Holloway hopes Millwall fans back team against Cherries

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IAN Holloway admits he is unsure what kind of reception will greet him and his players when they return to The Den to face Bournemouth tomorrow.

Lions fans have been outraged by a 6-1 loss to Norwich City on Boxing Day and their mood is unlikely to have improved just 48 hours after defeat at Carrow Road.

But Holloway hopes the crowd will be supportive as his side take on the league leaders.

"What we need is for our fans to be with us and behind us," he said. "But I don't know what they're going to be like until I get to the ground.

"I hope the fans aren't too bad when we come out – let's hope they get behind us instead of criticising because that's not going to help anybody's confidence."

Lee Gregory looks set to return to Millwall's starting XI having started the Norwich game on the bench.

"I've tried to pick two teams – one for Norwich and one for Bournemouth," said Holloway.

"That's why I made three substitutions at the end because we haven't got enough bodies in the right areas.

"That is why Gregory was on the bench. I didn't want to start him and Ricardo Fuller in the same game.

"I was hoping we'd get through the game in half-decent shape, then take Fuller off and put Gregory on.

"With two games in 48 hours, I knew that's going to be tough for one or two of my boys. We haven't got the squad that Norwich have."

Bournemouth are the first opponent that the Lions will play for the second time this season, having drawn 2-2 in the reverse fixture in November.

"Every game is different and we've got to do things a lot better than that, otherwise it won't be very pleasant," Holloway added.

"We drew with Bournemouth a couple of weeks ago having been 2-0 down. That wasn't that long ago so things weren't all wrong then.

"What the Norwich result is going to do [to the players], who knows. But it's certainly not going to help me if I criticise them.

"We can do a lot better than that and we're going to have to. I don't accept that. Did I anticipate that happening? No.

"We've got half the season left to get better than this. Based on our last performance, we're a long way behind where I want us to be and that's the challenge.

"Watching that was horrible but I will be encouraging, working hard and trying to make us better. That's why I came here.

"If it's not happening, let's have a look at the squad and see if we can change it around."

Meanwhile, Holloway has admitted for the first time that the contract uncertainty at the club could be affecting results and performances.

"Next summer we've got 24 out-of-contract and maybe that's starting to worry them," he said.

"They don't know where their futures are or what's happening. Maybe that's too big a thing.

"I would imagine they should play really well to try to get a contract with us or somewhere else. Who knows? You might have to ask some of the players."

Alex Aldridge


53 thoughts on “Holloway hopes Millwall fans back team against Cherries

  • December 27, 2014 at 15:15

    I'm sure we will all get behind the team tomorrow whatever but it would be nice if Ollie could put out a team that we, as supporters of our team, understand. It would be nice if we could start with tactics and a formation the we, and the players, can understand. It would be great if the players could all put in a performance, both as individuals, and as a team that is worthy of the support we give them.

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    • December 27, 2014 at 15:27

      @Adsy77777: well said that man spot on. Wot we don't want is fans just turning up to hav a moan these players must be s******* it lets show wot millwall is all about & get behind em from the start. Coyl.

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      • December 27, 2014 at 16:24

        @block 28: sorry to disagree but with a 4 hours round trip and petrol plus the game etc I want bloody everything including blood and guts if there not prepared to give 200% stay in the F.....g changeling room or take the consequences

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    • December 27, 2014 at 15:40

      @Adsy77777: totally agree mate, we will always back the boys. But IH you have to make the big changes tomorrow, starting with Forde! Sid nelson to come in for Shittu and get Fred back all he's doing is sitting on Wycombes bench not good for his confidence

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  • December 27, 2014 at 15:29

    Boxing Day is know history so learn from it and play a settled team. As for getting behind the team tomorrow absolutely no problem. I'll sing and cheer when they come out as I've done for the past 52 years.

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