Holloway: Reading draw gives Millwall fans renewed hope

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IAN Holloway was proud of ten-man Millwall's battling performance against Reading and believes his new-look team has given Lions fans renewed hope for the rest of the season.

Despite losing Sid Nelson to a red card on the stroke of half time, Millwall, who were marshalled superbly by debutant Jos Hooiveld, withstood heavy pressure from the Royals in the second period.

Six new signings – including lively duo Diego Fabbrini and Paris Cowan-Hall – were on show and the home fans applauded their team off the field after a resilient display.

And Holloway said: "I want to thank the fans.

"Last night they all saw the fight that they deserve to see from their team. They've seen some new players who I believe they're going to really like.

"Last year we drew four games and won four to stay up. We've got 19 games left and we've got to keep showing this spirit.

"The players got a standing ovation because that was a fighting Millwall performance.

"We lacked a bit of quality here and there but that's because the new players don't know each other yet. We rolled it out too much and we didn't hit the right ball but the players feel great about themselves.

"Hopefully the fans have gone home with some renewed hope and that it's not all doom and gloom."

Nelson was giving his marching orders after clattering into Michael Hector.

"It's a shocking red card," said Holloway. "Having watched it again, it looked far worse than it was. But Sid will learn a huge lesson because you can't win everything.

"The whistle had gone, he was a split-second late, their bloke has toed it past him but I don't think there was any malice there.

"I don't think the players around [the referee] helped and their reaction. It was a slippery night but Sid will learn that sometimes he can drop off.

"He'll get there and I love him to bits. His commitment is fantastic and he didn't deserve that."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

24 thoughts on “Holloway: Reading draw gives Millwall fans renewed hope

  • January 28, 2015 at 11:58
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    A couple of wins would give us real hope Ollie! COYL!!!

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  • January 28, 2015 at 12:06
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    Olly kept it simple the other nite good subs good formation, keep this squad find your best 11 and only change when needed, give time to gel and we will get off the bottom it's looking like our wall again keep the faith.

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  • January 28, 2015 at 12:14
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    So no appeal against the red card though? It was one of those that would have been yellow if the referee had given himself time to think...pity for he had quite a good game, up until then.

    Seldom have I left the Den, after our position in the league has got significantly worse, feeling so positive. Thought it was a great fighting performance whereby the team brought the crowd into play.
    Thought IH's substitutions after the sending off were sensible.

    There is something special about a night match at the Den with just the true hard-core support in attendance...thoroughly enjoyed it!

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    • January 28, 2015 at 14:49
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      @drifter: I'm afraid I mustn’t be one the 'hardcore' you mention. After Ipswich I vowed I'd never go again under Holloway. I'm glad there's some improvement, but for me it’s far too little and late from Holloway and the club.

      He can make as many signings as he wants (is that 25 already in just a year?), but this bloke is still seriously taking us backwards. I've seen us relegated five times in my forty-odd years watching Millwall, but I've never seen the club or so many supporters so accepting of failure.

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      • January 29, 2015 at 10:33
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        @Micky Lions: if you've been going for 40 odd years I think that would certainly count as being a hardcore fan.

        What I don't understand is your vow to stop going while Holloway remains.

        You must have seen worse managers and situations in that time and you go to support the team not the manager.

        Very strange decision IMO but your time and money so up to you Micky.

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  • January 28, 2015 at 12:19
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    HANDBALL, gotta love the millwall crowd, would have liked 3 pts but the boys rolled up their sleeves and put in a shift, unlucky not to nick it. sid will learn as time goes by.

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  • January 28, 2015 at 12:19
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    fasten your seat belts folks it's gonna be a bumpy ride, kin ell how good was the Hoover, pure class.
    I loved it when he had a little time that instead of heading it back to the oppos he bought the ball down and played a quality pass, early in the first half he taught Forde to play the ball out instead of the almighty hoof, again back to the oppos, and how he instructed Williams with thw free kick that the Reading keeper was forced into a brilliant save to stop the Hoover from scoring.
    I think those of us that was there last night could see an improvement, obviously not the score but in attitude and perfomances, Paris was almost at right back for much of his debut and looked good going forward, ( still not really convinced about Cummings ) and when Fred comes back they will be Fantastic to watch, Dunne never put a foot wrong, now I was not too impressed with, oh shi% I have forgotten his name, the left back, until he made that great tackle near the end of the game, that was a do or die tackle and he did.
    Over all Much better we just to score some now, NOW, NOW.
    At bit dodgy right now but I genuinely think whatever division we are in next season, the future looks bright.

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    • January 28, 2015 at 12:34
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      @terry the turk lion:
      Good post ! i was there last night and thought it was just me who thought , as a full back in my old fashioned opinion, Cummings was poor, not in his effort or workrate, but just stopping the left winger from crossing the ball when he was one on one, especially in the first half!, but Hoos had that bit of class we lack and i think Cummings will learn from him as the Hoos was talking to the other players all the time. but the 'holy grail' is a goal scorer, and without one of them we will continue to struggle i'm afraid to say. but a superb battling second half last night, and 'HANDBALL' was fantastic !!!

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    • January 28, 2015 at 12:35
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      @terry the turk lion: Harding didn't put a front wrong last night but agree with you about Cummings but to be fair to him Gueye didn't help his cause. Happy Fordey will now get the respect he deserves now he has a decent back four in front of him he looked like his old self. Also happy Martin is not going down without a fight. Just need a decent version of Gregory but then I suppose that they would cost a few mill fingers crossed he can step up and start notching a few. First home game I've enjoyed in a long time.Come rain or shine.....

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  • January 28, 2015 at 12:26
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    Pleased with the way the team performed last night, we put out a balanced starting 11 and had strong options on the bench. It is important that IH sticks with the same general starting 11 and shape now as all the chopping and changing has led to confusion.

    Hope is a big word, it was only a goalless home draw, the hope will kick in if we can pick 6-7points out of the next 4 games... Come you Lions, let's f****** do it!!

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  • January 28, 2015 at 12:28
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    the hoff what a waste of a football kit, can the club have the suit back? useless t***.

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    • January 28, 2015 at 12:56
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      @TONY BLOCK28: he didn't do much wrong last night please enlighten me.... Assuming you where there of course.

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      • January 28, 2015 at 13:39
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        @Lincolnshire Lion: yeh i was there, he gave the ball away very cheaply, hardly won a header, except for the one he nodded down for greggs to shoot past the post, we had a three on two just before half time and the plank gave the ball to a reading player. he is poor and thats being kind. we need a better option than him.

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  • January 28, 2015 at 12:31
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    It was great to leave the den last night after watching a bunch of players who looked like they really gave a s*** the crowd was fantastic and got behind the team the new players must have been somewhat bemused by the ovation they got at the end of a 0 -0 , but I think that just shows what a great club we can be when we all pull together .
    Im not a massive fan of Forde but the save he made at the end was fantastic and a point was the very least we deserved on a night of many positives my only worry is where the goals are coming from we need a greedy out and out striker and we need to spend real money to get one .

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  • January 28, 2015 at 12:36
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    having said all that I did earlier I genuinely can't remember us putting more than 5 passes together.

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  • January 28, 2015 at 12:39
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    A far better show than of recent weeks looked more like a team but for the 1 thing we really need someone who can finish a half chance, Reading were not that good last night and with a little bit of luck we could have won it. But its the first bit of improvement I have seen for a while, so don't muck it up Ollie try to keep to the core of last night, maybe not the hoff 6ft 7" and cant get off the ground. COYL!!!

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    • January 28, 2015 at 12:58
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      @Barnlion: he won all of his headers last night and payed a good few off for Gregory who was poor as per usual. Get off his back you twerp.

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      • January 28, 2015 at 19:55
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        @Lincolnshire Lion: did he f*** win all his headers, he,s a L2 player at best, I've got a bag of cement thats better than him. we need a better front man than him to partner greggs!!!

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  • January 28, 2015 at 12:53
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    Just heard from a mate that Shittu and Chaplow have just been released .

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  • January 28, 2015 at 13:01
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    looks like either we offered a good fee or the deal was never on -
    Midfielder Stuart O'Keefe, 23, is set to join Cardiff City from Crystal Palace today in an £800,000 deal.

    However - would Sean do a job for us?
    Former Leicester City defender Sean St Ledger, 30, has gone to Washington for a trial with DC United.

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    • January 28, 2015 at 13:32
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      @lancslion: Not sure about St Ledger. He didn't really impress me last season. There have to be better options out there. I like the look of that Leeds player we have been linked with. Goalscorer is a must, but maybe Gregs and Hof will develop. Glad to hear Forde had a decent game -it's about time he snapped outof it., but I am still not convinced by him long-term

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  • January 28, 2015 at 13:14
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    Same team again for Saturday possibly starting with Paris not Gueye as he seemed to be protecting Cummings more and won more headers than The Hoff. Right from the beginning Hooiveld did not stop talking, Nelson will learn a lot from him Forde might well feel a bit more confident now. It seems that with the clear out players will now know where they stand either staying or going, keep the basic side together and we might just get out of this. As I keep saying enjoy the ride supporting Millwall is never easy but the support last night, after the run we have been on was fantastic, the humour is the best in the league, just need the 'only come if we are winning supporters' to get down and enjoy the
    craic.

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  • January 28, 2015 at 19:59
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    paris won 4 headers and is 5ft 5 the hoff won 3 headers 6ft7 nuff said

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