a man sent off.

"I thought we were playing some good stuff before the red card and were looking quite dangerous, but then they dropped very deep and the fans started to get frustrated.

"It was not until the last 15 minutes that we went a bit more direct but we just couldn't get anyone on the end of a ball into the box.

"It broke to us a couple of times but it was bouncing everywhere and we couldn't put it in the back of the net.

"Their 'keeper pulled off a couple of good saves and Steve Morison headed one over. We had a lot of chances and half-chances and I think thats where the frustration comes from.

"The manager is frustrated about a few things that we didn't do to open opportunities up to actually win the game and take us further away from the teams below us."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

24 thoughts on “Frustrated McDonald says Millwall will "go again" at QPR

  • April 23, 2014 at 07:24
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    If we had been playing away to Doncaster and got a point we would have been the happier and not so frustrated and disappointed. Although it feels like a missed opportunity, it's still a vital point. Not interested in all this win at home stuff (although it would be nice to get one) as long as we get the points, I don't care where we get them from.

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    • April 23, 2014 at 08:41
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      @harry2310: MAYBE TRUE, BUT, WE DIDNT PUT THE EASY
      CHANCES AWAY THAT WE GOT............. !
      ANYWAY, MILLWALL FANS WILL ENJOY THE DAY AT QPR..............[ NO MATTER WHAT ! ]
      WE WILL GET THERE EARLY TO TAKE IN THE USUAL SURROUNDINGS IN THE AREA ...
      IE : " PUBS " ......ETC, ETC
      " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
      STORMIN' NORMAN

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      • April 25, 2014 at 03:47
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        @bermlion:
        If we get smashed I doubt there's too many of us who will have enjoyed our day out In west London to be honest.

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  • April 23, 2014 at 07:25
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    McD played well in the hole behind the Hof, and interesting that pitch is getting blamed. Several times players slipped over. Didn't we just spend £100K on relaying the grass in the Summer?

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    • April 23, 2014 at 07:39
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      @glyngo: at twelve noon it p***** down..dont make up silly lies..mcd

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  • April 23, 2014 at 07:53
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    I thought mcd was one of our better players on the day, soon as ollie changed things round it all went to f@@k, take it on the chin, still fancy 3pts saturday, I think will put out a weak team, well hope so.

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  • April 23, 2014 at 08:41
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    Don't bank on QPR doing us any favours, especially Redknapp.

    We will have to fight and fight, which is how it should be.

    COYL!

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  • April 23, 2014 at 08:55
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    A point is a point and correct me if I'm wrong, it's better than fook all. Yes we should have had 3 but I'll take any points at the moment. Things have definitely turned for us and we have hit form at the right time, if teams want to come to the den and park the bus it's down to the fact that they are afraid of us which should boost the players confidence and the supporters belief in the team. So roll on Saturday and QPR away get the 3 and hopefully survival.......

    COYL!!!!!!!!

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  • April 23, 2014 at 09:20
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    if we have not got intelligence player to breakdown 10 men in front of there own fan there is something wrong, we needs to out them players and rebuild for next season with players who have the intelligence to win away and at home

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    • April 23, 2014 at 13:49
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      @harrythelion:

      The irony of this post being about intelligence.

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  • April 23, 2014 at 09:22
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    There was two many bad decisions by the players they were shooting when a pass would be better & vise vesa. Anyway what's done is done lets just thrash QPR HAPPY ST GEORGES DAY.

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    • April 23, 2014 at 09:48
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      @block 28: couldn't agree more..monday is now history time to move on & take the pts of harry & his dog..happy st george's day to all on nad

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  • April 23, 2014 at 10:34
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    Why is it we can't score against ten men yet when Millwall get a man sent off we generally get stuffed?

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    • April 23, 2014 at 11:26
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      @REAL Supporter: we haven't the capacity to learn how to break teams down. They hav to learn to draw players that deliberately sit back forward to prize open the spaces. But imagine if you have 10 men camped in the final third then your only option is to flood the box with crosses & hope that hof or moro get on the end of em. Usually though the referee will often overprotect the goalkeeper & that is when the frustration creeps in. Dickov is no mug & 0-0 was exactly the result he was looking for. C***!

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      • April 23, 2014 at 12:12
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        @NO1LIKESUS: Totally agree with that. Sorry but I don't like Dickov and never will but we can't blame him for going for the 0-0 especially after our recent results.

        Happy St. George's Day to you too jdt1885 and everyone else on here.

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        • April 23, 2014 at 12:46
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          @REAL Supporter: Also, how many times did the ball break at the edge of the area, with us not having a single player there to collect and shoot. It seemed to always fall into space for Donnie to collect and break with. That is a organisational error and Ollie needs to look into that. Many scoring chances were wasted or even worse, turned into a counter attack for the oppo.

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          • April 24, 2014 at 09:00
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            @glyngo: Again, Glyn, totally agree with that.

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  • April 23, 2014 at 11:31
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    Happy st George's day one and all.

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  • April 23, 2014 at 13:13
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    QPR 1 Lions 3

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  • April 23, 2014 at 13:40
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    So it's been the referees, the fans getting on your backs and now the playing surface among several other excuses for our home form. After the home game against Bournmouth if we are down I think if you take a look around the dressing room the answer will be staring you in the face.

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  • April 23, 2014 at 13:49
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    Maybe the reason why we are getting results away from home and are presently finding difficulty in breaking teams down when we play at home is because we have more room to play away from home because the home team have to take the initiative leaving space for us to counter attack.
    At home we have to break down a team that are set up to defend and use the counter attack, plus the negative attitude from certain sections of the crowd.......if the players are getting abuse for making mistakes, they will play conservatively....c'mon and give them some encouragement for trying to do positive things rather than slagging them off when they make mistakes

    enough said COYL

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  • April 23, 2014 at 17:34
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    At the end ov the day it Woz abit ov a kick in the b***** mon, but a point is another point nearer safety .. I really reckon we nick a win at Q P HA HA or at lease a point .. COYL

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  • April 23, 2014 at 22:30
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    Tel ya what's frustrating Scott, that you don't score goals anymore!!!

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  • April 24, 2014 at 13:49
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    I thought McD played well and was gutted he came off, especially when we bring on tweedle dum and dee when we needed a bit of guile. And what was worng with Moro's body language, looked like he couldn't give a flying f**k.

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