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Forde focuses on the positives

3 March 2014

Keeper believes Lions are beginning to control games

Millwall number one David Forde believes he and his team-mates can take heart from their performance in Saturday's defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Seagulls came away from The Den with all three points courtesy of a controversial first-half penalty, and Forde, who is set to feature for the Republic of Ireland in their friendly with Serbia on Wednesday, was in a positive mindset as he reflected on the game afterwards.

"We have to keep doing the right things and I thought we were the better side again," he said. "It's hard when teams come here, score and then sit back in. We struggled to break them down.

"Jermaine (Easter) has had a great chance but their defender had made a block to put it onto the bar. If that goes in then there is only one team who was going to go on and win it.

"Earlier on in the season we probably would have had a collapse (after Brighton's goal) and got beat two, three or four-nil. We're slowly getting to a zero and if we can get a clean sheet then that would be huge."

The 34-year-old, who narrowly missed out on the FA Ireland Senior International Player of the Year award to Robbie Keane on Sunday evening, believes The Lions are improving under Ian Holloway and that applause from the Millwall faithful after the game was a good indicator of how well they had played.

"Teams at Millwall in the past would have created a lot of chances with a lot of corners and set-pieces, but wouldn't have had a lot of possession," he said. "But now we seem to be dominating games and that's certainly changed. We're getting there.

"You can tell by the crowd's reaction. They have stood up after the game and given us a good reception. If you are not putting it in and the work rate isn't correct then they are the first ones to let you know, but they've seen the application from the lads. We're just not getting that lucky break but that's what happens when you are at the bottom. You don't get those decisions."

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