Holloway sees shoots of recovery as Millwall head to Leeds

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IAN Holloway believes Millwall's season is showing signs of recovery and has urged his side to keep "taking little steps forward" ahead of Saturday's clash with Leeds.

A positive result at Elland Road could see the Lions move out of the relegation zone for the first time since December 29.

They are level on points with fourth-bottom Brighton but their -19 goal difference is keeping them in the bottom three.

Millwall have not won at Leeds since March 2010, when both clubs were still in League One, but a 1-0 victory at Birmingham in midweek has raised spirits within Holloway's ranks.

"The good news is our confidence is getting better and the players feel good about themselves so let's turn that into another couple of good results," Holloway said.

"Leeds have just beaten Reading away so it will be another tough game. It's another important game for us because we need to build some confidence and get a run going.

"I see some shoots of recovery and we've got to be taking little steps forward all the time."

Aside from replacing Michael Tonge, who is ineligible, Holloway is expected to name an unchanged starting XI.

"We found a way of playing at the end of last year and that's what we've got to stick to now," he added. "I don't really want to deviate from that.

"I think we need to be a counter-attacking team working from a solid back four. And the calmness of the two midfield players is very important.

"It's step by step. We need to get on a non-losing run."

Victory would be Millwall's third in a row on their travels but Holloway is still ruing his side's collapse to ten-man Huddersfield at home last Saturday.

"With this new team, that result is the only blot on our copy book," he said. "And if we'd drawn that game, we'd be out of the relegation zone.

"A point against ten men would've felt disappointing but it would now seem vital. So we need a string of results – draws and wins – to climb the table.

"We also need to start winning at home because the fans deserve to see some more positive results at The Den."

Leeds are seventh in the Championship form table, having won three of their last five fixtures.

"Their manager Neil Redfearn is a really good fella," added Holloway. "I've spoken to him a bit over the last few weeks because he was interested in Martyn Woolford.

"Neil's assistant is Steve Thompson, who was my no.2 at Blackpool, so I've been speaking to them both.

"Neil is a down-to-earth, Yorkshire lad whose really proud to work for his club. I'm not from London but that's how I feel about Millwall.

"The players at Leeds have responded to him and they look a half-decent unit. Neil deserves a lot of credit for pulling things together there."

Woolford, who was a target for Redfearn during the January transfer window, says Millwall have taken huge confidence from their clean sheet at Birmingham.

The winger said: "That's back-to-back away wins going into another winnable game at Leeds. We've got to keep pushing.

"It's still a new team so, fitness-wise, we were clinging on at the end but the character we showed to keep a clean sheet is vital going into Leeds."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

4 thoughts on “Holloway sees shoots of recovery as Millwall head to Leeds

  • February 13, 2015 at 14:06
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    Not surprised you were all knackered all them miles you all ran I think ih wants( if your old enough to remember) Dustin Hoffman the marathon man lol good film thou lets hope we can say to weeds shitheads IS IT SAFE coul

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  • February 13, 2015 at 18:18
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    'Green shoots' let's see at five o/c tomorrow?

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  • February 14, 2015 at 05:09
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    £10 wall 2 win 3-1. Leeds to score first.

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  • February 14, 2015 at 16:58
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    Yes I see green shoots there playing like a load of pansies

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