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Millwall's tactical flexibility in season-opener pleases Ollie

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IAN Holloway reckons the tactical flexibility demonstrated by his side in their win over Leeds United highlights the progress Millwall have made this summer.

The Lions boss felt his players struggled with formation changes in the wake of his appointment last season – so set about nailing down the team's structure and organisation.

And Holloway admitted Millwall's execution of his instructions was near-perfect on Saturday.

He explained: "When we get the ball the formation is 2-3-2-3 – my full-backs push up next to one sitting midfield player, who will sometimes drop deep to get the ball.

"Then I've got two midfield players – on Saturday they were Scott McDonald and Jimmy Abdou – and then we've got a front three.

"That's the formation I want to see. I want to see my centre halves working the ball from one side to the other.

"When we lose the ball, it becomes a back four – so 4-1-2-3.

"Williams is better geared to be that one in midfield, but midway through the second half we went 4-4-1-1 without the ball – we are going to be tactically flexible.

"When I made changes last year it confused everybody, whereas on Saturday it didn't and the lads stuck to their task.

"Having said that, we dropped deep and I don't know why we did that. We stopped making angles for our passes.

"After the game I was fuming because whatever we do we commit to it. You don't drop off when you're 2-0 up, you keep going and keep your shape."

Holloway singled out Williams and McDonald for special praise following their impressive performances.

The Lions boss said: "I was delighted with Williams. I thought losing Bailey would be a bigger blow than it was but Shaun slotted in there and was excellent. He had a big job to do for us.

"Lee Martin and Scott McDonald were also man-of-the-match contenders.

"It would been good for Gregory to take the penalty because scoring a goal would have settled him down. Was it a penalty? No. Was the first one? Yeah, so the referee was evening it up."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

20 thoughts on “Millwall's tactical flexibility in season-opener pleases Ollie

  • August 12, 2014 at 11:15
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    Good to see we have a fluid squad so that 1 or two injuries or suspensions should not unbalance the team as it has done in recent years...

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    • August 12, 2014 at 11:38
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      @melbourne lion: cant see why you would change to 4411 while your winning 2 nil

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      • August 12, 2014 at 11:58
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        @Jim28: He is not changing the formation permanently. its only for when the opposition have the pressure against us, and when we need to build up another attack.
        adaptive formation i belive it's called.

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        • August 12, 2014 at 12:25
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          @millwalltrondheim: Also, you have to take into acount the Leeds brought on a big unit up front and changed both formation and tactics, so we had to adapt to their change to counter it.

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      • August 12, 2014 at 17:45
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        @Jim28:
        TROLL! What a w***** you are

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  • August 12, 2014 at 11:34
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    For the first time in a very long time you could see a real difference on the pitch on Saturday which simply has come from hard graft and strong tactical leadership and planning from Holloway and the coaching team. We need to score more and keep our consistency throughout but its great to see some real team progress. Great work so far but the hard work has only just begun.....

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  • August 12, 2014 at 11:48
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    Magath says thanks for the heads up on your tactics for sat.

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    • August 12, 2014 at 12:26
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      @benzo: Was it Magath or Penfold from Danger Mouse?

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  • August 12, 2014 at 12:12
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    Seems like the lads are finally understanding the tactics and style of football Olly wants them to play from what ive already seen its working ,players working for each other finding space and when we had the ball we were much more composed knocking it around patiently rather than hoofing it up the pitch every 5 passes .
    My only concern was Fordy way to slow getting the ball to players that were free when counter attacking from our own area he hesitates far to much on Saturday players were screaming for it but his distribution was poor ( needs to practice throwing )
    In his defence we have never had a manager who plays that way so like the rest of the team he is still learning .

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    • August 12, 2014 at 12:32
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      @mfc2u: distribution is Fordes BIG weakness . That s exactly why it wouldn't have bothered me if he hadn't re signed. He needs to move the ball a lot quicker and that doesn't mean the East or west stands or the oppo's goal keeper.

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      • August 12, 2014 at 13:09
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        someone told him 3 times in the lower west stand and its a goldfish or 2 coconuts bet his aquarium is bloody massive @Lincolnshire Lion:

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  • August 12, 2014 at 13:13
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    think he should just stop giving our formation away as teams will get wise to it. But great to watch and win

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  • August 12, 2014 at 13:35
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    A really encouraging performance. Martin, Macdonald and Williams all excellent. Williams seems a natural for that position and I cant see how Bailey gets back in the team. Whilst it is clear that Williams does perhaps not offer the 'shouting' and leadership of Bailey he has more composure a better first touch and a better range of passing. In addition with Dunne being a little on the short side for a Championship CB Williams ability in the air is important in that area of the pitch. and also when countering the counter-attack he has more pace than Bailey ( but then again so do I )

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  • August 12, 2014 at 13:42
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    We should judge ourselves against a decent side cause leeds were and are rubbish. Once we sign smith they will have nothing up top and will go down.

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  • August 12, 2014 at 17:59
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    Regarding the comments about Fordy. There's a time and place for quick distribution. At 1-0 up he's not always going to sling the ball out straight away even when the options are very obvious. It's about time. When 1-0 up first game of the season you can't expect him to be going for counter attacks straight away. As annoying as it is why rush, we're 1-0 up. I think the 3 points were critical and more important than quick distribution. I grt frustrated with his distribution sometimes and if he was doing that at 0-0 or 0-1 then we could all find cause to abuse and scream at him. It's part of any keepers tactics these days to slow the play down when winning think of that mug kirkland last season as a classic example. Fordy didn't have enough to do on Saturday and the fact that we're moaning about his distribution proves the defence were keeping leeds well at bay. Except when he camr for and fumbled the ball of course. Roll on another win tonight COYL

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  • August 12, 2014 at 18:13
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    I know we all like the updates and our fix of Millwall related stories but is it wise to outlay our entire game plan/formations for all to see when IH gives these interviews? Granted with today's current match analysis and preparation tools most opposition will see these things for themselves and deduct what they will from that, but it sometimes comes across that IH is self promoting himself whenever he gets the sniff of a chance or is it just me. I like him but I think I can see myself finding this sort of thing tedious in the future.

    Just leave it at "the lads carried out the game plan and tactics perfectly", do we need a full breakdown of what, how and when to boot? We get it he knows a thing or two.... Sometimes less is more Ian. And let's stop talking about our targets ie Smith, all it can do is alert others or drive up the asking fee. KJ rarely discussed any targets until the deal was done or died.

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    • August 12, 2014 at 18:50
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      @JonnyBanks: It's not just you JonnyB. He always was and always will be a self-serving, self-promoting egoist media whore. This together with his over hyped managerial record are the reasons I was so against his appointment. However, he's here now and as long as he gets it right on the pitch, keeps us out of trouble and pushes the team and the club forward he'll get my full support. Doesn't mean I have to like him or call him 'Ollie'. COYL

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      • August 13, 2014 at 11:36
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        @lion.ie: why do you get so personal,as for being over hyped he has taken two different team,s into the premiership,but i suppose any mug could do that as far as you are concerned.

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