MARTYN Woolford is confident Millwall will start to climb the table under new manager Ian Holloway despite Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Reading.
Woolford felt the final score flattered the Royals and insisted the Lions should focus on the positives from the game, which turned on Stephen Bywater's 40th-minute error.
Bywater's fumble allowed Pavel Pogrebnyak to score the opening goal, and Holloway's side never looked like getting back into the game.
With 20 minutes to go, Holloway threw on strikers Jermaine Easter and John Marquis in the hope of scoring an equaliser, but the visitors added two further goals.
"We started really well and were the better team in the first half," Woolford said.
"They managed to get the first goal, which is always an important one, and from then on we were always chasing the game.
"It was tough because Reading are obviously a good organised team and it is hard to chase games against teams like that.
"We've thrown everything at it, we'vve thrown all the strikers on and sometimes when you are chasing it, it opens up a little bit too much and that is what happened on Saturday.
"In the first half we created plenty of chances and if one of them had dropped for us first rather than them, then it would have been a totally different game.
"We have got to take the confidence from the first half performance rather than looking at the scoreline.
"We have got to take the positives out of the game, and I think overall as a team we are going in the right direction.
"We need to keep believing in that, and keep believing results will turn for us eventually."
Woolford admits it will take time for Holloway to make his mark on the squad.
"The longer he has to bed everyone together, the better we are going to be," the winger said.
"On top of that we have got new signings coming in, and he is trying to get everyone singing off the same hymn sheet.
"It bodes well once we are doing that. We have got a really good squad, a good manager and some good staff behind us. Soon the club will only start looking forward."