Milwall boss looking for positive response at Birmingham

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IAN Holloway has demanded a positive reaction from his players at Birmingham tonight following Millwall's defeat to Huddersfield.

The Lions travel to St Andrew's, where they have not won since October 1968, looking to make amends for Saturday's 3-1 reverse to the ten-man Terriers.

Holloway may freshen up his starting line up by including the likes of Dan Harding and Lee Martin but the core of the team is expected to remain unchanged.

"I want my lads to respond in a positive manner and I'm being positive for them," he said.

"If that means freshening up the team slightly – and picking someone with different strengths – then that's what I'll do.

"I want to see belief and confidence shining out of the lads.

"We need to move on. We're now playing a team who were fantastic on Saturday – they've got energy, runners in the right areas and a big bloke up front who can run.

"Their manager has re-energised them after they lost 8-0 at home earlier in the season. Their home form was awful but they have turned it around.

"They now have some belief and we need to wrestle that off of them. Losing is an occupational hazard so we have to deal with what happened and come back stronger."

Martin will travel to the Midlands having sat out the Huddersfield game with bruised ribs.

"Lee trained on Sunday and Monday," said Holloway. "We left him out to give him an extra day to recover.

"He managed to come through training without any reaction and he's only missed seven days so hopefully I might be able to select him.

"I'm looking at Birmingham and how to win the game, so I may deem that Harding needs to go back in because they've got David Cotterill out there."

Millwall's next two fixtures – against Birmingham and Leeds – are both away from home, meaning Holloway has another ten days to address their dire home form.

The Lions boss, who made eight signings during the January transfer window, has admitted that his revamped side had not been drilled to play against ten men.

"The simple fact is that we haven't practised that with this new team," he said. "The expectation levels, your mindset and your tasks all change.

"When expectations go up and we've got to open teams up who are locked down, we're not quite ready yet because we haven't practised it.

"We haven't had time to work on that and unfortunately the way the lads tried to do it against Huddersfield was wrong.

"In the end a draw would have been fine because a point would have added to our total when everyone else lost. We have to be braver at home because our form is terrible.

"Our results at The Den haven't been good enough for the last two-and-a-half years – since the club lost Chris Wood. Out of 49 games, we've only won 11.

"Wood decided not to stay and we never really replaced him. That's a fact.

"On Saturday, we hit the bar when we needed to score. If we score first, we tend to win a game. We've scored first in 14 of those 49 games and won 11."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

45 thoughts on “Milwall boss looking for positive response at Birmingham

  • February 10, 2015 at 10:27
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    New team tasted win loss and draw, need away win tonight COYL

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    • February 10, 2015 at 16:19
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      @mewall62: Every time has said that we have lost change your tune you A Hole Hollaway.

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  • February 10, 2015 at 10:28
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    We are playing a team who changed their under performing manager; I wonder if Garry Rowett says 'it's not my team yet' or 'I know it's s*** but we've been s*** for three years'? I doubt it.
    I'm praying for a result. I just hope that brum don't get two players sent off cos I bet we haven't practised for that!
    COYL

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  • February 10, 2015 at 10:32
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    Seems your aware we need a striker & wood is available for loan so make an inquiry you never know he might accept. Having said that come wall you beat the brummies then next up Leeds might pop to paddy power for a win double. Coyl

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  • February 10, 2015 at 10:35
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    So our problem according to Holloway is that we never replaced Woods with another quality striker! Erm,everybody knows that,so way bring in another midfield in Tonge(who kept the bench warm on Saturday) and not bring in a new forward???

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  • February 10, 2015 at 10:43
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    The only positive response I'm hoping for after tonight is a " I quit " from Holloway.
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    • February 10, 2015 at 11:11
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      @NICKOLA: nic he won't because like I posted the other day he wants the pay off.

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    • February 10, 2015 at 16:40
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      @NICKOLA: Note the comment made" Losing is a occupational hazard?" f me what's IH doing to us then, each time we play at home. Need a win for sure tonight.

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  • February 10, 2015 at 10:47
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    Between the lines Holloway is saying he is going to change the team again, when in fact he has no clue what to do. Holloway has lost his way. Let's hope we can pull something off tonight.

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  • February 10, 2015 at 10:47
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    Birmingham under rowett
    They like to defend first and hit you on the break, pace of cotterill Gray donaldson the boy in midfield Davis like to put a foot in can't let him boss the game if Mr Holloway starts a toothless attack of one striker with a blindfold trying to ice skate I can't help putting a few quid on at the bookies for a 3-0 lose .
    Please. Mr Holloway press in the right places not chase and not out a foot in and Play 4 4 2 up and at them .

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  • February 10, 2015 at 10:50
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    What's with all the 'WE'? you are just here because you are employed here and have only been here a year...we don't affiliate with you as you are not a supporter and have never sat in the stands and suffered in the cold, because our team were not capable of winning. I have also a question...in over a year, why have you not signed a decent striker? Why do we end up wth donkey's and has beens?

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  • February 10, 2015 at 10:51
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    What really disappoints me and makes me angry is :
    Another defeat tonight and poor performance - Holloway will still be Manager.
    Forde makes another howler - He will still play next Saturday.
    We are desperate for a goalscorer - we get in a midfielder ?
    But I must say Holloway going now is too late - he should of gone before the transfer deadline.

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    • February 10, 2015 at 11:13
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      @junkmale: Because we have got the biggest collection of midfielders at the club, some who have played once or twice this season!! We have about 8 to 10 midfielders and made a half cocked attempt at signing a player that was already on his way to Scunthorpe to show us that he's trying...bullplop...he'll get in another coach and complain that he was too busy training the squad and doing everything, including the tea and had no time to sign a player.

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    • February 10, 2015 at 11:22
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      @junkmale: or do we have the money for a striker but the good ones don't want to play for this clown? Makes you think.

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    • February 10, 2015 at 12:28
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      @junkmale: We also have a scouting network that is even more incompetent than our management team, so we don't find the ones we could afford and who would want to come for their chance in the big time.

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  • February 10, 2015 at 11:03
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    Does our chairman read holloways interviews, every sentence is a contradiction FFS. this interview is a joke and its time the interviewer started to question holloways statements. there are so many in this interview but heres one.........
    "I'm looking at Birmingham and how to win the game, so I may deem that Harding needs to go back in because they've got David Cotterill out there."... Well on saturday mr holloway, you had scannell out there, who you like so much you tried to buy him, and you still left a centre half at left back.!!!
    anyway f*** holloway, come on Millwall, get something out of tonight in spite of him !!!!!

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  • February 10, 2015 at 11:04
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    If you want a response from the players, have the balls to drop that clown in goal, he is a liability. You got Jordan Archer from Spurs, play him!

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  • February 10, 2015 at 11:26
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    I'm sure if we win tonight Olly and the Club will twist it around and say "Look we scored a few away from home, so the lads can do it. We now challenge them to keep going for the remainder of the season!" Can just see it now...

    Even better for them than the cheap option of bringing in another non-scoring donkey like Varney or Church, just NOT bringing any striker in!... But of course maybe another central midfielder just for good measure. Line-up tonight will hopefully see Archer and Tonge to come in and two strikers up top

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  • February 10, 2015 at 11:30
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    Really strange comments even by his standards, again praising the opposition manager + saying that his revamped side did not know how to tackle a side who have gone down to 10 men well that's what you and your coaching staff are there for??.
    What's all the talk about Chris Wood he has been gone for nearly 2 years, or are you going to try to sign him if not shut up and get on with the players that are at the club.

    P.S Alex while trying to type this visit England advert keeps popping up, its funny though because I would like to visit England one day and this advert may encourage me to do so.

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  • February 10, 2015 at 11:31
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    Lost count of the amount of times that he's either said, we're looking to move on or we need a positive response. As I said yesterday, I expect nothing out of this game as is the case with most games not least against our bogey team.

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    • February 10, 2015 at 11:45
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      @Millwallsteve1972: Have to agree with you there Steve.
      The man talks complete and utter b*****.
      If we concede an early goal, I can see us getting thumped (again).
      Good luck to all those going tonight, I'm sure you'll do us proud.
      COYL.

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  • February 10, 2015 at 11:37
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    "Wood decided not to stay and we never really replaced him. That's a fact.

    Fact is, that was over two years ago, you were not here,
    you were busy getting relegated, like you are doing here.
    Now that's a fact.
    For christ sake man, pull yourself together or do one.
    Dreams and visions of tippy tappy are over, it's now about getting the team
    to be solid, confident and not scared to play. It's now your team,
    so excuses are over and done with.
    Your team pathetic team rousing speeches and comments are getting weirder by the day,
    and not mention, boring the s**** out of most of us.

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  • February 10, 2015 at 12:05
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    The team has not been drilled to play against ten men? What a load of b*******.

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  • February 10, 2015 at 12:13
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    Although holloway a interviews are now starting to drain me whilst drinking my morning cuppa. There's no point complaining or getting annoyed by it the blokes here for the rest of the season if we stay up he's defo still here if we go down its still 50/50 depending on JB's decision. But in the last bit he atleast highlights the calibre of striker we need. A massive good luck and thank you to any and all travelling up to that Northern s******* tonight I salute you and hope the trips worth while. I'll b at work ir else id b there and holloway u know realise what/who we need put urself to good use and go get it.

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  • February 10, 2015 at 13:15
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    Millwall fans looking for some sort of logic in team selection / formation against Birmingham

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  • February 10, 2015 at 13:22
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    Oh, and spelling the club name correctly in the title wouldn't go amiss either.

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    • February 10, 2015 at 13:43
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      That's the last straw Roders, we can't even spell our own name correctly!

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  • February 10, 2015 at 13:54
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    Let's be honest, Holloway is here for the rest of the season, so we might as well accept that and move on. I don't know whether that's correct or not; I hate to see teams chopping and changing managers but I struggle to understand he's team selections. That said, when you hire somebody you have to back them and trust your opinion. Turning a club around which has been wrong for years takes a few seasons at least. You only have to look at Man Utd and Ferguson as an example. Let's hope the team can gel, find some confidence and keep us up. We've never spent big on a striker and the simple fact is we don't have the budget to buy a proven goal scorer. We ever need to find an aging pro or unearth a gem like Harrris from the lower leagues. Good luck tonight boys.

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    • February 10, 2015 at 14:57
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      @Singapore Lion: Birmingham were awful and only just avoided relegation last season with a last minute goal.

      They were terrible again this season (0-8 at home) possibly a team with a worse home record than ours!

      They changed manager and now sit comfortably in mid table.

      Not always the case that it works out changing manager and like you say we seem to be sticking with Holloway.

      But the further we get into this season the more JBs loyalty (admirable I admit) to Ollie looks increasingly misguided.

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    • February 10, 2015 at 15:49
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      @Singapore Lion: But you've hit the nail on the head, we need to unearth a gem...not gonna happen with the idiot on a booze cruise pretending to see a player and writing a report using Championship Manager stats or the Scouting equivelant. So we will be stuck with s'#t strikers and has been's.

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  • February 10, 2015 at 15:07
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    4 4 2 Ollie....dont play Jimi or Dunne or we will lose...Fuller up front with Hoff and Tonge in the midfield forget wing backs tell them to defend

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  • February 10, 2015 at 15:21
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    I think I am getting the measure of these speeches now. What this one means is 'When we lose at Birmingham I want the players to know they've lost and understand that it's not winning that matters it's being part of an Ian Holloway losing team. I can be proud of my boys if they know that I have directed them to another defeat and they in return have given me plenty to blah about'. Look closely, you will see it how I see it.

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  • February 10, 2015 at 16:18
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    There is no point reading any more of these interviews or berating Mr Holloway, Mr Holloway will not walk away.
    I think Mr Holloway is doing his best and desperately wants to do well and live up to his high media profile. The problem, as this interview surely shows, is that he does not have the skills or mental fortitude to do what he so wants to do.
    Mr Holloway's appointment was based on bluster not talent - his record is really poor even without the Palace shambles - and he is simply in the wrong job.
    Given the price of failure is the end of his career Mr Holloway will not walk away but instead will hang on desperately like a drowning man to a straw, hoping for miraculous rescue - but sadly this straw is likely to sink to Division 1.
    I really hope I am wrong and that he finds enough success to allow him to go with some credibility, fourth from bottom would be enough! But go he must.

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  • February 10, 2015 at 17:14
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    Clearly need a goalscorer...aint there anyone like danny graham or a premier striker who is on th fringe of the 1st team who is capable of scoring 10+ goals in th championship from
    Now until the end of the season....fuller and hoff aint gonna get anywhere near scoring 10 goals combined

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  • February 10, 2015 at 17:26
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    Never heard such a complete and utter load of bollo--s in all my life! "We had'nt practiced playing against ten men" !!! And theres me thinking we were just sh-t!!

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  • February 10, 2015 at 18:44
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    The man is totally and utterly deluded. He is too complicated and the players must be too. All this over analysing numbers back or forward at a given moment must make their heads hurt let alone add to the pressure they're under. Football was simpler under KJ and though more defensive we did have a quick team-based attack with purpose with a mediocre squad on the whole; they played with a clear idea and as a team - so punching above their weight. Then we had KJ's replacement who said what the likes of JB and AA wanted to hear - positives about playing pretty football on a small budget with no youth setup to speak of or scouting worth its salt. Same with this clown, he's positive and selling this idea but we all know money (big money) is needed. I would hazard a guess that other candidates were more realistic but the board didn't want to hear that and preferred the blue-sky thinking of them both. We are not Barca and therefore can't play that way especially without a strong structure. He is trying to run before he can walk and this season needed better players than those he signed in Summer and Winter - oh wait we didn't need anyone in loan window then... ;)

    Truth is nothing was done to replace the large number of league 1 players with championship quality ones in the last couple of years and this includes Abdou, Dunne, Shittu, Beevers etc.
    As for playing against 10 men - the man is a fool. We have no width (he knows about that) and they try to win in his way - attacking football and yet again caught out at the back. They are trying too hard but he is confusing everyone.

    I am afraid I feared the worst when he spouted about "...wanting his team to play well and if they lose at least the fans will have been entertained..." or words to that effect. This should have been an alarm to JB/AA as he also talked about going to league 1 also. Bet he never said similar at meetings early last year!

    All talk, and no points - plenty to make but none on the board. Want a win tonight but who will score? Hof goal was a rebound that he knew nothing about and Fuller can only play 30mins. Gregory was one to develop but we need goals from other areas not just forward(s) and who can put a strong free kick in or header from a cross?

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  • February 10, 2015 at 19:07
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    Haven't been drilled to play against 10 men Ur a F.....g joke Holloway even 10 year olds know basic maths and how to work the advantage classic S..t response FT 3:1
    What crap you going to churn next Resignation would be good

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