Millwall boss surprised by "lack of belief" against Ipswich

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

IAN Holloway said he was "surprised" by the lack of belief shown by Millwall's players against Ipswich Town on Saturday.

The Lions lost 2-0 at Portman Road and rarely threatened after David McGoldrick broke the deadlock 60 seconds before half time.

Holloway felt his side lost their "energy, belief and coordination" in the second period, when Daryl Murphy doubled the host's advantage.

Millwall had been the better team and created the better chances prior to falling behind, so Holloway was frustrated by their lack of a response.

He said: "It didn't look like our team in the second half.

"When a goal goes in it's like getting shot and it looked like a fatal wound. I'm surprised at that because we need people to stand up, get going and have some confidence.

"Maybe the break didn't help us but ever since I've been here we've grown in self-belief. Even if you do get beat, you never show that and you keep going.

"Today we didn't do that.

"It all broke down for us too easily in the second half – their shape was strong and they looked determined but we didn't pass and move with the conviction we needed to."

Jermaine Easter came closest to scoring for the Lions when his shot hit the underside of the bar in the eighth minute.

"We had a lot of the ball, we tried to move it but maybe we weren't fluent enough and didn't have enough movement," Holloway added.

"We created two great opportunities – at Fulham we created one and took it, which got us a great result, but we didn't take our chances and they counter-attacked us.

"If that had gone in from Easter [it would have been different]. That's probably why Ipswich were offered so much money for McGoldrick because he had one chance and scored.

"We should have scored, we didn't and then one ball over the top leads to a goal. They won the flick, McGoldrick got hold of it, joined the play quicker than my lot and scored.

"But how dare he outrun us? How dare we get out-run by any other person wearing a different colour shirt? That's how simple it is, so yes I'm disappointed.

"Does that normally happen? No, and we've got to put that right. Goals change games so enormously at this level that you would not believe it.

"The second goal was absolutely vital in this game and it came from our totally useless set-piece from our point of view.

"Someone's got a free foot on it and we needed that, but we didn't look like getting it. That's what upsets me.

"We've got to get strong. We've got a long way to go. Everybody was excited and now they're not. We'll dust ourselves down and have a go against Reading.

"I'm going to be one point short of what I wanted because I asked the lads for seven points from the next nine. We've got to win these next two to get six now.

"They've let me down – but not badly though, because the best team won. Ipswich stuck to their task better than we did.

"Who looked more likely to get the third goal? It certainly wasn't us."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

53 thoughts on “Millwall boss surprised by "lack of belief" against Ipswich

  • September 13, 2014 at 19:39
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    If there is no one to put the ball in the onion bag belief will disappear very quickly.This issue is going to dog us all season unless it is addressed,we have had all pre season to sort this but have dithered and opted to try and do something on the cheap.I know we don't have a huge budget but goalscorers convert good football into goals,without it points are gonna be hard to come by.It's frustrating for us and probably even worse for the players.

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    • September 13, 2014 at 23:38
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      @norris: If all we are going to sign is 30 odd year olds on short contracts up front,look to the development sqaud.We have a proven goal scorer.BRING BACK HARRIS!!!!

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    • September 14, 2014 at 19:40
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      There was no belief yesterday at all, dunne struggled all afternoon and our so called forwards were absolute s..t, bring back Morrison.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 19:40
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    "Goals change games so enormously at this level that you would not believe it"

    No s%^t Ollie !!!!!! then why haven't we got ONE decent striker at the club? A genuine 15/20 goal a season type player? If Gregory wasn't the answer why pay quarter of a million on him? Easter can't hit the target unless it's July and pre season, Fulller and Rengei aren't going to to score you goals so it's either left to the midfield or we draw blanks like we did today and against Rotherham.

    We've had three wins all against teams that are going to struggle, we fail to beat and score against Rotherham and Ipswich, the signs aren't good,

    Of the four games I've been to this season I've yet to be convinced with the style of football that we are trying to play simply because we don't have the players to carry our that way of playing.

    Martin is a big loss for the next few weeks and the two games coming up look very tough, though we know the Lions always rise to a challenge.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 19:48
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    Very fair point ollie but you didn't hold your hands up for your substitutions, why Powell at half time for gueye and put Woolford in the middle only to take him off for up son.
    Why leave renegade master on with fuller. A couple times they went for the same ball and got in each others way.
    I don't agree that ipswich were the better team. The difference today was our lack of professionalism after going a goal down and not taking our chances whilst being on top. Sounds familiar doesn't it.

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    • September 13, 2014 at 20:02
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      @lukesmithmfc: Your dead right. We have many strikers all shocking and one we may never know how good he could be.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 20:03
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    Hands up if you've scored the same number of goals as Easter, Ranegie, Fuller & Gregory combined in the EIGHT games we've played so far

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    • September 14, 2014 at 10:18
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      @harryfabian: there is a answer , buy a f****** striker who can score goals not free signings , for f****
      Sake berylson spend big like brentford can do , free signings won't win us f*** all

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  • September 13, 2014 at 20:04
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    we could have been more bold - gueye fancies himself as a striker so when he came on why not play him up, just off renegie for 15 mins see what comes of it - nothing to lose - we area bit predictable at times and teams set up against us - they were happy as the home team to let us have possession because we lack a bit off pace - I think we need bailey back as a leader soon and maybe Jimmy has to come in on Tuesday

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  • September 13, 2014 at 20:14
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    I don't know why it's so hard for us to get a decent striker in , we missed out on Smith , he could of got Murray or even Becchio or James Wilson but brings in a player that doesn't score a lot of goals. With Gregory I just don't know we spend 250k on a player that doesn't even make the bench , we haven't seen the best of him yet maybe something behind the scenes has happened that we don't know about.

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    • September 14, 2014 at 08:30
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      @boblion: well commented. I think its absolutely clear that something has happened. As far as I am concerned it is clear that Fuller and Easter are not going to score and that is something that IH cannot hide from therefore Gregory should be the starting striker every game with with the other two muppets coming on and not scoring for 15 minutes rather than starting and not scoring for 90 minutes.

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    • September 14, 2014 at 19:47
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      Bob lion, is Gregory injured? If I was him I would be looking for a loan move somewhere, he must look at the s..t yesterday and wish he had stayed as an electrician! If you are not in front of the s..t on show yesterday he needs to move on.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 20:20
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    IH asked for 7 points out of Ipswich,Reading and Forest ?
    With a goalscorer maybe - without no way were we going to get near.

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    • September 14, 2014 at 08:50
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      @Longfield Lion: that sentence made me laugh as well. 7 points from the three games!!

      He's avin a larf.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 20:26
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    5 things we learned from Ipswich:
    1. We need a striker
    2. We need a striker
    3. We need a striker
    4. We need a striker
    5. We need a striker

    It's the same we learned from Rotherham too I believe.

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    • September 14, 2014 at 08:32
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      @southlondon1885: Well I was one of those that listened to the game on lions player and my opinion is based on what I have heard. My 5 things that we have learned from todays game.
      1 Millwall are beginning to play well as a unit.
      2 They do not have a striker capable of scoring 20 goals in a season.
      3 Something is happening or has happened with Gregory that has not gone down well at the club.
      4 Easter is unlikely to hit the target until his name.
      5 That bloke Terry who co-commentates with Deano Standing is a complete irritating Pollock!

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  • September 13, 2014 at 20:27
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    What's so frustrating about this is we're so close for once getting a quality side with a quailty manager. This situation is so annoying!!we need a PROLFIC striker and a decent winger he ain't afraid of taking a shot as well!

    COYL!

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  • September 13, 2014 at 20:40
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    Was totally disappointed watching the lions today probably just like the rest of u wall boys. It was like watching last season all over again fair enough we started the season well and this is only our second defeat of the season but i totally agree with the rest of u boy's we need a prolific goal scoring stricker or 2 otherwise we're in 4 another dreadful season.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 20:41
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    The players have no belief, cos they know nobody in that team will score, so get a decent striker Mr H, not some c*** from Watford reserves!

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  • September 13, 2014 at 20:48
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    Steve Morison
    Scott McDonald
    Jermaine Easter
    Stefan Maierhofer
    Ricardo Fuller
    Mathias Ranegie

    Hardly motivating is it? All past it, it terms of scoring regularly. I don't see the point in constantly chucking old players at the problem.

    F****** spend JHEEZE. You pay peanuts, you get monkeys

    Lets look at Brentford. They paid good money for that Grey and Odabeju (defo spelt that wrong). What do they do? SCORE!

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    • September 13, 2014 at 20:59
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      @Dazi:
      totally over simplistic response - conveniently forgetting all the strikers that do cost money and don't score - 11 million McCormack - matt smith sent off today etc etc - it is a team game - real madrid lose again tonight - that team cost as much as the GDP of a small country - how much do you want to spend??

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  • September 13, 2014 at 21:02
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    Oh ollie, it never looks like our team in the second half! At least we are consistant in throwing away a good first half performance! In saying that, last season we didnt have a good first half so things are looking up!

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  • September 13, 2014 at 21:50
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    I couldn't make the game today due to a wedding but did we play well? Was there any weak links?

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    • September 13, 2014 at 22:30
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      @DanmillwallB: weak links ? Yeah all of em in the 2nd half. 1st half top drawer 2nd the total opposite. Strange performance today.

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      • September 14, 2014 at 00:48
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        @lukesmithmfc: sounds like as soon as things dont go our way their heads drop, which is what ollie is trying to sort out cant see the sense is starting eastet out on the left but in IHIT

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  • September 13, 2014 at 22:18
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    7 points from these 3 games,make me f****** laugh!

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  • September 13, 2014 at 22:24
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    Honestly thought that we were unlucky today, had Easter had scored early on it would of been a much more different game, the goal at half time killed us and we just couldn't recover, hope to see a better result at Reading on tuesday.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 23:00
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    SOMEBODY must be able to tell us what is actually going on with Gregory..........???

    Is he injured,
    is he out of his depth on the training ground so IH isn't playing him,
    has he chucked his toys as he didn't get picked at the start of the season so now IH wont play him,
    has he and IH had a bust up,
    Does he not turn up for training or is late for training so isn't getting picked.....?????

    Cant think what else it could be...SOMEBODY must have the inside scoop on this.

    Everyone is banging on about a goal scorer, and I agree playing 1 up front is never going to cut the mustard.... but we have a goal scorer 29 goals in league games last year..........(yes not proven at championship level.....but you don't score 29 goals and not know where the net is....so jumping up a level in football may cost him half those goals.....but that's still 14 / 15 goals and we could really do with that this season as it looks like none of the others are going to do it again....

    Just please someone tell us WTF is going on with Gregory............PLEASE..........

    he is going to a few games to get in with the team but feel he is going to be our best option by far...........

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  • September 13, 2014 at 23:15
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    Its been a long day.had great expectations for today..started of well enough.then we lost our way..s*** happens.now we pick ourselfs up and rip into reading..& those forest w******...NOLU .WDC

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  • September 14, 2014 at 00:23
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    Hate f***** losing but let's dust off and go again, my afl team in adelaide (port adelaide) was 3000 km from home last nite playing in a cut throat final against last years grand finalist (Fremantle), they were 5 goals down and stormed home like a train to win. It was backs to the wall all nite but guts and love for each other got them thru to next weeks prelim final. The wall boys have to bleed till they,r f***** when the going gets tough and win the hard ones. Sounded like great support once again from the stands, let's stay on track and back to the winners list.

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    • September 14, 2014 at 07:48
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      @grassgrower: I'm going to be in Adelaide this week for a wedding.....wed - sun morning..... Is there an AFL game on Saturday night that I could go to....????

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  • September 14, 2014 at 01:11
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    Goals change games no s*** Sherlock shame we got no one that can change a game eh

    Getting tired of hearing stupid comments and a lack of action on something everyone else can see why isn't he as a last roll of dice playing Gregory

    I think holloway is a great fit for us and a good manager but sometime his b******* comments don't wash

    Perhaps when we went down to 2-0 the players realised it was game over as a fan Ollie I struggle to see how we come back from 1-0

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  • September 14, 2014 at 01:19
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    The whole team needs a good kick up the a*** after that. Ipswich was there for the taking. Time for another drink.

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  • September 14, 2014 at 04:15
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    we had 56% possession, 17 shots, more on target than ipswich, the difference, strikers!! watched the game on satellite, easter missed a sitter, woolford the same. not doom and gloom, ollie and the boys will get it right. next up I'm of to reading, come on u wall!!!!

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  • September 14, 2014 at 08:06
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    Worrying thing is, Ipswich started poor, lacked confidence and were definitely there for the taking and we never capitalised on this. We had a good opening 25 mins or so and then we allowed them to grow into the game. As soon as they scored our heads dropped and there was no belief.

    Roll on Tuesday, I'm hoping for a better result against Reading but still not convinced where the goals will come from from.

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  • September 14, 2014 at 08:54
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    Nah kiwi, port are playing in melbourne sat nite against hawthorn but port reserves are playing their fiercest rival norwood at adelaide oval on Sunday arvo in the sanfl grand final, they'll get 40000 there and the atmosphere will be full on . ( they hate each other) may be worth bypassing the wedding and il meet ya at the footy.

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  • September 14, 2014 at 10:10
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    If we can't score goals we have got to abandon this 4-2-3-1 with a lone striker up front. If IH won't play 4-4-2 then go for 4-1-3-2 with 2 genuine wingers who can cross the ball either side of a creative midfielder. Surely if we play 2 of our so called strikers from the start of a game in this system we have more chance of them finding the net?

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  • September 14, 2014 at 10:23
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    Teams see we pose no goal threat, let us tippy tap it around, hit us and hurt us. The Championship is a harsh and cruel place to ply your trade. The players are bound to be deflated if they work their nuts off, string together a load of passes, only to see our potential goalscorers miss the target from ridiculous distances. I was quite chuffed about Gregory's signing at the beginning of the season. I accept he may have been injured yesterday, but the problems obviously are deeper than just a knock. Seeing as we are so inept in front of goal would it be so bad to try O'Brien or Pavey. It may not work, but neither have any of the other combinations. Mind you its a sight better than last year.

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    • September 14, 2014 at 12:02
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      @Windsor Lion: totally agree. We need to have two up front and give them time to gel. And if the likes of fuller et al can't put the ball away, use the youngsters or dare I say it Gregory!

      If the defence or midfielders don't perform, they get dropped cos we have plenty of cover. Alas if the strikers don't find the onion bag they get another chance and another chance and another chance.

      Time to change it up top and let two strikers have a run together to see if they can gel.

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  • September 14, 2014 at 10:43
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    Oh for the days of Possee/Weller, Sheringham/Cascarino. Wouldn't mind the last two back, probably would still be our top scorers for the season. Two bloody strikers please. Coyl

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  • September 14, 2014 at 11:53
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    Norwich 2 down win 4-2 wall 2 down no strikers capable of replicating that end of

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    • September 14, 2014 at 23:46
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      @southstand: Norwich relegated from the Premiership with millions of pounds in parachute payments to buy strikers with.

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  • September 15, 2014 at 09:25
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    Ever wondered, if perhaps one of the reasons the strikers aren't scoring is due to the unrelenting abuse they get on here. The guys will read these boards and confidence for a striker is a massive part of their game (look at Fernando Torres). At the end of the day, because our club isn't wasteful and is run properly, a 20 goal a year striker is a commodity we just cant afford. Hence the system he is playing, with a big man holding the ball up and the midfield behind running off him. It isn't ideal but it is all we can do at this time and it has been effective and earned us points.
    I will say that we are all ways wasteful in the final third of the pitch and always seem to pass when we should shoot and shoot when we should pass. I think this is a confidence thing and that the constant slating of our attacking boys on this website and similar ones does not help.

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