Millwall manager: Norwich score could have been worse

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IAN Holloway admitted that Norwich could have scored more than six goals on a "painful" afternoon for Millwall at Carrow Road.

The Lions were given a Boxing Day thrashing by the Canaries, whose winning margin would have been greater had they taken a host of other clear-cut chances

"It's a painful afternoon to say the least," said Holloway. "When you want to see a bit of fight and a bit of spirit, it didn't come. That's the alarming thing and Norwich exploited it.

"That's a catalogue of errors and if I'm honest, the score could've been worse than that. It was six but god knows how many more it could've been.

"There was a shattering loss of confidence in the group.

"I first saw this happen against Middlesbrough a few weeks ago – up until then we always had a spirit about us but that seems to have dissipated. I don't know where that's gone.

"We made so many mistakes trying to get back in it. A team like Norwich will counter on you – they've got good pace and a good shape. They've got important things in important areas.

"By the end, I was almost scared to attack in any way, shape or form. That's down to your structure behind your attacks."

Holloway felt Norwich's second goal was the decisive moment but refused to criticise David Forde after his error allowed Cameron Jerome to score.

"I don't blame anybody," he said. "Players go out there trying to do their best and everyone seems to look for someone to blame. If there's any one person to blame it's me.

"By everybody's standards we didn't have the best of games.

"I'm trying to deal with what I saw out there. We've got some major surgery to do. You can't be a Millwall player if you don't stand up and be counted."

Asked whether he felt for the travelling fans, Holloway added: "That goes without saying. I'm a Millwall fan myself – my whole livelihood is here now.

"I chose that and that's what I want. I'm to blame.

"It's my responsibility and I'm not going to wilt. I will find players who can deal with things for me. Wherever we are today is where we're starting from.

"I agreed to build for the future just under a year ago and that's still what I want to do. I knew it was going to be tough but not this tough.

"This is when you find out about yourself and the people you're with."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

130 thoughts on “Millwall manager: Norwich score could have been worse

  • December 26, 2014 at 18:05
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    Olly OUT OUT F###### OUT!!!

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    • December 26, 2014 at 19:25
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      I could not get Lions player commentary today..by God how happy I was that did not have to listen to the sad story today,.,,in Milllwall language IH that was a bloody disgrace and you should be ashamed of yourself for allowing it to happen, dont say its not your fault you run the ship so take the can ..and go now..for everyones sake

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    • December 26, 2014 at 23:36
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      @billymillwall: a typical misery gut who will change nothing for the club as people like him over the years! moaning and misery what a sad way to live!

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  • December 26, 2014 at 18:09
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    Let's vote now
    Holloway out = LIKE
    Stay. =DISLKE

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    • December 27, 2014 at 21:47
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      @southstand: wicked idea as u can see more % of us lion fans dont want to see mr H get sacked lets be honest IH aint to blame. Tell me what millwall player looks like a real lion what 1 of them have passion and pride. Let me think, not 1 of them. They showed a little bit towards the end of last season and look what happened we went on a wicked run and stayed up and i didnt see any1 complaining about holloways formation or tack-ticks then. These players need a wake up call. Look at the top 6 teams. Every player puts in a proper shift. What happened 2 ford on friday 2 blunders nd not a word. F*** em all off.

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