Holloway pleased with Millwall's spirit against Bradford

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IAN Holloway saw signs of progress as Millwall came from behind twice to rescue an FA Cup replay with Bradford City.

The Lions' miserable run of form, especially at home, looked set to continue after Billy Knott put the Bantams 3-2 ahead with under 15 minutes to go.

But Ricardo Fuller struck in the closing stages to spare Millwall's blushes.

After recent performances, Holloway was pleased to see his players recover from a losing position – especially after Sid Nelson's unfortunate own goal rocked their confidence.

"Their first one was another soft one from a set piece but we showed terrific character and skill to come back," Holloway said.

"Based on the last couple of games, we haven't had that.

"As long as the players give me what they gave me today, which they haven't done in the last couple of weeks because confidence is waning, then I'm happy.

"We had three injured players missing today as well.

"As spirit goes, that was fantastic. We came back twice. Do I want us to have to come back? No, but we haven't had the rub of the green of late.

"Their second goal, for example. Good god. It could have gone anywhere [but it went in off Nelson], and that's the way things are going for us at the minute.

"For me it's about character and I'm not going to criticise my lads today. We got a few bits wrong – obviously we did – but we didn't give up once.

"That will do for me. We're in the hat for the draw and a lot of teams who were expected to win today, didn't."

Holloway was asked why he had gone over to speak to a supporter at the final whistle.

He said: "I wanted to shake that fan's hand at the end. He's got every right to say what he said.

"He was giving it loads. He said, 'you made me believe [you would improve results]' and I asked him to let me concentrate on the game.

"But I wanted to shake his hand at the end and reassure him that I'm going to get us a better balance in this transfer window. I'm on the case.

"Just wait and see mate, that's what I'm saying. I want to be here and build a group he'll be proud of.

"Last week against Bournemouth we didn't have a shot on goal, and I can't watch that. We're doing things now to get a better spirit.

"We'll have a totally different group of players by the time the window closes because I can't let it slide like this. It isn't going to work."

Alex Aldridge


61 thoughts on “Holloway pleased with Millwall's spirit against Bradford

  • January 3, 2015 at 18:26

    Lets not take our fans for mugs! Drawing at home to a League one side and conceding 3 goals is NOT a sign of improvement or encouragement!!!

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    • January 3, 2015 at 18:33

      @the verminhater: Yes it is a step forward. Scoring three goals and the commitment of the players is a massive improvement. Bradford are a League 1 side, yes, but they are near the top of their division, unbeaten in six and full of confidence.

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    • January 3, 2015 at 18:37

      @the verminhater: relatively it is, a team lacking in confidence big time, and against a team going well in the league below, with some injuries to boot, getting a draw after falling behind in the latter stages means that at least the team never gave up. I'm not saying that today was great or a turning point but it's arrested the slide.

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    • January 3, 2015 at 20:32

      apparently the supporter that was berating holloway throughout the game was john berylson

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  • January 3, 2015 at 18:29

    Did chaplow pass go! Picked up a chance card no doubt? Let's stick with our own youngsters who could do as well as many who have pulled on a shirt in recent times. Pleased though that we are still in the cup.

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