Holloway: Hooiveld and Fabbrini just what Millwall needed

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JOS Hooiveld's calmness and Diego Fabbrini's trickery are exactly what Millwall have been missing this season, according to boss Ian Holloway.

And Holloway is glad the two new January signings have made an immediate impression on the Den faithful.

Fabbrini was given a standing ovation when he was subsituted during Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Reading, while Hooiveld scooped the man of the match award.

"Jos only got here on Monday and was absolutely fantastic," said Holloway.

"He's slotted in with the lads, he knows Dan Harding but it was like 'hallelujah!' He gave us that calmness we've lacked.

"He wants to play, to be here and to help me. He doesn't care about where we are in the division. He's really good at building a team spirit.

"And the little Italian is smiling from ear to ear. Somebody shouted 'buy him!' but he cost Watford's owner €4million, so I don't think we can quite do that yet.

"But I want to get him fitter and make him believe he's a really good player.

"When has a Millwall player ever cost €4million? The crowd liked the skill he provided and the fact that he beats players."

Holloway is delighted that the fans are fully supportive of his new recruits – and praised them for generating a relaxed atmosphere in midweek.

"I think the fans will go with the players if they like them and hopefully they like the new ones," Holloway said.

"The crowd played a huge part on Tuesday night. They were magnificent. And they had a great sense of humour with shouting 'handball' all the time.

"My wife explained it to me afterwards because I didn't get it at the time – I was too busy concentrating on the game!"

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22 thoughts on “Holloway: Hooiveld and Fabbrini just what Millwall needed

  • January 30, 2015 at 11:38
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    What we need is a greedy bustard goal scorer.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 11:39
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    Guessing they'll be on the bench for tomorrows visit to nottingham then . . .

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  • January 30, 2015 at 11:41
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    Surely there's a striker out there for us that can bang 10 by the end of the season.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 11:51
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    There is TERRY, we just can't meet their demands mate.

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    • January 30, 2015 at 12:27
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      @bordersarebest0170: That s the problem in a nutshell. We unearthed diamonds in Harris and Morison but those players are hard to find. Maybe Gregory will start getting goals now we have Fab and Hof.

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      • January 30, 2015 at 14:57
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        @junkmale: I totally agree. Gregory has needed decent feeding/support which he hasn't had in the slightest. I'm hoping it's not too late and he hasn't completely lost his confidence!

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  • January 30, 2015 at 11:52
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    Agree Hoo and Fab look good.
    But the bottom line is we need a goalscorer and without one we will go down.
    Trouble is this will cost money - and more than our usual 250k.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 11:59
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    "When has a Millwall player ever cost €4million? The crowd liked the skill he provided and the fact that he beats players." - Exactly Ollie, but pay big money you can tend to get big talent... What I want to know is why have Millwall always had such a mental block on spending the money on a proven quality Striker? I know the aside from the Chris Wood offer the club just refuse to go big when we so desperately need the talent.

    Hell we may even finally get a shot at the Prem league like our neighbors Charlton and Palace had/are enjoying if we started spending the big dollar.

    Hoo and Fab having been top loan signings. Would love it if we could get them on both perm deals at the end of the season.

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    • January 30, 2015 at 17:34
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      @Bexley_Lion:
      You've just wasted your time writing all that when it could of been summed up like this. WE CANT AFFORD 4 million. And your off your nut if you think we will spend even half of that in the near future.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 12:00
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    Really hope we can go up there and get stuck into Forest tomorrow. Stuart Pearce is under a lot of pressure (probably more than Ollie), so we need to take advantage of that.
    Jos looked good the other night and was unlucky not to score with that header.
    The little Italian stallion also looked good, just needs to be a little stronger on the ball.
    COYL...

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  • January 30, 2015 at 12:01
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    Just read the local paper..olly is saying that there is a clause in freds loan deal to bring him back whenever mfc wants to.thought i'll mention it.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 12:02
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    Erm waghorn cost Leicester near enough £4m holloway?...

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  • January 30, 2015 at 12:06
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    which is the point - waghorn has hardly set the world alight - who is offering 4 mll now

    we have to be cautious - if we spend big on a dud that is us done for a long time - we have seen it with clubs going bust - i find it galling that Bolton can be £136 mill in debt and Lennon keeps bringing players in - what budget he is operating from and if the league are seriuos about fair player when does their situation get clamped down on

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  • January 30, 2015 at 12:10
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    Goddard 800k, that's why we don't spend big money cos he was crap, plus we have the small club attitude and small crowds that does not generate the dough for them to spend, we only spent on goddard cos we had just come down from div 1 and there was a bit about.

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    • January 30, 2015 at 12:21
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      @terry the turk lion: Bournemouth seem to have money to burn, didn't Wilson cost £3m? They are probably a smaller club than us and get similar gates...just proves FFP is a load of b*******...

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      • January 30, 2015 at 17:37
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        @jenks4:
        Do your research and find out how much money they made off player sales. put it this way, they recieved more money from lallana signing for Liverpool from Southampton, than we have got from about 5 years of player sales and that's from a sell on clause! Some people really dont think/understand things properly before they comment.

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      • January 30, 2015 at 19:48
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        @terry the turk lion: @jenks4: Terry, we bought Goddard when was still in Div 1 mate, got him on new years day. And Jenks Bournemouth are owned by Russians, say no more.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 12:50
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    We had a 2.5 million pound striker in Steve Morisson when we sold him to Norwich.
    I dont think that's far off 4 million Euros.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 15:53
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    Cahill was a 4 million pound player let alone euros. These days he'd be going for 5 or 6 million but we took less than 2 million!

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  • January 30, 2015 at 18:00
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    Unfortunately we never have enough people going through the turnstiles to generate the funds to buy 3-4 million pound players. Plus the fact it seems other a number of clubs in the Championship appear to keep decent players away from us, Matt Smith for example. COYL

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