Saints set for a League Cup reunion with three former players at Millwall

Richard Chaplow

Richard Chaplow

First published in Sport Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

Saints are set for a reunion with a host of former players when they visit Millwall tonight.

The Lions boast three ex-Southampton members in their ranks – Richard Chaplow, Ricardo Fuller and Scott McDonald.

All three could feature against their old club as Saints visit The Den for the second-round contest.

Millwall have started the Championship season well, taking ten points from their first five matches, although they did suffer a 1-0 home defeat to Rotherham at the weekend.

Manager Ian Holloway is expected to make sweeping changes to the side that started that game, and he says that, whatever the line-ups are, Saints will be favourites.

“I don’t care what they do, they should beat us,” he said. “It’s a multi-million pound company.

“They’ve done brilliantly. They’ve recovered from rebuilding that ground, they’ve recovered from going down two divisions.

“Their academy set-up is the best in the world, apart from Barcelona.

“This year, they’ve only lost to Liverpool.

“Good luck to Koeman, although not against us. I would like to pay them massive respect because of the wonderful job they have done.”

Holloway has few injury concerns ahead of tonight’s match, although midfielder Nick Bailey is out for three weeks with an ankle injury.

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7:49am Tue 26 Aug 14

Norwegian Saint says...

Holloway... wasn't it him that had a right go at us Saints when we beat (his then Premiership team Blackpool) and sang "Premier league you're having a laugh!"?

Looking forward to watching this match LIVE here in Norway (they seem to like Millwall)

A Pelle brace would be nice for his confidence... going for a 2-0
Holloway... wasn't it him that had a right go at us Saints when we beat (his then Premiership team Blackpool) and sang "Premier league you're having a laugh!"? Looking forward to watching this match LIVE here in Norway (they seem to like Millwall) A Pelle brace would be nice for his confidence... going for a 2-0 Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 14

8:59am Tue 26 Aug 14

de Heiligen paard 101 says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Holloway... wasn't it him that had a right go at us Saints when we beat (his then Premiership team Blackpool) and sang "Premier league you're having a laugh!"?

Looking forward to watching this match LIVE here in Norway (they seem to like Millwall)

A Pelle brace would be nice for his confidence... going for a 2-0
Holloway certainly didn't like it up him!
Cant stand the bloke, thinks making people laugh will distract from him being a bad manager.
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Holloway... wasn't it him that had a right go at us Saints when we beat (his then Premiership team Blackpool) and sang "Premier league you're having a laugh!"? Looking forward to watching this match LIVE here in Norway (they seem to like Millwall) A Pelle brace would be nice for his confidence... going for a 2-0[/p][/quote]Holloway certainly didn't like it up him! Cant stand the bloke, thinks making people laugh will distract from him being a bad manager. de Heiligen paard 101
  • Score: 1

9:55am Tue 26 Aug 14

insane saint says...

come on lets enjoy another away day like last time we were there. COYS we are going to win this dam cup.....
come on lets enjoy another away day like last time we were there. COYS we are going to win this dam cup..... insane saint
  • Score: 2

9:57am Tue 26 Aug 14

allsaintsnocurves says...

This will be a tough game. Always hard coming up against Saints ex players. I can see this going the distance!
This will be a tough game. Always hard coming up against Saints ex players. I can see this going the distance! allsaintsnocurves
  • Score: 5

11:45am Tue 26 Aug 14

NC Fan4Life says...

allsaintsnocurves wrote:
This will be a tough game. Always hard coming up against Saints ex players. I can see this going the distance!
Agreed this one will be a good tough test, especially for the new players, it is potential banana skin if the players are not up for it.

Need to win and build confidence.

Also hope the rumors are true and we sign better quality players like Alderweireld & Clasie, also a Winger & Striker (Townsend & Cerci maybe). Get them in asap Les.
[quote][p][bold]allsaintsnocurves[/bold] wrote: This will be a tough game. Always hard coming up against Saints ex players. I can see this going the distance![/p][/quote]Agreed this one will be a good tough test, especially for the new players, it is potential banana skin if the players are not up for it. Need to win and build confidence. Also hope the rumors are true and we sign better quality players like Alderweireld & Clasie, also a Winger & Striker (Townsend & Cerci maybe). Get them in asap Les. NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 0

12:14pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Tony in Liberia says...

Can't decide if Holloway is being sincere in his praise, or playing mind games .... either way, hoping for a big win tonight.

And I've just watched the West Brom game all the way through (3 days late over here in Rwanda), and I feel very, very sorry for Pelle - whenever he actually had the chance to do something with the ball he laid it off ok, but so many times he was the lone defender against two, with nobody in close enough support for him to lay it off to, and two defenders in close attendance, one leaning in to him to stop him having any kind of balance and one nearby picking up the ball. If we are going to play long balls to a target man, we HAVE to give him some support; nobody would have been any more impressive in that set up.

Plus, the quality of the balls to him was terrible; nobody can do well without having something to work with, and we gave him nothing.

Add to that, the groans from around the ground when he lost the ball, which were not matched by any support when he did something well, must have made him increasingly nervous and edgy - how is he supposed to play well if he's frightened of his own fans? And since when has 2 games been enough to judge anyone?

I have no idea if he's good enough for the Prem or not, but I do know this - until he is given a chance to prove himself one way or the other, we'll never know. But if we get on his back, it's certainly not going to help!
Can't decide if Holloway is being sincere in his praise, or playing mind games .... either way, hoping for a big win tonight. And I've just watched the West Brom game all the way through (3 days late over here in Rwanda), and I feel very, very sorry for Pelle - whenever he actually had the chance to do something with the ball he laid it off ok, but so many times he was the lone defender against two, with nobody in close enough support for him to lay it off to, and two defenders in close attendance, one leaning in to him to stop him having any kind of balance and one nearby picking up the ball. If we are going to play long balls to a target man, we HAVE to give him some support; nobody would have been any more impressive in that set up. Plus, the quality of the balls to him was terrible; nobody can do well without having something to work with, and we gave him nothing. Add to that, the groans from around the ground when he lost the ball, which were not matched by any support when he did something well, must have made him increasingly nervous and edgy - how is he supposed to play well if he's frightened of his own fans? And since when has 2 games been enough to judge anyone? I have no idea if he's good enough for the Prem or not, but I do know this - until he is given a chance to prove himself one way or the other, we'll never know. But if we get on his back, it's certainly not going to help! Tony in Liberia
  • Score: 22

12:23pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Dubsaint says...

Will never forget that Chaplow goal.
Will never forget that Chaplow goal. Dubsaint
  • Score: 5

12:38pm Tue 26 Aug 14

kingkong 1 says...

Tony in Liberia wrote:
Can't decide if Holloway is being sincere in his praise, or playing mind games .... either way, hoping for a big win tonight.

And I've just watched the West Brom game all the way through (3 days late over here in Rwanda), and I feel very, very sorry for Pelle - whenever he actually had the chance to do something with the ball he laid it off ok, but so many times he was the lone defender against two, with nobody in close enough support for him to lay it off to, and two defenders in close attendance, one leaning in to him to stop him having any kind of balance and one nearby picking up the ball. If we are going to play long balls to a target man, we HAVE to give him some support; nobody would have been any more impressive in that set up.

Plus, the quality of the balls to him was terrible; nobody can do well without having something to work with, and we gave him nothing.

Add to that, the groans from around the ground when he lost the ball, which were not matched by any support when he did something well, must have made him increasingly nervous and edgy - how is he supposed to play well if he's frightened of his own fans? And since when has 2 games been enough to judge anyone?

I have no idea if he's good enough for the Prem or not, but I do know this - until he is given a chance to prove himself one way or the other, we'll never know. But if we get on his back, it's certainly not going to help!
Excellent post took the words right out of my thoughts, if not better well said.
[quote][p][bold]Tony in Liberia[/bold] wrote: Can't decide if Holloway is being sincere in his praise, or playing mind games .... either way, hoping for a big win tonight. And I've just watched the West Brom game all the way through (3 days late over here in Rwanda), and I feel very, very sorry for Pelle - whenever he actually had the chance to do something with the ball he laid it off ok, but so many times he was the lone defender against two, with nobody in close enough support for him to lay it off to, and two defenders in close attendance, one leaning in to him to stop him having any kind of balance and one nearby picking up the ball. If we are going to play long balls to a target man, we HAVE to give him some support; nobody would have been any more impressive in that set up. Plus, the quality of the balls to him was terrible; nobody can do well without having something to work with, and we gave him nothing. Add to that, the groans from around the ground when he lost the ball, which were not matched by any support when he did something well, must have made him increasingly nervous and edgy - how is he supposed to play well if he's frightened of his own fans? And since when has 2 games been enough to judge anyone? I have no idea if he's good enough for the Prem or not, but I do know this - until he is given a chance to prove himself one way or the other, we'll never know. But if we get on his back, it's certainly not going to help![/p][/quote]Excellent post took the words right out of my thoughts, if not better well said. kingkong 1
  • Score: 11

4:23pm Tue 26 Aug 14

SaintJD says...

Ricardo Fuller brings back nasty memories of bad, bad days. Surprised he's still playing.
Ricardo Fuller brings back nasty memories of bad, bad days. Surprised he's still playing. SaintJD
  • Score: 1

4:46pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Beer Monster says...

SaintJD wrote:
Ricardo Fuller brings back nasty memories of bad, bad days. Surprised he's still playing.
Skate b@stard is initially what springs to my mind... then those games being trounced by Phil Brown's Hull... yeah, you're spot on there.
[quote][p][bold]SaintJD[/bold] wrote: Ricardo Fuller brings back nasty memories of bad, bad days. Surprised he's still playing.[/p][/quote]Skate b@stard is initially what springs to my mind... then those games being trounced by Phil Brown's Hull... yeah, you're spot on there. Beer Monster
  • Score: 1

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