Millwall manager to appeal Wilkinson's Blackburn red card

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IAN Holloway has confirmed that Millwall will appeal Andy Wilkinson's red card against Blackburn Rovers.

The right back was sent off for his challenge on winger Ben Marshall during a frenzied 2-2 draw at The Den.

The Lions were 1-0 down at the time of Wilkinson's dismissal and went further behind before goals from Lee Martin and Shaun Williams rescued a point.

Holloway and his assistant Marc Bircham – as well as Blackburn coach Craig Short – were sent to the stands by referee Darren Deadman after tempers flared on the touchline.

Speaking after the game, Holloway said: "I've had a look at the tackle for the sending off for the read card. I've seen it – it is a good tackle.

"It might have looked worse than it was but it was a good tackle. He had one foot, he is an honest boy and he went in for the ball.

"They both were committed – and by the way, the other fella carried on after.

"We'll be appealing without a shadow of a doubt.

"I've got to talk to Andy montauk-monster.com/pharmacy/levitra Ambler in a minute and I will be appealing absolutely everything that happened."

Before the match, Holloway had called on his players to keep their cool if decisions went against them – but was then sent off himself for his protestations.

"I've gone and let myself down," he admitted. "I'm fuming with myself because I told my lads I'd fine them if anyone reacted to the referee.

"I've said something to the fourth official and then he couldn't control himself. He then sent me off.

"Then I get in the stand where I am supposed to be, but I had to leave because of Markus Olsson's yellow card [for blocking off Alan Dunne] – that was it for me.

"So I went down in my office, put the telly on, watched the scores coming up and jumped and nearly hit my head on the ceiling [when Williams equalised].

"I had a feeling it would happen because my boys have been fantastic but we've got to defend better."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

31 thoughts on “Millwall manager to appeal Wilkinson's Blackburn red card

  • November 4, 2014 at 23:23
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    Shut up then ! You lunatic. YOU WILL GET THERE IN THE END!

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  • November 4, 2014 at 23:28
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    OLLIE i find it very hard to dislike you, because your heart is in the right place. CAN WE PLAY 2 UPFRONT AGAINST BRENTFORD .FFS! PLSE .

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    • November 5, 2014 at 08:58
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      @DiggerWall: One up front might work - it's the modern way - but Fuller isn't the man to play that role. I feel sorry for him being asked to do something he obviously can't. I am not sure with have anyone who CAN play this role. Maybe Ranegie if he ever gets fit but the jury is still out on him.
      So for me the problem is not so much the tactic but not having the right personnel to play that way.

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  • November 4, 2014 at 23:43
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    As my comment previously. Two committed players going for a 50/50 ball. One gets up because he's a man and the other rolls around on the floor to get a fellow professional sent off. It's a disgrace that premier league tactics filter down. Too right you better appeal. I was in the south upper and could see it was one footed and not high just a 50/50 ball. Ref was a disgrace tonight. Please FA select a decent one for Saturday as we've got a lot of troops and media interest in the game so send someone who won't ruin it by trying to make a name for himself. COYL

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    • November 5, 2014 at 08:52
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      @southlondon1885: You're asking the FA to be selective in choosing a ref? They are already being selective.

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  • November 4, 2014 at 23:44
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    Ollie you got out of jail tonight due to an old fashion Millwalll attitude of the players were still left on the pitch, why oh why do you play 1 up front when we are at home, Alan Dunne once again let us and himself down once he came on, with the second goal and the amount of lose balls he played that were nearly costly again.

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  • November 4, 2014 at 23:56
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    proud of the lads they played with spirit against a bunch of cheats and THE worst ref ever and we have had some s*** down here. Proud of wall aupporters who dragged the team back from the death and i was in block 30 and i got a feeling those twats in the dugout s**** themselves thats how it should be lets fu@@ing give it to em so the overpaid t****** dont want to play against the mighty Wall

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    • November 5, 2014 at 12:56
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      @DELBOY64:
      He wasn't the worst ref we've had down there. He was proper awful. But he was no where near the worst.

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  • November 5, 2014 at 08:48
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    I think IH is the right man for this job. But I lost so much respect for him telling players to keep cool and he loses it himself. Irrespective if the pressing of his buttons is comig from the FA, lead by example.

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    • November 5, 2014 at 15:41
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      @SE14: That's just passion, him getting sent off doesn't leave us with 10 men on the pitch and if he didn't the crowd wouldn't have got so rowdy and spurred the lads on so well so it did help the team. He can get sent off every week if it helps. COYL

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    • November 5, 2014 at 18:01
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      @SE14: you plonker, you lost so much respect for him ?

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  • November 5, 2014 at 08:53
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    As we sang 'we only get sh*t refs" the thought struck me that there are only sh*t refs in the Championship.
    Outside of maybe three or four in the PL, the standard of referring in this country gets worse not better.
    Until refs are held to account properly, the standard will never improve. Darren Deadhead will turn up on Saturday and ruin another game of football for somebody somewhere. FA blazers have their heads in the sand.

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    • November 5, 2014 at 10:10
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      @Glasshalffull: Ref last night was terrible, totally lost control of the game and the players/coaching staff.

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    • November 5, 2014 at 15:45
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      @Glasshalffull: They are only s*** when it comes to being impartial for us. Its fixed by the FA they don't want us doing well its as simple as that. It fxcks me off so much that when its on TV the ref was fine but they feel they have to make up for that by doing what they done at Watford and last night. Wxnkers the lot of em. NOLU WDC

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  • November 5, 2014 at 09:05
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    What a game, it had everything. The last 25 minutes are what make this game beautiful, not something that the gentrified TV clan watching the Real Madrid - Liverpool game on the box would know about. Ian is the right man for this club, he needs to learn to not tinker with a winning side and play two up front. Ricardo is a workhorse and has the ability to finish as well as any other striker in the league as he demonstrated against Wolves(his work for the 1st goal was fantastic). Gregory will get there, if he is working off Fuller then this is a certainty.

    We cant forget what we are competing against in terms of money and infrastructure in this league, a 20 goal striker is hard enough to come by if you have the money let alone if you don't. The club is being managed well from top to bottom and there is some serious passion being displayed from both the manager and the team. The big plus for me last night was Marvin Gueye when he came off the bench, his pass to Lee Martin for the 2nd goal was top draw and he took the game by the scruff of the neck showing some real quality.

    Keep it up boys, its no easy task but in Holloway we trust. 3 points against Brentford on Saturday will finish the week of nicely.

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  • November 5, 2014 at 09:06
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    An apology to the fans for his own behaviour would be nice. If he spent less time berating the fourth official and more time watching the game he might start to understand what is wrong. He behaves like a demented lunatic every week - right in front of the home fans - not a good example.
    Great result - POOR performance again
    We STILL need a decent forward - what we have are poor - very poor
    We MUST play 2 up front - especially at home
    Simple

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    • November 5, 2014 at 11:41
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      @crow191049: I thought Holloway was well within his rights to have a go, just like he was on Saturday.... only Millwall play against 12 men week in, week out.

      Would you prefer Holloways passion, where he jumps up and down, goes nuts on the sidelines or Lomas' just sits there with no emotion when we have conceded or when a real bad decision goes against us???

      We are a passion lot, so I'd take Holloway all day giving a f*** and showing how passionate he is week in, week out!!!

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    • November 5, 2014 at 18:02
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      @crow191049: I do hate it when Palace post on here.

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  • November 5, 2014 at 09:18
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    When I listen to the Swansea manager carping on about refs he sounds like a proper pilchard. Holloway is starting to sound the same like a playground grass blaming everyone else. The studs were up you cant do that these days ...people have been sent off for a lot less. Great fightback but ruined by all the little girls whingeing about refs. I bet apart from Man U in the Alex days every team feels they are hard done by ....listen to Wenger whingeing all the time. It done sit right with the Millwall ethos to be squealing like a little girl.....what nonsense was Holloway on about when he said that the free kick against Watford was the worst thing he had seen in 18 years.
    I dont mind if Holloway chins the oppossing manager, ....but stop being a little snitch, its mre than tiresome now....much preferred Kennys dignified approach in such matters.
    I hope Holloway does not let the club down on Saturday when the soldiers are present......stop being a little tell tale

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  • November 5, 2014 at 09:28
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    STOKE City fans' favourite Andy Wilkinson was sent off for a challenge on Potters old boy Ben Marshall last night.

    Wilkinson was making his fourth appearance on loan for Millwall when he was given his marching orders just after the hour mark.

    Much prefer the stance taken by the Blackburn manager .....dosent whinge about scuffles or squeal like a girl...its over move on Holloway and dont use your aggrieved little victim act to paper over the frailties. We are punching above our weight every year we are in the championship, we can stay up and you can do the job, but you need to man up a bit.

    Blackburn manager Bowyer said: "It was nothing two teams desperate to win, a lot of passion, and nothing more than that.

    "I thought the red was harsh - I thought it was a foul but thought it was harsh."

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    • November 5, 2014 at 10:05
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      @tonytowneronthewing: Bowyer and his mob were gesturing for a card to be issued when it happened, he ain't no saint.

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    • November 5, 2014 at 15:51
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      @tonytowneronthewing: Bowyer and his mob done all they could to get AW sent off that's why Bircham and Ollie steamed in. The play acting by Marshall was diabolical too.

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  • November 5, 2014 at 10:09
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    Fantastic second half performance, first half was poor. Fuller fought manfully all first half but had very little support to help him or pick up his flick ons. Two take-homes for me, we nee to play a more natural second striker who will play up with fuller either out wide in a 433 or alongside in a traditional 442. Secondly, we MUST get better at defending free kicks and corners, our problem is not desire but organisation and concentration.

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  • November 5, 2014 at 10:44
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    I enjoyed it the game had everything 1. coming from 2.0 down & getting a draw 2. proper tackles from men instead of powder puffs 3. passion from both the players & management, & at times some good football, what more do u want on a wet Tuesday night. roll on Saturday.

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    • November 5, 2014 at 10:57
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      @block28
      After watching that fight back i threw my powder puff in the bin, LOL
      That fight back was pure millwall.
      I am glad to see no one in the crowd did anything silly like throwing thing's on the pitch,that would have given that rubbish ref something else to report back to the FA.
      So well done those player's on the pitch and a big well done to the crowd.

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  • November 5, 2014 at 12:18
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    Ollie lost it, just like the rest of the crowd, we have a manger who cares, who gets it and is starting to understand the 'no one likes us' feeling we have despite being one of the most community driven clubs in the league. The team are playing for us and Ollie that is obvious even Gary Boyer, there manager, commented on the crowds help with the comeback, and fair play to him did say the sending off was harsh just two fully committed players going for the ball, shame ours was a man and theirs was not. I also hope someone can put together a video of the performance of the ref including his display at Huddersfield in the play offs definitely something going on there with him and us.
    Looking forward to Saturday, taking a Chelsea fan from Luxembourg down to the Den show him what atmosphere means perhaps Mourinho could also do with a taste seeing as what he has to say about the Chelsea support!
    PS if Ollie reads this, love the dance!

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    • November 5, 2014 at 13:47
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      @lennie the lion: the mental one & the special one at the den that would be worth seeing

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  • November 5, 2014 at 18:29
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    Referee shat himself… What about that 'block' that only got a yellow card? Can't play dune on saturday at right back, he was only on for a short period and misplaced 3 or 4 passes from the back that put us under unnecessary pressure. Can't play 1 up top on saturday either and if we do we mustn't start fuller. I'd give Easter a go...

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    • November 6, 2014 at 07:56
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      @Shittu's Hankey: dunne came on to bolster the defence.you seem to see things that are not there.in short your talking b******* mate..

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