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Martin and McDonald key to Millwall's pressing, says boss

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THE return to full fitness of Lee Martin has helped Millwall press their opponents higher up the field, according to boss Ian Holloway.

Holloway also hailed Scott McDonald's work rate in midfield and said his closing down and tracking back is crucial to the Lions' style of play.

Millwall unsettled Cardiff in a 1-0 win last weekend, getting in the visitors' faces and denying them time on the ball.

And Holloway believes Martin's return to the side after a knee injury has given the Lions an added bite.

"Lee gives us that," Holloway said. "He understands where I need him to go. McDonald also understands that too.

"McDonald has been a revelation – the way he has played, worked and enjoyed himself is totally different.

"All he needs is a couple more goals and then to me he'd be back to being as good as he was at Celtic.

"I've got to get that understanding into Aiden O'Brien, Fred Onyedinma or whoever plays there.

"First of all they have to be able to run – Fred came off the bench at Wigan and he forgot to run! He stood still and you can't do that.

"As long as I get everybody running, then we'll be able to press like that. So if Magaye Gueye hasn't been fit enough, then he can't play.

"I have brought a couple people in [on trial] over the last month to have a look at them and they haven't been fit enough to run yet.

"People don't realise the work I have had to do to get this time closing down like we did against Cardiff.

"Danny Shittu did it well in his first game back – look at where he was, how high up he was, compared to last year.

"In my first game against Huddersfield, we never got up the field."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

6 thoughts on “Martin and McDonald key to Millwall's pressing, says boss

  • October 31, 2014 at 14:07
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    That must be why Maggie hasn't had a look in accept as a sub. Shame as I think he has potential from what I've seen of him. Hopefully he will've received the kick up the a*** he needed and can get back in the mix. COYL

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    • October 31, 2014 at 14:17
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      @mitchamscaff: olly slags fred of for standing still.surely he meant fuller who makes a living doing just that..probably been teaching the youth

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      • October 31, 2014 at 17:01
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        @Jim28: Jim you do talk a load of old clap trap about Fuller. I honestly recon you either don't go or should have gone to spec savers.

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        • October 31, 2014 at 17:53
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          @Lincolnshire Lion: you are full of s*** if you think fuller any good..he's crap..silly northern b******

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  • October 31, 2014 at 15:02
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    I know McDonald has played ok but iam not sure if he hinders the way we could play at times,he is supposed to be a striker but hardly scores and by playing deeper i dont think he creates enough,work rate is good but thats not enough. Maybe Martinez could do a better job with a bit more invention.

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  • October 31, 2014 at 18:24
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    He forgot to run!!!! Lol he's a funny fu.cker that IH

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