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Wolves thriller most exciting game of Millwall boss' career

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IAN Holloway described Millwall's dramatic 3-3 draw with Wolves as the most exciting game of his 18-year career as a manager.

The Lions, facing ex-boss Kenny Jackett, were 3-0 down after 64 minutes but Lee Gregory pulled one back before Ricardo Fuller scored twice in five minutes to rescue a point.

In the final minute of added time, Shaun Williams was sent off before David Forde made a full-stretch save to prevent Bakary Sako bagging a last-gasp winner for the visitors.

Holloway praised the never-say-die attitude of his players following an absorbing contest at The Den – and was relieved to come away with a point.

"It is probably the most exciting game of football I've ever been involved with," he said.

"I had one against Cardiff when I was at Plymouth which finished 3-3 after being 3-0 down.

"But I can't believe how we were three down to be honest. Again that is three or four shots they've had and everything is going in.

"The club rewards bravery, honesty and loyalty and I thought my players stood there to a man and kept going.

"When you are two or three down it can be really tough, but I’m proud of the lads.

"They earned their money today, they had a right go for us, they kept digging, they were brave and they kept wanting the ball.

"They also understood the new tactics we tried to employ and it got us back in it.

"It's a point, it is another point on our run and it could have been awful, couldn't it?

"As long as you have got that fight, as long as you have got that spirit, then you epitomise this wonderful football club.

"The whole weekend now I can try and enjoy and try and get a win at Wigan, which we managed to do last year when everybody wrote us off."

Holloway's substitutions paid off as Lee Martin created both of Fuller's goals.

"A switch of tactics, a switch of people helped us," said the Millwall boss "It is nothing to do with the ones who were there before but it helped us.

"We had a lot of chances. Jimmy Abdou had a great once – as good as any chance they had, probably better to be honest.

"Gregory has ended up missing one that he probably even now doesn't know how it went over.

"Scott McDonald has hit the post with another brilliant move.

"Have a look at it yourselves, Gregory should have had a penalty and he didn’t give it and they were 3-0 up.

"I am thankful it has ended in a very positive way because my team deserved that.

"But you have to keep fighting and keep working and be proud of what you stand for."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

37 thoughts on “Wolves thriller most exciting game of Millwall boss' career

  • October 18, 2014 at 19:03
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    Im p***** off I left early

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    • October 19, 2014 at 02:15
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      @COYL-1885: stay and support your team, serves you right

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  • October 18, 2014 at 19:11
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    trust me i have done that many times

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  • October 18, 2014 at 19:15
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    Think every wall fan needs a health check before every season. F*** me. Fair play though. Never say die.

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  • October 18, 2014 at 19:26
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    A lot left when Wolves third went in, no doubt regretting it now! I was a fantastic last 20 minutes, but where did the 8 minutes stoppage time come from?? Feel sorry for Williams taking one for the team and getting sent off, s we shouldn't have still been playing then. Only 1 point, but it really felt like a win today. 🙂

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    • October 18, 2014 at 19:47
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      @Mick M: WELL WE IN THE WEST UPPER STAYED AND ENJOYED THE BEAUTIFUL COMEBACK! MORE LIKE THE MFC WE ALL KNOW. KEEP PLAYING AND SCORING LIKE THAT AND WE ARE MADE. 'NO ONE LIKES US , WE DONT CARE' ~ STORMIN' NORMAN........

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      • October 18, 2014 at 20:15
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        @bermlion: thats the way millwall always used to do it..NEVER SAY DIE.

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      • October 19, 2014 at 13:54
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        @bermlion: And did'nt we sing 'Loud & Proud' when that third goal of millwall's went in? That's the REAL - MILLWALL SPIRIT ! Wigan here we come. ( NOLU, WDC ).

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  • October 18, 2014 at 19:41
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    I can only sum it up by saying we got out of jail - in a game we should of won easily.
    Wolves were very ordinary and we gave away 3 bad away goals as usual.
    How Jimmy and Scott did not score I shall never know ?
    Where the 8 minutes came from is very strange.
    Cannot help think the comeback papers over some big cracks and got Holloway off the hook.
    Bottom line is we have not won for 7 games and dropped 2 more places.
    Why is it we only started playing at 3 nil down.
    Martin made a difference and Fuller took his goals well.
    How many changes were made in defence today ??? crazy.

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    • October 18, 2014 at 19:59
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      @Longfield Lion: Exactly what I thought. We didn't look like scoring from open play in the first half against a poor defence. We went 3 down to three set pieces (again), changed to two up top and looked like scoring every time we went up their end.

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    • October 18, 2014 at 20:04
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      @Longfield Lion: Did you not think for minute that the ref gave us goals that he would otherwise dismiss for some apparent reason because its' us. Did you not note the 12 wolves players one being the ref. Excellent come back that reminds me of the old den. Credit to all and the supporters.

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    • October 18, 2014 at 20:36
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      @Longfield Lion: not long ago holloway said alan dunne would NEVER play right back again, today he was swapped there twice ?????

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  • October 18, 2014 at 20:16
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    We have dropped down the table so can people stop having a w*** over a draw at home.

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  • October 18, 2014 at 20:18
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    I went to the game with one of my best mates who posts on the HOF and the Norwegian lads in the programme.
    One of them one guess the attendance in the Windsor and has put 50% back into the Headley Court charity.

    Absolute top boys.
    I stayed to the end and I've lost my voice.
    When was the last time Millwall came back from 3-0 down?
    When was the last time Millwall scored 3 goals?

    I'm very proud. Of the fight back but we do make it hard for ourselves!
    I walked away happy

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    • October 18, 2014 at 21:32
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      @MillwallGra: What a comeback even 265 miles away I was shouting at the screen never say die Millwall Can't wait to get down the den this season ,

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      • October 18, 2014 at 21:58
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        @carewlion:
        It was our mutual friend from Forest Hill we'll have a beer before the game next time you come down.

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  • October 18, 2014 at 20:19
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    Thats what football is all about! Great game, lots of things i can say about our deffending.lets enjoy boys. We will pick the bones outa of it tomorow COYL!

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  • October 18, 2014 at 20:32
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    Lets be HONEST, yet again holloway does not have a plan or system, he changed it 2or3 times and swapped right back 4 times, 0 - 3 THEN 4-4-2, the 2 forwards scored the goals and we should have nicked it. PLEASE PLEASE OLLIE, learn from today, 4-4-2 all the way

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  • October 18, 2014 at 20:41
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    Sorry to spoil the party, great to come back from 3-0. But should not have been there in the first place. We were all over the place, cannot play with one up front, with the midfield we have. Cannot support the forward, one forward. What works is two up front, and width. But what really surprises me, is that he moves Dunne around from here to there, when he is clearly not good enought wherever he plays. He took Chaplow off , who by a millions miles is a better player, and right back than Dunne , and moves Dunne around like a chess piece. Can't believe Woolford stayed on the pitch totally out of it. I am expecting loads of dislikes, great come back , but let's not paper over very large cracks.

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    • October 18, 2014 at 20:50
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      @sups8892: No dislike from me.Similar to what I said above.I have been saying for AGES that 1 upfront just does not work and it showed with the comeback.
      LEARN FROM TODAY HOLLOWAY.

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    • October 18, 2014 at 20:56
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      @sups8892: spot on NOT good enough by a long way, woolford dunne and mcdonald not in it

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  • October 18, 2014 at 20:47
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    Can only say i am still buzzing, them brummie mugs singing we're taking the p*** then Gregory buried one..... Priceless well proud coyl!!!!!

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  • October 18, 2014 at 21:12
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    @SUPS: no dislike from me, I saw it the same as you, thought CHAPLOW was excellent, really liked GREGORY too, MARTIN and FULLER very good when they came on, WOOLFORD came into the game late on when brought inside. Let's play 2 UP FRONT together, much better.

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  • October 18, 2014 at 21:12
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    Fell down the stairs and got my leg stuck in a chair when our third goal went in. F**k me what a great comeback!!!!

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  • October 18, 2014 at 21:33
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    What a game. I like to see the positives in everything, and showing balls like this is a great thing. As I've said 10 times before, I'd like to see a different three to Macdonald, Dunne and Woolford, but I can see that Ollie wants to bring some continuity to the side. We gotta play Upson, he played a blinder before-nearly scored 2 and he's on the bench?

    Any danger of playing Martinez too, or are we waiting for the whole of his Spanish family to turn up first? Calf injury still- or is that to Bailey or Ranegie? Play him Ollie, all this waiting for players like you did with Gregory, doesn't make sense- get him alongside Upson- Abdou right back. Play your team, all this fear of if they will fail, is not the Ollie we all know. Lets go. Regards 😉

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  • October 18, 2014 at 21:39
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    That second half was a complete mess for both sides and we never deserved to be three down and probably deserved three points over all. But were lucky not to throw it all away thanks to Williams. For Holloway to talk about players understanding his 'new tactics' though, is laughable. More luck than any proper judgement.

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  • October 18, 2014 at 22:50
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    Anyone on this site should have a long look how the defence fell apart..f****** s***.maybe still on the raz but ffs put proper defenders in the back 4..got 2 admire how the lions fought back..should of won ..WALL

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  • October 18, 2014 at 22:52
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    Was there till the end & wot a comeback, but we should never of been in that position. Well done Millwall & thankfully Mr Williams, took 1 for the club/Team

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  • October 19, 2014 at 02:32
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    A draw that felt like a win.

    We haven't had too much to shout about at The Den for quite a while. I was so impressed with the way our boys kept going, all 3 of our goals were top quality finishes and we haven't had many of them either. Other positives were the performances of Gregory and Chaplow, also Martin and fuller for their impact.

    Unfortunately we also had far too many mistakes, the 3 goals conceded were all laughable defending and awful keeping. Literally 3 set pieces and 3 painfully poor goals. At 0-1 Macdonald has an unmarked header from 6 yards and hits the post (not good enough) and just to round off the red was a complete joke, I don't think I've seen a more blatant penalty not given, Gregory was upended at 0-0 and nothing.

    But and it is a but, we fought back like lions and left with a well deserved point, Jackett got the recognition and appreciation he deserved and Henry got a few coins chucked at him.

    On to Wigan.

    No one likes us, we don't and won't ever care.

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  • October 19, 2014 at 05:03
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    Well f*** me, went to sleep and missed the action. You blokes must have been peelin the roof of the grandstands in the end, great to get a point, probably not so good to get 3 . 0 down but to scrap it out is a good sign. That's a big comeback , sounds like an average first half but must have got their s*** together near the end . 1 point is better than a kick in the a***.

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  • October 19, 2014 at 08:12
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    Wolves not happy that sub Spearman wasn't allowed into position before Ref re-started play but if you are just time wasting then tough luck. Good on the ref for doing this. Maybe subs will think twice about strolling on off and to kill time now.

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  • October 19, 2014 at 09:37
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    Like most of us who stayed absolutely buzzing, what a great game of football, the team showed all the fight and character we ask for. In the end it was still a draw at home and like most of this season we did not get the little bit of luck you need and Wolves did with certainly the first two. My advice to Ollie would be get a right back, stop tinkering. Advice for fans enjoy the ride, support the club get down when you can and bring a mate, make some noise.

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  • October 19, 2014 at 10:12
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    No complaints! We aint good enough. A hoof it up the pitch team took the p***. Controversial, but we got lucky. Any thoughts?

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  • October 19, 2014 at 11:23
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    Great comeback can't remember the last time we came from 0.3. Shows they are playing with passion. Can't understand some of the posts saying they left before the end. Why pay to get in then leave coz things ain't going well. Don't We s*** players off for doing that.

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