MILLWALL manager Ian Holloway heaped praise on defensive duo Danny Shittu and Alan Dunne following his side's 1-1 draw with Bolton on Saturday.
Shittu and Dunne started a game together as the Lions' two centre backs for the first time, and Holloway described their performances as "outstanding" and "terrific" respectively.
33-year-old Shittu was singled out for special praise, having put in some monstrous displays since Holloway's appointment despite an ongoing knee problem.
"Danny was outstanding," said Holloway. "I think it is down to getting his head right and the belief that he knows I've always had in him.
"He needs to be managed, but his knee can do a damn sight more than he thinks it can.
"With the intensity of our training and the fitness levels I demand, the times I leave him out are just as important as the times I make him train.
"Bit by bit, he'll start to believe in himself again.
"He's an immense character in that dressing room – not just the size of him. He looks imagineear.com/pharmacy/ like the geezer from The Green Mile (actor Michael Clarke Duncan) doesn't he?
"He was miles ahead of everything and won a lot of headers against Lukas Jutkiewicz.
"Next to him I had Dunney, who isn't really a centre back, but he deserves credit. We have been working with him so that he can play there, because he's quick and can cover.
"I thought he was absolutely terrific."
Jutkiewicz beat Dunne to Chris Eagles' cross to score the opening goal for the visitors, but Holloway was more frustrated by other lapses of concentration in the build up.
"We got one thing wrong," he said.
"Ryan Fredericks didn't close down, we were too deep when the ball went back to the player who took the throw in, they crossed it in and their bloke has dived to head it.
"He didn't even know where it was going, and it's gone in off the post. That's the only chance they had apart from the penalty."