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

(@accordingtoaldo)

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

  • January 30, 2015 at 12:42
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    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
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    "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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    • January 30, 2015 at 13:00
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      @NO1LIKESUS: thought cb and striker was priority, no panic, not a proven goal scorer in sight as yet ,we need a STRIKER in Ollie asap!!

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      • January 30, 2015 at 13:11
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        @The Roar: read olly's article it does look like hes looking more at the loan window for a striker..and fred.(so it would seem is not locked into the pch deal).turns out he can be called back

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        • January 30, 2015 at 14:12
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          @Jim28: yeah buying a proven goal scorer for reasonable money in January is a near impossibility, I also think he is looking at a loan signing.

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    • January 30, 2015 at 13:07
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      @NO1LIKESUS: I think IH knows that and we know they have been trying to sign someone but we have had a few knock backs. That happens. What probably makes it worse is the abuse Fuller has got from fans. These pro footballers do talk to each other you know, and he is not going to be spreading the news about how great Millwall are to play for with the nonsense he has been getting.
      Also, I don't understand what the prejudice is about over 30s strikers. A lot of people may be too young to remember but we have done well with players coming here who are at the end of their careers. Steve Claridge, Dion Dublin, Kerry Dixon all made decent contributions. Dennis Wise came and got us to the FA cup final FFS! So Fuller didn't work out? Well, some do, some don't. To be fair to him he wasn't playing in a great team was he?
      With the gates we have and the cash we have available we have three ways of getting decent players, because spending big money is not an option: youngsters brought through the academy; older pros whose wage earning potential has decreased; and loans. That is it, people, and some will work, some won't. No manager had a magic wand with this. We can look back over the last twenty five years since money came into football and not a single manager we have had at Millwall has been able to get around the finance/player issue and I am telling you no-one will unless we get into the Premier league (unlikely) or we get a mogul with money to give away buying the club (less likely but who knows).

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      • January 30, 2015 at 13:18
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        @junkmale: if fuller had done that down the old den.he wouldn't be walking now.so he can count himself lucky its only abuse and not concrete from the terraces..

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        • January 30, 2015 at 13:31
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          @Jim28: As far as I remember it, Jim, there was a six foot fence with metal spikes around the pitch at the old Den so I doubt anyone would have got anywhere near him TBH

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          • January 30, 2015 at 14:09
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            @junkmale: there's a very good reason why they were put up..to they and stop fans getting on the pitch..and a fence didn't stop debris coming on

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        • January 30, 2015 at 13:38
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          @Jim28: and how fu ck ing clever would that be, you would do the same if you were taking s h I t from anyone so get over it, that's for all of you that have complained about Fuller, this my 46th year watching this club so f u c k em all united west sham liver....

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          • January 30, 2015 at 14:43
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            @terry the turk lion: if fuller or any other player was any good u don't mind if they get out of there pram now & then. But he ain't he's s***. So he should concentrate on his football instead of being a c***.

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          • January 30, 2015 at 15:02
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            @terry the turk lion: didn't say it would be f****** clever just stating a fact. .the bloke's a disgrace to the shirt f****** usless p****

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      • January 30, 2015 at 13:34
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        @junkmale: steve claridge was a great signing and was one of the main reasons we got promoted. the way our young players used to watch and listen to him.

        bolton have gone for experience and it's not harming them.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 13:08
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    SEE, he makes you start to trust him then s.h.i.t comes out he's gob again, no panic? We need a goal scorer now not 93 days time.

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    • January 30, 2015 at 13:23
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      @foxy: You are oh, so right foxy,beginning to think that he has brought all the new faces he is going to.Even though we played well on Tuesday, I think it's gonna be a real struggle, without a new front man to score goals.We all tried to remind Ollie, but he chose to ignore this.Come April 2015, without a new striker, 'Look bac at this Post' ! ( NOLU , WDC ).PS. Will still be there for every match.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 13:34
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    Pleased to see that we are not panic buying and carefully choosing the right players who will fit into this club. Give him some slack he is doing all that we have been asking for!

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  • January 30, 2015 at 13:40
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    now leicester have got the player they wanted, how about we get chris wood back here on loan.

    it's incredible to think we had kane, mason, townsend all on loan, but i agree a experienced cb and striker is required, on tuesday night before sid got sent off joos was always talking to him and thats what sid needs a good experienced pro sharing his experience with him to help his development just like what claridge did with Sadlier and the other young players.

    and on tuesday joos showed he is up for it but please lets not pair him with dunne on saturday let dunne replace harding.

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    • January 30, 2015 at 14:53
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      @golden lion: I'm a bit worried about Dunne at centre back, no matter how good the Hoover is. Isn't Webster available? Isn't he ACTUALLY A CENTRE HALF!
      As for Wood, why not, if he wants a bit more punishment. On the other hand, would he fit in the team's style of play? Jackett played a very different style but maybe we can't afford to be choosy

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  • January 30, 2015 at 13:40
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    another great oldie mooooodyyyy moooodyyy

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  • January 30, 2015 at 13:41
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    please whatever it takes, keep the HOOOOOVER

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    • January 30, 2015 at 14:46
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      @lukesmithmfc: Oh, Dave Mitchell was good. I still have memories of Mitchell and Verveer running straight at Tranmere as we beat them 4-1. Happy days, jumpers for goalposts...

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  • January 30, 2015 at 13:50
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    Clive du...sorry, alan dunne

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  • January 30, 2015 at 13:54
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    "we don't need to go maurading forward anyway and my full backs were playing far too high against Reading."
    I dont know what game IH watched - neither full back seemed prepared or capable of crossing the half way line. He may not be aware but you are much more likely to score against the opposition if you go into their half of the pitch

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  • January 30, 2015 at 14:06
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    Alf Wood 27 signed for the mighty lions and scored 38 goals in 100 games not bad

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    • January 30, 2015 at 18:00
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      @kell: what a stiker him and Brian Clark pair and Gordon hill Clark saw him score the first football league goal scored on a Sunday against Fulham at the den standing under the floodlights at the cbl

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  • January 30, 2015 at 14:10
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    well thats it for new signings as i read it, i think he will 'wing' it now hoping Bailey comes to his rescue like last season in midfield, and that we can get goals from somewhere, and when we get down to the last 10 games he will try and loan a prem striker .

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  • January 30, 2015 at 14:10
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    WHAT, 27 OLD ??? How old are you 9? goodness me that's a player in his prime at 26 27 wow.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 14:58
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    loan window strikers can work and be a beetr opportunity

    let the big clubs do their signings and then they are cleaer about who they dont want - there might be a peach in there

    IH is right in his analysis of what has gone on, but that doesnt exculpate him from letting it happen

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    • January 30, 2015 at 15:01
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      @timchimes: I don't think IH had much wiggle room. Last summer he had 24 players on the last year of their contract, manuof whom are not up to it and don't give a monkey's, who you can't sell or loan out 'cos no-one wants them. What can you do?

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  • January 30, 2015 at 15:10
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    We signed LEN JULIANS when he was about 46 . One of the best centre forwards I've seen at millwall , was part of the team that broke the record for most games on the trot unbeaten at home 59 games

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  • January 30, 2015 at 15:12
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    We also signed ALF ACKERMAN , he was 90 but brilliant

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  • January 30, 2015 at 15:23
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    0-1 hoff back post.pearce sacked Monday , Milllllllll

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  • January 30, 2015 at 16:10
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    We need a f****** striker and I think we got w good chance vs Forrest. And I reckon we can go on an unbeaten run

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  • January 30, 2015 at 16:56
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    Boardersarebest0170

    Shows how old we are getting I rember Len Julian's also and that run of unbeaten games at home if only we could go on a run like that again also remember being at the game when we lost

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    • January 30, 2015 at 17:55
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      @kell: Yeah I was there to I'm sure it was Plymouth who beat us, and they had the worst away record in the league at the time. How ironical was that.

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  • January 31, 2015 at 09:11
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    Fu@king b***** just make sure u get a striker in b4 deadline u fu@king joker..sounds like best we can hope for r fu#king 0-0 draws every game!! FFS...My prediction for today forest 0 lions 0!!!lol

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