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Forde: We can be a very good side

11 November 2014

Lions keeper optimistic of change in fortune

David Forde is expected to fulfill a boyhood dream when he plays at Celtic Park for the Republic of Ireland in Friday night's Euro 2016 qualifier.

Lions goalkeeper Fordey is currently away with the rest of Martin O'Neill's 27-man squad for the internationals against Scotland and then the USA, but knows that once he is back at the Millwall training ground next week, all thoughts will be turned to trying to help his team claim derby honours at Charlton on Saturday 22nd November.

Millwall's record against The Addicks has proved quite exceptional in recent years, with The Lions losing just two of the last 14 derbies, ironically both losses coming in the same season when Charlton completed a winning double in 1995/6.

Keeper Fordey himself has faced Charlton six times, and other than a remarkable 4-4 draw in his first south London derby, The Lions stopper has not conceded a goal in the other five fixtures since that eight-goal thriller at The Valley in December 2009.

"It's a fantastic place to go and play there" he said. "They are in good form themselves but it has been great to us down the years; maybe, hopefully, that might be the bit of luck we need to turn our fortunes around and get a valuable win.

"We're not getting the breaks, but we have to keep on, keep persevering. If we can eradicate those sloppy goals I think that we can be a very good side in this division."

Saturday's defeat at home to Brentford by the odd goal in five was tough to stomach after The Lions had battled back from a 2-0 deficit, only to lose out to an own goal from Danny Shittu. But Fordey believes that his team can, and will, take great heart from that display and start to get the points that their performances deserve.

"It was an emotional day. The reception they (personnel from Headley Court) got was very moving. I think those lads would have been proud of the Millwall team, of the fight and the spirit that we showed.

"The biggest positive I can take is the heart and the spirit that we have in the group. That can only get better and improve. You look at a while ago ago and if we were a couple of goals down it could have ended up as three, four, or five. We have a great group here and need a bit of luck.

"It's down to the small percentages, every little detail, any mistake is punished. It's just not going for us at the moment but I believe that will change very soon, that we will get on a good run and move up that table."

A full interview with David Forde is available to Lions Player subscribers here

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