Millwall boss: New signings have lifted atmosphere at Den

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© Edmund Boyden

IAN Holloway believes the atmosphere at Millwall has lifted since he picked a totally different team for last Saturday's game against Ipswich.

Holloway started four of his new signings and included youngsters Jack Powell and Sid Nelson, who was made captain.

In total, the Lions boss made eight changes to his line up as they were beaten 3-1 by the promotion-chasing Tractor Boys.

Despite the result, Millwall were clapped off at The Den and Holloway has noticed an improvement in team spirit this week.

Millwall trained at Goals in Beckenham on Tuesday after their Calmont Road base was frozen solid by frost.

While the conditions were far from ideal, Holloway felt a change of scene helped to pull his squad closer to together.

"The boys were really good," he said. "We couldn't use the pitches so it made a change.

"When the weather is like this you've got to adapt and overcome.

"We played small-sided games against each other, put all the young kids together and they won.

"Diego Fabbrini was absolutely excellent – the lads are having him all day long. He's fresh, hungry and chirpy.

"It was a good day and made the new lads feel at home – that's more important than anything.

"The new lads are helping the atmosphere and with Sid and Powelly playing at the weekend, I think it made a bit of a statement.

"By doing that, and putting up a decent fight until the third goal went in, I think that's made a big difference to the overall atmosphere.

"I think people are looking around now and saying 'oh, what's he going to do?' rather than waiting for me to be shot by the chairman."

Pending possible new signings, Holloway confirmed that Nelson will retain the captain's armband for Tuesday's clash with Reading.

He said: "Sid is captain material – it wasn't a token gesture.

"He's a really good talker and communicator, and I want him to grow and learn. I've been half-waiting for him to break into the team because we're looking for leaders."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

34 thoughts on “Millwall boss: New signings have lifted atmosphere at Den

  • January 22, 2015 at 10:45
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    Change of atmosphere I'm sure. That will be due to the removal of some crap shovelled out of the door with another pile waiting for the same.

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  • January 22, 2015 at 11:07
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    "Diego Fabbrini was absolutely excellent – the lads are having him all day long.

    That sounds sooooo wrong lmfao

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  • January 22, 2015 at 11:08
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    Absolutely a like.
    I wish there was a dislike thumbs down under
    the dislike thumbs down.

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  • January 22, 2015 at 11:11
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    So the young kids beat the older ones. Tells you two things the youngsters are class or the older ones are s***. I no which one I'd choose

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  • January 22, 2015 at 11:16
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    Keep the good work up 'OLLIE' , New faces is what I told you 7 x weeks ago, and you've been trying to insert them into the MFC Team. Well Done ! Just keep listening to the 'Fans' : you do read this site, Ollie, Don't Ya ? Lol. ( NOLU, WDC ).

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    • January 22, 2015 at 12:19
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      @BUSHWACKER14: A winning team cannot be built instantly, players who have not played together before and a manager who is tactically inept. A good team is built over time and not in a few weeks. The one new face we need most of all is a new manager.

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  • January 22, 2015 at 11:35
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    I thought he picked a totally different team every game anyway. The only consistency is we're still crap and going down. Just wait and see how many fans turn up for the Reading match to see what the supporters think of his great new atmosphere.

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    • January 22, 2015 at 11:44
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      @Micky Lions: FFS don't take up a job at Samaritans will you, I hope you ain't going you negative old git.

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      • January 22, 2015 at 14:15
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        @nocalves: I've seen nothing to make me positive about this idiot. Signing player after player doesn’t make you a good manager – he’s signed about 25 in 12 months and look how much good it’s done us.

        The only reason we're stuck with this no hoper is because too many people keep pledging their blind allegiance to him. The club know Holloway’s shi.te, but will only act to sack him when idiots stop applauding him for his continued failure.

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  • January 22, 2015 at 12:00
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    Good on you Ollie , lets get some fresh air into the place , lets also start with a win against reading & the atmosphere will get better all round

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  • January 22, 2015 at 12:04
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    I'll def be there Tuesday. Be nice to have a few other new faces in by then to!

    On Monday i was coming passed the Den on the train & see there was loads of kings ferry busses parked up all round the ground.

    Must be the new coaches IH was talking about getting in . . .

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  • January 22, 2015 at 12:13
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    A load of guff from Holloway again, Ipswich were beaten by Brighton last night which puts Millwall's defeat by them in perspective. He loves to talk and waffle but let's see what happens against Reading and Wigan before rushing to judgement.

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    • January 22, 2015 at 12:25
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      @Peckhamlad: So by your rationale Mk dons are on a par with Spurs as they've both just beaten Sheff Utd.

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    • January 22, 2015 at 12:36
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      peckhamlad...youre constant moaning an negativity is doin my swede in....if u cant get behind the team do us a favour an jog on to palarse....mug.

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      • January 22, 2015 at 15:27
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        @Hurlocksgonnagetya: Nice to see some good spirited supporters here in the 'Last Few Post' ( Well Done Chaps ), Jingles, Nocalves ,CBLAndy & Hurlocksgonnagetya if you Pop into the Blue Anchor we will get you a nice cool Pint on Tuesday evening ~ Stormin' or Jim28 will pay, they have 'Loads of Money' LOL! ( NOLU, WDC ).

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    • January 22, 2015 at 12:38
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      @Peckhamlad: waffle as pedal.... He has to hit the ground running with this lot next week and right the way through Feb the. The real hard tests come. We'll have a good idea what's occuring by the end of March.

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  • January 22, 2015 at 12:40
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    We had better start being a WINNNING team very soon.
    With our record of not winning games and recent results by the other strugglers,we are in danger of being marooned at the bottom soon if we do not watch out.
    Still waiting for that GOALSCORING signing and soon or we are cooked.

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  • January 22, 2015 at 12:42
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    Last year they went to Portugoals for a break !

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  • January 22, 2015 at 12:44
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    I'm glad u are finally clocking onto things Ollie. Now play Maggie up front next to Gregory, and u will see we will look like we can score too, Maggie isn't a winger. The team he chooses for the next 2 games, will show you everything you need to know about him and if we stay up. Has he stopped this 'rotational squad' nonsense or is it the same Ollie who will change it like a schizophrenic maniac? Only time will tell.

    Also to the idiot saying, you should go to every game no matter what players are playing, I have a season ticket, and I refuse to watch players like: Dunne, McDonald, Woolford and Fuller. Webster also appears to be shocking, he falls over his feet all the time? We need to sign 2 centre halves quick to partner Sid, or play Powell with Fab, and stick Williams at the back. Although he's our best player.

    Of course this team played much better last match, of course the youngsters beat the elders in training, although I really like Ollie as a man, I really worry about what is going on in his head as a football manager, like I worry about what is going on with some of the fans on here. Not all of them though, some speak sense.

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    • January 22, 2015 at 15:07
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      @JimmyLion: why waste your money on a season ticket then Jimmy? You must have known we had those players in the squad, except for Fuller, when you bought it.

      Likely to always have a few crap players at wall so you'll never go again if your waiting for the Millwall dream team to materialise!

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  • January 22, 2015 at 13:52
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    Very positive!!!! Players don't want to come here due to the constant barrage of abuse directed at our own players, think fans need to take some responsibility, for the players confidence issues on the pitch screaming at them is not the answer, players from other teams must talk to each-other, we all need to support this team and new players will need to gel no be afraid to make a mistake.

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  • January 22, 2015 at 15:00
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    Peckhamlad

    If you think back that's exactly what George Graham did when he got us out of the S### when he took over and brought in about 8 players and started building from the back

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  • January 22, 2015 at 15:15
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    New GK
    Cummings Nelson New CB Harding
    Williams Powell
    Paris Gueye Fabbrini
    Gregory

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  • January 22, 2015 at 17:11
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    I'm beginning to sense a long running back-room cloud of despondency hanging over The Den. This happens at Millwall from time to time, regardless of who is managing. Every time we get relegated, its down to one or two senior players, or ex players, second guessing the manager! Add to that a general feeling of what the f*** is going on from the fans, and you have a formula for disaster. Briggs was bought by Holloway in the summer. He played just 12 games? Briggs is a very useful player, but he needs plenty of games! For the first time, I'm beginning think Holloway, might just have over estimated his ability to rescue/rebuild Millwall I have always defended him, but I'm really worried we will sink into the first division for a decade. If we don't spend some serious money, we are dead in the water. The lesson of losing Wood to Leicester has not been learnt! If we had bought him on a three year deal, we would not be sitting at the foot of The Championship! So, come on directors, dig deep, or lose our place in this division, and end up languishing in Division One for the next five or ten years!

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  • January 22, 2015 at 21:00
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    I was very very pro IH from the start BUT as much as I hope we sort it out and that he gets a grip of things I am equally really finding it difficult to resonate with any of his comments or interviews at this time. I always feel there is an undercurrent of self promotion and the search for a witty sound bite for his mates at Soccer AM. He really needs to start producing.

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  • January 22, 2015 at 23:50
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    Those of us who dare question the performance of the beloved leader are vilified. We are concerned because we LOVE this club every bit as much as those who still buy in to the cult that is Ollie (I meant to type 'cult' by the way). No one can deny that his first year in charge has failed to live up to the promise. Now, whether you blame KJ, SL, JB or AA, we all know we are in a mess and in danger of being relegated. Ollie is being paid a lot of money to turn this club around and so far is failing. As it appears the board are unable or unwilling to sack him, I genuinely hope those who still believe he is the man for the job are right and I, among others, are wrong. We cannot be blamed, on what we are seeing and hearing every week, for being sceptical

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  • January 23, 2015 at 02:17
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    Noooo way, I was at goals in beckenham the other day :O

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