Millwall boss: New signings have lifted atmosphere at Den

© Edmund Boyden
© 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 11:44
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      @Geoff the lion: clearly we have a nonse in the house who put a dislike

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