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Millwall boss praises Powell and McDonald after Pool win

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© Edmund Boyden

IAN Holloway heaped praise on Scott McDonald and Jack Powell after Millwall's 2-1 victory over Blackpool on Saturday.

McDonald fired the Lions ahead after being teed up by Powell's clever free kick before he laid on the second goal for Scott Malone.

Substitute Nile Ranger's composed finish gave the visitors hope but Holloway's side saw out the final 20 minutes of the match to claim all three points – and move into the top six.

And the Millwall boss said: "Scott was absolutely brilliant. Everything he did looked sharp and bright. He looked as good as he did when he was playing for Celtic.

"That was Marc Bircham's free kick – he likes quick ones round the corner – so he deserves the credit for that. We did speak about unlocking the door with a set piece.

"We've done that probably 50 times on the training ground and haven't scored once, even against nobody. We did it today and it's gone right in the corner.

"Jack was outstanding. He played really well against Southampton – he shone.

"I had to let Jimmy Abdou go back to France because he lost his grandfather this week and the funeral was today. That was the right thing to do.

"I could have put someone else in but I wanted to reward Jack for his efforts. I know he's a nice passer but you never know how he'll respond in a big game at The Den.

"He looked like he's been there all his life. I'm really pleased with him and for him. I have been saying that I like some of my young players and for him to step up is pleasing."

Holloway was frustrated that the Lions did not win by a bigger margin.

"We got ourselves in a great situation by scoring a great second goal and we've just got to learn how to manage the game," he added.

"I think that will come. It better do because my nerves are jangling and everything went out the window after Blackpool scored one of the most bizarre goals I've ever seen.

"We had a throw in, our big centre half ran all the way up for it but then we didn't throw it to him! How stupid can you get?

"If we're going to let him run all that way, then at least throw it to him.

"When we didn't do that, our next decision was to shoot when we just had to pass it and take care of the ball. Malone was too far forward, we had no shape and they scored.

"That made everything go out the window and we panicked. Blackpool put Ranger on and we've ended up scrapping something when we could have been really comfortable.

"I'd have been a lot happier then but my team is still learning and I'm delighted we can learn from a victory and that we didn't throw that away because I'd have been absolutely fuming."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

29 thoughts on “Millwall boss praises Powell and McDonald after Pool win

  • August 30, 2014 at 18:41
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    Well done wall. Always nice to get a win & sitting pretty in fifth before the international break. Jubbly!

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  • August 30, 2014 at 18:47
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    Powell looks very good hope he keeps his place as he will only get better.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 18:50
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    Cant understand why Gregory is not getting a start. Has anybody an idea or knowledge why? Good 3 points today but should have scored more and not give the bottom club so many chances, the likes of Forest and Watford would crucify us given those opportunities.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 18:57
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    Not the most convincing of performances, but the important thing is it's another three points from a game we probably wouldn't have won last year.

    There's still much to improve on and it'd be lovely if we could go and splash out a few million on a decent striker, but after the last few nightmare seasons I'm content with just seeing some steady progress at last.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 19:14
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    Thought Powell looked very good and composed in midfield always wanted the ball

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  • August 30, 2014 at 19:18
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    I still dont understand the Gregory situation. If there is some fall out between the two then for the supporters sakes sort it out Ollie. B*****k him tell him whose in charge and pick him. We need to finish teams off. We wont do that with a goalscorer on the bench. As it stands a quarter of a million wasted.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 19:36
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    Guess how that margin would been bigger today Ollie boy! Having a goal scorer on the team!! We have 5 playersin the role of midfield! With two full backs and a striker up front who's good at delievering assists haha!

    Gregory could be the goals ore we are waiting on but he can't get a game in the first team but too good for the reserve team!

    Well done today though leads a decent performance!

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    • August 30, 2014 at 19:48
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      @conor: still out great result.even though i had a3-1 bet never mind.....PS gutted to hear about jimmy's lose.my thoughts go out to him.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 19:38
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    I reckon abdou we'll have a tough job getting his place back after Powell's performance today! Brilliant player!

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    • August 30, 2014 at 20:05
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      @conor: The strongest midfield we have had for years. Williams, Powell. Bailey and Upson to return from injury and Abdou and Chaplow in reserve. Still think we would score more goals with a 4-1-3-2 formation. Instead of McDonald play one of the midfielders in the middle of Martin and Woolford. Gregory and Ranegie could then play up front as the twin strikers. I am sure they would both make and score goals for each other and that would solve the problem of Gregory not getting on the pitch.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 20:10
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    I wonder if another club will make a bid for GREGORY. After all every team needs a goalscoring centre forward, and we don't seem to have a use for him.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 20:11
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    Transfer deadline is coming up

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  • August 30, 2014 at 20:22
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    There is no doubt we are well organised and very comfortable on the ball now,we just lack the killer instinct in the last third,free transfers and cast offs will not provide the solution.Lee gregory has been a pro for a couple of months and should be allowed to develop over 6-12 months before we demand too much of him,however the failure to recruit anyone else of quality (too early to pass judgment on ranegie)has only intensified the pressure on him.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 20:50
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    What the f*** is going on with Gregory, players should not be treated like this, how must he fill. IH quoted that he is to close to the first team to play against s/ampton, then a swed turns up and plays??, what the f*** IH play Gregory.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 20:50
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    After taking all week to get over the Rotherham game,thought we were very positive today, then the goal (typical it be Nile ranger) we can't panic like that in the last 15 as better teams will eat us up.
    Thought Powell was a bit good today, but believe Gregory needs games and a CHANCE, not impressed by the new bloke, looks sluggish. Next time hopefully Gregory will get the nod. Also thought Webster fitted in well at the back today... com'on wall let em'come!!!

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    • August 30, 2014 at 21:58
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      @Lions88: Why buy Webster and play dunne at centre back who is not up to it. why buy Gregory and play other so called strikers who cant score. Sort it out Ollie cause we are gonna get found out very soon.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 22:04
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    And scannell is about as much use as an ash tray on a motorbike.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 22:52
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    When was the last time a player made such a good debut?? I.e Jack Powell

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  • August 30, 2014 at 23:15
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    Don't get it. Ollie says GREGORY came from non league and must get used to making the big step up by not playing him yet POWELL ,a kid from the academy gets put into the centre of our midfield and gets nearly the whole game and makes the step up successfully. Could understand it if we had a striker who scored. Bet he wishes he never came here,sitting there watching while MARQUIS runs about.

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  • August 31, 2014 at 00:08
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    Fantastic start to the season.
    Well done Holloway.You have carried on where you left off last season.
    10 points from 15. Superb effort.
    Happy to have you here and I definately trust your decision making.
    BIG THANK YOU.

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  • August 31, 2014 at 02:07
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    A good start but it papers over the cracks. We need a striker, not another wide man (although I don't rate Lee Martin, a busy looking player but no end product) and a striker that is 'our player' not a loanee. At the moment we are like Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (can look pretty at times but got f*** all up front). We have two days to get this sorted, tick, tock, tick tock......

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  • August 31, 2014 at 08:29
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    People keep banging on about Gregory, consider the fact that he is not ready yet, when he gets his chance he'll have to do a lot better than his previous outbid to keep his place. Getting a bit sick of the boo boys to be honest Fuller got booed from the first five mins? 3 assists!. I agree that I would like to see Webster play but would you drop Dune in current form?

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  • August 31, 2014 at 09:07
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    We are banging on about GREGORY as you put it cos we don't have a striker that has scored, and if GREGORY got some game time maybe he would,after all that's what he was bought to do,and just maybe he would have assists as well

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    • August 31, 2014 at 10:40
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      @bordersarebest0170: my point is I don't think he is ready and by all accounts neither does IH. The forwards haven't scored granted and I do think 100% we need a goal scorer but I don't think at this present time Gregory is the solution

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  • August 31, 2014 at 13:00
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    Great win but still a lot of moaning on here. Just enjoy the win and the fact a youngster is motm on his home debut. McDonald scored. Yes we lack an out and out striker but we do have a number of attackers capable of scoring....

    Can't say I really understand the Gregory situation either but he has only just stepped up fron non league so perhaps he needs time. Thought he might have got a run out in the cup Tuesday if he wasn't ready for today? Anyway whatever it is Hollowhead has done enough so far to earn the benefit of the doubt so I'll let him decide when he plays.

    And this renegade chap will give us more options .

    We won. Let's get on another run. Coyl

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    • August 31, 2014 at 20:13
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      @roders:
      Spot on roders..

      IH hasn't put a foot wrong...so why all the criticism...

      surely IH who is with the squad all week, has a far better idea of who should start, than the rest of us sitting in front of a computer and/or turning up for 90 minutes on a Saturday...

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