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Malone: Holloway has restored Millwall's fighting spirit

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LEFT back Scott Malone believes Millwall would have crumbled against Sheffield Wednesday without Ian Holloway in the dugout.

The Lions fought back from a goal down to claim a point in their basement battle with the Owls to build on their victory over Ipswich Town in the previous match.

And Malone says Holloway has given the players the confidence to persevere when the going gets tough.

The defender said: "The vibe in the dressing room is that everyone is pleased because we all stuck together – players and fans.

"A few months ago that wouldn't have happened – we'd have conceded more goals. We are all taking the manager's views on board and the team spirit is becoming very strong.

"Under Steve Lomas we were not really playing with any game plan. As players we have got to take a bit of stick for not coming together as a group.

"But the new gaffer has given us some fundamental things that he wants from us in terms of how we play, and we're all thriving on that."

Millwall spurned several chances to score in the first half before Wednesday substitute Giles Coke broke the deadlock at the other end, leaving Lions fans fearing a cruel home defeat.

But substitute DJ Campbell buried a close-range header to make it 1-1.

"We were on top for the first 20 minutes and pressing right on them," Malone said.

"Wednesday are a good side – they obviously watched the DVD of the Ipswich game because they tried to push me and Ryan Fredericks back.

"The gaffer changed our formation in midfield to give us more options, and that worked in the second half. I should've had a penalty and DJ Campbell should have had one too.

"Their goalkeeper made a great save from Steve Morison's header and Lee Martin had a few chances as well. If he keeps getting in those situations, he's going to score.

"Chris Kirkland used his hands at the end as well. The referee got a few decisions wrong but you're going to get that at The Den.

"I think we were unlucky not to get the three points on the balance of play – on another day we would have won."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

50 thoughts on “Malone: Holloway has restored Millwall's fighting spirit

  • January 29, 2014 at 15:45
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    We need to find the 'killer touch'!

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  • January 29, 2014 at 15:47
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    we're looking a lot better! it won't be long before that turns into dangerous.

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  • January 29, 2014 at 15:48
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    Sorry Mr Molone but we don't wish to wear that one. As a pro - footballer you must play to the best of your ability at all times, not only when you like the manager. Don't be surprised of a surprise to one or two of you.

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    • January 29, 2014 at 16:27
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      @BUSHWACKER14: Absolutely agree that pro footballers should give their all at all times, and in fairness Malone acknowledges that the players fell short. But surely that's what management is about, at least in part - it's getting the players to give their all by giving them confidence and breeding a team spirit and also giving them a plan to work to. If this were not true there would be no such thing as good managers. We've seen time and again that one man can take over a failing team and get them working together as a cohesive unit. Look what Jack Charlton did with some very ordinary players in the Ireland team for so many years. What I've seen so far of IH is a huge contrast from what Lomas gave us (and I was not a Lomas hater or anything - he just didn't do very well the things he was meant to do). Lomas had no through line, was always reactive and displayed various headless chicken traits, whereas Ollie definitely does have a through line, both in terms of people management and in terms of football philosophy. Whether it all comes together we can't yet know, but what I do know is that I feel a lot more confident than I did a month ago.
      On another note, it's good news that the striker we bought got on the score sheet last night - we have definitely been lacking both penetration and finishing. The team showed plenty of effort (and while I'm here, could I just say that Trotts worked his socks off in the Ipswich game - just a shame he can't win more of those 50-50 tackles) but overall there was a bit of a lack of quality. Williams looks like a player with poise, so a midfield that includes Trotter, Williams and Bailey (if he can find some form again) looks pretty strong to me. We just need some pace - a shame Feeney's purple patch was when he was playing for Bolton because occasionally I think he might have something there - trouble is it's only occasionally!
      Tricky game on Saturday, obviously, but not beyond us. Just a bit worried that we will have played a couple more games at home than away, and we all know what our away form is like . . .

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      • January 29, 2014 at 18:19
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        @waterloolion: bloody hell mate you need to get out more!!!

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        • January 30, 2014 at 09:28
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          @dpendet:
          HA HA HA.........THATS REALLY MADE ME CHUCKLE !!
          " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
          STORMIN' NORMAN

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          • January 30, 2014 at 12:11
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            @bermlion: @bermlion: Made me scratch my head. But then I'll go out . . .

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    • January 29, 2014 at 20:08
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      @BUSHWACKER14: Sorry, BW, if that was the case then it wouldn't matter who was the manager, would it?

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  • January 29, 2014 at 15:56
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    SICK OF HEARING ALL THE TALK FROM THESE PLAYERS ALL THE TIME......... GO OUT AN SMASH A TEAM 4-0 AND THEN WE CAN TALK ABOUT HOPE BEING RESTORED............

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  • January 29, 2014 at 15:57
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    He was s*** last night and partially at fault for the goal, just saying..

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  • January 29, 2014 at 16:36
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    Onwards and upwards win some and grind some Millwall are defo on the up though #coyl

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  • January 29, 2014 at 16:45
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    "I think we were unlucky not to get the three points on the balance of play - on another day we would have won."
    Not if the FA or their poxy officials have anything to do with it.

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  • January 29, 2014 at 16:52
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    I thought Malone and Fredricks were very good last night, the change in formation did allow them to get forward. I do agree that all players should give their best but if there was not even plan for the team to follow it would be very difficult for them to put in a true team performance when every one of them was trying to work out where and how they should play in a vague system.

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  • January 29, 2014 at 16:59
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    Dont know if im wrong but I thought fenney run is socks off and was involved in almost everything up front just wished he would of scored to shut u knockers up some people on here have a short memory we are on are way up so sing your hearts out for the lions and be part of the family

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    • January 29, 2014 at 20:21
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      @millwalljoekempster: your wrong IMO. Feeney was poor last night and has been for ages.

      Next time, if there is one, watch him very carefully.

      He never takes the wide position and is often caught inside. When he dribbles he never has the confidence to go past a defender. he never overlaps when Fredericks needs an outlet.

      And his first touch is also poor.

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    • January 29, 2014 at 22:08
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      Sorry but Feeney is just not good enough and he showed it again last night. He is not as fast as you think (he scurries along but is out paced by most players). He does the wrong thing all the time. Can't cross. Can't tackle. Can't read the game. And loses the ball too often. His passing is generally terrible as well and he can't head the ball to save his life.

      To be fair though he is apparently a nice bloke....so he has that going for him.

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  • January 29, 2014 at 17:05
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    Malone if you was pushed back like you claim..where was you when they scored.? ...as articles go its got to be one of the worse thought out going....you have left yourself wide open for abuse..bit like your defending

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    • January 29, 2014 at 18:15
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      @Jim28: well said Jim28, you do say the right things and very fair. The attendance - gate was terrible, perhaps the price needs to be lowered and team players paid a little less to accommodate this. Take deep - heed management or we will never see the people come flowing back.

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  • January 29, 2014 at 17:27
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    Must be struggling for stories this week!!think we all know what a great motivator IH is! COYL

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  • January 29, 2014 at 17:27
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    they did push our fullbacks back but on the whole they did well. Think a draw was prob a fair result, dont forget they had some great chances, hit the bar and Bywater nearly gifted em one. might of got one of the pens if we were liverpool, Utd, Arsenal at home but not us! Bad note from last night, only 9600 home fans. think the club, chairman, manager and players (now) deserve better.

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    • January 29, 2014 at 18:20
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      @macman: Fair point but I'd wait till Saturday before you compare the attendance

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      • January 29, 2014 at 18:32
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        @Dazi: its expensive to go to 2 home games in 4or5 days i know mate and i nearly did'nt go last night for that reason but there is still loads of people out there calling em selves Millwall fans but just cant be arsed to turn up! that has to change. Sat mate i'll go for around 11,000 .

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  • January 29, 2014 at 18:17
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    I am sick to death of players blaming their form on everyone else but themselves. So I hated the way Lomas managed but am i going to get my money back having to watch guys like Malone not really try. The truth is half this team is not good enough and should be trying to compensate for that by being the fittest in the division and trying their heart out every game. This is the third season in a row under two different managers so the real problem is what is on the pitch. When the holloway honeymoon period wears off these players are not going to do it for him. If he can keep us up he needs a ruthless clear out.
    I didn't go last night. What did Williams look like?

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    • January 29, 2014 at 22:12
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      He was not on the pitch for long and soon found himself as a centre half instead of in midfield ... At least I think that was what happened.... But he did not seem to put a foot wrong. Looked calm and confident on the ball. Looks like a good signing.

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    • January 29, 2014 at 23:40
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      @Eddie Grace: so you didn't go but feel you have the right to s*** Malone off, what a tart.

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      • January 29, 2014 at 23:42
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        @Lincolnshire Lion: and before you ask I do 250 miles every home game and was there last night. Ref Feeney he is garbage and has to go.

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  • January 29, 2014 at 19:04
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    Williams didn't have long on the field E. G. And I know some on here will say he played very well, but in truth most fans were watching everything else that was going on, so a pretty quiet start for williams. We all need to see more of what he can do on the ball. I can tell you he did not score, did not give away a penalty, and did not get booked or sent off. Maybe more of him on Saturday.

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  • January 29, 2014 at 19:39
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    Anyone on here see Holloway take one of the supporters glasses and offer them to the lino.
    Hilarious. How can you not love that?

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    • January 29, 2014 at 20:25
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      @wall2wall: yeah I did, very amusing.

      To be fair to the Lino, he saw the funny side of it and also grinned at a few of the comments from the west lower.

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      • January 29, 2014 at 20:48
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        @bonnie1272:
        Couldn't see the lino smiling from the Dockers upper Bonnie but glad to hear he had a laugh about it.
        Holloway has a way of bringing out the good in folk.

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  • January 29, 2014 at 20:41
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    Some people will not agree with what I have to say but I think Malone is spot on with what he has to say.
    I work for a large mailing house with over 100 staff in my department & if we did not tell people what there jobs were & what was required of them on a daily basis it would all fall apart just like it did with Lomas.
    You need a manager who is going to give you direction,focus & encouragement so that you can do your job to the best of your ability.

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    • January 29, 2014 at 20:52
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      @dannymcmfc:
      Totally agree with all of that Danny.
      Leadership is crucial.

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  • January 29, 2014 at 21:12
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    Its refreshing to hear Malone being honest. We all need directing at some moments in our lives and clearly Lomas lacked in that department. However giving 100% effort will only get you so far and at some point skill and tactics have to play a major part to be successful. Thats why even with Ollie at the helm the current squad is still not the finished article. Realistically we will just stay up and then hopefully kick on next season. In Ollie We Trust COYL

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  • January 29, 2014 at 21:21
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    Just read again about fans not being able to get to the den. If there is a large amount of fans that live in kent or Sussex why don't u write to J B. & arrange some form of transport to get u to & from matches. He can only say no. Worth a try

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  • January 29, 2014 at 21:32
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    Average home evening league attendance before Sheff Wed : 8,722
    Average home afternoon kick off league attendance before Ipswich: 10,805
    Sheff Wed attendance was 10,624 and Ipswich attendance was 12,125.
    Ollie is putting bums on seats, long may it continue. COYL

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  • January 29, 2014 at 21:38
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    & it was 10,624 on a Tuesday night. Things look good. Ad trouble parking me car for once 🙂

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    • January 29, 2014 at 22:20
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      I agree I love the idea of more people supporting the team. The only problem is that the stewards are useless so every time we have a slightly above our average gate I have to kick some muppet out of my seat....I have had the same seat for ten years and I have sat by myself or been totally surrounded and I know I prefer being surrounded.

      That said.... The people that come need to get behind the team and not rock up and just moan and talk b0ll0cks even through they hardly ever show up.

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  • January 29, 2014 at 22:23
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    It's always nice to see a couple of guys, bearing the weather and counting them - in every match. Like Westkentlion & Truelions only can. Keep the good work up.Seriously but, the info is very interesting.

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  • January 29, 2014 at 23:10
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    Sounds like the kent boys made it last nite but still think millwall can make it easier for the lads & lasses to get here. The annaraks hav been running coaches to games for a few years now. So it proves it works so come on JB& AA help them u no it makes sense.

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    • January 30, 2014 at 09:33
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      @block 28:
      YES, IT DOES MAKE SENSE, LOTS OF FOOTBALL CLUBS DO THIS..............
      DID YOU KNOW BRIGHTON HAVE NO LESS THAN 30 x COACHES TAKING THEM TO THE NEW GROUND THAT THEY BUILT AT THE AMEX STADIUM.......................
      [ ALL FREE OF CHARGE, FOR FANS ]
      HENCE THE GOOD GATES THEY GET !!
      " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
      STORMIN' NORMAN

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  • January 29, 2014 at 23:30
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    Watched the goals from last night on You tube, theirs was just from a sloppy give away in midfield and a through pass left our defence flat footed. DJ's goal proves what an asset he will be, he is a poacher and took advantge after Trotter's header bounced back off the post. The team look much fitter.
    Can't wait for Saturday am taking a 280 mile round trip as long as not flooded in!

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  • January 30, 2014 at 00:55
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    Run a coach from Thanet stopping at Herne Bay, Whistable, and M2 services. thats another 53 at least a second coach is a bonus. There will be more who make the effort, At £220 for the coach the sums works. The Lions benifit and Jb has a return??

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    • January 30, 2014 at 09:38
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      @hernebaylion:
      I ONLY LIVE ABOUT 2 x MILES AWAY , BUT AM WILLING TO GIVE MY FULL [ 100% ] ,
      SUPPORT TO ANYTHING LIKE THIS.................
      EVEN WILLING TO PAY SOMETHING TOWARDS THE COACHES , IF IT MEANS MILLWALL
      HAVE MORE PEOPLE COMING TO WATCH THE TEAM.
      " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
      STORMIN' NORMAN

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  • January 30, 2014 at 00:57
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    At the monent its a bit like the wembley experience...the slightly larger crowd is not gunna last.....like to think it will last but i've been going long enough to be a bit cynical

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    • January 30, 2014 at 01:12
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      @Jim28: Thanks for staying up. Wembley is different, the 8,000 core supporters bring their familys ie x 3. I understood the Ipswich game was a changer and made the effort to bring my family to the game cost £118 + travel. We had a wonderful Millwall afternoon, where do we go from here? We are Millwall from the Den!!!!!

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      • January 30, 2014 at 09:40
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        @hernebaylion:
        WELL DONE MATE !!! [ hernebaylion ]
        " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
        THE STORM

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  • January 30, 2014 at 06:30
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    People go when they can, I certainly do. I have no problem with it but what gets on my nerves is the know it all stay aways giving rubbish opinions on players they havent seen and turning up to get us in the brown stuff. Yet again we're in trouble cause some knob head cant handle his beer and sniff and I wouldnt be surprised if that were his first game for a while. No wonder no one likes us, all the hard work that gets done to give us a possitive image gets undone by a prat or two. I'm beginning to wonder if some really do have our best interests at heart and want us to have a better name. Still, it's a smaller minority than it used to be and getting smaller by the season.
    moan over.
    I go when I can so no reason for others not to. If you live too far drive down on a friday night and stay the weekend at your mates who you hardly see. Sure he wouldnt mind.

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  • January 30, 2014 at 10:28
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    Any chance of mayb catching up with sum of you people at the doncaster game in April or have I worn out my welcome? It,d be good to put a face to sum of the names.

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  • January 30, 2014 at 12:53
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    IH has certainly brought out the fighting spirit in Lowry!

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