MILLWALL FC

1885---130th Anniversary year---2015 'We fear No Foe

Understood by those that matter

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

MILLWALL 1 BARNET 2, after exra time CAPITAL ONE CUP 1ST ROUND 11/8/15 att: 4, 454


I thought we had seen the last of that

After the excellent 2-1 win at Shrewsbury Saturday it's Tuesday night and we take on newly promoted Barnet who are back in the Football League. We were very flat and didn't create much, Steve Morison missed a penalty. We were severely lacking in any kind of midfield dominance and possession that gave support to the strikers. It was good to see Fred and Paris Cowan-Hall running the wings but we still kept sending in diagonal balls that did not come to much. Hopefully this display was part of this game and not a prelude to how this season will pan out.


That's two in two for Steve Morison, a little bit of joy

Goals

Morison 76

Akinde 11(pen)      Yiadom 102

Millwall In League One (again) 2015-16 season and Neil Harris now in charge from the beginning

No London Derby's in the league this season but we draw Barnet in the Capital One Cup.

I will quickly forget this game if we beat Coventry on Saturday

Millwall 1 Barnet 2, 11/8/15, Capital One Cup, Round One att 4,454

Thursday, 7 May 2015

The end result is relegation and the Lions say goodbye to nineteen 7/5/15


It looks like after Neil Harris has addressed the issue of parting company with many players and some of these have been playing fairly regular, we will be left with a young team with a few old hands giving the side some back bone. David Forde is staying but he may decide to go as League One pay is not going to do much to his bank balance. I hope he stays. I am surprised to see Alan Dunne's name on the list to go. He has been  22 years at Millwall and played nearly 400 games and I would have liked him to stay, he could have done a job in League One. It may have been his idea but I am sure we will see him again. Good luck elsewhere.



Some of these will be gone


THE BIG OFF

The players that are not to be retained: Dan Harding, Carlos Edwards, Denzil Gerrar, Ricardo Fuller, Stefan Maierhofer, Alan Dunne, Josh Siafa, Magaye Gueye, Callum Webb, Martyn Woolford, Dylan Casey, Nicky Bailey, Justin Hoyte, Angel Martinez, Danny Shittu, Sofiane El Bekri, Jake Goodman, Richard Chaplow, Mathew Briggs

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Wolves 4 Millwall 2, Championship League Game 46, 2-4-15, att:24,480 (away 1300)

KING KENNY 4 SUPER NEIL 2


Championship Deep End

Lee Gregory didn't score which meant he finished the season on nine goals and not double figures which I presume he was hoping for. I would have liked him to get his tenth because although he hasn't been banging them in on his first season in the Football League he has worked his nuts off all season and his quality of play as been more than useful for the Championship and he held his own against "big names" in the division. League One next season and he should be staying and I would like to see him and Aiden O'Brien bring terror to the opposition defences which would be the spearhead of a Neil Harris onslaught. Wishful thinking some may say, but why not? I suppose it's all about who we keep.


NOTHING TO PLAY FOR BUT WE GAVE IT AGO

The Game

We conceded four which made it seem like a bit of a hammering but that wasn't the case.We passed the ball around a bit and at times Wolves  were chasing shadows and Ed Upson was back to his best pressuring the Wolves defence while Lee Gregory and Aiden O'Brien were doing the same thing by pulling their defence all over the place.  Wolves were ok in spells and scored  in the 20th minute when Dico fired in after picking up a loose ball. He scored again early in the second half and that was that 2-0 down and we could have just give up after all there was nothing to play for, we did not and Aiden O'Brien scored up close in the 58th minute and we back in the game. Wolves scored their third in the 70th minute and at 3-1 down that seemed that .We was not finished with this game and youngster Jamie Philpot making his debut who had only been on the pitch three minutes was picked out by Ed Upson and slotted Millwall's 2nd goal and could we get a third. No we couldn't as Wolves got their 4th and the season was finished. I am gutted that we are down but next season who knows? I think they may be exciting times ahead.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Harding, Nelson, Powell (Cowan Hall 72), Abdou, Upson, Gregory, O'Brien, Martin (Philpot 80)(Pavey 89 Philpot injured),
subs not used, Archer, Cummings, Gueye, Thompson

Goals: O'Brien 58, Philpot 82

Wolves: Kuszczak, Colbourne, Edwards, Stearman, Sako, McDonald, Afobe, La Parra, (Price 64), Ebanks-Landell, Iorfa, Dicko
subs not used, Flatt, Doherty, Henry, Doyle, Jacobs, Hause

Goals: Dicko 20, 56 Ebanks-Landell 70, Sako 90

I can imagine that there will be a few more Academy players next season

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Millwall relegated as Rotherham beat Rollover Reading and Neil Harris named permanent manager

Reading who have not won for eight games were not much of a opponent for lowly Rotherham who needed a win to survive the drop. Rotherham won 2-1 and that was that for us. Not much of a shock knowing that we are going down as it is something that has been looming over us all season and has always been a possibility. Our play has picked up the last nine goals under the custody of Neil Harris and although there has been a lot more passion and desire and in my opinion better tactics on the pitch the skill level has still been below par, The last three games are proof of that, against Cardiff we gave a spirited  display but no clinical finisher which was also the same against Blackburn. The Derby game we gave it away with some poor defending but we managed to score three goals albeit two were penalty's. League One for us next season and it pains me to say it but that may not be a bad thing when thinking about the development of the team and Neil Harris.


Who will stay?

We have some good youngsters playing in the first team and on the bench and there's a few more waiting in the wings. Not forgetting Fred on loan and Wycombe and Jake Goodman at AFC Wimbledon we have the basis fo a young and exciting team. Lee Gregory will score goals at that level and Cowan-Hall should shine. Add a sprinkling of the Jimmy Abdou and Ed Upson and Co and things are looking rosy. Could we sign Jos Hooiveld? maybe not.  I Don't know if Nicky Bailey will be here for the new season but cover in that position is not a problem.

Bottom five as it stands: Brighton P 45, 46 pts,  Rotherham P45 45 pts,  Millwall P45 41pts
                                          Wigan P 45 39 pts,  Blackpool P 45 25 pts

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ANOTHER DAY IN THE LIFE OF MILLWALL FC

Neil Harris has been giving the managers job on a permanent basis and now he can plan for next season. He has a lot to do. There is twenty players who will be out of contract and this has to be dealt with first. Interesting times ahead.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Millwall 3 Derby 3 Championship Game 45, 25/4/2015, att:12,571

As we know Rotherham deducted three points and its all to play for.  COYL



You can always rely on the Den wit
A nice gesture by the sponsors a salute to Steve McClaren

LEE GREGORY BLASTS A HAT-TRICK

Being 2-0 up and then 3-1 this was a game that may have saved our Championship bacon but we blew it. I cannot believe Tom Ince was allowed to score from a free kick that brought Derby back into the game at 3-2. If you look at the picture below and I will leave it to you to judge how Ince managed to score to the right of David Forde.

Derby free kick
Tom Ince found room to David Forde's right, do we know how that happened?

Lee Gregory opened the scoring when a poor clearance gifted him the opportunity to score his 7th goal of the season and we were off and running. The Den now reached critical level and extra support and ropes were needed to keep the roofs on the stands as the Lions pressed for a 2nd. it only took 10 minutes befor Gregory scored again this time when he sunk a penalty which was awarded when the referee blew for a penalty when a Derby player hand balled in their box. Lee Gregory was now on fire and was putting in a shift and he finally proving that he can hold his own in the Championship and it was plain to see that he was enjoying himself. Neil Harris has introduced a new lease of life for this squad and the supporters and I am sure the Den crowd could have been heard at London Bridge. We were keeping the large Derby away support quiet and they were probably wondering "what's going on, Millwall are in a relegation spot so they must be crap, why are we losing to them" shock horror.
Derby who are pressing for a play off spot pulled one back before half time when as mentioned above our favourite opposition player  Tom Ince who got his own back after receiving dogs abuse curled one in after taking a free kick on the edge of the box. It was now 2-1 and the second half was all to play for.

Hat Trick
Lee Gregory scores his 2nd penalty and the Lions go 3-1 up

The Den was double rocking and it seemed that this was going to be the game that kept us in the promised land. We certainly looked crisp and sharp and we were working our nuts off to stay in this division. Without doubt Neil Harris is doing the job.

Joy
It's been a gloomy two or three years but it looks like Millwall are back and back in style.

Credit to Derby they didn't fold under the Den onslaught and were awarded a penalty on 70 minutes when a Aiden O'Brien bumped into Tom Ince. I thought it was harsh but seeing that the ref had gave us two penalties he wasn't going to miss the opportunity to give one to the opposition. Derby scored and it was a nervy last twenty minutes. We couldn't do it and succumb to the equaliser with five minutes of normal time to go. At any other time a draw against high flying Derby would have been a decent result but in this instance that's two points dropped and it may be the end of us in the Championship. Rotherham have got to lose their last two games and we have to win away at play off spot chasers Wolves managed buy our old mate Kenny Jacket.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Nelson, Hooiveld, Harding, Martin (Gueye), Abdou, Bailey, Woolford, Gregory (Fuller), O'Brien (Cowan-Hall), 
Subs not used, Archer, Taylor,Fletchert, Thompson, 

Goals: Gregory 26, 36 pen, 50 pen, 

Derby: Grant, Shotton, Keogh, Forsyth, Warnock (Albentosa), Hendrick, Dawkins (Martin), Hughes, Ince, Sammon, Lingard (Russell), 
Subs not used, Christie, Ward, Naylor, Roos

Goals: Ince 42,  Martin 70 pen,  Hendrick 85

All in all a decent performance but just the one point and only two points over the last three games. Neil Harris must be offered a permanent job, surely. That is the ninth game of his ten game spell and his record is LDDWLWDLD = 10 points and 9 goals

We meet Kenny Jacket's Wolves next Saturday and it could be a critical game for us as well as Wolves who are scrapping for a play-off place. If Rotherham win at home to Reading Tuesday night we will just have our pride to play for. Kenny may be expecting a favour but I doubt it.



Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Blackburn 2 Millwall 0, Championship Game 44, 21-4-15, att: 12,884 ( We took 270 ish away)

GOALS WIN GAMES
Away on a Tuesday night

It took me a couple of days to get the keyboard out and write a bit about this game because more than anything it proved along with the recent Cardiff game that without a Championship striker staying in this league is nigh-on impossible. We should have won both games and secured six points and not just the one. I believed that we would stay up after the first couple of games under Neil Harris because things that were missing started to show and as the games continued it showed even more, passion, desire, commitment, believe and we were and have been having some cracking goal scoring chances. We were back, but are we?

If we were back we would be scoring goals and we ain't. The two players that scored for Blackburn have scored more goals than the whole Millwall team combined so that is the reason Blackburn won the game and not because their overall display was better than ours. We had chances, Martin Woolford and Paris Cowan-Hall come close and so did Magaye Gueye and Gary Taylor-Fletcher but as the Cardiff game nobody clinical buried one and the "staying up hope" is fizzing out with just two games to go. It looks like we are now relying on Rotherham to lose points regarding the mistake of playing a player after his loan period had expired. and then more or less losing their last two while we keep a eye on Wigan.

NEWS FLASH: Rotherham get deducted thee points, Its all to play for

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Cardiff 0 Millwall 0 Championship Game 43 att:19,639

40 POINTS AND THREE GAMES TO GO

That's game seven of Neil Harris's ten and we have grafted for nine points
Two wins, three draws and two defeats

Any other time a 0-0 draw at Cardiff would have been a blinding result but we should have had a win.
We have improved everywhere on the pitch but still haven't got that clinical finisher. I know that we have been scoring recently with two against Charlton, Brentford and Wigan but the pressure was really on for this game but although we had good chances, we did not deliver. Gary Fletcher-Taylor promised us a while ago that he will score goals, once he un-tangles his feet he may well do but on the showing so far I don't see it myself. Lee Gregory has not picked up with his goal scoring which must disappoint him and he is still stuck on six for the season. As I said we should have had this one and the chance by Mark Beevers that smacked the underneath of the bar and ended up not crossing line was a major blow and it just proves that margins are tight in this division.

 JUST ONE LUCKY BREAK IS ALL IT TAKES. 

Can we do it stay in the Championship ? We are still in with a shout and the team has not gave up so nor shall I. Rotherham still have the risk of being docked at least three points which adds a extra dimension to the this end of season battle royal. There is only one more game to go at the Den and I wish it was all three.

Bottom 5: Brighton P 44, 46 pts---Rotherham P 43, 44 pts---Millwall P 43, 40 pts 
                  Wigan P 44, 39 pts---(R) Blackpool P 44. 25 pts

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Harding, Abdou, Nelson, Beevers, Woolford, Bailey, Gregory (Taylor-Fletcher 74), O'Brien (Fuller 74), Martin (Gueye 62),
subs not used, Archer, Hooiveld, Cowan-Hall, Powell

Cardiff: Marshall, Peltier, Malone (Fabio 22), Ecuele-Manga, Morrison, Whittingham, Noone (Kennedy 85), Gunnarsson, Ralls (Pilkington 64), Mason, Doyle
subs not used, Moore, Adeyemi, O'Keefe, Harris

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Millwall 2 Wigan 0, Championship Game 42,-4-15 COME ON MILLWALL

Game 42 and the Den is rocking


FLYING JIMMY ABDOU, A MIDWEEK SPECIAL


That's Neil Harris's sixth game in charge and it's two wins, two draws and two defeats

There was just one change for this game when Lee Martin started instead of Martyn Woolford and that from all the players was a Millwall performance that went hand in hand with us the supporters, we were loud and we were proud .That was like the atmosphere I was weaned on and although the Lions looked nothing like Barcelona they were up for this one with as much desire that I have seen for a long time. It looks like we have got our Millwall back and for the pocket dynamo Jimmy Abdou to open the scoring when he flew in with his head was the spark that lit the blue touch-paper that turned the Den into mass celebration and we were cooking on gas. Into time added we secured the win as sub Magaye Gueye broke toward the Wigan goal and similar to his goal against Charlton fired a fierce shot from a angle which beat the Wigan keeper and we were dancing down the Old Kent Road.  A win double from the two Frenchies and a good shift by young Sid Nelson.


WELCOME TO THE MILLWALL WAY

The next day Wigan are winging that we roughed them up, excuse me' who received two red cards? We received one. Even their fans on the forum were moaning that the Den was a loud and fierce place and it put them off.  I can only say one thing, welcome to South East London and welcome to Millwall.

All around the ref as he is dishing out cards


The bottom of the table which is a place we know well this season and also the season before is looking much about the same apart from us pulling away from Wigan and also closing the cap on Rotherham to four points.  Rivals Rotherham are up before the Football League shortly because they fielded a illegible player. A three point reduction could be the punishment but I won't hold my breath. Rotherham play against Fulham tomorrow night.


How it looks-bottom five: Fulham P 43 46 pts,  Rotherham P 43 44pts,  Millwall P 42 39 pts
Wigan P 43 36pts, Blackpool P 43 25 pts (already down)

Milwall: Forde, Cummings, Harding, Abdou, Nelson, Beevers, Martin( Gueye 68), Williams (Bailey 42), Gregory, O'Brien(Woolford 84), Upson 79
Subs not used, Archer, Fuller, Taylor-Fletcher, Cowan-Hall

Goals: Abdou 24 Gueye 90+3

Wigan: Carson, Maguire, McClean, Pennant(Chow 80), Kyung, Boyce, Perch,
Pearce 79  Fortune(Waghorn 52  66),
Subs not used, Habsi, McCann, Barnett, Murphy

15/4/15 Fulham 1 Rotherham 1 I'll take that

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Millwall 0 Watford 2, Championship Game 41, 11/4/15, att: 12,075 (away 2,840) not the end of the world


Well that's five games with Neil Harris in charge and it's he's second defeat. 

I was hoping and saying that we would win this game or more exactly that we had a chance of winning this game but deep down I knew it would be a tall order. Watford can score goals for fun and the 84 that they have scored in the league this season are proof of that, only Bournemouth have scored more. Watford's two goals scored in the 25th and 56th minutes were clinical strikes and that was missing from our game as we pretty well matched them toe-to-toe everywhere else on the park.

Two penalty shouts and we should have been awarded at least one of them


A decent chance but Gomes saves

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Harding(Maierhofer 73m), Abdou(Martin 68m), Nelson, Beevers, Woolford(Gueye 58m), Williams, Gregory, O'Brien, Upson

subs not used, Archer, Dunne, Bailey, Taylor Fletcher

Watford: Gomes, Connolly, Angela, Hoban, Paredes(Motta 90+2), Watson, Tozser, Guedioura, Anya(Abdi 60m), Vydra(Ighalo 83), Deeney,

subs not used, Bond, Munari, Layun, Pudil

Goals: Vydra 26m, Guedioura 56m

Bottom five: Fulham P 42, 45 pts----Rotherham  P 42, 43 pts----Wigan P 42, 36 pts,
                     Millwall P 41 36pts----Relegated Blackpool P 42, 25 pts

We have a game in hand over them all, we play this game Tuesday night. To add a extra twist, this game is against Wigan, a true 6 pointer.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Millwall 2 Charlton 1, Championship Game 40, 3/4/15, att: 14,722 (away 2,235)


A GOOD FRIDAY WIN, THAT'S EXTRA CHEERED MY EASTER UP


First half and Millwall pressing up.

Neil Harris secures our first home win since the 25th of October 2014 and now has a total of five points from his four games in charge of the first team. The gap closes between us and the last safe spot to four points and the Den was buzzing again. Charlton took the lead in the 67th minute against the run of play while playing with ten men and that quietened us down for a couple of minutes but we soon got back in our stride and continued to press the Addicks. They were down to ten men because their captain Solly was sent off for a hand ball in the penalty box the 28th minute. Lee Gregory took the penalty and the Charlton keeper dived to his right and saved, I was thinking at the time that hopefully this is not a omen. Shaun Williams normally takes penalty's I do believe, perhaps he should have took this one. Time was running out when with just over ten minutes to go Magaya Gueye who had come on as a sub and replaced Jimmy Abdou scored from a tight angle and sent the Den into orbit. The Den was now double rocking and Neil Harris's Lions continued to try to get something more from this game and with three minutes of normal time to go Gueye once again contributed to the result by getting off a shot that ended up with Jos Hooiveld scoring from close range and this time the Den went beyond orbit and we were bouncing off the stand roofs. Charlton had done well recently and won seven of their last nine games but their dismal record against the Lions continued. I suppose Charlton can take some comfort that they scored their first goal at the Den for nigh on twenty years.

Last three DDW

Millwall enjoy yet another win over this lot

I just had to chuckle. Imagine the scenario, it's 40 minutes before kick off and a train is halted just before the bridge over Zampa Road as it waits to go into South Bermondsey Station. The muted Charlton chant of something or other can be heard coming from the stopped train followed by a chant of  "your going down"  which is of course was aimed the people around the Barry Kitchener Stand and the car park. It sounded like a bunch of over excited school kids enjoying their big day out because of course, they get to ride on a train.

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Harding(Maierhofer 69m), Abdou(Gueye 58m), Nelson, Hooiveld, Woolford, Williams, O'Brien, Gregory, Upson(Bailey 76m),
subs not used, Archer, Dunne, Beevers, Taylor-Fletcher

Goals: Gueye 79m, Hooiveld 87m

Charlton: Henderson, Solly, Gomez, Diarra, Johnson, Fox, Berg-Gudmundsson, Vetokele(Bulot 72m), Cousins, Bulot, Eagles(Bikey 32m), Watt(Church 78m)
subs not used, Dmitrovic, Lennon, Lepoint, Wiggins

Goal: Diarra 67m
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You have got to have a look at this, http://www.charltonlife.com/discussion/67256/spanners-v-
charlton-post-match-fury

After reading nine pages of this I conclude that they hate Millwall like a school kid hates a proper dinner.

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6/4/15 Bank Holiday Monday and Rotherham played and beat Brighton 1-0 the revised bottom five now reads Rotherham with 43 points which does not help our cause but they have played a extra game than us. 



Sunday, 22 March 2015

Brentford 2 Millwall 2, Championship Game 39, 21/3/15, att:10,179 (we fetch 1,641)


SO CLOSE TO ALL THREE POINTS BUT BRENTFORD PULL IT BACK 

Spearheading our attack Lee Gregory and Aiden O'Brien score a goal each and it looks like we are on our way of getting our Millwall back. Neil Harris in his third game at the helm nearly pulled off a glorious win at promotion chasing Brentford. We took a good few "Wall" down the river to see this game and apart from Brentford pulling it back to 2-2 they must have enjoyed their day out. There is no more chopping and changing the team unless its for injury of fine adjustments and the players now know what they are supposed to be doing and they appear to be more happy and secure playing within the team and being part of the squad. Is it the honeymoon period still? will Neil Harris get a rude awakening when it reverts back to the dross that has gone before?  I don't think so, we are playing the way Millwall should play and the way that has carried as through various divisions for 130 years and Neil Harris knows this and he is applying it well, We will get some bad performances that's inevitable but it won't be for nigh on every game as it's been for the last couple of seasons I am sure. It's pleasing as well to feel and see better vibes around the Den and on the message boards and forums.

WE HAVE A VERY GOOD BUNCH OF YOUNG PLAYERS

Do we want to stay up? of course we do and with our players from our academy in and around the first team and some doing well out on loan there is a school of thought that relegation and League 1 would not be a bad thing as as we could re-build with our youngsters and then make our bid for promotion. My view on this is no, we need to stay in the Championship and I think it has been proved that our academy players such as Jack Powell, Sid Nelson, and Aiden O'Brien can cut it in the Championship. Jamie Philpot has made it on to the bench and Jake Goodman, John Marquis and Fred Onyedinma are doing well on loan and what ever division we are in next season these young players will be a good basis to take us on to our next adventure. John Marquis may move on as he has enjoyed his time at Gillingham and is scoring goals but Neil Harris maybe be able to change his mind.

BOMBER HARRIS

That's Neil Harris's 3rd game in charge and our all time record goal scorer is creating a team with desire and belief and this has also spread to the stands. That's one loss and two draws in his three games in hot seat and a win against Charlton in our next home game will be something that will take us one step nearer to Championship survival and also one step closer for Neil Harris to make his mark in football management. His mark maybe only with Millwall FC because after all you need to know the subject and Neil Harris certainly knows the subject and the subject is Millwall FC and it'supporters. While I am talking about "knowing" Sid Nelson our young centre back certainly knows:

26/3/15
Now here's a young man who after completed his first eight games for the Lions comes across as a wise and experienced player.

I read this in the Southwark News ( 40p on a Thursday )

The fans want to see the Millwall way, a Millwall side playing proper football. This does not mean playing out from the back, over playing and passing into stupid areas. The fans want to see 100% passion, commitment and hard work. If you do these things the rest will follow.

Now there's a bloke who's bang on the money and coming from a Millwall family I am going to enjoy watching him become a Den favourite for years to come.


Last six: Reading 44 pts, Fulham 43 pts, Rotherham 40 pts, Wigan 35 pts, Millwall 33 pts, Blackpool 23 pts

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Harding, Abdou, Nelson, Hooiveld, Williams, Woolford, O'Brien (Taylor-Fletcher 76), Gregory, Upson,
subs not used, Archer, Beevers, Gueye, Philpot, Maierhofer, Fabbrini

Goals: Gregory 38, O'Brien 64

Brentford: Button, Bidwell, Dean(Smith 71), Douglas, Odubajo, Dallas(Judge 60), Gray, DiaGouraga(Toral 71), Pritchard, Jota, Tarkowski
subs not used, Bonham, Craig, McCormack, Long

Goals: Pritchard 85 pen, Odubajo 90+1

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Millwall 0 Brighton 0 Championship Game 38 17/3/15 att: 9,105

TEN GAME NEIL HARRIS SEASON, GAME TWO, ONE POINT

All that was missing was a little bit of luck in front of the oppositions goal

Game 2 of Neil Harris's spell in charge and apart from not scoring a goal that was a better performance by the Lions. With Alan Dunne out due to a two game ban for accumulating yellow cards and Sid Nelson took to the field along with Martyn Woolford who starts instead of Ed Upson. These were the only changes from the team that started against Bolton. We started brightly and Aiden O'Brien on another day may have a goal or some goals under his belt after he left two defenders for dead and drove a shot that was saved by the Brighton Keeper. There was plenty of action in and around the Brighton box but we lacked the final ball be it the ball into the box or what the players done when they got it. The side put it plenty of effort and left the field at half time with clapping in their ears. The second half saw Brighton start brightly but we contained them well apart from the time when the visitors free kick smacked David Forde's crossbar. Lee Gregory was a nuisance for most of the game but once again he did not score after half chances in and around their box. Overall we are revitalised and I believe that we have it in us to beat sides with the improved performance, we just need a little bit of luck to go with it.



Tuesday night and under the lights

Last six: Brighton 42 pts,  Fulham 40 pts,  Rotherham 40 pts,  Wigan 34 pts,  Millwall, 32 pts, 
              Blackpool 22 pts

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Harding, Abdou, Hooiveld, Nelson, Williams, Woolford(Fabbrini 81), Gregory, Taylor-Fletcher(Maiefofer 73), O'Brien(Gueye 73),
subs not used, Archer, Beevers, Fuller, Upson

Brighton: Stockdale, Saltor, Greer, Calderson, Kayal(Lualua 46), Stephens, Halford, Best(O'Grady 75), MacKail-Smith(Teixeira 75), Bennett, Holla
subs not used, Walton, Hughes, Ledesna, Ince

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Bolton 2 Millwall 0, Championship Game 37, att: 14,719 (355)



Neil Harris and his first game in charge and he wants us with them. I think he will get that.

This getting beat lark is not good for the soul, it's got to stop. With Neil Harris in the hot seat this defeat at Bolton is painful but there some hope. Was it just a normal 2-0 loss on the road or was it just another defeat in a long line of defeats to our disjointed and not very good side. I think the Brighton game at the Den coming up this Tuesday will tell me the answer. I do believe there is a spark there and hopefully a few more sparks Tuesday. I hate to put all the pressure on Lee Gregory but I believe that his scoring is the key. He has got to start putting away a decent percentage of his chances. A big ask from him I know but that is what he gets paid for and I am sure he will enjoy doing just that. A lot on his shoulders but what a chance to show the doubters wrong and feel the full force of the Lions roar and become a legend down in SE16. He is a goal scorer and I think its well within him to start putting then away he just needs to dig it out. Of course every other member of the team needs to raise their game and Lee Gregory's strikemanship might just do that. Sorry Lee but its all down to you.

Bolton "stars" Liam Trotter nearly had Millwall Flue but he managed to come on in the 87th minute and Liam Feeney played the whole game,

Bolton: Amos, Vela, Mills, McCarthy, Ream, Walker, Danns9Coke 46), Bannan(Trotter 87), Feeney, Gudjohnson(Davies 72), Le Fondre
subs not used, Hall, Heskey, Lonergan, Twardzik

Goals: Le Fondre 11, 45
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Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Dunne, Hooiveld, Harding, Abdou, Williams, Upson(Cowan-Hall 66), O'Brien(Gueye 81), Gregory, Taylor-Fletcher(Fuller 59),
Subs not used, Archer, Beevers, Powell, Maierhofor

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Neil Harris is called upon yet again




IS NEIL HARRIS ON A HIDING TO NOTHING?

Early this morning just as the sun was rising, well not quiet that early but early enough "Ollie" was shown the door and Neil Harris stepped across into the hot seat. I think it can be said that Bomber Harris does not shirk a challenge. Is he on a hiding to nothing?  I don't think so, as long as the team can up their game and show us all that they want to stay up and by doing that show us more grit and guile I think that would make as enjoy going to the Den again. Neil Harris has made no promises but like the rest of us he wants the team to produce excitement and play with pride and deliver Millwall style performances.  I want the team to play for the fans said Bomber, and I say if  by any chance we escape total humiliation or escape relegation by just one point SE16 and thousands of Millwall homes will be happier places come the summer. Any improvement in my book is a positive over the dross we have had to endure. If he fails and the last ten games are total misery we won't hold it against him and he will just go back to his day job, after all he's a goal scoring legend down here.

Ian Holloway's record of outcomes since he has been with the Lions speaks for it self.

From January 2014 to March 10th 2015---Played 62, lost 29, drawn 19, won 14 

In the end his relationship with us was strained and I detected digs against us the supporters. I just think our patience run out, he had a huge amount of time to turn it around but he failed on all counts. I want to quickly forget him.

THE TIME HAS COME TO AT LEAST START WINNING AT HOME

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Millwall 1 Norwich City 4, Championship game 36, 7/3/15, att:11, 116 (away 2,508)


WE START WITH ONE UP FRONT


I HAVE HAD ENOUGH   We couldn't win a game if our lives depended on it. That's ten goals Norwich have put passed us in the two games we have played them this season. In the last six games in the league we have lost five and drawn one and of course the games before that wasn't much better and some respect were worse, the humiliation against Bradford comes to mind.

Just been informed about this >> Ian Holloway 2008

DOCKERS DAY


The ninth annual Dockers Day is greeted with not the normal celebration as the dark cloud that hangs over Millwall just got darker. We really are a weak and watery side and totally  lack the fight to hold  our own against a average looking Norwich side. We danced with them for the first 30-40 minutes and then fell apart as Norwich scored a brace either side of half time (ish). The Canaries second goal was down to Alan Dunne who gave away a needless penalty as he bought down a Norwich player as he was running towards the corner flag. I think we know about Alan Dunne's contribution in the local paper and how the players must raise their performances as Ian Holloway is doing as much as he can.
For this game Ian Holloway spent most of the game tucked at the back of the dug out and supporters near the dug out were blocked off by stewards from getting to close to him. There wasn't really much overall chanting towards Holloway but apparently they were vocally loud towards him behind him in the West Stand. I didn't hear much apart from individuals or small groups groaning, I think that Ian Holloway got off light and considering our plight I wouldn't have been surprised if  a noose was slung over a stand truss. It's looks like he won't walk and to push him out its going to cost and cost a lot. Our chairman knows what he is doing, doesn't he.


That's no wins at the Den for 12 games. No matter what is said regarding this terrible state of affairs it is unacceptable that any Millwall team can ruin a 100 year old legacy of Millwall winning at home. Winning at home has been a major factor that has helped this club to survive, the opposition feared the Den and many teams left with their tails between their legs. Lions of the south wasn't a myth it was a reality. We must get this back and I think it's time for a new manager and maybe a new team.

Nearly forgot, Lee Gregory scored a goal after we were awarded a soft penalty when Deigo Fabbrini went over in the box.

82nd Minute and we score from the spot, Norwich could have scored more but like Ian Holloway we got off light. In the background the hi-vis jackets of the stewards surround the home dug out. Normally it's the away dug out that gets this attention.

Millwall: Forde. Dunne, Harding, Bailey(Tonge 46), Hooiveld, Nelson, Williams, Woolford(Gregory 61), Taylor-Fletcher, Fuller(O'Brien 65), Fabbrini,, 
subs not used, King, Beevers, Gueye, Abdou
Goal: Gregory 82 pen

Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Cuellar, Martin, Howson, Olsson, Hoolahan(Andreu 83), Dorrans(O'Neil 78), Hooper(Redmond 68), Jerome, Johnson,
subs not used, Rudd, Turner, Morris, Odjidja-Ofoe
Goals: Howson 38, 60, Hooper 45 pen, Hoolahan 57

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Middlesboro 3 Millwall 0 att: 16,078 (we take162)

3/3/15 Championship Game 35 and yet another poxy defeat. How long can we take this?

Gregory misses chance and 162 amazing souls made the journey

Lee Gregory, a decent non-league striker who has proved that he isn't good enough for this league. His Game stats back that up. It would be great to be proved wrong and he starts banging them in against Norwich this Saturday. We play a unchanged side for the third game in a row but after calling out for stability in the team thinking that this was the reason why we were not doing well, stability has achieved nothing. Where's the Hof?

Millwall: Forde, Abdou, Dunne, Hooiveld, Harding, Tonge(O'Brien 80), Willams(Upson 65), Woolford, Fabbrini, Taylor Fletcher, Gregory(Fuller 65), 
subs not used, King, Nelson, Beevers, Angel

Boro: Konstantopoulos, Friend, Fredericks, Gibson, Leadbetter(Foreshaw 82), Clayton, Kike, Tomlin(Vossen 73), Bamford(Wildschut 83), Kalas, Adomah

Goals: Bamford 26, Kike 30, Vossen 78

Norwich at home Saturday and I don't fancy our chances. Ian Holloway can talk a good game but he cannot produce it. We really have been duped, sorry, should not have said 'we, there was a few wise ones that knew all along.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Rotherham 2 Millwall 1 Championship Game 34 att:10,329 (away 1300)

Yet another defeat and Ian Holloway's popularity within the travelling support and the rest of us is on the floor. After taking the lead in this game by a Martyn Woolford goal we conceded within the first two minutes in the second half and went on to lose the game and we are now are six points adrift of Rotherham and a non-relegation spot.
1300 Millwall went to this game and were roaring the Lions on from the very start and were rewarded with yet again a defeat. It did get a bit lively at Rotherham and looking at the pictures in the papers the Yorkshire police were really keen to wave their batons around. There was no arrests.

Last five.....Brighton 37 pts, Rotherham 37 pts, Millwall 31 pts, Wigan 28, Blackpool 33 pts

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

24/2/15 Millwall 1 Sheffield Wednesday 3 Championship Game 33, att:8,568 (1001)



LAST HOME WIN 25TH OCTOBER 2014, THIS IS NOT MILLWALL
The worst home record since we have been in the football league

One day it may be jolly to go down the Den again but as for now it's soul destroying. Dare I say it "I want my Millwall back"

Do I really need to go through the memories of this game and recall the pathetic way we gave up the game and gave it to the leagues lowest scorers Sheffield Wednesday on a plate. If  I am bothering to write a Millwall blog you have to take the rough with the smooth and at the moment its all rough so I will still have to, so here goes.

Last 10 league games L L L D W L W L D L

We try but just not good enough to win at home

We dominated much of the first half and could have been at 3-0 up as Lee Gregory had a decent effort and Gary Taylor-Fletcher our recent loan signing on another day could have scored a couple but in this game and for most of this season no one seems to be able to put the ball away. Sheffield Wednesday scored in the 53rd minute against the run of play and from that point disaster struck. Ian Holloway changed formation with three at the back and it all went down hill from there. Ian Holloway has done this three at the back bollocks before and it don't suit us,  it hardly worked then and it didn't work now.


Half time smoke. After a decent first half I was looking forward to going back in

Holloway apologises after the game for the failure of this tactic but apologises do not give us the three points. We were doing alright apart from conceded the first goal and could have pulled the game back playing as we had been in the first half,  but as I said earlier he made changes that he knew had failed in the past and yes it was dismal then and it was dismal now. The players looked flummoxed  in as much as they didn't know where they were playing on the pitch and the lowest goal scoring team in the Championship put three goals past us and that was that. A low Lions crowd had turned out for this game which was 7,567 if you knock a 1000 off the total for the good size mid-week away support. When the final whistle blew there was a lot less in the Den as most of the Wall had already gone home. Ian Holloway got of light with the abuse.

Deigo Fabbrini's late goal was well taken and one like that at Rotherham Saturday may help keep us in this division

Millwall: Forde, Abdou(Gueye 74), Harding, Dunne, Hooiveld, Williams, Tonge, Woolford(O'Brien 50), Fabbrini, Taylor-Fletcher, Gregory(Fuller 63),
subs not used, King, Upson, Beevers, Nelson

Goal: Fabbrini 90

Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland, Palmer, Lees, Zayatte, Maghoma(Helan 90), Lee, Dielna, Semoda, McGuyan(Hutchinson 74), Keane(May 80), Nuhia



Goals: McGugan 52, Nuhiu 72, May 83

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Millwall 0 Fulham 0 Championship Game 32 21/2/15 att:12,707



London Derby


I said after the Leeds game that I fancied us for this one. I would have been right if we had somebody who could stick the ball in the net. There's no other word for it "hopeless" because that's what we are, there must be a foggy haze around the oppositions goal and we can't penetrate it.  We are keeping clean sheets or losing to the odd goal so we have sorted out the defence but although we came very close and on two occasions Lee Gregory messed up a couple of chances to bury the ball with his feet and with head. Because of the way we play we do not get too many chances and when we do somebody's got a bury them or at the very least direct them towards goal.

As I said, we were lacking quality up front to get something from this game, Gregory missed when he should have scored and a cracking shot from Michael Tonge whistled past the post after it was somewhat deflected by a Fulham defender. It was so close it took the paint off the post.
Fulham did not produce much their-selves and for a ex Premiership club with Premiership players and Premiership money we restricted them to very little and I cannot remember Forde having to do much apart from a save that looked a bit flappy from behind the goal but seeing it on the telly hi-lights it was a good save.

Ricardo Fuller done something I have never seen before at the Den he managed to get the ball over the roof of the Cold Blow Lane Stand while attempting a shot or something. He managed this when the ball come to him from such a height it had snow on it. If you study the picture below you can see Fuller who is on the  left as you look at the picture and the ball is way up high before he whacked it over the roof

SPOT THE BALL
With the ball coming back from Mars Ricardo Fuller sets himself  up for a moon shot

That's 31 points and we are still third from bottom and a three point gap between us and Brighton who won their game 4-3

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Leeds 1 Millwall 0, Championship Game 31, 14/2/15, att: 24,000, (voucher restricted away 180)


The West Yorkshire Police discriminate against us once again and only 180 Wall supporters can be bothered with the hag of going to this game 



A lucky deflection secures a 1-0 win for Leeds and I presume they went home happy 

We finished strong in this game and we was unlucky not to come away with a point as our second half performance should have got us something. We had little to offer in the first half and really didn't produce much and I suppose if Leeds were a good side they would have scored more. At least we could improve and take it up a gear but Leeds may be lacking on that front.
Martyn Woolford who was going to join Leeds but the move was blocked by the clubs owner because he had never heard of him played the full 90 minutes and is back in the team putting in good performances. He would have scored in this game but a divot came to Leeds rescue as Woolford's shot cleared the bar after some good work from Lee Gregory. With a couple of minutes to go Ricardo Fuller crafted a opening that just went by the outside of the post after some good work dribbling around three challenges in the penalty box, on another day he may well have scored. That's still 30 points and not much damage done to our place within the bottom three.


Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Dunne, Hooiveld, Harding, Angel, Williams, Woolford, Fabbrini (Fuller 60), Martinez (Upson 60), Maierhofer (Gregory 45), 

subs not used, Archer, Beevers, Abdou, O'Brien

Leeds: Silvestri, Wootten, Bamba, Bellusci, C.Taylor. Bryam, Austin (Antenucci 70), Murphy, Cook, Mowatt, Morison.

subs not used, Taylor, Berardi, Sloth, Adryan, Sharp, Cani

Goal: Mowatt 39

Our next game is at home to Fulham and another chance to stop this dismal run of not winning at home. This is our home record since we beat Cardiff at home on the 25th of October,
D 2-2,  L 2-3,  L 1-5,  L 0-1,  L 0-2,  L 1-3,  D 0-0,  L 1-3 that's dismal, we must improve.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Birmingham 0 Millwall 1 10/2/15 Tuesday night att: 14,186


Oh' The Wonder Of Following Millwall FC

The player that some supporters love to hate scored the winning goal, Alan Dunne

There was such disappointment after losing at home to Huddersfield considering we had won away at Nottingham Forest the game before but this fine win goes some way to bring back the joy of supporting the Wall and especially to win away at a place where we have not won since 1968, a time when Hey Jude by the Beatles was number one on Top Of The Pops and I was pulling birds working on the fairgrounds, happy days.

Happy days then and happy days now and I will live off this win for at least to next Saturday. when it's Leeds away. It would be mind blowing joy if we pulled off a win there as well. I must not get carried away, must I. Excuse me, I'm just blowing the froth of a few.

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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Millwall 1 Huddersfield 3, 7/2/15, Championship Game 29, att:10,281 (AWAY 586)

   They lift you up(occasionally) and drop you down with a massive thump (frequently)

A decent ten man display against Reading secured us a point and then the win against Forest set us up nicely for this game. I fancied us for this one and I was sure that the team would perform today and give us a home win which is something that we have not had since the 25th of October last year. This sad home record is not Millwall and it looks like the players or some of the players are not free in their play. Perhaps it's us, perhaps they can sense the pressure. I would like to be able to say it's not us but the way we succumb to Huddersfield's mediocre attacking display at times was a comedy of errors and it was like the players were "flapping" especially when Huddersfield scored their second.


Going in, I felt as I was walking in around the Den that it just wasn't me that thought that this could well be the win that we had been waiting for.

Anyway how wrong we were, we lost this game due to errors but not just errors. We all make mistakes but playing against ten men for the last 40 minutes and not really threatening Huddersfield's goal was way off what is required of a Millwall side especially when playing at home. Pitiful really.

The Hof scored and played his normal game, occasionally winning a header and making his presence known in and around the oppositions box. Huddersfield finished us off scoring from the spot with ten minutes to go and the Den emptied, as I was the last one out I turned off the lights and kicked the clubs feral cat on the way out.

A brief moment of joy as Stefan Maierhofer scores from close in

It's Birmingham away Tuesday night and I'm saying nothing apart from "you never know, less pressure away"

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Dunne, Hooiveld, Beevers, Abdou, Williams, Upson(Gregory), Fabbrini, Gueye(Woolford), Maierhofer(Fuller),
subs not used, Archer, Tonge, Webster, Harding,

Goal: Maierhofer 28

Huddersfield: Smithies, Edgar, Hudson, Wallace, Robinson, Scannell, Coady, Butterfield, Bunn(Cobern), Wells, Vaughan(Miller)
subs not used, Lolley, Allinson, Wilkinson, Majewski, Wright

Goals: Scannell 17, Butterfield 74 Vaughan 86(pen)


Monday, 2 February 2015

The January Sales

The January Window

Ian Holloway,  we need more options and we need these options quickly


Millwall sign Paris Hall-Cowan from Wycombe Wanderers on a two and a half year deal. He's quick and can score regular.

Paul Robinson who is on loan at Portsmouth has his contract terminated and is free to negotiate a deal elsewhere. I am sorry to see him go, a proper Millwall player that always gave all in is quiet and controlled manner. He also scored a few goals and some were "big" goals, promotion etc.  I think that I would have liked to see him stay. I know he lost a bit after is long term injury but I don't think he was any worse than we have.

>Scott Malone looks like he will be leaving and signing for Cardiff. Perhaps he will do well there.
Scott Malone signs for Cardiff  8/1/15

>Josh Wright goes to Leyton Orient on a free


<31 year old Dan Harding who plays as a defender signs on loan from Nottingham Forest to the end of the season.


<Stefan Maierhofer returns to the end of the season and comes on a sub in the 1-0 defeat at Blackpool


>Jermaine Easter goes to Bristol Rovers


<12/1/15 Shaun Cummings joins from reading and signs a two and a half year deal


>Stephen Bywater is let go


<Right back Shaun Cummings joins the Lions from reading on a two-and-a-half contract


<We secure Watford's forward player Diego Fabbrini on loan to the end of the season


On loan Wilkinson goes back to Stoke


24/1/15 Scott McDonald has his contract terminated


26/1/15 We sign on loan Southampton central defender Jos Hooiveld. If he's decent hopefully he can  be our king-pin and hold this back four together


We sign Leeds Midfielder Michael Tonge on loan to the end of the season. I am trying to think why we would need another midfielder


Goalkeeper Jordan Archer joins on loan from Spurs to the end of the season. That's our lot for the January Window. No Tim Cahill but some good prospects for us to finish the season safe.



This list may not be exactly in date order


On paper we have signed a few "proper footballers" so far.


That's the transfer window closed and no last minute signing of a striker. Overall 'we got some decent players but a good few of them are on loan. Paris Cowan-Hall seems to be a *star buy* but it looks like he is out for the rest of the season due to a ligament injury he picked up in the Reading game.

Jos Hooiveld looks well useful and looked a good educating partner for young Sid Nelson, it's a shame that Sid got sent off. The 6'8'' Stefan Maierhofer is back and what can I say? He gets slaughtered on the Message boards and a lot of supporters think putting it kindly "that he has no skill" I think the same but he does add a factor to the team that can be used for our advantage. I am not sure what this factor is apart from, it must be he's presence. I will put money on it that he will score but not sure when.
I have not my mind up yet regarding Shaun Cummings but as he is on loan. I will not get to attached anyway.
Diego Fabbrini who is also on loan and I doubt if we could afford him sets the place alight. With five minutes of him on the pitch he was a Wall favourite, yes it was that quick.
These new players have already helped us secure four points, so lets carry on. I have not seen Michael Tonge play yet so 'no comment. I read in the Southwark News that West Ham are not on his Christmas list. Something to do with the Carlos Tevez and regulations.


Home to Huddersfield Saturday and it must be a win, lets keep that memento going 

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Nottingham Forest 0 Millwall 1, Championship Game 28, att: 23,018 (we take 682)

That's our first win in nine games and our 6th win of the season


After months of football misery, misery that ruined my weekends my football mood barometer has started to swing the other way. With the improvement against Ipswich and the 10 man performance that won us a point against Reading we came into this game with the whereabouts and desire to improve on the improvement and perhaps come away with a win.
  • I had that feeling before the game and after viewing the Millwall message boards and forums the night before there was others apart from me that thought that it was possible. Up the Wall.

  • The last eight
  • 17th Huddersfield 34 points
  • 18th Charlton 33 pointS
  • 19th Leeds 32 points
  • 20th Rotherham 30 points
  • 21st Brighton 29 points
  • 22nd Millwall 27 points
  • 23rd Wigan 22 points
  • 24th Blackpool 20 points

Ricardo fuller come come on as a 83rd minute sub pounced on some poor defending and "bang" we took the three points. With out doubt we are much a better side since our recent signings and I don't think that Stuart Pearce had done his homework. He's "after game ramble" included "Millwall were a team waiting to be beaten" If this is true it appears that he thought we were going to be as crap as we were against Bradford City and was going to be a easy three points. I wonder if he sent a scout to out Tuesday night game against Reading? I guess he did not.
Once again glowing reports regarding Diego Fabbrini. This was the 3rd game where he has played for us and straight away you could see that he is a quality midfielder who grafts hard and his wizardry with the ball is something that we haven't seen in a Millwall shirt for a long, long time. Hopefully after he's loan period is up we will not be disappointed but I guess a footballer of this quality is got to be on a higher pay grade that we could offer. It could be another "Chris Wood" moment.
There was a sloppy back pass by Shaun Cummings that could have done us but it didn't and hopefully he will learn and won't do it again. Mark Beever's who seemed to be a different player and a cracking header from him was going in but the Forest keeper DeVries pulled off a top drawer save.

Feeling chirpy myself and I may even do the washing up

We are a improved side and I said after the Reading game that new signing Jos Hooiveld is the "king pin" and in such a short time the performance level and commitment has rose two fold and the old and new players are putting in a shift, even David Forde is saving well and Beevers in this game done well. The Hof needs to raise his game if possible which would be my only criticism after this game. All in all a cracking win and well worth the three points, it's been a long wait and considering what we have had to put up with Ian Holloway is still here while others around him fall. Stuart Pearce as just been sacked and another manager bites the dust after we beat him. The next game can't come quick enough.

Nottingham Forest: DeVries, Kane, Hobbs, Wilson, McLaughlin, C Burke(Fryatt), Lansbury, Osborn, Antonio, Teche(Peterson), Assombalonga
subs not used, Darlow, Lichal, Fox, Veldwijk, Lascelles,

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Hooiveld, Beevers, Dunne, Williams, Abdou, Gueye(Fuller) Fabbrini, Martin(Upson), Maierhofer(Gregory),
subs not used, Webster, O'Brien, Powell, King

Goal: Fuller 83

NEWS FLASH.....Stuart Pearce sacked the next day. Another manager bites the dust after we beat his team. It seems to be a habit of ours.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Millwall 0 Reading 0 Championship 27/1/15 att: 8,317 (away 539)

IT MAY BE JUST A POINT BUT IT'S ALSO A CLEAN SHEET 

The Lions are back with more bite and a bit more passion

It may have been just a point but they are there to be earn't and we certainly grafted for this one. With the January signings of Dan Harding, Stefan Maierhofer, Shaun Cummings , Diego Fabbrini and last minute central defender Jos Hooiveld starting and Paris Cowan-Hall on the bench we were a new look side that from the start looked more solid at the back and I was watching the way that Jos Hooiveld and Sid Nelson were working closely together in the centre of the defence with lots of chat between them. These two will develop in a fine pairing if given the chance and I was gutted when Sid Nelson's 45 minute slightly missed timed tackle resulted in a red card which was issued with great zest from referee Alan Medley.  Sid Nelson trudged off the pitch probably a lot more gutted than me.

THE DEN IS GETTING IT'S MOJO BACK

For the second half Hooiveld teamed up with Shaun Williams and that worked well. Paris Cowan-Hall took the place of Magaye Gueye, and he looks a exciting prospect. Alan Dunne come on and Stefan Maierhofer went off and we finished the game with a purpose and created chances that maybe on another day would see us gain a win and the three points. All in all a good result considering we played the 2nd half with ten men, or did we?. The Den was back to it's noisy self and we being the 12th man dropped into the 11th man spot and roared the Lions on.  I think this game was a pointer to things to come and as I said earlier it maybe just a point but after the improvement against Ipswich which we still lost to earn this draw is the next step. It's Nottingham Forest Saturday and last year we beat them and we beat others and went on to survive the drop.

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Harding, Nelson(sent off 45m), Hooiveld, Williams, Abdou, Gueye(Dunne46), Gregory, Maierhofer(Cowan-Hall 46), Fabbrini(Martin 77)

subs not used, King, Beevers, Upson, Fuller

Reading: Fedric, Kelly, Obita, Pearce, Hector, Norwood, Williams, Chalobah(McCleary 58), Robson-Kanu,(Mackie 76), Blackman(Cox 58), Pogrebnyak

subs not used, Anderson, Tauner, Cooper, Karacan

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Millwall 1 Ipswich 3, Championship Game 26, 17/1/15, att: 11.063

Our old boss Mick McCarthy comes to town

He had some of the new signings starting this game but score wise they didn't make a difference as we lost again. There was improvement but only in the "want it" attitude from the team. There was a bit more effort which resulted in us having more of the ball but we easly gave it away as we constantly lumped the ball to Lee Gregory and the Stefan Maierhofer in the middle. We hardly played it wide. New Signing Diego Fabbrini looks useful and can certainly play with the ball. He was subbed in the 2nd half by Lee Martin and that seem to make us lose our fizz in midfield. I am not sure I understood this tactic by Ian Holloway and in fact I still don't.Young Sid Nelson was surprised when Ian Holloway mad him captain a short time before the game. He done ok in this new captains role and considering he was only seventeen days past his nineteenth birthday he grew in statue and has a mature attitude that tells me he could be another Millwall legend and join that immortal bunch of Lions hero's.

Pushing for the equaliser but Ipswich's 3rd goal done us

A bit more passion

Overall we did make more effort, we did play better, we didn't roll over but we did try to get something from the game but Ipswich's third goal killed us off. Up to Ipswich scored their third game we wasn't out of the game and we did have efforts by Webster, Powell, Gueye and Abdou but they were all wide of the target apart from Gueye's 43rd minute effort that resulted in a goal. With Ipswich picking up another three points they are now 2nd in the table and sit behind Bournemouth. We are still 3rd from bottom. and I think it's time we kicked on and with the combination of new players and that bit more "fight" we should start to put a few points together.

Recent signings Shaun Cummings, Diego Frabbini, Dan Harding, Stefan Maierhofer start. Paris Cowan-Hall is still injured and is not in the squad.

Millwall: Forde, Cummings(Fuller 80), Nelson, Webster, Harding, Gueye, Abdou, Powell, Fabbrini(Martin 63), Gregory, Maierhofer
Subs not used, King, Shittu, Wilkinson, Woolford, McDonald

Goal: Gueye 42,

Ipswich: Bialkowski, Chambers, Mings, Berra, Smith, Tabb, Bru, Anderson(Clarke 88), S.Hunt(Parr 63), N.Hunt(Sears 63), Murphy,
subs not used, Crowe,  Ambrose, Stewart

Goals: N.Hunt 5, 14,  Parr 77

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Bradford City 4 Millwall 0, FA Cup 3rd round, 14/1/15, att: 11,859 (away 614)

A STAIN ON MILLWALL'S HISTORY

We take over 600 for this midweek game and John Berylson promises to refund all those that bought a ticket in advance. We were poor and weak and capitulated to a team in League One which was totally unlike Millwall FC. I think we have reached rock bottom.

The FA Cup comes around each season no matter where you are in the football league's and I always look to see if we can put a cup run together. In the past we have done this and over the years we have had some memorable moments. This is one of those times but all for the wrong reasons. The ease that Bradford scored in the 3-3 game in the first leg was a warning of what they would do to us at their place. We didn't yet again turn up and the 4-0 defeat was the best we could ask for. Having the carrot of beating this lot and it's Chelsea in the next round was certainly a carrot for Bradford but for us it wasn't a carrot it was a bowl of unpasteurised stodge, a embarrassment to the badge. We managed to squeak a draw with them at our place but that was a good as we got.

Do I need to comment in detail regarding the game? Not really, I will just list the team.

Forde,  Dunne,  Shittu,  Beevers,  Briggs,  Abdou,  Chaplow,  Upson(Webster 46), Gregory, Fuller(Woolford 22), Martin(Gueye 62)
subs not used, King, Nelson, Powell, McDonald

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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Blackpool 1 Millwall 0 Championship 10/1/15 att:9,994


As Holloway now seen enough?

How bad are we? I reckon we sit between "not very good" and "bloody hopeless" Bottom of the league Blackpool wasn't that much cop their selves but they still managed to beat us. This was a must win game for us and I did believe that we were as bad as them but we were hopeless. Where's the Millwall way gone? There was nothing in the game that come close, I don't know why the players got off the coach. I bet they wish they didn't because the not so friendly criticism from the frustrated travelling support must have made their ears burn. I reckon we have some dead wood in the team and it's a bit more than just one or two pieces. Players out of contract come the summer seem not to want to achieve or impress and there is no way that they will secure a new contract with a display like that. I can only conclude that they don't want one. We have new signings in and others on the way, let's get them in and playing. It may take a few games to gel but as long as they are up the fight and graft for the shirt we could do enough to stay in this league. The next league game is home to Ipswich which will be a tough one as Ipswich are flying this season and with Mick McCarthy in charge. He is making things happen. Would I have him back at the Den? I should coco.

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Monday, 5 January 2015

FA CUP 3rd round, Millwall 3 Bradford 3, att: 5,470 (Bradford bring 1,093)

3/1/15

We could have won it, we could have lost it but in the end I'll take the draw

Bradford are doing well in league one and we are not doing well in the Championship. What's the score going to be, I have no idea. This was my thoughts before the game. This type of game can be hard to call but as per usual I expect Millwall to win and we would have done if we could stop conceding soft goals. We tried all through the game to get something from this game but all the hard work was undone on three occasions as Bradford took the lead, lost it, then took it back and then lost it again.


A chance to cheer but it didn't last 

4th round draw and if we get through the replay at Bradford it's Chelsea at their place

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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Championship Game 24 Millwall 0 Bournemouth 2 28/12/14

IAN HOLLOWAY MAKES SEVEN CHANGES AFTER 6-1 DRUBBING AT NORWICH

League leaders come to town

I have hooked up with Peter who writes the very good football blog Cherry Chimes and answered a few of his questions. Please click on link below
http://afcbchimes.blogspot.co.uk/p/enemy-lines

That's the third defeat on the spin and yet more changes.  Losing at home to Bolton 1-0 and the 6-1 thrashing at Norwich and now this defeat at the hands of Bournemouth have left us tottering on the edge of the League 1 abyss. I did here a muted chant of  'Holloway out' coming from the Dockers stand and I am sure I heard a chant aimed at Scott Malone 'your not fit to wear the shirt'. If my hearing was correct this could be start of terrace unrest and a more vocal campaign may follow. On the game itself, we were yet again poor in all departments and although we tried to give it ago we were just not good enough as per usual. We need some new blood in the team and I don't just mean support for Lee Gregory, we need at least four new signings in the January window and there is hope that something will happen on that front but who's available and if there was anybody available would they want to join a sinking ship.

WE MAY HAVE BEEN POOR BUT THAT WAS NEVER A PENALTY

Millwall concede the first goal after a penalty was given to Bournemouth after Lee Martin fouled Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels outside the box. "Yes" that is correct, "outside the box" I was ideally placed to spot that the foul was outside the box but apparently the referee wasn't.


Penalty' no way ref, your having a a laugh


TEENAGER SID NELSON STARTS AND IS VOTED MILLWALL'S MAN OF THE MATCH 

Making his full league debut Millwall supporter Sid Nelson shows the so called senior pro's how to play a football match, He played all out from start to finish and could have scored with a little more luck. Hopefully he does not get contaminated by "the couldn't care attitude around him" and lets hope he doesn't get his brain scrambled trying to work out Holloway's tactics.  Perhaps we need to play a few more young un's in our next game especially after Scott Malone has trouble not falling over his own feet.

ps....Shaun Williams gets a red card. He must channel the frustration and show more passion with the ball then he will be playing the Millwall way.


Saturday, 13 December 2014

12/12/14 Championship Game 21 Brighton 0 Millwall 1 att: 24,085 we take about 800

A Friday night live on Sky game. It was good to get the win

This game was not exactly a sizzler but we started well, we looked sharper, passed it about a bit had decent movement and scored a goal in the 15th minute. Then for some reason we played the rest of the game frightened to do anything similar again. It seemed like that after the 5-1 drubbing at  home against Middlesbrough the taking of this precious lead against Brighton was something they were keeping. That type of attitude tells me that it shows a lack of confidence, we have got to shake this attitude off . Hopefully if the team watched the game back they will see that up to when they scored that goal they were much the better team. We could have continued the game and scored again, Brighton were there for the taking and although we "mugged" them at their place we could have done it with a bit more confidence. This proves to me we are struggling in the division due to a mentality and not skill or quality.

They done the job so on that score the players cannot be faulted. Millwall's goal come about after some good play and a couple bits of luck when Lee Gregory picked the ball up on the edge of the area and run in and smacked the thing home beating the Brighton keeper on his far side of the goal.

That's 23 points from 21 games and if we keep that up for the rest of the season that may not be enough to keep us up.

Millwall: Forde, Wilkinson, Shittu, Beevers, Malone, Angel(Dunne 88), Williams, Gueye(Abdou 80), McDonald, Woolford, Gegory(Fuller 82),
subs not used, King, Briggs, Easter, Upson

Goal: Gregory 15m

Brighton: Stockdale, Bruno, Dunk, Halford, Chickson, Forster-Caskey, Gardner, Teixeira, March(Colunga 65), Bent, E.Bennett(McCourt 72),
subs not used, Walton, Ince, Hughes, Holla, Calderon

Monday, 8 December 2014

6/12/14, Championship League Game 20, Millwall 1 Middlesbrough 5 att:10,328



The only thing big about this game was the list of the goals against at the end of this game. We were not big anywhere on the pitch and If I didn't know better it seemed like we we playing our first Championship game and didn't know what to do with ourselves and what to do with the ball. We we hopeless and Middlesbrough made us look like mugs, sorry that's wrong, Middlesbrough didn't make us look like mugs we made ourselves look like mugs.

A moment of joy as McDonald scores, Boro scores within a minute and it finishes 1-5

After the game and reading the papers etc. Alan Dunne blamed it on a new formation that they had only practised for two games, Ian Hollway told us to blame him because it was all his fault. Marc Bircham blamed it on the players. Me ? I blame the whole sorry bunch, we were weak on the pitch and quiet in the stands.

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