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!"



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

  • January 30, 2015 at 11:31


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  • January 30, 2015 at 11:38

    What we need is a greedy bustard goal scorer.

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