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Pressure is on says Fordey

23 December 2013

Keeper reacts to Saturday's defeat at The Den

Millwall keeper David Forde says he and his team-mates have to show a response after Middlesbrough ended the side's seven-game unbeaten run at The Den with a 2-0 win on Saturday.

Second-half goals from Emmanuel Ledesma and Albert Adomah did the damage, and Fordey couldn't hide his frustration at the final whistle.

"We're very disappointed, particularly after the home form we have had recently," he said. "We weren't at it and we weren't good enough.

"It's onto Watford now, a team we haven't had a good record against, so hopefully we can change that."

The Lions will be looking to end a run of three straight away defeats at Vicarage Road on Boxing Day, and the Republic of Ireland number one says the players must bounce back from Saturday's defeat.

"It's a massive game because all of a sudden we've lost two on the bounce and we need to respond. The pressure is on for the Watford game."

Boro's two goals took Millwall's 'goals against' column to 42 - the highest in the Championship - and Fordey, who turned 34 last Friday, says the side must begin to tighten up defensively.

"We can't seem to nail it down at the moment whereas previously we've always been pretty solid and consistent when it comes to clean sheets. If we want to get anywhere in this division then we have to get back to keeping clean sheets."

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