Millwall winger: I benefited from Holloway's training regime

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MAGAYE Gueye reckons he has benefited from some tough love – and now feels ready to make a bigger contribution to Millwall's season.

Gueye, a summer signing from Everton, went weeks without featuring for the Lions after being ordered to improve his fitness by manager Ian Holloway in October.

At the time, Gueye said that he would only get up to speed by playing games because "you can't find your level just by clicking your fingers."

But the 24-year-old has edged his way back into contention since then and made a string of impressive substitute appearances before starting against Brighton on Friday.

And Gueye feels being kept at arm’s length for a period was exactly what he needed.

"It was normal," he said. "I didn't have a pre-season so I wasn't 100 percent fit. I needed a bit of time to get better. I think the manager did a good thing.

"He wanted me to do well and to do well is to train hard, improve and push yourself every day. That's what I did.

"The manager believes in me and it's good for me to have him behind me. I'm working hard every day to help the team.

"When you haven't played for a long time or you've been injured your head can be down and you lose a bit of confidence.

"But I'm getting back to where I was when I moved to Everton.

"At the end of the day, it's all about the team. If the team plays well and we're confident, everyone will play well individually.

"I don't worry about if I am starting or not. It doesn't matter. I'd play goalkeeper if I was asked to. I will do my best whatever happens."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

10 thoughts on “Millwall winger: I benefited from Holloway's training regime

  • December 16, 2014 at 14:26
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    I am glad that you are starting to play better and that your confidence levels are inproving, but I implore you to start scoring goals or set them up, because we are a set of fans that crave success and do not wish to go through another relegation fight...Allez Gueye!

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  • December 16, 2014 at 14:34
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    Yes, we have all noticed that 'Maggie' is doing a lot of running and chasing, just what he requires to do: KEEP IT UP - Ooo - La - La ! ( NOLU, WDC ).

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  • December 16, 2014 at 14:39
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    Ready to make a contribution eh? About time someone did!!

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  • December 16, 2014 at 14:57
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    I think hes the kind of player we have been missing. hes creative attacking minded player who can make a pass, reckon him and Gregory will continue to link up well even if the other night was a bit of a fluke.

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  • December 16, 2014 at 15:41
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    Great to see the lad confident and getting back to form but I am a bit worried about the "I would play goal keeper" statement in case Ollie sees it, he has enough wacky ideas as it is.

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  • December 16, 2014 at 16:08
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    Worries me that it takes a young footballer half a season to get match fit ,I hope the lad turns out to be a good investment for the club if he really starts to shine lets have another look at his contract so he cant just do one and we get no benefit from him now being fit and hopefully on fire

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  • December 16, 2014 at 17:27
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    Last week he try to put greggs though on goal with some defence splitting passes.a couple came of .
    and of course it was is deflected shot what put him in for the goal...you've already got one goal this season so theres no reason not to get more

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  • December 16, 2014 at 22:52
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    Think he should be in front of Woolford.
    We should play.
    Wilko, Beevers Shittu Malone

    Upson Williams Martinez

    Martin Gregory Gueye

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  • December 16, 2014 at 23:42
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    must start the same team that started at brighton. Maggie saying all the right things and seems like he has the right attitude

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  • December 17, 2014 at 12:46
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    Careful with that goal keeper comment, don't go giving Ollie ideas!

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