Marshall: Get me out of here
ANDY Marshall should be excited at the prospect of playing in an FA Cup semi-final.But instead, the Ipswich goalkeeper, currently on loan at Millwall, is down in the dumps after his move to South London turned sour.
ANDY Marshall should be excited at the prospect of playing in an FA Cup semi-final.
But instead, the Ipswich goalkeeper, currently on loan at Millwall, is down in the dumps after his move to South London turned sour.
Marshall, 28, admitted: "The place is buzzing, as you would expect, but I feel on the outside. I came here to play football, not sit on the bench.
"I might as well not be here. I can't really see the point if I'm not playing. I'm no better off than I was at Ipswich."
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The former Norwich number one moved to The Den in January on a one-month deal and was told there could be something permanent.
But despite playing in two league games, Marshall lost out to French keeper Willy Gueret as the Lions booked a place in the last eight of the FA Cup with a 1-0 home win over Burnley at the weekend.
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Millwall landed the dream draw – Tranmere at home – to give themselves an outstanding chance of making the semi-finals for the first time since 1937.
But by the time that game takes place on March 7, Marshall will have returned to Portman Road and could be on loan elsewhere.
He added: "I played the two league games and did well in them both, but I wasn't able to play in the FA Cup fourth round tie at Telford because I hadn't been registered in time.
"Dennis (Wise, the manager) decided to stay with the same team for the Burnley game and it looks as if he will stick with it again this weekend.
"To be honest, I can't see the point in me being here. The club is buzzing because of the FA Cup and they are still in the hunt for a play-off place, but I'm far from happy sitting on the bench.
"I need games and that's why I was so pleased to get the chance at Millwall. I need people to see me playing, so this situation is not doing me any good."
Promotion hopefuls West Bromwich Albion may provide an outlet for Marshall once his stint in South London comes to an end next week.
Baggies' boss Gary Megson was keen to recruit his former Canary colleague on loan after an injury to his own keeper, Russell Hoult.
But with Marshall committed to Millwall, he instead took veteran stopper Kevin Pressman from Sheffield Wednesday to cover for Joe Murphy.
Marshall added: "Albion is still a possibility, depending on how Russell Hoult is and I know of another two clubs who are interested.
"I think we are talking loan deals. I doubt if there will be anything permanent until the summer."
That is when Marshall's three-year deal expires and the keeper, offered a free transfer by Town boss Joe Royle last year, will inevitably move on.