Fan's Roar: Goalkeeper problems for Millwall

By Rob Virtue on February 3, 2014 7:21 AM |



by Ian Toal

Saturday's disastrous 3-0 home defeat to Reading has shown that it won't be a simple task for Ian Holloway to keep Millwall up this season.

Some supporters might have thought that getting rid of Lomas and appointing Holloway would be sufficient to give us the results we need to move away from relegation, but Saturday has shown that a lot of work needs to be done.

Many of the crowd left the ground talking about Holloway's substitutions throwing the match away.

He brought on striker John Marquis and winger Lee Martin to join earlier substitute striker Jermaine Easter and starting strikers Steve Morison and DJ Campbell to make it a four-pronged attack-line which saw all shape to the team disappear and us quickly concede a second and a third goal.

Truth is, even though those substitutions backfired, we were already losing 1-0 at the time and unable to string anything decent together prior to losing the shape.

True we might have got something from the game before the gamble from the manager, but it was pretty unlikely to be honest given how poorly we had played up to that point.

It's not nice to single out players in a negative way, but second-choice goalkeeper Stephen Bywater who was filling in for injured David Forde managed to cause the first Reading goal by dropping a simple high ball.

He drops at least one cross or high ball a match causing your heart to be in your mouth hoping that it doesn't fall for an opposition player like it did in this match.

I hope Forde is not going to be missing for much longer as I'm afraid Bywater is a liability and if the big Irishman is going to be missing for anything longer than a week we are going to have to get a loan signing in.

Holloway instead chose to strengthen his squad in other areas before the loan window shut. Shaun Williams, signed from MK Dons, looks a decent player with a good touch operating both in midfield and defence against Reading.

Midfielder Ed Upson signed on a two and a half year deal from Yeovil having scored the winner against us for his old side back in August.

Striker Simeon Jackson has joined until the end of the season after having his deal with German outfit Eintracht Braunschweig cancelled.

Loanee right-back Ryan Fredericks had his stay extended until the end of the season and these players join striker DJ Campbell who has been at the club a fortnight now.

Hopefully these players will bring the quality and fight to this side that has been missing this season.

We need to pick up points quickly as we sit precariously outside the relegation zone by just two points and travel to Turf Moor to take on third-placed Burnley this Saturday.

We're going to have to show more determination and organisation than we did against Reading to come away from there with a point before we take on fellow strugglers Yeovil Town away again next Tuesday night.


Joe Riley said:

So what if Bywater fumbled, people make mistakes but the rest of the players should show that Millwall fight to get back into the game!

Sick of fans and "journalists" writing/shouting negative crap about/to players... if you make a mistake with your grammar or mistype something will you be replaced Ian and labelled a "liability"?... I suppose you have spell check and backspace for that!!

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