Millwall winger rues missed chance after defeat to Bolton

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MARTYN Woolford was kicking himself after missing a chance to salvage a point for Millwall against Bolton on Friday night.

The Lions were trailing to Darren Pratley's opener at The Den when Woolford burst through on goal in the 87th minute.

But his shot was kept out by goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, who was fortunate to still be on the pitch after his clear trip on Lee Gregory went unpunished by referee Stuart Attwell.



Woolford, assessing a third straight home defeat, said: "We had plenty of chances and I had one myself that I should've stuck away.

"The keeper came out quickly but, looking back, I'm frustrated that I didn't lift the ball a bit.

"He came flying out at me. It was a split-second decision but I probably should have lifted it rather than trying to slot it down the side of him.



"We had one or two of them in the first half as well – we weren't at our best but we had the better chances.

"If one of those had gone in, it would have been a different game. But things just seem to be sliding the wrong side of the post.

"I'm disappointed in myself because I always fancy myself in those situations. I better get practising my finishing in training this week and make sure it doesn't happen again."

Woolford agreed that Lonergan should have seen red for clipping Gregory, who was sent sprawling after lifting a bouncing ball over the Bolton stopper.

"We all thought it was a foul at the time," said Woolford. "I've looked back at the video and it's definitely a foul – it could've been given as a free kick or a penalty.

"But he was the last man in my view and it's definitely a sending off. It's debatable whether it should have been a penalty or a free kick but it's definitely a foul and a red.

"We're not getting those decisions and it's making life difficult for us."

The Lions are just one place and four points above the bottom three heading into Christmas but Woolford believes their form will improve.

"We feel hard done by not to get anything out of the game," he added. "It's a sucker punch from our free kick and the manager has highlighted that. We switched off.

"We weren't in the right shape, we threw too many men up and left ourselves a little bit vulnerable. The manager is upset about that one, as we all are. It's cost us the game.

"It's a frustrating one but we've got to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and go again.

"Throughout the season we have deserved a lot more and we need to keep believing that we're a good side.

"We have to keep believing the tide will turn like it did at the end of last season because it was similar – performances were there or thereabouts but we weren't getting results.

"All of a sudden it clicked and we went on a decent run, so we're confident that will happen again.

"We know that we've got it in us – we've challenged the best in the league, come back when we've looked dead and buried in games and we've got the character to keep fighting.

"We're not going to give in. We'll go back to the training ground looking towards our next game and we need to make sure we put it right.

"It's a sickener getting done like that but it is fine margins. We need to keep the faith. We've got plenty of games left and we're still feeling confident that we will turn this around.

"We know we have got a good manager who knows his stuff, and we need to back him and ourselves to keep doing what we're doing. I'm pretty confident that results will change."

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26 thoughts on “Millwall winger rues missed chance after defeat to Bolton

  • December 22, 2014 at 08:43
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    Woolford your a league 2 player f--k off

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    • December 22, 2014 at 09:23
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      @John: Our top scorer last season and he was one of our best last season. Why would you rather get on the teams back than try and be positive?! If he had scored and we had won would you be singing his praises? Your a joke!

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      • December 22, 2014 at 09:34
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        @whiteliont: he knows how to finished(his goal at watford shows that).he must have some kind of problem cos hes has'nt been at the races all season..imo he bottled it plain and simple

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      • December 22, 2014 at 10:37
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        @whiteliont: nah your the joke for believing on the s*** that's put out in front of us and a clown of a manager who plays Dunn as a centre half don't playba winning side two games on the trot , we have a yank who knows nothing about millwall the fans and knows f--k all about our game , just take a look at brentford and bournmouth with good managers and board . End off

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        • December 23, 2014 at 07:53
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          @John: your slagging off of our Chairman has confirmed my suspicion that you're an idiot.

          Without him we would never have made it to the championship.

          Luckily fans like you are in the minority.

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    • December 22, 2014 at 14:41
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      @John:

      there is one thing being critical about players weaknesses John but this is just abusive

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      • December 22, 2014 at 19:13
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        @timchimes: John is not far wrong tbf,take Dunne at CB not good,we do have a yank as chairman who knows nothing about football and we always change the side. Brentford and Bournmouth are good models to look at but they have big backers so he might be wrong on that one but abusive? have you ever been to the Den.

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  • December 22, 2014 at 08:51
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    Was a terrible performance all round, not sure we even deserved a point from that match on reflection.

    What's happened to the fight we've shown in previous games where we've fallen behind?

    3 down to wolves anyone?

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  • December 22, 2014 at 09:30
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    I didn't really rate him last year. Gets in good positions but nothing else. Said last year what everyone is saying this year. Good attitude but wrong league!

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  • December 22, 2014 at 09:41
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    Bit deluded i think as we were second best and were lucky it was just 1 mate. Yes it was a pen and we would have won if we had converted it but our midfield is so slow and although pretty tippy tappy football is good on the eye we not going to hurt teams when we do it in our own half. We are in trouble now so hopefully we have little run to get us out of this mess but i wont hold my breath

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  • December 22, 2014 at 09:43
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    SAME old excuses fine margins we will turn it around, WHEN i think iv heard every player say the same line,

    New young blood needed and bring Fred back, we need more young hungry blood,

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  • December 22, 2014 at 09:53
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    What I saw on friday was woolford s@@ting himself every time in went in for challenge, if players do that you've got no chance.

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  • December 22, 2014 at 09:56
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    Sorry he went in, silly c--t me.

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    • December 22, 2014 at 10:09
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      @foxy: i saw afella sitting by the tree in the pub.didn't know it was you..next match let us know what your wearing mate

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      • December 22, 2014 at 11:15
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        @Jim28: jim I will pop in the pub before the bournemouth game we'll have a beer mate, I'll sit by the tree again.

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  • December 22, 2014 at 11:03
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    This is getting really tiresome, listening to the same drivel all the time. Most decent players will put a one on one with the keeper away, not shoot straight at him. He says he will have to go back to the training ground and practice, how long has he been a pro footballer? The whole of the second half we just hoofed the ball up field hoping someone would get on the end of it. 99% of the time nobody did. We are not a good team, we do have some good players, but for what ever reason they can not play together. On Friday they looked like they had run out of ideas and given up, obviously on Friday so have a lot of fans with the gate at 8,500.

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  • December 22, 2014 at 12:18
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    Now the dust has settled and anger has died down, I think our first half performance was ok and we did create chances. Our problems really came in the second half when we seemed to lose shape and players didn't have the energy to chase. Still don't understand the Maggie substitution and feel that was a mistake.

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  • December 22, 2014 at 12:21
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    Fuller and woolford. Never before can I remember hating 2 players in one millwall team so much. You're f****** useless mate. You never shoot, tackle or beat anyone, and 90% of your shots are mishits. I pray your contract is up in the summer.

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    • December 22, 2014 at 12:37
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      @mfclions: Woolford is one of the best strikers of the ball at the club, hence his regular goals.

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      • December 22, 2014 at 17:47
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        Yeah, no. He would shoot once after 10 dummies, if he hasn't already been tackled, and that shot usually rolls straight into the keeper's arm or wide.

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    • December 23, 2014 at 01:42
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      @mfclions: @mfclions: Harsh on both players. Woolford has limited abilty most of the time(he can also be excellent and quite skilful) but is a hard worker and was our top scorer last season so obviously was a key player for us, scored some very important goals also. And fuller has alot of premier league experience and knows where the net is, he shouldnt be expected to be anyones 1st or 2nd choice striker at this level because of his age but he is and he should expect to get better service with crosses and through balls but our midfield dont seem to find that decent cross or through ball enough. So IMO to be fair he hasnt been the worst player at all this season and when used as an impact sub he often unsettles defences and causes problems using his physical and tactical skills by holding the ball up quite well at times and is generally quite a clever player, as you would expect with his experience. Worth noting that he is 2nd on our top scorers list. 1 final point, Hulse and Nguessen in the same squad were hated more by our crowd than these 2 EVER will be, and rightly so!

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  • December 22, 2014 at 12:47
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    Woolford hindsight is a wonderful thing --- do the right thing, right, first time and there's no regrets. the whole club need to do the right thing ----- and sort out this effin mess were in

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  • December 22, 2014 at 14:43
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    the problem is we create too few chances so when we miss them it becomes crucial - other teams miss those chances all the time but they make others and eventually one goes in

    but don't get me started on our free kicks

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  • December 22, 2014 at 16:27
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    our best free kick taker around the box is williams and yet martin is always the one who seems to take them why?

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    • December 22, 2014 at 18:20
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      @DELBOY64: none of the others seem to have much bottle these days..in august there would of been about 5 round the ball..everyone wanted it when we were winning ..now they just hide

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