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Ollie: Millwall have to show more belief in their passing

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IAN Holloway urged Millwall to show more belief in their passing game after the weekend win at Fulham.

The Lions manager wants his side to be more patient in possession after watching them "kick the ball away" when they came under pressure at Craven Cottage.

"Let's not get carried away," Holloway said, speaking after Millwall's third straight victory at the start of the new season.

"That game could have finished 2-1 to Fulham if we'd let in a goal at the wrong time. Equally it could have been 3-0 to us with some of the chances we had.

"But we've got to believe in ourselves and pass it a lot more. We can't just keep kicking it away. Once we've stepped up and won the ball, there has to be a pass.

"We didn't look a bad side on Saturday but it could have been better. I'll show the lads what they got right and what they could have done better.

"When we won the ball, we kept kicking it away. Our interceptions have to be a pass because that gives us a chance of a counter attack. We didn't do that anywhere near enough.

"Instead, it was, 'oh my God look at us, we're away to Fulham and we're winning'. That isn't right – stay on task.

"I don't know how many times I've said that, but I'm not having it. We've got to do better than that.

"Sometimes you've got to go 'bosh' when you're in trouble – that's football. Spain and Germany will do that sometimes. But we have to pass out from the back and we didn't get that right."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

25 thoughts on “Ollie: Millwall have to show more belief in their passing

  • August 18, 2014 at 14:49
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    Buzzing for tomorrow! Even if we can take a fifth of what we had on Saturday we can make a great atmosphere! COYL!

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  • August 18, 2014 at 15:00
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    Fair comment for me.
    Dont rest on your laurels. Keep working and identyfying the bits you are doing wrong and you have every chance of improving.
    Helps to keep their feet on the ground too.
    Like it personally.

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    • August 18, 2014 at 20:56
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      @wall2wall: Agree, confidence is good, but the team shouldn't think they've cracked it. It was a fantastic team performance on Saturday and you couldn't fault anyone for effort - but our technique needs to keep on improving if we want to keep this run going. It would be hard to maintain results if every game was like the one at fulham - better possession, passing and movement will help to conserve their energy - football is knackering when you don't have the ball...
      Still , great improvements on last season - you can see the team has really put the work in.. Just got to keep working hard and keep refining it. Would love to see us getting to a level where we're killing off games - we're long overdue a 3 or 4-0 victory and the way we're going - I can see it happening sooner rather than later...
      p.s. picked up me Sheff Weds tickets! 3 or 4-0 win would be nice up there..... but I'd settle for a 1-0 I suppose.... COYL!!

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      • August 19, 2014 at 09:09
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        Sheffield Wednesday have not conceded a goal in their first 2 games either so you would think 0-0 was on the cards.
        A win however will be massive.
        @luke.

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  • August 18, 2014 at 15:12
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    Dunne & Beevers main culprits for lumping it up even though they put their bodies on the line for the win... but cannot argue with Holloway, McDonald and Williams were always there in space to give a short pass to or others needed to move for the ball to receive it.

    I was a nervous wreck in the 2nd half whereas we looked comfortable passing it out in the 1st half and dare I say it, at times looked like the home team!!

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    • August 19, 2014 at 09:53
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      @Bradders: agreed bradders, also thought maggie lacked pace and fitness. Easter for me is a head scratcher, has skill and pace but doesn't seem to show it, hope he comes good

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  • August 18, 2014 at 15:15
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    Ooops.....Spot on IH , we really do need to keep our feet on the ground. Great win but it could easily have gone the other way.

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  • August 18, 2014 at 15:58
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    Perfectionist isn't he? That's a sign of a good manager. sort out the weaknesses and improve the play.

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  • August 18, 2014 at 16:04
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    well done Ollie keep em on their toes, last thing we need is for them to start thinking all they need do is turn up for the points, you have to fight and fight hard.....must give them 10/10 for fitness they did not stop Saturday.

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    • August 18, 2014 at 16:14
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      @MIGHTY:

      The Fulham match was a rerun of the Leeds match....first half high intensity, high pressure performance closing the opposition down in advanced areas, which stopped the other side from passing out from the back forcing them to lump it....but in the second half we were tired and not so intense ...closing the ball down and it kept coming back at us

      Ollie is right, in that we need to find a man with a pass rather than just clear it....if we have the ball we can dictate the tempo of the match, slow it down when we need to and take a 'breather'...

      just needs a bit of courage to play the ball about....and if we make a mistake whilst in possession, then the supporters have to accept it and not bollock the players

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  • August 18, 2014 at 16:10
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    We beat a good team on there own ground.yes our passing were'nt top draw..we played leeds of the park got 3pts.not so good sat still 3pts.we can only inprove.

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  • August 18, 2014 at 16:35
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    I think it's only natural to boot it out when winning and under pressure. Remember how deep they dropped back against Leeds inviting the pressure? I think the passing game will improve with each match. The distribution from the back is what started the goal on Saturday and with a bit more composure up front we will always be dangerous on the counter when under pressure. It's good that we're talking about tactical issues rather than moaning that we're bottom with no points. So far so good, a bit of strength in depth and some good quality players finally performing. Onwards and upwards. COYL

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  • August 18, 2014 at 19:03
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    Well done to Matt smith you've just signed a three year bench sitting contract. Thanks for wasting our time pr:ck

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    • August 18, 2014 at 19:09
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      @mfcmike: what a plank..so its a loan then

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    • August 18, 2014 at 19:33
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      @mfcmike: how has matt smith wasted our time?

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  • August 18, 2014 at 19:49
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    Think IH has this spot on, holding on to the ball at crucial times will help us to close games out when needed (I'm certain the Fulham scenario won't be the last!) and draw teams out when chasing a game.

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  • August 18, 2014 at 19:53
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    He hasn't wasted our time, he didn't even come for an interview ,he's always been a LEEDS player under contract. Shame , I would have loved to have got him.

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  • August 18, 2014 at 20:06
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    Hahaha you guys are so predictable, like fishing in barrel with you so called football people. But to clarify all smith had to do was say it's never going to happen from the outset and save us all the pondering that's been going on for a month or so, yes he had to leave his options open most would but you can't tell me this wasn't a money decision unless your bigger fools then your obvious retorts suggest.

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    • August 18, 2014 at 23:27
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      @mfcmike: its no lie that we were interested.he probably wanted to know if he has to work for a living seeing that he's a lazy sod..so he's well happy.

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  • August 18, 2014 at 21:34
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    I'm so confused who done the dislikes ?????

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    • August 19, 2014 at 01:51
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      Chaps! We are MILLWALL, Holloway understands us. Can we win at Wensday of course we can but each one of us that can't be there should support the 500. We can come close to winning this league. How many of us had a shilling on us to be promoted? None, but now I will put £50 on us finnishing in the top two. What a wonderful start to yhis season!!!!!!!!!

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      • August 19, 2014 at 02:04
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        @hernebaylion: Sorry wine kicking in, what am I saying. Perhaps my Dad should have taken me to Spurs instead of the DEN. But he did'nt and you therfoe have the boy ay 63 thinks this is our season and have thought this every season since 1988. Even 1972. Bloody hell wats it like to support our team. I know sex (nice) away win at wednesday (Better)

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  • August 19, 2014 at 02:20
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    Great start to the season really happy with it, our players look so much fitter, Martin and Macdonald covered some serious ground again. I was saying it last season its all about composure which we did not have under Lomas. That cheeky little chip over their forwards head from Forde to Edwards just shows he's even drumming it in to the keeper. Fordes distribution has improved massively under Holloway.

    Most of all though I'm noticing the fans are starting to understand it too, when they are passing it across the back four or passing it backwards to look for other options and create space our fans are now clapping them rather than giving them stick.

    Good times at Millwall and if we improve we will have a good season for sure. Packed house against Leeds and superb away support against Fulham has done us a favour and hopefully will start a knock on effect with our attendances.

    In Ollie and the players I trust 🙂

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  • August 19, 2014 at 08:33
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    I love all this stuff coming from IH.
    Bit difficult when you're under pressure from quality million pound players but we have got to learn to keep the ball more.
    We have the players ,Williams, Bailey, Upson,Malone, Edwards, Macd but it has been a problem in the past.
    Real away test up norf tonight. Point would do me!

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