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)

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  • 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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