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Ollie: More to come from Millwall after opening-day win

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IAN Holloway says Millwall can improve on their opening-day display against Leeds United.

Goals from Mark Beevers and Shaun Williams handed the Lions the perfect start to the new campaign in front of a sell-out crowd at The Den on Saturday.

But despite the 2-0 victory, Holloway is confident his side can play even better.

He said: "I saw so much that we have been talking about – but there's always little bits to improve and I felt there was a period in the game where we stopped.

"I wanted the substitutions to make a bigger impact than they did so there are thinks to look at and work on."

Beevers swept the Lions in front in the eighth minute before Williams' late penalty sealed the points.

"We should've had a penalty before we got one," Holloway said. "It's completely outrageous – again.

"Martyn Woolford beat two people, made them look a bit silly and I can't understand why that isn't a penalty. It's not even close to not being one.

"After that we wobbled a bit, they put on Matt Smith who's a real handful and we didn't get tight enough to stop them hitting the ball to him. We looked a bit vulnerable.

"We could have easily lost a goal which would have knocked us and the crowd.

"But overall, I'm really pleased for everybody at the club and it's a proud day for us.

"We've got another 45 games to do that again and again and again.

"I was pleased for the lads. This time last year we lost to Yeovil so this is a step forward."

Millwall fans were given a first glimpse of new strikers Lee Gregory and Ricardo Fuller.

"Fuller had it tough – they were throwing him around," Holloway said. "I thought he did well but he only feels 75 percent fit because he joined us late in the summer.

"Gregory will settle down. He got us the penalty but he could have scored and on another day he will score, so I'm delighted for him to get out there and experience it.

"I totally believe him and I'm sure our fans will love him, because he will score for us."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

23 thoughts on “Ollie: More to come from Millwall after opening-day win

  • August 9, 2014 at 19:19
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    say it like it is ollie, we played well for the first game of the season. leeds where absolute s..h..i..t..e. onwards and upwards. bring on fulham great time to play them, a very inexperienced team at the mo. millwall to beat em next week no probs!!

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  • August 9, 2014 at 19:49
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    Well said Tony, Fulham are nothing like the team relegated last season but will still be a good test.On a lighter note , I'm first in the prediction league at the moment ( with about 50 other people)- won't be there at the end of the season.

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  • August 9, 2014 at 21:32
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    A Special Well Done to Dunn for his goal - line Clearence. Leeds would have scored had he not been there to cover Fordy! NOLU, WDC.

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  • August 9, 2014 at 21:41
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    Very poor Leeds side - worse than Real Mallorca.
    Desperately need a decent (quick) striker. OK start for us against a poor team BUT without Bailey.
    Of the eleven that started - I think that 10 were from the team that just avoided relegation last year - not sure what that says - other than Leeds are crap - and we are no better up front.
    Matt Smith would improve our team - if he was fit - but not worth a £1m - but more dangerous thanFuller

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  • August 9, 2014 at 21:51
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    Great result, if Lee Martin can stay fit he will have a big impact on our season. Bailey in for Jimmy will make us stronger in midfield. Bring on Fulham

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  • August 9, 2014 at 22:11
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    Couldn't get to sleep after the "fat" that gave me, beevers early goal set the tone and must have sent the joint into overdrive , great start and congrats to all for what must have been an amazing atmosphere and charged day out at the den.

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    • August 9, 2014 at 22:28
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      @grassgrower: and, would that be 1 of the biggest home attendances in a while??

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  • August 9, 2014 at 23:17
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    Good stuff, I love Hallways reaction.

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  • August 10, 2014 at 01:53
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    Atmosphere was great today, not sure about sell out as I did see a few blue seats in west lower. But if they paid and didn't go it is technically a sell out

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    • August 10, 2014 at 04:07
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      @brooker: u can't buy tickets for block 28 so it will never be a sellout

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  • August 10, 2014 at 07:09
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    Still worried about no goals from the forwards we defiantly need a big striker will make a big diffrence . Leeds were s*** a good team will be more difficult to play against , I saw a few good points and a few rusty ones I know it's early days but I think most teams will beat Leeds on there showing today

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    • August 10, 2014 at 10:58
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      @John: Well said John.This is how I saw it yesterday.We lack punch up front still and I think we made hard work of beating a very poor Leeds team.The result was about right and reflected the game.I though Martin and Woolford had decent games.I would like to see more of Gueye and Gregory as they both could turn out to be decent buys.

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  • August 10, 2014 at 09:27
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    all this talk about Smith, he looked half fit so cant see ollie paying loads for him , Fuller and Gtrgory will do the biz for us. BTW where was Morro? not in there squad. Just a thought, maybe he did not fancy playing against us or are going to get him again

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  • August 10, 2014 at 09:28
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    Same every game you can only beat what's in front of you. Leeds played 9 behind the ball until Smith came on, this made them hard to get around the back of. Gregory looks big quick and lively he may be the answer, why get someone else who will demote him another place. If we are going tough the boat out I'd rather it was someone better that Smith.

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  • August 10, 2014 at 10:18
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    I thought Wall played well. Weeds were pants but you can only beat the team thats put on the pitch.Definately need a striker, Fuller looked old Gregory looked scared and Matt Smith looked like a fat version of Dolph Lungren.Maggie had some nice touches when he came on, but the surprise for me was McDonald was he on acid or something. His best performance in a Wall shirt.

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  • August 10, 2014 at 10:24
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    If anyone has taken part in the Football League Fantasy Manager competition and wants to join a mini-league, there is one called "The Lions Den", password "Noonelikesus".

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    • August 10, 2014 at 12:10
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      @Profiler4: Thanks Profiler. Hadn't seen it and have just entered team Zampaslions in your mini league. Our players are the cheapest in each area - you could probably pick two Millwall teams within the budget.

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  • August 10, 2014 at 11:23
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    Morro was there, but not in the squad http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28646426 just a thought was he there to tie up a deal to come back?

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  • August 10, 2014 at 16:00
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    am i the only one who thinks morro is still a decent player and that he has served us well? i know last year he was'nt great but he was still our best forward, with fuller and gregory he may actually represent a better outcome without the pressure of him being number 1 striker.

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    • August 10, 2014 at 19:48
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      @DELBOY64: i agree with you.i want someone in the morro mould its not his desire what bothers me its his age.already got 1old striker

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  • August 11, 2014 at 06:00
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    Bearing in mind that our two first choice midfielders were injured the team performed well. Fuller was a handful and he was getting fouled constantly by the CO'S. How Woolie did not get a penalty for that push is beyond me, it was clearly a foul. Abdou deputised well for Bailey and showed some nice touches as well as passing! McD was excellent in the pocket behind Fuller, linking play, tackling back and running at the defence. Could this be his season?

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