Millwall dugout won't be following other scores on final day

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PHONES and radios have been banned from the Millwall dugout for Saturday's relegation-decider against Bournemouth.

Captain Alan Dunne has revealed that the Lions will not be receiving score updates from the other games in the division on the final day of the season.

Millwall's place in the second tier will be secured if Birmingham, who take on in-form Bolton, fail to win, or Doncaster lose to title-holders Leicester.

But the Lions can seal their own fate by beating the Cherries and Dunne insists the players do not want to be distracted by their rivals' fortunes.

The defender, 31, has admitted that Millwall were pre-occupied by scores elsewhere on the final day of last season, when they lost 1-0 to Derby.

Other results saved them 12 months ago, but Dunne said: "I don't want to take that risk again – I want to be completely focused on Bournemouth.

"We don't want to know anything – we will be focusing for 95 minutes on the game in front of us and do our best to get the three points.

"We can find out the other scores after the game.

"Against Derby, I spent the second half worrying about what the scores were and we ended up losing, which could have cost us.

"I don't think the manager will want anyone to know the other scores either.

"We might be able to find out from the crowd's reaction but we have to be focused completely on the job in hand.

"The manager won't want anyone on the bench to have any information that could get to the players because it can distract them.

"There could be a stage in the game when things aren't looking good for us and if we find out about that, a few heads could drop so we have to believe in what we're going to do ourselves.

"Last season, we were more worried about how the teams around us were doing than the game itself. If we do that again, we could lose focus like we did at Derby – and we lost that game.

"If everyone sticks to our gameplan and focuses on what we have got to do, the result will take care of itself and everything else will fall into place.

"The lads have got to be focused on doing their jobs and not let anything else take over because that can have an adverse effect.

"It will be some day for the club if all goes well, but there's a lot of work to do and there will be a few twists and turns.

"We have to make sure that we do our bit by winning the game outright so that there is nothing else to worry about."

Manager Ian Holloway will "educate" himself on the possible permutations before the game but says the formula for his side in simple.

He said: "We've got to go from the first whistle to the last, and try to win and try to score.

"Even if we've scored one goal I will try and score two because that's what everybody else down there will be doing.

"The only thing we can control is finishing above Doncaster and Birmingham and everything else is out of our hands.

"I won't be tuning in to any of the other scores. What Dunney is saying is absolutely right – we have to keep the players focused and block out all distractions."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

7 thoughts on “Millwall dugout won't be following other scores on final day

  • May 1, 2014 at 09:16
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    DON'T WORRY - DUG OUT , WE THE SUPPORTERS WILL LET YOU KNOW, BY THE CELEBRATIONS
    BEFORE , DURING AND AT THE END OF THE MATCH !!!!
    MILLWALL FAN CHANT WILL BE HEARD ALL OVER SOUTH LONDON.....................
    " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
    STORMIN' NORMAN.............................WILL BE ON SITE , SATURDAY !!!

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  • May 1, 2014 at 09:17
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    No one can touch us if we win, fans will play their part if the team plays for us, finish this season off on a 3. 0 win. Oh and Grabban where gona get ya. Coyl

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  • May 1, 2014 at 09:33
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    Brum to lose, Donny to lose, Lions to draw but who gives a f***, cos we are staying up!!!!

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  • May 1, 2014 at 09:39
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    If we win Saturday it will be one of the best atmosphere's ever at the New Den .
    A whole season's frustrations can be released and we can have one of our all time best party weekends and look forward to next season in the Championship with a manager that really understands us and who sticks up for us publicly and who can lead us on to bigger and better days. A manager that all the fans will get behind makes a massive difference. Everyone together as one. The unique Millwall football family.
    Stick a World Cup in Brazil in between Saturday and the new season and I am smiling like a cheshire cat.
    Here's hoping.
    Keep the faith and enjoy.

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  • May 1, 2014 at 10:44
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    BELIEVE....

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  • May 1, 2014 at 11:20
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    The game against Bournemouth is already fast heading to a complete sell-out in the home end! I get a feeling that an impressive atmosphere like the game against Huddersfield in the league-one play-offs is going to be created all over again.

    The tone of that game was set within the first few minutes when Jordan Rhodes went to retrieve the ball for a throw-in only to find that not only was he not getting the ball back but he got the absolute dogs abuse from a fella for his troubles. Brilliant!

    There after the commentators notice the Huddersfield players were too nervous to play the ball across the pitch and utilize the channels where they could do most damage. Looking forward to creating that sort of atmosphere again come Saturday!

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    • May 1, 2014 at 22:56
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      @Bexley_Lion: That Huddersfield game really stands out in all our memories. I've been supporting Millwall for over 50 years and that was one of those very special nights. I remember feeling almost sorry for the young Huddersfield players (only almost!) who must have wanted to go home to their mums. Nervous about Saturday, obviously, but really, we should be ok - shouldn't we?!?!?!? Please ! ! !

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