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Holloway: Millwall hoping to give Fulham baptism of fire

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© Edmund Boyden

IAN Holloway has said Fulham face a "baptism of fire" in the Championship ahead of Millwall's visit to Craven Cottage this weekend.

The Cottagers suffered a 2-1 defeat at Ipswich Town on the opening day of the season.

Speaking ahead of the west Londoners' first home game back in the second tier, Holloway has claimed that Fulham's top-flight pedigree "means nothing now".

He said: "I know they were very unfortunate to lose against Ipswich because they got one back in the last ten minutes and could easily have scored another couple of goals.

"I want six points out of our first two games, but we'll have to work really hard to earn that because they're an ex-Premier League side.

"But that means nothing now – so welcome to the real world of the Championship."

Fulham boss Felix Magath has vowed to give youth a chance this season.

But Holloway said: "All the best of with that sort of transition.

"When you're spending zillions and zillions your owners want you to stay up, and they will want them to go back up.

"I have had it at Blackpool – the best players get stolen. Are the young players ready? It is a baptism of fire in this division.

"But the young lad that came on at Ipswich, Patrick Roberts, looked fantastic. If that's what's going to happen, and that sort of player comes on, they're going to be a better team.

"Craven Cottage is a wonderful place to go to – I've been there before as a pundit – and I can't wait to take my squad there."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

7 thoughts on “Holloway: Millwall hoping to give Fulham baptism of fire

  • August 15, 2014 at 15:13
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    Ollie as a pundit? Anyone got a video?

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  • August 15, 2014 at 15:24
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    Young Roberts does look good seen him play for England under 18s. Madrid and barcalona are keeping an eye on him. Apart from him cant see who is gonna cause us any agg we are as good if not better than them.

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  • August 15, 2014 at 15:55
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    We are taking a 12th man there tomorrow ,,, 12 v 1 ,,,,C O Y L ,,, let's make some noise & bring back all 3 pts ,,,,, onwards & upwards ,,,,

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  • August 15, 2014 at 19:47
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    COYL , a draw there would be fantastic. If we better that , Happy Days !!!

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    • August 15, 2014 at 20:38
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      @Block 8: Fxxk the draw mate they're there for the taking 3 points with 4000+ lions there to roar em on should be very achievable NOLU WDC

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  • August 16, 2014 at 11:58
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    Holloways lion army is on the march today! Stand up millwall and take 3 points miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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  • August 16, 2014 at 13:58
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    Coyl!! And please Ollie, stop talking about your previous clubs.. you are at Millwall now

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