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Millwall manager pleased with rearguard action at Derby

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IAN Holloway praised his newly-assembled back four after Millwall held free-scoring Derby to a 0-0 draw on Saturday.

The Lions boss reshuffled his defence at the iPro Stadium, moving Shaun Williams to centre half and pairing him with the recalled Byron Webster.

Matthew Briggs made his first league appearance for the club at left back while captain Alan Dunne filled in on the right side.

Holloway said: "That team and that back four has never played together before.

"I thought Webster showed all sorts of character. I brought him off at 2-0 down against Reading and he didn't deserve that.

"He took it like a man and he was absolutely fantastic today. We've had a problem since we lost Carlos Edwards because he’s a Rolls Royce.

"I had to ask Alan Dunne to go back to right back – he hasn't played there for a while and was a bit ropey at the start but we've come through it.

“I just put some different energy in my team because we’ve been so nervous in the last couple of games.

"We started a little nervously but we grew into the game the longer it went on, particularly in the first half.

"It would be interesting to see the stats and find out how many chances they created with all their possession compared to our chances.

"Briggs was really unlucky in the first half when one came out to him and he smashed it – that could have easily gone in and it would have been deja vu for us at Derby again.

"But we'll have to take that point, go back home and get a little bit stronger and a little better if we want to get where Derby are aiming to get."

Holloway's main complaint about Millwall's performance was their ball retention.

"If I've got anything to worry about it's that we kept kicking it away," he said.

"If Derby have had a wave of attacks and we give it back to them then they're going to have another wave. We gave it back to them too much.

"I’ve got so much to do here and I’m going to keep calm and keep working at it.

"I was a little bit disappointed we didn't play out from the back and be a bit more confident on the ball because I wanted to win the game.

"I didn’t come here to draw, I wanted to win. But I had to play a different way to how my Blackpool team might have done because I had more attacking options then.

"Back then I had some wingers who could run with the ball like you wouldn't believe so I've got to get that right here."

Lee Gregory had a penalty appeal turned down early on when he appeared to be nudged in the back as he jumped at a corner.

Derby loanee Jordan Ibe was then booked for diving after he went to ground as he tried to dribble around goalkeeper David Forde.

"You could argue the referee evened it out," Holloway said.

"I was very surprised he booked Ibe – it was a brave decision but the right decision.

"It did look like a shove on Gregory but I’m trying not to think about referees any more."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

37 thoughts on “Millwall manager pleased with rearguard action at Derby

  • October 4, 2014 at 18:42
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    However we managed it...a very good point as we look to consolidate and keep away from the relegation zone. Sounds like we will sign a winger during the break?

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  • October 4, 2014 at 18:59
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    would be nice to get powerful winger - blackpoll have picked up some power in miller and zoko - they cause Cardiff a lot of trouble yesterday - we need speed and a physical presence from someone

    we will need to ship players on loan though - looks like esater will go who else ? why can't shittu go - I know he is on the bench today but surely beevers comes back first - will anyone take hoyte

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    • October 4, 2014 at 23:43
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      @timchimes: I'll give the lazy Bxstard a couple of days labouring on the street, scaffolding and let the lazy bxstard know how easy he's got it

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  • October 4, 2014 at 19:21
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    A good point gained. Now we need to concentrate on developing a settled side and grinding out some wins to keep us away from the bottom three.

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  • October 4, 2014 at 19:33
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    Lot of people gone very quiet on here tonight! W******

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    • October 4, 2014 at 20:49
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      @82wall: I for one had as down for a defeat today,But EVERY team in this league goes though a phase of a bad run and all the moaners on here week in week out will still say we should have won.Ollie is still trying to get the best team that will get us there.
      I get so fed up some times coming on here and seeing people who know better ( so they think ) trying to pick the team for Ollie like or hate it this my opinion

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      • October 4, 2014 at 23:53
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        @colin66: Your right Colin the reason it's quite is because to many people just post moaning comments like 'Dunne is s***' 'Dunne isn't good' 'Ollie's this and that' why don't those same people just admit it your wrong, we aint the best in the world, we aint no Barcelona and if you was so intelligent you would be on £1000's a week so support your team and come down the Den, when you can and help us grow as a club and stop fxcking moaning. It's Millwall we don't do things easy 'that's what we do' rant over thank you and goodnight NAD. NOLU WDC

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        • October 5, 2014 at 13:01
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          @mitchamscaff: leave it out mate, f*** sake it was a nil nil draw, well done they got a point! Ollie know what he's doing again now! Dunne isn't s***! one half decent game ain't proved anything,

          it's just a platform we can hopefully build on now.

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          • October 5, 2014 at 13:24
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            @conor: It was a nil-nil draw against one of the favourites to go up at their ground and we could've nicked it and it would've been well deserved. Everyone I know would've taken a draw before the game and it was achieved. NOLU WDC

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      • October 5, 2014 at 07:19
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        @colin66:
        Completely agree with you.

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      • October 5, 2014 at 17:32
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        @colin66: reason people moan is 1not playing greagory is now 2 keep changing team will he change it again?

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    • October 5, 2014 at 09:59
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      @82wall: Well, if I was in charge - I've would've put ME upfront and probably would've won the game about 5 or 6 nil...... what is Holloway thinking??!! OLLIE OUT!!!!!

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  • October 4, 2014 at 19:39
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    an excellent result and some brave decisions made by IH now we all stick together and roar the lions on coyl

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  • October 4, 2014 at 19:59
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    There is a thin line between genius and madness and i honestly don't know which side of that line ollie is!Great we stopped the rot with a good result,a bit of a waste for williams to play centre half long term

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    • October 5, 2014 at 09:11
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      @norris: yeah you gotta say that despite making many changes Ollie got a very good result. A draw away to Derby is more than I expected, so credit where it's due. Also agree that Williams is wasted at CB.

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      • October 5, 2014 at 09:44
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        @glyngo: Again this shows how good Williams is - good going forward, good composure - but IH trusts him to go back into CB and he's delivered.
        Anybody see the 2 footed corner challenge?? CLASS.

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  • October 4, 2014 at 20:04
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    Impressive performance from our back four. We made alot of noise today and am sure we could be heard about the huge home crown. Keeping the faith, using our gobs, chanting our tunes, over the Derby kn8bs!!!!

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  • October 4, 2014 at 20:05
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    Jesus! Heard above the crowd!!! Frickin pred text!!!

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  • October 4, 2014 at 20:14
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    Nearly played my team, and look at the difference: bring in Upson, Maggie and Martinez & play Abdou right back. Drop Dunne, Woolford and MacDonald and job done. Forde- Captain for his services over the years. Good to see Ollie complaining about ball retention, I thought he had spoke to Jackett for too long during the International break, and decided to revert back to long ball (like last game with Beevers etc)

    Stick to your guns Ollie, we come a long way, just play my team, it will work. I understand he honors loyalty, but even my girl said Chaplow looked s*** at right back, till I told her the bald bloke was Dunne today. haha, was funny! C'mon we moved a step forward today, lets keeping going this way.

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  • October 4, 2014 at 20:19
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    Just got on the train with the usaul bag of cans & a bottle of vodka. Met up with that p*** head Jim 28 & a few others great result defended like we did at the start of the season. & could of nicked it. Well done wall

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    • October 4, 2014 at 22:38
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      @block 28: WELL DONE LADS ! NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE. THE STORM BACK IN LONDON TOWN , NOW.

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  • October 4, 2014 at 22:19
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    I thought wall done us proud today solid performance at the back think we need to be more inventive going forward, but my derby friends said if we nicked at in the last 10 minuted we would of deserved it, had a great day away

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    • October 5, 2014 at 08:07
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      @jcmfc1967: had a great day in derby..olly got his tactics spot on..he done the same in march and nicked a win..mclaren must be getting sick of the sight of olly..briggs only his 2nd game was excellent.so was lee...well done millwall

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  • October 5, 2014 at 08:47
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    Yes well done wall good good point just hope we can kick on now and go back to the way we started hope Dunne stays at right back as one thing you got with him is he is millwall and keep Lee in the starting line up

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    • October 5, 2014 at 09:15
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      @Millwallpad: I think Dunne will stay at RD till we get a new loanee, Brigg and Gregory deserve to keep their places. Great to see O'brien start, he has worked hard for that.

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      • October 5, 2014 at 17:50
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        @glyngo: I hope so and I love to see Lee and Obrien start a lot more as I think not just this season but next season they could save as a lot off money as well

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        • October 6, 2014 at 06:45
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          @Millwallpad: it's been a long time since we had a striker with so much potential as Gregory has got. I am certain that he will come good

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  • October 5, 2014 at 10:24
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    Good result...
    How the manager can admit that the back 4 he played yesterday has never played together - is beyond comprehension. Its a sad shame that playing people in their right positions has only been brought about by a serious injury to our right back.
    A more balanced side - people in proper positions. He needs to spend more time reading postings on this forum about players capability in certain positions rather than waxing on about Blackpool etc. etc.
    We still are not dangerous at all up front - and if IH was to spend more time watching players performances rather than arguing the t*** with the fourth official about every decision the penny might finally drop - WE NEED SOME PACE AND THREAT UP FRONT.

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  • October 5, 2014 at 10:49
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    And we played in blue , not custard tart yellow

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  • October 5, 2014 at 10:50
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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2780803/The-ISIS-hunter-Beckenham-Milwall-fan-used-run-London-cafe-spearheads-crack-Kurdish-unit-answering-cousin-s-call-fight-homeland.html

    Anyone know him?

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  • October 5, 2014 at 11:00
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    williams is not gonna cope with a six footer at centre back but what he dors do is get us passing out from the back. anyone know how chaplow and jimmy did together? where did he play o'brian

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    • October 5, 2014 at 13:04
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      @DELBOY64: Chaplow was solid no mistakes solid as usual. Jimmy was everywhere breaking their play not letting em get into a rhythm. O'Brien was a bit quite but is was one of those games where it was going to be very hard for him and Gregory to make a major impact but worked hard. I would like to see this line up against Wolves based on the recent performances, Forde- Malone, Webster, Beavers, Dunne- Woolford, Williams, Mcdonald, Chaplow- O'Brien, Gregory. NOLU WDC

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  • October 5, 2014 at 11:56
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    It's a good away point, end of. With Holloway in charge who can honestly say what's going to happen next? Let's see where we are after Wolves, Wigan and Cardiff before we start waving the flags again or digging the grave.

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  • October 5, 2014 at 12:03
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    yes - pros and cons - lack of stature with Williams and against some teams it won't work - but you can't underestimate how much we need to be able to pass it out - with Williams at the back and chaplow in the middle (while he is fit) we have players with composure he can run a game - lets face it dunne and beevers have made serious errors in recent week to turn games against us and so Williams can hardly be worse - we need more quality as always - I think we lack a real box to box player who carries a threat , a Cahill mark2 and a player with pure pace - we need to get a townsend or kane in from a big club, a player that will eventually be a premier league quality player - will make a big difference

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    • October 5, 2014 at 13:50
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      @timchimes: spot on, gona be a season long struggle without adding to the squad. Pleased to hear IH going on about wingers - we need at least 1...
      Shame Reggie is currently crocked because I thought he did a good job of getting Greggs into dangerous places and Greggs himself said the same.
      This FFP business is crazy - it's almost as if you get punished for sticking to the rules- while clubs with money can just ignore the rules and worry about it later... All this talk about QPR being demoted to the conference if they can't pay their fine, and if they get relegated.. can you really see this happening?? They'll find a way of getting out of it...
      From what I've been reading - it shows how much of a tight budget we're on - Ollie said it doesn't matter how much dosh JB has, he can't spend it... While clubs like brum, even though it's well known they're financially f**ked - can still go and spend millions on players... Hoping this will level out somewhere down the line - as we seem to be doing business properly...
      Be nice to be able to spend a couple of million on a box to box FWD - but that seems miles away.. seems we're having trouble just loaning players.....

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  • October 5, 2014 at 15:15
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    If reggie is out for 6 to 8 weeks send him back to Watford and go get another striker on loan and go get the winger we need pls IH

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