Millwall boss hopes for confident performance at Forest

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IAN Holloway hopes Millwall can build on their midweek draw with Reading by producing a confident performance against Nottingham Forest tomorrow.

The Lions will travel to the City Ground with a spring in their step after they held on with ten men to claim a point in midweek.

Six new signings featured against the Royals and Holloway expects the understanding to grow between his new players as they play more games together.

"There's still a lot to do," said Holloway. "I've shown them some clips of what we could do better and the lads are intelligent enough to pick it up.

"Hopefully the new lads will understand each other a little better after another game. And they should have a bit more confidence after Tuesday.

"What I liked about the Reading game was that without the ball we didn't look nervous. We looked solid and strong.

"Yes, they had a few opportunities but we still created things on the break because we had some counter-attacking ability.

"That's what we're going to need to do – stop goals going in like we did the other night, and then nick one or two on the break.

"We're not going to be prolific but we can find a way of winning and that's what we're trying to do with this new group."

Holloway believes that the atmosphere at the club has improved since he decided who doesn't have a future in SE16.

"I had to move past some people and maybe we took too long to do it," he added.

"A couple of months ago, things started going terribly wrong. Before, even when we were letting goals in we were coming back.

"There had been plenty of good stuff going on and then that all seemed to stop. The confidence went and everyone started worrying about if they were getting a contract or not.

"Before you knew it, that's all you could see out there in our performances. But it only takes one or two additions to change things.

"Hopefully the spirit will come back now."

Forest loanee Dan Harding is not eligible to play against his parent club and with Sid Nelson suspended as well, Holloway will have to make two changes to his back four.

Mark Beevers is likely to replace Harding in the side.

"That won't be an issue," said Holloway. "It's a while since he's played there but I'm very confident that he can do it.

"Because of where we are in the table, we don't need to go maurading forward anyway and my full backs were playing far too high against Reading."

Holloway is still looking to strengthen his squad but will not panic if Monday's January transfer deadline passes without any further movement.

He said: "Monday is the deadline for the big wigs. We'll still have the 93-day loans for domestic players.

"Like we did last year, we'll be able to get some more players if we need to."

Alex Aldridge


41 thoughts on “Millwall boss hopes for confident performance at Forest

  • January 30, 2015 at 12:42

    Saying all the right things as always, but hints that no one coming in the near future, but what's said on here and what happens tomorrow from 3.00pm normally end up as two completely different things. But lets hope he has weeded out the right ones and those who stayed plus the new ones jell and put in a performance and get something from the game.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 12:43

    "Holloway is still looking to strengthen his squad but will not panic if Monday's January transfer deadline passes without any further movement.!
    Not panic? I will be.

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