Millwall manager: Pre-season friendlies are a waste of time

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IAN Holloway has shrugged off Millwall's friendly shortage by suggesting that warm-up games are "a total waste of time".

The Lions have just two summer fixtures lined up – against Dartford and Stevenage – and are working hard to organise further pre-season dates.

But Holloway is relaxed about the situation and believes the most important work ahead of the new season will be carried out on the training ground.

"I'm not really bothered about friendlies – they get in the way to be honest," he said.

"The training regime that I have set up involves 50 or 60 minutes a day of proper football against each other, working patterns and shapes.

"Every day we'll practice being overloaded, scoring when there are ten men behind the ball and converting our counter attacks – we're totally focused on match scenarios.

"So if we did not have one pre-season friendly I'd be absolutely delighted because they are a total waste of time. The fans see the games and if they go well they'll get over-excited.

"The work you do in training is much more important and mainly that involves speeding up people's thought processes.

"We need to be thinking ahead about our next pass, our next run off the ball and get people comfortable in their jobs."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

29 thoughts on “Millwall manager: Pre-season friendlies are a waste of time

  • June 25, 2014 at 10:21
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    May get shot here but I also agree with ollie with this has people can pick up injuries and be out for the rest of the season before this one even begins.

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    • June 25, 2014 at 18:14
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      @rob hearn: I saw the friendly at Welling a couple of years back, and I think that two of the total number of players that played for us actually featured during the season. I couldn't tell you who most of them were. There was bloke that looked like he enjoyed more than his fair share of pies, never seen again....

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      • June 25, 2014 at 21:49
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        @glyngo: that fella you mentioned got given a deal as the fitness coach. Surely you remeber?

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  • June 25, 2014 at 10:23
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    Don't get this. If they're a waste of time why organise any friendlies at all? I think they're worthwhile. Yes you can do training games but nothing will match the actual intensity of a match between 2 competitive teams and the ambiance of the fans' presence helps them also.

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    • June 25, 2014 at 15:11
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      @harryfabian: better than just training ground practice but never the same as an actual competitive match.

      A limited number of friendlies will be useful but no great concern if we don't play half a dozen or so.

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  • June 25, 2014 at 10:26
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    I think it would be a lot better if the first team played against the reserves. Could have an open 'free entry' game at the Den. Good chance also to sell some merchandise ie: the new kit.

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    • June 25, 2014 at 10:30
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      @NICKOLA: I think we did similar thing years ago.Could be a good idea.

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    • June 25, 2014 at 21:56
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      @NICKOLA: Like the sound of that - a good chance to see all our youth players in action. All with something to prove....
      Also, a nice little 'f**k you' to the old bill as well - take the weekend off bobbies - coz we don't need ya!!!
      Please make it known Aldo!!!

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  • June 25, 2014 at 10:37
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    I'll keep me money in me pocket then

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  • June 25, 2014 at 10:43
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    I agree friendlies are a waste of time - we're not going to get much out of playing dartford and Stevenage - match fitness?! Unlikely to be competitive being friendlies

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    • June 25, 2014 at 11:04
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: it was better when we play for the kent cup..or make up a new one called the championship cup..that way your get competitive games..maybe a few sidns will enter at 1st but it will soon grow

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      • June 25, 2014 at 11:08
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        @Jim28: agreed mate - a lot of teams, albeit bigger than us, have mini tournaments preseason - got to be more useful than dartford every year!

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        • June 25, 2014 at 11:42
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          @TheBermondseyBomber: Cambridge United are having a two day tournament with west ham, Villareal and Shakhtar Donetsk. £20 for a weekend ticket. Now if they can do it why can't we? Surely friendlies like this will encourage people to come along, even just for 1 day?

          Though I can agree with Olli's thoughts, pre-season just hypes fans hopes and players don't always play at 100% for these games. I know I never do during pre-season.

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          • June 25, 2014 at 12:03
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            @jasoncleftpallett: if you can attract a couple of decent names like Shakhtar and Villarreal then it's got to be - some of these bigger European sides would want paying which could be a problem but a great idea should be considered

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  • June 25, 2014 at 10:49
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    Totally agree Ollie the time would be better spent signing us a 30 goal a season striker....or 2
    and decent back up for Fordey. So use the time wisely lol

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  • June 25, 2014 at 10:53
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    Pre season games have plus and negatives gains I think. But for teams like Liverpool then that gives them something to get their teeth into, just saying.

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  • June 25, 2014 at 10:57
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    Yeah, I've always thought they are a waste of time as well. They are never competitive ( as Harry Fabian suggested, just going through the motions. Shaun BATT done his cruciate at kingstonian in one of these games, never the same after that.

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  • June 25, 2014 at 11:36
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    Couldn't agree more IH, total waste of petrol for supporters, meaningless who gives a f*** if we win both games, the work starts against weeds on August 9th !

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  • June 25, 2014 at 12:15
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    they are only worth it if we get a "big club" and a full house, yeah right.

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  • June 25, 2014 at 13:19
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    Have to say some very good points , however all the training on the training ground & all the scenarios !! practised is no substitute for a game albiet Dartfort & Stevenage. I said the other day we could hold a mini tournement at the Den , we have a lot of teams in & around London , this could also bring extra revenue to the club.

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  • June 25, 2014 at 14:06
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    You just have to love Olly......lol...
    And I agree with him, Take England for example,
    They just have just completed three meaningless fixtures in
    Brazil that were a complete waste of time and money.

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  • June 25, 2014 at 14:22
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    Bring back the watney cup !

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  • June 25, 2014 at 14:37
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    A lot of ore season friendlies are just fundraisers for the lower team and as we don't get big attendances at the Den for league games let alone friendlies is not financially viable to play them. I'm sure Olly would love to play a few games against higher opposition just to get a marker on how well team is playing but is putting his neck on the line to appease the fans by going against them.

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  • June 25, 2014 at 14:49
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    I like the idea of the first team playing the reserves.

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  • June 25, 2014 at 15:19
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    Grounds like stevenage & dartford are high risk injury grounds..they got bumps & craters and a little urauqian waiting to eat you..

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  • June 25, 2014 at 16:24
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    Last years Brentford 'friendly' was a good marker for the coming season !

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  • June 25, 2014 at 18:21
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    This is all well and good as long as we don't lose the first couple and then hear how the squad aren't quite up to speed yet etc excuses. Like, I've said before, there are countless young Premiership rejects looking for clubs that we could invite down for a triallist match of some description.

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  • June 25, 2014 at 18:59
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    Hey young Mr.I Holloway, then would it be possible to visit and watch the lads do a day's training instead of attending a friendly, if you say friendlies are a waste of time ?

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