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Holloway "proud" of Millwall's battling 1-0 win over Fulham

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IAN Holloway hailed the togetherness of his side after Millwall made a mockery of Fulham's millions with a battling win at Craven Cottage. 

After going ahead through Martyn Woolford's early volley, the Lions produced a magnificent rearguard action to shut out the Cottagers and ruin their first home game of the season.

Goalkeeper David Forde was on top form, denying £11million signing Ross McCormack and England youth international Patrick Roberts with stunning second-half saves.

And Holloway said afterwards: "The difference between Fulham and Millwall is millions of pounds but it didn't show because my lads work and play for each other.

"They're doing it for the fans and we look like a proper family.

"I'm absolutely delighted with the win. We got a few things wrong but a fair few bits right, and we needed to today because this was a big, big game.

"One or two of the lads started off a little bit nervously because I wanted them to pass the ball out from the back and it was a big occasion, but they grew into it.

"We scored a fantastic counter-attacking goal and Fordey should get some credit for that because he's caught it and rolled it out quickly, and we've caught them out.

"We knew they would try to push forward. Ricardo Fuller's cross was fantastic and it was a great goal.

"After that it was tough but I thought we held our shape and we stepped up well. We could have nicked it by a couple more goals, but Fordey made two brilliant saves as well.

"All in all, I'm absolutely delighted and I'm proud of my club. This is the first time I've ever won at Fulham."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

51 thoughts on “Holloway "proud" of Millwall's battling 1-0 win over Fulham

  • August 16, 2014 at 19:02
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    Mr Holloway thank you, you are MILLWALL. 1-0 away and move on, I have not felt so positive since 1988.

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  • August 16, 2014 at 19:08
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    Well done Ollie, your first win at Fulham. Also to do it with the best team in London. Treat the boys and take them to Manzies for sum proper Bermondsey grub. Coyl.

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    • August 16, 2014 at 19:17
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      @potty1: manzies:'( take the boys arments;-) proper pie mash

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    • August 16, 2014 at 23:28
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      MANZES there's no I

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    • August 17, 2014 at 12:44
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      @potty1: Harringtons in Tooting is the daddy of them all chaps.

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  • August 16, 2014 at 19:16
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    Ollie thank you I'm starting to believe your dream of being in the top flight big big 3 points today

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  • August 16, 2014 at 19:41
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    I'm in cookoo land at the moment. Beer ain't helping either lol 🙂 well done Ollie & the boys. Fantastic win

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  • August 16, 2014 at 19:43
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    Mid table and clear from a dog fight will do me this season personally, then a big proper go at it next season? This league is crazy, only two teams from 24 have 100% records after game two. Tuesday is a really tough game and I don't think we have a great record up there? Even if we drop points up there its a bloody great start regardless eh.

    I see Little Tim Cahill tweeting us on again.... Could he be coming for a few games? Good times that IH, JB, AA and the whole staff deserve credit for.... Not to mention the fans too. It just goes to show its not all about spending, it helps if done well but installing belief and a sense of family goes a loooooong way. Happy

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  • August 16, 2014 at 19:44
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    What an atmosphere incredible from 20 minutes before kick off to 10 minutes after it was non-stop! Great win, tbh I thought we'd do well to nick a point but on we go. Sheff Weds beatable then 2 worst teams in the league at home. Steady on, Harry.

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  • August 16, 2014 at 19:59
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    A performance today of total belief & promise from both the squad & supporters. Brilliant! More days like this to come Ollie?

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  • August 16, 2014 at 20:08
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    Agree, superb atmosphere my eats are still ringing and I sang all game. What a perfomance, played some lovely stuff at times, the quick passing movement that in time will get better and better. Well taken goal by Wolly, some excellent defending in a backs to the wall second half with all the team giving their all.

    Hard to single out players in such a team perfomance but special mention IMO goes to Forde for making a number of match winning saves.

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  • August 16, 2014 at 20:09
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    That should have been ears lol

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  • August 16, 2014 at 20:22
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    great day , still buzzing from the noise , players gave there all , what a pass from forde , and some great saves , ollie got the boys playing for each other, great stuff long may this continue , got to say martin was amazing his work rate from front to back was great, but all the boys run there hearts out ,

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  • August 16, 2014 at 20:28
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    Excellent result, excellent start to the season and no goals conceded BUT let's not lose sight of the fact that we have scored only 4 goals in 3 games. Last seasons big problem is still there.

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    • August 16, 2014 at 21:20
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      Exactly what I wanted to say three games in and still no goals from the forwards we defiantly need a target man for the final piece of the puzzle , but the boys done great a good team performance top marks to fordy quick thinking for the goal c o u l

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    • August 17, 2014 at 12:56
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      @Chipplefuddywick: I wouldn't worry to much they are creating the chances once they get their 1st that will help there confidence. Would like to have seen Gregory come on he clearly has eye for goal. Martin ran his boots off. They played like a team working very hard for each other especially without the ball. Shame about Maggie's miss at the end as I could of had £180 18/1 for 2-0 is mental the bookies are going to lose a lot of money this year with odds like that roll on Tuesday boys sell that out and they will release more so lets roar them on to another win. NOLU WDC.

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  • August 16, 2014 at 20:37
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    Genuinely buzzing... love our club (it's our, not my, ollie)... In IH we have the best man for the job and he's getting players like dunney and abdou to play proper football. dont think i've ever seen a tackle as good as dunney's in that first half. a season or two ago he wouldve kicked the guy 6 foot in the air and we wouldve lost going down to ten so early. Thank you JB, IH and the team for putting some pride back into our club.

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  • August 16, 2014 at 20:40
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    ...oh yes, atmosphere...effing superb...and thanks to fulham for having the balls to host that many of us and the OB for letting the stwewards (not) do their jobs 😉 ... poor form not selling beer at half time tho!

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    • August 17, 2014 at 12:59
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      @Frogmanz: Did anyone see Plod with the Bushwacker sticker on back PMSL whoever done that f king legend lol

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  • August 16, 2014 at 20:44
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    Is smith still a good shout ? He didn't play again today which is gonna have some consequence on his future.

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  • August 16, 2014 at 20:52
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    Chris wood scored an important goal got Leicester today. Just saying.

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    • August 16, 2014 at 21:01
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      @benzo: and your point is?

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      • August 16, 2014 at 23:13
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        @hernebaylion: The point is that his goal today added £250K to his value and made him un-affordable to us...plus he will not leave a premiership side to play again in the championship, if not he would have gone to Wolves...we should concentrate on our game and let Ollie go out and get a suitable striker.

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    • August 16, 2014 at 21:23
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      F*** Chris wood

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      • August 16, 2014 at 21:45
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        And a big Thanku to Fulham fc for showing millwall fans a lot of respect today no heavy handed police or stewards

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        • August 17, 2014 at 03:11
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          @John: Haha, you took the words from my mouth - F**k Chris Wood!
          Saw a few of our stewards moonlighting at the game today as well - could be part of the reason the stewarding was good today....

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        • August 17, 2014 at 10:05
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          @John: Other OB from around the country could learn a lot from this.

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  • August 16, 2014 at 21:07
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    IH amazing man manager, making the most of things the players do, good, and getting them to believe in it too , truly remarkable, keep up the superb work

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  • August 16, 2014 at 21:09
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    Great day, good gutsy win, and I got to shake Rhino's hand,
    Just a couple of things to think about,
    Fuller was knackered after 60mins yet stayed on for another 10,
    Scott Macdonald's first touch was awful and could easily have given goals away,
    Otherwise all very encouraging.

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  • August 16, 2014 at 21:26
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    Fantastic day, knackered over the moon and lost me voice

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  • August 16, 2014 at 21:29
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    Mr Holloway has bought into MILLWALL, I think he understands us. No one etc. He's inspired some of the squad, jimmy is one, I've always like him but he's keeping what were, at the start of the season in most poeple's opinion better players. He's bringing out the best of our squad. I tell you what this is wonderful.

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  • August 16, 2014 at 21:41
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    Did anyone else notice that Ollie took time out during the warm up to sign autographs and pies with fans for photos?, the guy is a top man, he's so passionate and a perfect fit for us. Early days,but after the nightmare of last season under he who shall not be named, we've got OUR Millwall back and it's thanks in no small part to Ollie in whom I fully trust!

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    • August 16, 2014 at 23:34
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      @North London Lion: Yeah, he signed my hamburger and had his picture taken with my chips

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  • August 16, 2014 at 21:43
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    Good thing is that players looking to move to a team going places will consider us now.

    Still need a big lump.

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  • August 16, 2014 at 21:43
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    Oops didn't see him sign any pies LOL (admin is there a auto correct mode?)

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  • August 16, 2014 at 22:09
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    What a great day, perfect present for the old mans birthday..f**king brilliant atmosphere and a great all round team performance, rode our luck a bit in the 2nd half but deserved to points. my man of the match - Martin , my only gripe was not being able to hold the ball up properly towards the end and giving it away too cheaply. Fuller did ok but still shows we need another target man to do the job, looks like smith won't join but should try and get someone like James Hanson from Bradford then I think we can realistically go for top 6, would settle for mid table though. COYL!

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    • August 16, 2014 at 23:40
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      Fulham didn't know what hit them, that was the best atmosphere away in a long long time. 10 out 10 to all the fans. Go on the super 'Wall

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    • August 16, 2014 at 23:47
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      If we get a striker (we need one - Fuller is past his sellby date, Easter is a journeyman and Gregory is a rookie) promotion will be automatic. If we don't, it will be via the play-offs. WE ARE GOING UP. Go on the super 'Wall

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    • August 18, 2014 at 16:58
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      @Jimbobwallmk: Tom Pope scored again How come no one has snapped such a prolific goal scorer

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  • August 16, 2014 at 22:51
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    Wots the bet the FA are already looking for a reason to deduct points

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  • August 17, 2014 at 00:17
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    I got on twatter and saw the pics of the river cruise + wall fans in stands! outstanding! Loved the gutsy win and to see pics etc gets me to the action. Carry on men n women of millwall, enjoy!

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  • August 17, 2014 at 01:53
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    Firstly GREAT WIN.....

    When was the last time we were sitting 2nd in the Championship....???

    Read all of the comments above and agree with them.

    Millwall away from home in fine voice in the stands is great., lets keep it like that. No trouble so the FA can't do anything when we get promoted at the end of the season. Don't give them reasons to look into the fans.

    I think we do need an extra striker, but if we keep scoring 1 a game and don't let any in at the back...then 1 goal a game will be enough...."cough"

    But again nice work keeping a clean sheet...I was very happy when Forde re signed and now he is showing what he is worth.

    ON words and Up wards......

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  • August 17, 2014 at 03:10
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    Just got in on the p*** all day great win great atmosphere. Well done the stewards very calm approach.

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  • August 17, 2014 at 08:31
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    I did not get to the game but i did listen to the radio commentary ,the biggest thing for me was the noise coming from our fan's it was fantastic.
    I seen the goal on tv and it show,s that the team have worked on the things they were lacking in before,i cannot remember scoring a counter attack goal like that for a few years,In the past i have been critical of Forde for not releasing the ball more quickly ,he started that move quickly,the cross by fuller was superb and wooly getting himself into the right place and cool as you like slotting it home,the radio commentary could not do the move justice.
    As i said the big thing coming from the radio was the noise our fans made,believe me they were not just the 12th man they were the13th,14th,and 15th man tremendous performance by team millwall.
    If our next home game is not a sell out now then their is some thing wrong with the part time fans state of mind.
    If we can get some thing up at sheffield next game it would be great, if not so be it but what a start.
    I still cannot believe the noise you fans made brilliant.

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    • August 17, 2014 at 13:03
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      @jim1222: I'll tell you what Jim, I can honestly say it was up there with the best away games I've been to - our support was outstanding.
      It's funny because when we 1st got in there, we moved into the middle coz we thought we were in the "quiet" section, then realized there was a pole in the way, so went back to where we started... But as the game started it turned out that it didn't matter where you stood coz literally the whole stand was singing! It was deafening!!

      As for on the pitch, I was also very proud of the team performance our lads put in - it was 100% effort from every player and our organization is what I think earned us the win in the end. Every player knew where they needed to be - particularly in covering each other, either when someone made a run forward or if someone in our defense was beaten - a number of times - someone else came flying in with a tackle. Also feel Forde should get a mention, because he had a great game - made some crucial saves and was off his line quick numerous times. That little scoop he did over Rodallega was class as well, bit scary to watch, but nice to see him brimming with confidence... Oh yeah, and he started off the move for the goal with a quick delivery....!

      Great day out and "a proud day for everybody involved with MFC." (Ollie quote)
      Well Done to Ollie and the players, reaping the rewards from all the hard graft put in during the summer. Great stuff. COYL!!! MIIIIIILLLLLLLLLL!!!

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  • August 17, 2014 at 10:31
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    All reports I read so far say Millwall's result was amongst the top three of the day, (the other being Swansea and Rotherham. ) Yet the league programme last night just showed a few minutes of the game. albeit earlier than normal. Ollie looks a bit camera shy but who can doubt his commitment to the club and the unity he has bought, we have a team that is becoming worthy of the name Millwall.

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  • August 17, 2014 at 13:13
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    @MFHC I'll get him to sign my pie and mash and love your optimism, I remember 87/88 very well, and so far I'm very encouraged by what I've seen I the first two games of the season that I've attended.

    Sheffield Wednesday won't be easy nor will Rotherham, but I think we can get maximum points from both if we show the same team spirt and play to our strengths.

    On a side note, Alan Dunne has cleared the ball off the line twice now, that's not luck, that's something that's worked in in training and is paying off.

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    • August 17, 2014 at 17:52
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      @North London Lion: totally agree about Dunne ,,, he is in the best form of his life ,,, we wrote him off ( or some did ) but he is back bigger & better than ever before my M O T M yesterday ,now with the way it is all coming together who knows ???????
      Onwards & upwards ,,,,,, C O Y L

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  • August 17, 2014 at 18:36
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    There were at least 7 Millwall boats and Keith Stevens was on ours - he was a good laugh and mingled with the crowd - great way to go to a game. Also, nice to see Tim Cahill tweeting "3 great points today COYL" - what a touch if we get him on loan.

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    • August 17, 2014 at 19:02
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      @MFHC:

      Thank you Ollie for everything you do #COYL

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