Millwall FC


1885---130th Anniversary Year---2015 *We Fear No Foe*
Millwall FC, A Traditional English Football Club



Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Millwall 1 Barnet 2 ae,t 11/8/15, Capital One Cup 1st round, att: 4,454

I thought we had seen the last of that

First competitive home game of the season

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

Friday, 5 June 2015

15/5/15--------20/7/15 Millwall building for the future

Following on from the post below, we are down but next season could be better. Things that could be a factor is how we perform next season with the wage cuts. All the players that are still contracted will be taking a League One pay cut and this may take some desire away from the players but "I don't think so'
Neil Harris is already putting in the hours, he has met the board and it looks like the focus for next season is intense. Season ticket sales are up and we are signing players already as we pick up 19 year old defender Mahlon Romeo from Gillingham on a year contract.A couple of the youngsters have signed contract extensions so Ben Thompson and Keaton Wood for at least another year. There's a buzz about the place and with a "young" Neil Harris and a "young" David Livermore leading the pack we may be wet behind the ears at times but they will learn quick and I am sure we do alright.

Jake Goodman let go by Millwall but AFC Wimbledon where he played 17 games on loan do not want to keep him.
Martyn  Woolford released is in some way not what I expected. I know we had a few players to get shot of but not a had working honest pro who if he had stayed could have done a job in League One and I reckon he would have been a good pro to link up with the batch of first team youngsters. What do I know.

 Season ticket sales are up on last year and where most football club supporters would be having a right old gripe about their club being relegated we are aching for the new season to start and support Neil Harris and the boys in the true Millwall way. This Millwall way as been lost for a while and it will be great to see it back.

BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE MEANS NO MORE LOAN SIGNINGS TO MAKE UP THE NUMBERS
Neil Harris looks within or prefers to sign the right players on long term deals. I think we all can see the benefit of that

May 19th

Tony Craig has been mentioned, would he come back? Yep! I am sure he will say where do I sign.

May 21st 

There's news that David Forde is off to Derby County. I wonder if we will go? I have a feeling he won't. Time will tell but I reckon he will stay.

Carlos Edwards who's contract has expired has stayed on at the Den to finish his rehabilitation and to see if he can earn himself a new contract. I see good reasoning in that decision and I hope that the 36 year old defender can earn that new deal as I recall before he got injured last September he was playing his usual good football and had the legs of a 20 year old.

Alan Dunne and Danny Shittu both say their farewells and leave the club with fond memories. 
Likewise the pair have gave me joy over the years and of course there's been periods of non-joy and misery but that's football and of course that's supporting Millwall FC

No London derbies this season unless it's a cup game

June 1st

Aiden O'Brien and Sid Nelson sign up to a three year deal and that's two of our shiniest stars in the bag showing commitment and desire. There's still a few more to commit but I know they will.

Under 18 coach Justin Skinner is given the role of  Elite Development Squad Manager. I have no idea what that means but he will be working with Neil Harris and David Livermore. A few other appointments have joined the coaching team, David Connolly  a former Irish international striker and West Ham player  will coach the under 18's and Larry McAvoy has moved up from the under 16's to assist David Connolly.

June 5th

 Here's a turn up Andrew Frampton signs up as a coach and another ex Lion returns to the fold. I remember his first season at the Den as a player and to be honest he didn't set the Den alight or done any favours for himself but year two was a different matter and he walked away with the player of the season. He sounds up for it and want to put across the ethic of working hard gets results.

I read in the South London Press that Fulham are having talks with David Forde. Lets see what happens.

June 9th

We are trying sign Jordan Archer from spurs but apparently so is everybody else. The 21 year old keeper enjoyed his time being on loan at the Den last season and this may sway him to sign for the Lions. With David Forde having the contract condition that he could leave on a free if the Wall was relegated Jordan Archer will have the chance of being the new No 1

TICKET SALES ARE UP AND I THINK WE ARE ALL LOOKING FORWARD TO THE 2015-16 SEASON TO KICK OFF

We are attempting to sign defender Alfie Mawson from Brentford but the further two years of his contract to run but this may be stumbling block that we cannot overcome. 

We have drawn Brentford in the first round of the Capital Cup. A London derby which is something we won't have in League One this new season. We play the game at the Den on the 11th of August.

June 17th

Fred Onyedinma finally signs a new deal so he is at the Den to at least 2017. Fred calls Millwall Family and he feels at home. After his successful loan deal at Wycombe last season I expect him to kick on but I must remember that he is still only 18.

June 18th

Players and supporters remember Tommy Blackmore a well known Millwall supporter who was killed near Tower Bridge last weekend after what the police call a incident (I think he went to help someone in trouble) My granddaughter new him well and joined a memorial march from Rotherhithe to Tower Bridge. RIP Tommy

Nadjim Abdou resigns for Millwall and it looks like he will pass the 300 mark of games this season. Jimmy had interest from elsewhere but one of our favourites decided to stay.and signed a new two year deal. I'm pleased with his decision because he works his socks off and is a proper Millwall player.

June 25th

Carlos Edwards returns to full training and injured Jamie Philpot and Shaun Williams are back in training but just a little bit to start with. Matthew Briggs who was not retained leaves the Lions and signs for Colchester United.

We were due to sign striker James Hanson from Bradford City for a fee of half-a-million but it didn't happen so we still need to obtain one from somewhere.

Joe Martin signs for Millwall after five years at Gillingham where he made 179 appearances.
I don't know much about this player so will be curious to see how he slots in.


July 3rd

Tony Craig re-signs for Millwall after he made it happen and I am sure he will take ownership the captains armband. This is good nws fo me and I am sure also for a good few other Wall supporters.

July 4th

The team is training again in Portugal and all though it's hot over there they are putting in the sessions. Paris Cowan-Hall did not go as he is crooked again.

Richard Chaplow joins Doncaster Rovers

July 14th

First Pre-season friendly----Bromley 2 Lions 2 att: 2500
Tony Craig scores a own goal right at the death but we should have won it. We take on Bromley FC at their place in Hayes Lane and earn a 2-2 draw. Bromley who were recently promoted to the Conference Premier or what ever it's called these days were a good test for us and their was a good few positives to take from the game.

July 18th

2nd pre-season friendly

We just about managed a goal at Kings meadow stadium as Sid Nelson saved our day with a 90th minute equaliser against League Two side Wimbledon. A proven striker is a must and hopefully we shall find one before the season starts. We have got players that can score goals but that 20-25 goals a season player is desperately needed. The type of player that we need is a Steve Morison but I think he is tied into Leeds on a 3 year deal. Would he come back? I think he would.



July 20th

It looks like that David Forde is committed to Millwall and is looking forward to the season getting under way.





Thursday, 7 May 2015

Millwall have a clear out after relegation from the Championship

We have been waiting for that for most of the season, relief at last

We have a long list of those that are going. I must admit I had forgotten a few of them.

Those to be released, Angel Martinez, Danny Shittu, Martyn Woolford, Dan Harding, Carlos Edwards, Alan Dunne, Magaye Gueye, Mathew Briggs, Jake Goodman, Sofiane El Bekri, Richard Chaplow, Denzil Gerrar, Stefan Maierhofer, Ricardo Fuller, Dylan Casey, Nicky Bailey, Justin Hoyte, Callum Webb, Josh Siafa

Just a couple above I would have liked us to keep but time to move on I guess.


Sunday, 3 May 2015

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

KING KENNY 4 SUPER NEIL 2

*That's your lot for this season*

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.

This season's tally
Position 22, Won 9, Drawn 14, Lost 23, Goals For 42, Goals Against 76. GD-34, Points 41

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

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Wolves v Millwall 2/5/15

CLASH OF MILLWALL GREATS

1//5/15
I wonder how we will get on at Wolves. They need to win to secure a place in the Play-off's and it looks like we could be playing or at least on the bench a few more academy players.
Who wrote the script for this?. Kenny Jackett on the touchline and in the opposition dug out  is Neil Harris in his tenth game in charge of the Lions sending them out with nothing to play for except their pride. Some of older players worked under KJ for many a year and although life time respect for KJ may have grown I am sure that would like to prove to him that they have still got it and can do one over on him. A interesting finish to the season and I would just love to see Neil Harris get a result there and I am so would everybody else be chirped up for the summer and take it as a sign of things to come. I suppose as long as we give a good account of ourselves at this moment in time that's all we could ask for.
As for this season, disappointed but not lacking hope but never forgetting that this is Millwall that I support..

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Millwall FC and Euroferries 5 year shirt sponsorship deal

I SEE NO SHIPS ONLY HARDSHIPS

This seasons shirt sponsor Euroferries are something else. They have no boats and I am under the impression they have paid no sponsorship instalments to the club. I cannot say that they have paid no instalments for sure but it appears to be the general belief among us the supporters. We have had no score board all season as it's been dismantled and apparently this mess was part of the sponsorship deal, i.e. to replace the scoreboard not to leave it derelict .

Euroferries 

The Advertising Standards Authority are aware of them and have made judgement against them.

The ASA was concerned by Euroferries Ltd's lack of response and apparent disregard for the Code

Read more
click below
http://asa.org.uk/Rulings/Adjudications/2013/9/Euroferries-Ltd/SHP_ADJ_232723.aspx#.VUKO-NJViko

A bit from Kent News
click below
http://www.kentnews.co.uk/business/euroferries_the_truth_behind_the_claims_1_3700890


NEIL HARRIS GETS THE JOB FULL TIME, 29-4-15

ANOTHER DAY IN THE LIFE OF MILLWALL FC

John Berylson believes that Neil Harris is the man for the job in League One, so do I. 

West ham owners son takes the piss on twitter about our demise. SHOCK, HORROR  according to the Guardian On-Line...na' not really. I am sure we would do the same to them and maybe a fly-by.


Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Rotherham 2 Reading 1, 28/4/15 *** finally put out of our misery



Well that's that then. Bournemouth promoted to the Premiership, Rotherham survive and although we have improved under Neil Harris we have only managed two points in our last three games and we have been relegated to the wilderness of division 3. Does anybody know where Fleetwood is?

On the bright side.
The sufferings over. For next season the chance to stiffen up, have a plan and come back to the Championship with a bang, hopefully. Not forgetting we have handful of academy players who either have been regulars this season playing for the 1st team or doing well with the under 21's or out on loan and doing well elsewhere. I think the future is looking bright.
***
I would also put a few bob on the odds that next season Rotherham will be on their way down as we pass them coming back up. We were poor for long periods of the season and it showed because Rotherham beat us home and away.and it's those two defeats that sealed our fate, it should never have happened.

We have gone down with Wigan and Blackpool, two recent Premiership clubs and you wonder what happened to the parachute payments. Both these clubs have had Millions to spend and not much to show for it, our biggest outlay was probably the settlement to make management changes to put Neil Harris in charge. Talking of ex-managers there's still one more game to go and it's against Wolves, should be interesting.

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

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Millwall 3 Derby County 3, Championship League Game 45, 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 SMACKS 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.


Thursday, 23 April 2015

Blackburn 2 Millwall 0, Championship Game 44, 21/4/15, att:12,884 (I think we took 270)


GOALS WIN GAMES

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.


Saturday, 18 April 2015

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

That's game seven of  Neil Harris's ten and that's nine points secured.

40 POINTS AND THREE GAMES TO GO

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 League Game 42, 14-4-15, att: 8,494 (away 170) We are still in with a shout


A 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 precise 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.



A meagre Wigan away


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

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

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Millwall 0 Watford 2, Championship Game 41, 11-4-15, att: 12,075 (away 2,840)


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 header 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.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Neil Harris

We are fighting for our Championship place and we are not giving up



That's good enough for me and like this Blog I'm not giving up either.  There is six games to go and 18 points to play for. I know there are some tough games, Watford, Blackburn and Wolves spring to mind but as everybody knows, there is no easy games in the Championship. We are now playing our best football and applying true Millwall attitude and desire to win a few games and get out of this mess that we find ourselves in. We have had at least two years of misery and now at long last we see bite and passion and just as important stability within the team. I just hope it's not to late. 

Saturday, 4 April 2015

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

TEN GAME NEIL HARRIS MINI SEASON GAME FOUR, FIVE POINTS AND THAT'S A RUN OF THREE GAMES WITHOUT DEFEAT AND IN FORM CHARLTON GET NOTHING


Charlton fans arrive probably expecting their normal drubbing

There was a crackle in the air as we approached the Den for this one and with Neil Harris's fourth game in charge following on from a good performance at Brentford I was expecting a win against our near rivals from SE 7. I like to call these Charlton games the most one sided derby in English football. I am not sure that it is but if not it should be as it certainly feels as though it is.

Click on link >> Millwall v Charlton--Head to Head

                                       Charlton's first goal in nearly 20 years at the Den


We had the majority share of possession through out this game and even before Charlton went down to ten men we were bossing the play. Charlton skipper Chris Solly hand balled in the box in the 28th minute and was red carded and sent off . Lee Gregory took the resulting penalty and he missed it as the Charlton keeper went down to his right and saved. That could have fetched us down but we carried on regardless and roared on by a decent size Den crowd we created good spells of play all over the park but conceded in the 67th minute when Charlton scored against the run of play when a flick by Alou Diarra's that could have went anywhere ended up in the back of our net. The Charlton supporters went berserk and was singing like they had won the game and it was cut and dried they had the three points and we were going down. To concede against ten men is always a embarrassment but a while ago we would have collapsed and lost this game but under Neil Harris we have more fight in our bellies and more purpose with our play. Having stability in the side helps as well as all this chopping and changing under Holloway meant uncertainty and head scratching. 


Being 1-0 up the away-end think they have this game sown up as the Lions face Charlton's five at the back


We pulled this game back when Magaye Gueye in the 79th minute scored from a tight angle and eight minutes later Jos Hooiveld scored from close range which gave us a first home win since October the 25th when we beat Cardiff 1-0. This win and the two draws before keeps us in with a shout of staying up and while there's a chance we must fight for it. Some on the forums reckon we need to go down to re-group I don't hold with that, league one is like being in the wilderness and a pig to get out of, we must stay in the Championship.

Bottom five: Fulham 43 pts, Rotherham 40 pts, Millwall 36 pts, Wigan 35 pts, Blackpool 23 pts

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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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 (away 1641)


WE GO DOWN RIVER



TEN GAME NEIL HARRIS MINI SEASON, GAME THREE, TWO POINTS

This Style of play will suit Lee Gregory and he will score many goals, Neil Harris said similar to this after the game and I am sure he is right. A right good breath of fresh air as been blowing around Millwall for a couple of weeks now and what's good about this breath of fresh air is it has come from within and not from the lungs of some imported Fancy Dan who can spin us a yarn and make most of us believe he is our salvation. I am glad those days are gone and I just hope they never come back and with Neil Harris in charge they won't because he won't bullshit us.

WE CAME SO CLOSE TO TAKING THE THREE POINTS

With Lee Gregory and Aiden O'Brien spearheading our attack we went into a 2-0 lead by the 64th. Gregory scored in the 28th minute when Ed Upson put through a ball to him and he rounded the Brentford keeper and buried the ball in the back of net. It wasn't all happening just at the front as Forde pulled off  save after save to keep Brentford out. He was having on of his best games for months as he was saving everything and we went into the tunnel at half time one goal to the good and wondering if we could pull off the great escape.

In the 68th minute Aiden O'Brien scored his first professional goal when Woolford sent one over and O'Brien scored with his head from a yard out. The 1641 travelling Wall went bonkers and perhaps thought that this game must now be in the bag and we would grab our first win since February the 10th. It wasn't to be, Brentford were awarded a penalty when Martyn Woolford fouled in the box and David Forde was sent the wrong way. We could still hold out, couldn't we? Within a few minutes the much prized three points went out the window as a Sid Nelson attempted clearance ended up in the back of net as Brentford fired it home. In extra time Brentford could have won it and so could have we as Gregory and Woolford had a chance and Gary Taylor-Fletcher's shot went just wide.

A much improved Millwall and as I said earlier, a breath of fresh air.

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 MINI 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.


Solid in defence but just can't score 

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

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Bolton 2 Millwall 0, Championship Game 37, 14/3/15 att: 14,719 (away 355)

10 GAME MINI SEASON STARTS, GAME 1, NO POINTS

The team is revealed. This has had everybody guessing for a few days and we started with a 4-4-2

Neil Harris made some team changes. Paris Cowan-Hall was back from injury and had a place on the bench. Stefan Maierhofer was also warming the bench and that's where he stayed. Lee Gregory was back in the starting eleven with Aiden O'Brien, Jimmy Abdou and Ed Upson. These joined the rest of the players that were left who started against Norwich and the stage was set.
Neil Harris's pre match Churchillian speech 'We are going to have a right good go at this, this being the ten games to play before the season ends was aimed at the players and at us the supporters to raise our spirits. A fine speech before we play game number one but it seem to have no effect as we succumb to a early goal and conceded another before the first half was up.

The second half and we play better but still missed chances. Lee Gregory once again missed a chance and Aiden O'Brien should have buried his but alas nothing to show for a much improved second half.
We did improve as we only got beat 2-0 and not the usual 3 or 4 and there was signs second half that if we keep it tight we may get something from the Brighton game this Tuesday night. The travelling Wall stayed to the end and afforded a clap to the players as they left the pitch, now that's a positive.

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

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Friday, 13 March 2015

Neil Harris and It's Bolton Wanderers tomorrow

Neil Harris
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WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A RIGHT GOOD GO AT THIS

Bolton do not give us much credit and in a Neil Lennon interview it's not even mentioned that Neil Harris is now in charge of the Lions. They expect to win because they are playing at home as their home form is good. Perhaps they feel that the Neil Harris factor is not worth mentioning as it's insignificant because we are in the bottom three so it must be a home win. We will have to wait and see what's going to happen tomorrow and I have no idea if the team is going to play better or what our team will be and this must be the same for Bolton. I know that Bolton concede late goals and they have a good few players out with injuries. Can we nick something from this game tomorrow?  If  Bolton think it's on the cards for a easy win we just might surprise them.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Ten games to go and Ian Holloway is shown the door




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



Saturday, 7 March 2015

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



WE START WITH ONE UP FRONT

YEP BONKERS!  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.

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


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Millwall v Norwich this Saturday, I am always hopeful

BONKERS

I am bonkers I know but I am desperate that Millwall win this game coming up Saturday. The atmosphere of the Millwall forums and message boards is dismal and I try hard to steer clear of them but something keeps drawing me back, very odd. I can imagine that the rest of the football world is enjoying our decline and revelling in our misery. I try to say as little as possible on the message boards regarding our predicament as it will give others a chance to ridicule and piss take. Others don't give a monkey's arse and I have lost count of how many say that they have had enough and they will not be there Saturday. Some just want to be there to inform Ian Holloway and the board of their thoughts after they have had to put up with the worse run of results ever and three years of overall under performing. Me? I just want Millwall to win, ugly will do


We wasn't that good way back then but we could give Norwich a run for their money
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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Ian Holloway is on the brink, that's another two away defeats

28/2/15 Championship Game 34 Rotherham 2 Millwall 1 att 10,329 (1307)
Gregory misses chance
We lead one nil at half time after Woolford scored but we produced nothing in the 2nd half as Rotherham scored early and finished us off when they got their 2nd in the 84th minute.
13000 Wall went to this game and the jeering Rotherham supporters and Ian Holloway felt the wrath of our tongue. That opens the gap to six points between us and Rotherham must feel confident that we will not breach that gap.

Millwall: Forde, Abdou, Dunne, Hooiveld, Harding, Williams, Tonge, Woolford, Fabbrini(Upson 86)
Taylor-Fletcher(Fuller 58), Gregory(O'Brien 66)
subs not used, Kings, Beevers, Nelson, Martinez

Rotherham: Collin, Hunt, Arnason, Broadfoot, Fryers, Newton(Hammill 69), Green, Smallwood, Pringle, Ward,(Frecklington 90), Derbyshire(Sammon 89),

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3/3/15 Championship Game 35 Middlesbrough 3 Millwall 0 att: 16078 (162)
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

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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


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

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.



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 but no one seems to be able to put the ball away. Sheff  Wed 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

I was optimistic that after the first half of chances we would continue in a similar manner especially as we were kicking towards the Cold Blow Lane Stand. I have seen many sides over the years get battered defending this goal and its normally in the second half.

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 (away 1815)


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 chance 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

 Drastic restricted away support is not in our favour

We could not continue with our run of away wins and lost to a single goal at hard to get to Elland Road. With only 180 Wall inside the stadium we did not perform first half and Leeds took their deflective goal in the 39th minute.

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We improved second half  with Woolford performing well and going close and with a couple of minutes of extra time left on the clock fuller dribbled through challenges inside the Leeds penalty box and screwed one just wide of the post.

Martyn Woolford played well and seemed like a new man. Was he playing for Millwall or was he playing for himself and showing Leeds what he has got after he's failed move to them due to the owner of Birmingham who's name escapes me not knowing who he was. Being realistic and knowing what matters to a footballer I hope he was playing for himself and also playing for the Millwall. It seemed to matter.

Home game this Saturday against Fulham and it's a must that we stop this run of not winning at home since Oct 25th last year. I fancy us for this one.




Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Birmingham 0 Millwall 1, Championship League Game 30 10/2/15, att:14,186

IT ONLY TOOK 47 YEARS SO LETS ENJOY THE MOMENT

*COYL*


That's thirty games played and we have achieved thirty points, keeping to this formula I wonder if 46 points would be enough to keep us up.

Woolford hits bar, David Forde back on song and tops it with an exceptional save

That's two successive away wins and one defeat in four and that represents a bit of form and we are one win or maybe a draw away from getting out of the relegation spots and looking up and not down. Martin Woolford back in the side after his failed loan to Leeds United hits the bar and plays the full ninety, Diego Farbbrini fluffs his lines with his twist and volley and Martin's shot is palmed away. David Forde plays a good game with two good saves, one which was exceptional and without doubt helped to secure our win. We had a fair amount of play around Birmingham's penalty box and on the pitch in general and when Alan Dunne scored with his head in the 51st minute we held on and won our first game at Birmingham for 47 years
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Bottom 5, Charlton 33 pts, Brighton 30 pts, Millwall 30 pts, Wigan 22 pts, Blackpool 20 pts

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Dunne, Hooiveld, Harding, Tonge, Williams, Martin, Fabbrini, Woolford, Maierhofer1(Gregory 72)

Goal: Dunne 51min

Birmingham: Randolph, Caddis, Spector, Robinson, Grounds, Davis, Gleeson, Cotterill, Shinnie(Gray 64), Dyer(Novak 64), Donaldson(Zigic 76)

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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Millwall 1 Huddersfield 3 Championship 7-2-15, att: 10,281 (away 586)

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


Every other team lost below us and around us so in the scheme of things not too much damage done but come on Millwall "man up and sort these errors and remember your Lions.
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Monday, 2 February 2015

Millwall and our January Window 2015



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.

>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. I think he's gone to Doncaster

<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 for 90 days(ish)

>On loan Wilkinson goes back to Stoke

>24/1/15 Scott McDonald leaves Millwall after having his contract terminated..

.26/1/12 Central defender Jos Hooiveld signs on loan from Southampton

2/2/15 Michael Tonge signs on loan from Leeds, another midfielder.

2/2/15 Goalkeeper Jordan Archer joins on loan from Tottenham to the end of the season. That's our lot in the January window and although no Tim Cahill I think we have managed to capture some good players for the hard grind ahead.

This list may not be exactly in date order

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


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 

Tim Cahill, there's only once place to go

Our of our finest players ever Tim Cahill leaves New York Red Bulls and is now a free agent.
There is so much speculation across the internet with Fox News saying he's going to Everton and others saying he's going to China or some saying he's going back home to Australia.

The road home

Everton supporters are saying he can come back to Goodison Park as a coach because he is 35 years old and wouldn't have the legs for the Premiership. I don't think Tim Cahill would do that yet but what would I know. I do know that Neil Harris mentioned something about a super signing or words to that effect.

I do remember when he left Millwall back in 2004 to join Everton I read that he said he would like to come back to Millwall one day. We are awaiting young sir

The outcome

That was wishful thinking as he signs for Shanghai Shenhau which is some team somewhere in China. It must have been about the money, which is to be expected as he has to think about his family and his future..

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

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. I big shout also for Alan Dunne who was back in the team and put in a decent performance.

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.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Paris Cowan-Hall crooked after the Reading game

Hairline fracture of his tibia and damage to the stabilising ligament behind the knee

Talk about one step forward and three steps back. We were all looking forward to seeing our new signing from Wycombe turn it on at Forest today but that's not going to happen. (that's Millwall for you). This injury happened at some point  in the Reading game and it seems it did not come to light till after the game. There is some good news as it seems it's not as bad as it could have been but we could still be looking at months before he returns to the side, the season will probably be over by then. I wish him well and lets hope he mends quickly and he still has a career ahead of him at the Den.



Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Millwall 0 Reading 0, Championship 27/1/15 att:8,315 (away 539)


IT MAY BE JUST A POINT BUT THEY ALL ADD UP, HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET SOME MORE

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. As for now we have a total of 24 points which means there's a long way to go.

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