Fan's Roar: Paul Robinson - Millwall legend

By Rob Virtue on February 24, 2014 7:38 AM |

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by Ian Toal

The 1-0 defeat away to relegation rivals Barnsley was an absolute disaster especially as the other two teams below us both won as well, with Charlton especially getting a great result in beating QPR 1-0 at The Valley.

Not only was it a terrible result but an equally terrible performance just like last season when we lost there as well.

Our players are lacking concentration when it matters often giving away sloppy goals.

On Saturday we managed to concede after just 4 minutes to Jim O'Brien. Now despite all our attacking players, the goals have pretty much dried up so we cannot afford to drop goals in the opening minutes of matches.

And we can't continue to blame our previous manager Steve Lomas for our current predicament as Ian Holloway has been at the club long enough for us to have seen an improvement and we haven't in terms of results.

The performances are only marginally better as well. There seems to be too many players at the club on the way down in their careers.

We are missing the Millwall characters out on the pitch and given where we find ourselves I think we need to reinstate a couple of them to the starting eleven.

I said last week that Jimmy Abdou needs to be in the side despite his limited passing skills to protect the defence.

The case for his inclusion against Brighton this Saturday only increased after the defeat to the Tykes.

Alan Dunne needs to come back in at right back as well.

We know Dunney goes to sleep every now and then and gets caught out of position, but he has a real fight about his character and we need that in the team now.

Sadly another Millwall character we'll probably not be see in the Lions team again is Club Captain Paul Robinson after he was made available for loan last week.

The term legend is often overused when talking about sportsmen and indeed talking about Millwall players but Robbo definitely qualifies as a legend.

What he did to get us promoted with a motivating speech before the play off semi-final against Huddersfield and then scoring the goal in the 2009/10 final against Swindon along with the 350 plus matches he has played for us is testament to his stature at the club.

You would love him to go out on loan and recapture his form and come back into our team but sadly it looks like injuries have caught up with him and is only likely to stay at the club beyond this season if we find ourselves down in League One.

I was privileged to see his debut away at Cambridge United in the FA Cup in 2003 and remember how he kept James Beattie in his pocket over two Cup matches when Beattie was one of the form players in the country.

The current players need to start displaying the determination Robbo has shown throughout his Millwall career if we are to stay up this season.

Ian Toal is on the committee at Millwall Supporters Club

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