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Millwall boss feeling "sick to the core" after Reading loss

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MILLWALL boss Ian Holloway was left feeling "completely and utterly sick to the core" by Tuesday's 3-2 defeat to Reading.

Holloway felt the Lions' display at the Madejski Stadium was one of the best of his tenure at The Den so far.

The visitors bounced back after going 2-0 down inside the opening 15 minutes, with goals from Ricardo Fuller and Mark Beevers levelling the scores.

But Simon Cox grabbed his second of the game in the 86th minute to steal the points.

And Holloway said: "I feel completely and utterly sick to my core.

"Sometimes as a manager you know when you don't deserve anything but anyone watching that would say we were worth at least a point.

"My wife summed it up the other day when we were playing golf. She said, very simply, golf can be a cruel, cruel game. Football can be as well sometimes.

"If we deserved to lose that game, then there's no justice – and sometimes there's no justice in football.

"In my time here, that is as good a performance as I've seen. I'm kicking myself because that's no points out of two games and we're slipping but we didn't deserve to slip.

"That's as good as any team of mine has played in a long, long time. We passed it and we moved it. We regained the initiative.

"That is as good as we've played all season apart from a couple of lapses."

Cox opened the scoring with a low 30-yard drive into the bottom corner after Reading broke from a corner and the striker won it with a close-range header from a set piece.

Sandwiched inbetween Cox's brace was Nick Blackman's penalty.

Holloway said: "We have to defend our own corner a bit better than that when they broke for the first goal.

"Cox beat two of our players and smashed it in the bottom corner – it was a fantastic bit of play.

"But we spoke about that situation on Monday because we had a throw in at Ipswich which they scored from, so I left two back and they both tried to win it.

"All we had to do was hold them up until the cavalry come back. We got it wrong and Cox scored a great goal.

"The referee has then given a penalty which I didn't think was a penalty – but it was because he gave it.

"We went a goal down against the run of play. I thought we started really brightly and then all of a sudden we're 2-0 down.

"But the lads managed to get their minds back in the game. I thought we were terrific, right until we let a goal in from another set play.

"We gained the momentum and we deserved the momentum.

"We created wonderful scoring opportunities against a team that have been doing well, but unfortunately we have to defend a bit better than that.

"We made a couple of errors and we've been punished. We've had 18 shots, they had nine and only three of theirs were on target – but they've scored all three of them."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

25 thoughts on “Millwall boss feeling "sick to the core" after Reading loss

  • September 17, 2014 at 16:21
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    when, not if, we get it right from the off, someone will get a spanking. best display from a millwall side ( apart from the 1st 15 mins ) I've seen in a long while.

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    • September 18, 2014 at 09:54
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      @TONY BLOCK28: totally agree tony. It's work in progress and it's working. Fingers crossed its forest that get spanked. So glad fuller scored! Maybe he's not as bad as most seem to think! Either way, I'm well proud of our performance at reading

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  • September 17, 2014 at 16:23
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    Yes football can be cruel.

    Make sure you pick the correct 11 for the game against Forest as they will be the toughest team we've faced yet.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 16:45
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    'Cox beat two of our players and smashed it into the bottom corner- it was a fantastic bit of play' this is what forwards are supposed to do!

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    • September 17, 2014 at 23:00
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      @norris: he didn't smash it anywhere he rolled it into the corner from 30 yards and Forde went down like a complete tart and got nowhere near it........ Oh sorry Forde is a god on here I know but that was s*** keeping in my opinion.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 16:45
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    That first goal was not that good. Cox miss traps it completely and it goes luckily through jams legs, he didn't smash it,he side foots it from way outside the box. How an international goalkeeper can't keep that out when he had a clear sight and no one in front of him I don't know. I saw too many of these last year from ford, not good enough from him

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    • September 17, 2014 at 17:11
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      @bordersarebest0170: Cox had 4 defenders round him before he shot and had the keeper to beat, p*** poor defending and keeping after all he is hardly a Messi or Ronaldo.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 16:51
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    Of course I am disappointed about the last couple of results, but I do feel we are close to a really good team. The Reading fans say we were the best team, those who went seem to say the same. We all got a little excited by the run of results at the start of the season and seem to have forgotten that most of us would have accepted mid league safety this year, we are certainly play good football, at last the youngsters are being given a chance, and we have a manager of proven ability I, for one, am happy with that. Two goals away from home shows that we can score, we have Bailey to come back, lets wait until Christmas to see where we are, I just hope that there is no panic from Ollie or the team but most of all us supporters, I really do feel it is all coming together. Now where did I put my half full glass of beer!

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    • September 17, 2014 at 17:43
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      @lennie the lion: well said Lennie, we are still much improved and getting better every game. Results will turn around. Wouldn't be surprised if we beat Forest this Saturday on current form.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 16:52
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    All the time ford can be beaten from 30 yds with little pace on the ball is beyond me does he switch off ,what should have been at least a point was an uphill fight to get back into the game but should never be beaten from that distance gutted

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  • September 17, 2014 at 17:06
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    We can't seem to defend corners at the moment

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    • September 17, 2014 at 17:26
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      @sl28: Its like Groundhog day, We play gungho with the defence steaming up field and get caught with the ball over the top sucker punch and then the corner fiasco where our defenders are incapable of getting their head to the ball before the opposition.Doesn't anyone ever learn? How many bloody times do we have to fall for it. Every side we play know how to catch us, we are so predictable. So the stats say we had far more shots, Reading fans may say we were the best team they have played, we may be playing nice football but the end result is no points and we are mugged again. We were not unlucky, we shot ourselves in the foot again, not once but twice.

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      • September 17, 2014 at 17:42
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        @Sealion: definitely mate it's such an area of weakness and we are starting to look a soft touch off set pieces mainly corners. To be honest a lot of the time the opposition have been so wasteful that the league position could have been worse than it is. However they are still leaking goals from corners and this takes away from the good passing football that we see occasionally.

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    • September 17, 2014 at 23:02
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      @sl28: Same last season but it was all Shittu's fault according to some.

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    • September 18, 2014 at 09:59
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      @sl28: we haven't been able to defend corners for years! Forde is a great shot stopper but he doesn't command the box

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  • September 17, 2014 at 17:19
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    "We've had 18 shots, they had nine and only three of theirs were on target – but they've scored all three of them."
    Doesn't this tell us all that our strikers need some much needed extra practice in front of a training ground goal???

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  • September 17, 2014 at 17:28
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    I fancy beating Forest on Saturday. They've been on a fantastic run and it has to end. We've gone on a poor run of results and that too will stop soon !

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  • September 17, 2014 at 17:58
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    I would love to beat forest but cant see us doing it largely because of a lack of a goal scorer and that's one thing forest aint short of. Yes we can pass and move well but in the final third we lack that killer instinct and give away school boy error type goals. Prove me wrong Millwall please.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 18:17
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    That first goal was exactly why I would not have been too disappointed if Forde had gone in the summer. It was a well placed shot but most keepers would have got down for that.
    The penalty was so soft it was unbelievable but we are Millwall and that happens.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 19:08
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    That sums is up Ollie, what does that tell you? They have decent strikers who can score goals, we have a pile of s..t that couldn't score if they were out there all night, buy someone decent, get rid of dunne from the defence who was poor at right back and is even worse at centre half.

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    • September 18, 2014 at 10:03
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      @peckhamcol: well one of those s*** strikers scored away from home against a decent team! How about giving him some praise! You never know, positivity may help him score more!

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      • September 18, 2014 at 21:04
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        Geoff the lion ;One goal in five games as our main striker is poor, we need to give Gregory a chance, as for the bloke from Watford he is 6 foot 5 and did not win a header against the Ipswich defence. What's your view on dunne then???

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  • September 17, 2014 at 23:04
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    He's made Dunne captain and he's made a rod for his back. Dunne is a good motivator but that doesn't help when you are marking a 6'4 forward. H has got a lot wrong lately.

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    • September 18, 2014 at 10:42
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      @Lincolnshire Lion: agreed. Dunny has all the passion we could ever want, but his height has always been the defence Achilles heel. Shut a shame but ollie will need to address it!

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