Martin: Millwall shouldn't waste their energy on referees

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LEE Martin insists Millwall can't afford to waste their energy on referees.

The Lions have been drawn into confrontations with officials in their last two matches.

There was a half-time scuffle in the tunnel during Saturday's defeat at Vicarage Road after a contentious free-kick led to Watford's second goal.

And a brawl broke out when Andy Wilkinson was sent off against Blackburn in midweek.

But Martin and his teammates composed themselves before staging a comeback with ten men to draw 2-2 – after boss Ian Holloway had been removed from the dugout.

"The manager told us to keep our heads, not have a go at the ref and then he got sent off himself! It's quite ironic," joked Martin.

"Maybe the players should fine him – it would be a big Christmas party if we did!

"We knew we had to keep our mouths shut and get on with it. We seem to be getting a lot of bad decisions at the moment but we can't keep moaning and wasting our energy.

"At Watford, we were zapped from being so angry with the officials. But there's no point and we're better off saving that for when we're out on the pitch."

Martin felt Wilkinson’s red card was a harsh decision – and that ref Darren Deadman should have been stronger as he dealt with the fallout on the touchline.

He said: "It was a 50-50 ball. You've got to take into consideration the conditions and the fact it's a slippery surface. Both players were committed.

"The ref made a bigger deal of it than it really was. The fourth official was in his ear. He could have done a bit better on that front but as players we had to get on with it."

Martin, whose goal kick-started the comeback, added: "Blackburn seemed to take their foot off the gas and we saw an opening.

"It's almost like we need to concede to get ourselves going at the moment but we're a good team. It's all about belief.

"Their first goal went against the run of play – we were half-decent and keeping the ball well, without being too threatening. We dug deep and to get the point is a massive positive in our eyes.

"The gaffer changed things around at half time, went to a different formation, and until Wilko got sent off it was looking good.

"That was the turning point because we looked a better team in a different formation, so credit to the manager for that.

"We scored the goals with ten men but we were looking the better team before that, so it was the change of shape that made the difference really. We just kept believing.

"The manager has been on at us about getting shots off and that paid off for Shaun Williams at the end – it was a great goal and we're buzzing."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

2 thoughts on “Martin: Millwall shouldn't waste their energy on referees

  • November 6, 2014 at 10:30
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    Another awful decision, but nothing new about biased refs at Millwall. We all know what people's reaction is when you mention our clubs name. It doesn't make it right, but I suppose refs are only human (some of them anyway) and will come with the same pre-conceived ideas about us and our team.

    We've had it for decades and probably have it for a long time to come. Each Millwall manager has to factor it in and prepare his players for it. If there is a positive out of it, there's nothing like a bit of rough justice to get us going and our crowd has buoyed-up many Millwall teams over the years.

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  • November 6, 2014 at 12:19
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    No one likes us. We don't care. ( Or do we.) Personally I dont care. Makes it all the better, us against the world.

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