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Ollie: Millwall forward will score – once we spot his runs

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SUMMER signing Lee Gregory will start scoring goals for Millwall once he gets the right service, boss Ian Holloway has said.

Holloway claims the Lions did not show enough awareness of Gregory's forward runs against Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

The £250,000-arrival from Halifax Town made his full league debut for the club at Hillsborough.

And Holloway is adamant that Gregory will be a success as The Den – but says Millwall need to first "understand how he plays".

"Lee is an off-the-shoulder merchant and we've got to learn how to find him," Holloway said.

"I said to the lads on Thursday – 'look at his runs, why aren't you looking?'.

"It was a bit of a flea-in-the-ear meeting to be honest, but never mind.

"There was so much space in behind and we didn't look to play it in there – we were too busy fannying around with it in the first accutane half.

"I made a point about what we should've done atFulham and they took me too literally.

"When you play out from the back, you play out to play through people.

"We forgot to have an attack. When we did put it over the top, Lee made some great runs: he created a chance for Martyn Woolford and nearly nicked it off the keeper.

"It took Steve Morison half a season to start scoring but I think Lee will score sooner than that.

"Lee played his part on Tuesday but we didn't use him well enough and that was our fault.

"His movement is of a really high standard but we aren't spotting his runs.

"We will soon find out what Lee's strengths are and how to get him in on goal. When he gets in, he'll score – it's as simple as that."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

8 thoughts on “Ollie: Millwall forward will score – once we spot his runs

  • August 22, 2014 at 10:31
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    Start Gregory in the games and then he might start scoring once he gets off the mark.

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    • August 22, 2014 at 10:54
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      @Longfield Lion: I agree KJ played Morrison so the rest of the team could get used to his style of play.

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  • August 22, 2014 at 10:53
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    Once bailey's fully fit and we have him and williams in midfield, we should fly. No doubt Bailey would find him 10 times out of 10

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    • August 22, 2014 at 11:34
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      @mfclions: bailey's out for another month ..its not a for gone conclussion that he would walk back into the team the way jimmy playing

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      • August 22, 2014 at 14:53
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        @Jim28: that's even better, if someone as good as bailey could struggle to get back into the team, why don't we get gregory a luminous pink hat to where so we can find him more?

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  • August 22, 2014 at 11:15
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    To be fair to the team on Tuesday, Sheff Weds did their homework. They isolated Gregory and made it hard for us to find him, they also prevented us quickly getting the ball to Woolford and Martin which is why we seemed to be constantly playing it around the middle and back to Fordey. Teams will watch us and try to combat our style so we're going to need to keep improving it, on a positive note, last season we'd have lost possession cheaply whilst trying to go forward and probably conceded 2 or 3. It's early days but you can see it all developing nicely.

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  • August 22, 2014 at 14:42
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    Cant keep leaving him out if he is good enough play him.

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  • August 22, 2014 at 14:51
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    I reckon he's due another start. He's got Ollie's backing that's for sure. Problem with starting him is , that could leave Fuller on the bench. Fuller changed the game in my opinion on Tues night.
    It's a tricky one.

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