Holloway wants Millwall to make the most of Barnsley pitch

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

MILLWALL boss Ian Holloway believes there will be space for his side to exploit against Barnsley on the large playing surface at Oakwell.

Holloway wants the Lions to counter-attack like former club Blackpool, who had a knack of winning away from home under his management.

And Holloway believes the Tykes' huge pitch will be conducive to that style of play.



"Barnsley is a massive pitch," he said. "I have watched their game against Ipswich from the other week, and Mick McCarthy did a few bits really well, so I've shown the lads that.

"The way I am trying to get us to play will suit us away from home. At Blackpool I had some success winning away and you've got to be able to counter attack with a bit of pace.

"For our goal last week, all of my forward players, through midfield and up front, touched the ball before we scored, so it's a matter of time before we're firing on all cylinders."



Millwall will have to be wary of Barnsley's giant forward Nick Proschwitz, who scored both goals in a 2-2 draw at Doncaster last weekend.

"It is him and O'Grady – they look good together," Holloway said. "Why they are down there, who knows, but it's going to be a tough game. It's about us trying to impose our game.

"I'm looking forward to it. We will deal with the battle first and then try to impose ourselves on the game.

"Performances bring you results, so let's see if we can get on a decent run from now until the end of the season, and pick up points on a regular basis – home and away."

Holloway says he has several selection headaches ahead of the game.

"I've got an awful lot of good players," he explained. "I've got options left, right and centre.

"I'll make sure the atmosphere is right after I've picked the team, instead of how it was, and get rid of any selfishness. I can't guarantee results, I just want good performances.

"It will be the hardest team I have picked yet – nobody is tired. Bailey and Chaplow aren't available, but otherwise I've got a full squad to choose from."

Striker DJ Campbell added: "It is another big game. The manager targeted the games against Yeovil, Bolton and Barnsley as being really key for us.

"We've managed to get two draws so far but we were hoping to get at least one win out of those games. Three points at Barnsley would be a big help and a boost."

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17 thoughts on “Holloway wants Millwall to make the most of Barnsley pitch

  • February 21, 2014 at 13:14
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    Go up there and bring home the 3 points!!

    I like what Holloway has said about performances being good and can't guaranteeing results..... he knows with good performances come good results, but sometimes the luck isn't on our side like against Bolton!!

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    • February 21, 2014 at 15:09
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      @Bradders: Yes, that's what we intend to do! Millwalls Famous Fans are going to sing our hearts out, cause its gonna be a win for Millwall. I don't intend to miss any of the action. Barnsley hear we come in PERSON ! ( WE ARE EVIL ! B.W's .

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  • February 21, 2014 at 13:46
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    3 points is a must!

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  • February 21, 2014 at 13:51
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    2-0

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  • February 21, 2014 at 13:53
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    I hope all IH's bunny will translate into wins. If we cannot beat Barnsley tomorrow trouble looms.

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    • February 21, 2014 at 14:54
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      @Peckhamlad: A win would be brilliant, but on current form I'd probably take a draw (as long as Charlton lose to QPR). I'm not taken in by fancy talk or tactics anymore, I just want to see us win a few games and stay up this season.

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  • February 21, 2014 at 14:02
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    3 points a must. COYL restore the faith!!

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  • February 21, 2014 at 14:08
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    Why are our tactics always discussed prior to a game? Giving the game away? No element of surprise. Keep 'em guessing IH!

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    • February 21, 2014 at 15:31
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      @SE12Lion: Do you really think the opposition are going to be getting on News At Den to see what the plans for Millwall are?? And how do you know Holloway isn't bluffing.... he wouldn't give the whole game away as it's a bit more complicated than "marking this man" and "pass the ball into the space" etc

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  • February 21, 2014 at 14:24
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    Got to play Morrison in the channels of there back line last wheel balls knocked up to him to head on or bring down doesn't work it's ball to feet is his best position
    The only certain play is possession and ball to feet play round them and through them.

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  • February 21, 2014 at 15:01
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    Big pitch should suit our Barcelona style.

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    • February 21, 2014 at 15:07
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      @Longfield Lion: I think we're more Bayern Munich, with our expansive style of play.

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  • February 21, 2014 at 16:17
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    Nah, it's more BRAZIL 1970 Style! Playing 4 x up front nearly every game at some stage.

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    • February 21, 2014 at 17:01
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      @BUSHWACKER14: Ah Brazil 1970.The best team ever as far as I am concerned.

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      • February 21, 2014 at 18:21
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        @Longfield Lion: Couldn't agree more Bush and Long! Don't think I will ever see a better team than Brazil 1970.

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  • February 21, 2014 at 19:26
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    Time to walk the walk boys

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  • February 22, 2014 at 04:27
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    We need to play the part, but I think the refs need to up there game because from what I've seen in the last 2 seasons is a pile of s*** from the officials

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