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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Ex-QPR Danny Murphy Returns to Ireland...AFC Wimbledon Would Like QPR's Romone Rose to Remain...Bignot on Milllwall and QPR

Irish Daily Mirror - Murphy joins Cork homecoming
Cork City have announced the signing of left back Danny Murphy, who returns to the club after a year in Scotland.
The London-born former Republic of Ireland youth international left Turners Cross for Motherwell at the end of the 2006 season.
However, he failed to establish himself at Fir Park and spent time on loan at Dunfermline Athletic earlier this season.
The 25-year-old had interested Bohemians manager Pat Fenlon but opted to ink a three-year contract back at Turners Cross.
City chief Alan Mathews said: “Danny is a good player who has been at the club before. He will further add to the depth of our squad and his signing will increase the competition for places.
“He is a proven defender who has been successful at Cork City before, and I hope he will enjoy more success with the Rebel Army this time around.”
Murphy added: “I’m absolutely delighted to be back at City, and I really appreciate Alan Mathews’s work in sorting out a deal for me to return to the club.”
The former QPR man becomes the second high-profile member of Cork’s 2005 eircom League-winning squad to return to the club this winter, following in the footsteps of George O’Callaghan - Irish Daily Mirror

Wimbledon Guardian - Brown wants Dons loan stars for keeps
By Stuart Amos
AFC Wimbledon boss Terry Brown believes the absence of Daniel Webb helped his side deliver its most eye catching performance of the season.
Webb injured his ankle ahead of Tuesday's 2-1 win over Margate forcing Brown to start with loan pair Romone Rose and Luis Cumbers up front.
The youngsters ran the visitors ragged according to Brown, featuring in a succession of intricate moves up front.
The Kingsmeadow boss, who was delighted with a swift return to winning ways, is still hunting a midfield playmaker to unlock their talents.
But he is desperate to pair them up front again providing QPR and Gillingham are happy for them to stay.
"A win wouldn't have been enough for us against Margate. We needed a performance. It was the best performance of the year for me," he said.

"We got it down and passed it, and it was the first time I have felt comfortable with our style of play.
"The front two forced us to get it down and play. We didn't have Daniel Webb, so we couldn't hit long balls.
"They are very, very talented young boys and it is a case of keeping hold of them now.
"If you look at the way QPR are set up financially, they can go out and get the best of whatever they want. I think we'll be okay with Rosey.

"I'm hoping Gillingham win games without picking up injuries so we can keep hold of Luis. I've wanted him since I saw him at Maidstone earlier in the season. I think he is a quality boy."
The Dons display seemed suited to a higher level as skipper Jason Goodliffe's goal clinched a dramatic last gasp win.
But Brown believes he will need ball players of Cumbers and Rose's ilk should his side make the step up to Blue Square South next season, while at the same time wanting more from his wide men.
"Our style would suit a
higher level but I definitely think I'd need to get more footballers in," he added.
"Tony Finn and Steve Ferguson are virtually identical in that you often see them produce a great bit of play and then mess up the final pass. "That is why we are here." Wimbledon Guardian

BBC/David McIntyre -Bignot issues Millwall rallying cry
Marcus Bignot knows how crucial avoiding relegation can prove to be.
He captained QPR to Championship survival last season, paving the way for a takeover by a group led by Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone.
It is an achievement Bignot is deeply proud of, arguing that the Formula One magnates would not have bought a League One club.
Now the defender is playing a key role in Millwall's battle to avoid the calamity of relegation to League Two.
And he believes beating the drop could also give the Lions, who are currently 18th in League One, a platform for the future.
"There's a lot of similarities with last year at QPR. We knew what was at stake and now at Millwall it's no different," Bignot told BBC Sport. "Let's hope Millwall can follow in the footsteps of QPR and stay up, get more investment and move forward.
It's the games over Easter that sort out the men from the boys

Marcus Bignot

"It's paramount that we don't get relegated. We really have to stay in this division to enable us to move forward and I feel we can achieve that.

"I've been in this type of position before. I know the rewards you can get for staying up and what the future can hold if you can achieve that.

"I'll be looking to do that at Millwall and, for me, Millwall Football Club belongs in the Championship.
"I've played most of my football in that division and I want to play there again during my time with Millwall.
"It's a great league to play in and it would be great for Millwall to be back in that division."
Millwall boss Kenny Jackett, who was assistant manager at Loftus Road during part of Bignot's second spell at the club, signed the player on loan from QPR before sealing his permanent signing in January.
Bignot's work ethic has made him a popular figure at Millwall
Bignot, 33, is known for his work ethic and impeccable attitude. That, and his experience of relegation battles, should be an asset for Millwall in the all-important run-in.
And Bignot is clear about what is required to stay up.
"At this stage of the season, in the position we're in, it's really more about attitude and mentality than ability," he insisted.
"You can have all the ability in the world but if you have not got the desire, you are wasting your time.
"All the players in that dressing room have got ability but, for whatever reason, we are in a position where we could go down.
"It's about that desire and that will to win - to be better than the opposition and run the extra yard.
"Desire and the will to win can be taken lightly but, for me, that is what it is all about. If we keep that mentality for the rest of the season then we will stay up."
Tuesday's draw at Luton moved us further from the relegation zone - two points isn't a big gap but its something
Millwall boosted their survival chances with a 3-0 win over bottom club Port Vale and a battling 1-1 draw at fellow strugglers Luton.
But Bignot believes his club's most important matches are yet to come.
"At the moment we are in a trench and it is all about digging in. We have had an important week against teams around us near the bottom," he added.
"It's important we get some points to set us up nicely for the Easter period and I always believe it is the games over Easter that sort out the men from the boys and give a bit more clarity as to how things are going to go.
"That means it is very important that we now get the points in return for our performances, which has not always happened before." BBC

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