Millwall players to "bump up fitness" in friendly with QPR

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MILLWALL will play a behind-closed-doors friendly against QPR to keep fitness levels ticking over during the international break.

The Lions have a free weekend coming up and do not play again until they visit south London rivals Charlton on November 22.

So assistant Marc Bircham has used his connections at Loftus Road to organise a match with an XI from Harry Redknapp's squad.



Bircham said: "We've arranged a reserve game against QPR for today.

"The players that need to bump up their fitness will be playing and we'll put out a strong team.

"QPR will be playing the likes of Jordan Mutch, Joey Barton and Adel Taarabt so it will be a proper game.



"Mathias Ranegie, Jack Powell, Jermaine Easter and Angel Martinez will be involved, and Byron Webster might play a little bit too.

"It will be quite a strong side."

Bircham, who has admitted an FA charge of improper conduct, hopes the Lions can use the break to their advantage.

"We're not too far off," he said. "We've got to tweak things – we could be better defensively and more clinical when we're attacking, because we do get chances.

"If we stop giving teams a two-goal head start, we'll have a good chance of winning games.

"We're not looking vulnerable at the back or giving teams lots of chances but we're getting punished for every little lapse.

"That was happening when Ollie and I first came in – teams weren't having a lot of shots on goal against us but they were going in.

"There's been a bit of bad luck involved in our recent results but we'll be alright if we tighten up.

"The lads will have a few days off over the weekend and then next week will be a normal week, preparing for the Charlton game."

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15 thoughts on “Millwall players to "bump up fitness" in friendly with QPR

  • November 13, 2014 at 09:08
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    Get all these players fit then put them on the bench. Great idea

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    • November 13, 2014 at 09:51
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      @block 28: Good one, you wouldn't want players on the bench to be match fit... if someone in the 1st 11 got injured then we would have an unfit player to take his place, sounds ideal to me!

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      • November 13, 2014 at 10:07
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        @Bradders: whats the odds half of em pull out through injury..or is that just england players who do that

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      • November 13, 2014 at 10:24
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        @Bradders: wouldn't be fit for long sitting on the bench why not have another behind closed doors match & then put them on the bench. Or just play them only a thought

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        • November 13, 2014 at 10:53
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          @block 28: if he played them he'd get moaned at for changing the team again

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        • November 13, 2014 at 10:53
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          @block 28:
          If he played them he'd get moaned at for changing the team again

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          • November 13, 2014 at 12:14
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            @brooker: I've no problem with rotation just not the defence. & why can't the first team play the second team don't see why we hav to help happy Harry get his team fit.

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          • November 13, 2014 at 14:36
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            @brooker: We'd all support rotation if it was working, but there's little evidence it is. We're not in the Premier or Champions League - we're a lower Championship side that needs a settled team.

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        • November 13, 2014 at 14:49
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          @block 28: They play games in the reserves and under 21's but with there being 2 weeks off, it would be best for the whole squad to be match fit, hence why they play behind-closed-doors friendlies

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  • November 13, 2014 at 11:11
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    I thought they were all tired? That's why McD was dropped for Brentford? And friendly against Joey Barton? I'd say keep Dunne on him in case he decides to get leery! Although I don't rate Dunne at this level I do remember playing against QPR a few years back and he kept tarrbatrat in his pocket all game. Hahaha

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  • November 13, 2014 at 18:17
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    results don't lie one win in twelve games, shows that the mangers tactics and team rotation are not working. We all want Hollaway to be a success we all love the Lions, but he has to look not just at individuals in the team. He also needs to look at himself , he selects the team and they play to his orders and his tactics.

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  • November 13, 2014 at 18:41
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    Sometimes I'm amazed that so called 'Proffesional' footballers arrive at the start of a season 'Not fit'! I can imagine what would happen to the ordinary working man, if he turned up for work after a summer break and was not able to do his job.
    To tired to play 3 games in a week, so but isn't that what they get paid thousands of pounds a month for? Why can some manage to do it and others not? Proffessional cyclists on the Pro Tour can manage to race for hours a day and just get one day off in a week!
    Sorry moan done!

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    • November 13, 2014 at 20:24
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      @CGLR53: haha I don't think we should be holding professional cycling up as our yard stick, all our lads would be jacking up at half time and blood transfusions after each game!

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      • November 13, 2014 at 20:25
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        @glyngo: stick to the energy gels and ice bathes....:-)

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  • November 14, 2014 at 21:07
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    Its a bit like when you go to the chip shop and they say I will have to cook some , what did you not expect to sell any CHIPS today or did you think I might be wanting a pair of size 9 trainers and a pickled egg . Professional sportsman not fit always makes me chuckle .

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