Jos Hooiveld hoping to settle nerves in Millwall's back four

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JOS Hooiveld believes it is his responsibility as an experienced player to help settle any nerves in Millwall's back four – and is "thrilled" by the start he's made.

The Lions have kept back-to-back clean sheets since Hooiveld arrived on loan from Southampton.

The 31-year-old has settled in seamlessly, and his relaxed style seems to be rubbing off on his new teammates already.

"I'm thrilled with the start I've made here," said the centre back. "It's nice to come in and get two good results straight away.

"It's a responsibility when you're a bit older to bring some calmness to the team.

"A lot of people tend to get nervous when you're in the relegation zone so you need to bring some calmness to the back four. That's what I try to do.

"Getting everyone united is a very important part of it too. When you're united, you can do a lot of good stuff. But a divided house can't stand."

Hooiveld has been itching to get back into competitive action following an ultimately fruitless spell on loan at Norwich during the first half of the season.

"I'm very glad to be involved in a team again," he said.

"My time at Norwich was a little bit frustrating, of course, but it can never affect you too much because every game on the bench could be a game closer to playing again.

"If you keep that in mind, it's always a bearable period.

"Norwich have a lot of centre backs in their squad but I played the first four games of the season – we won three and drew one but I was dropped.

"It's one of those things isn't it, what can you say?

"I was disappointed by that but that period of my career is done. I don't really think about it because it's now nice to be at Millwall.

"Since I came here the atmosphere has been good, the training's been good, the boys have been good and people have been smiling."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

32 thoughts on “Jos Hooiveld hoping to settle nerves in Millwall's back four

  • February 6, 2015 at 10:10
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    Very much needed calming and quality influence on our back row. Keep them in check Jos.

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  • February 6, 2015 at 10:12
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    Keep it up Jos, another clean sheet tomorrow will do nicely. If we can manage that it always gives us a chance.

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