Ollie certain Millwall will survive despite damaging weekend

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IAN Holloway remains "totally and utterly" convinced that Millwall will avoid relegation from the Championship despite a disastrous weekend of results.

A 1-0 defeat to Barnsley, coupled with wins for Charlton and Yeovil, have left the Lions just a point above the drop zone – and sides below them have games in hand.

And while Holloway admits the situation is now "pretty scary", he is not about the hit the panic button with a third of the season still to play.



Asked whether he still believes his side will stay up, the Millwall boss said: "After that? Yeah, totally and utterly I do.

"We lost three points on Saturday – even a draw would have done us – but we'll be fighting right until the end whatever happens.

"It might go to the wire, in fact it probably will because the Championship is so tight and so close. It's pretty scary but we've got 14 games left.



"Things have got a lot harder but they were going to be hard anyway.

"After four minutes, one long ball from their centre half goes over our heads and they score – we couldn't make it any harder for ourselves.

"Things would have been a damn sight easier if we'd kept them further away from us in the league, but not now and the league's not good reading.

"I don't blame people, we worked hard and we'll get back up. Let's make sure this group is strong enough. I'm not upset with the players, I'm upset with the result.

"Some of the stats will tell me that certain things we did were okay, but you need to put the ball in their net and stop it going in yours.

"At the moment, we have had a season where those things have gone the opposite way. It's down to the strength of our character to pull things around."

Having taken just two points from three games against teams around them in the league, Millwall will now need to pick up wins when they are not expected.

And the Lions will also be hoping that Charlton in particular fail to make the most of their three outstanding fixtures.

"I don't care who we get wins against," Holloway added. "Who is anybody to predict who will win on a regular basis in this division?

"We have got to be ready for each and every scenario. I do not care about Charlton's result either – none of that matters. It's about us.

"I felt for the fans because you focus on certain fixtures knowing that everything can change with a win. I thought we'd come a long way but sometimes you get knocked back.

"Hopefully we will learn from this and go into the next game with a bit of zest and stop this horrible feeling."

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37 thoughts on “Ollie certain Millwall will survive despite damaging weekend

  • February 24, 2014 at 09:24
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    YES, VERY DAMAGING OLLIE.........................WE NEED TO GIVE THE PLAYER A GOOD STERNE
    TALKING TOO [ LIKE YOU PROMISED............WHEN YOU TOOK THEM TO PORTUGAL ]
    THEY HAVE TO RUN AND CHASE THE BALL OR OPPONENT PLAYERS THAT HAVE THE BALL,
    CAUSE IT APPEARS TO A LOT OF THE FANS THAT NOTHING HAS REALLY CHANGED.
    IN FACT AT OACKWELL ONE OF THE SUPPORTERS SHOUTED OUT WHEN WE WERE STRUGGLING..........
    " THIS IS BARNSLEY NOT BARCELONA "..............................
    HOW CORREST WAS THAT ????
    " NO ONE LIKES US , WE DON'T CARE "
    STORMIN' NORMAN..........................SEES AND HEARS IT ALL !

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    • February 24, 2014 at 09:37
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      @bermlion: the anorak result didn't really hurt us we are still above them win our remaining home games & we'll be safe..cos anoraks have seuveral big games ..lleicester..burnley..forest..& MILLWALL.,C.O.Y.W

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      • February 24, 2014 at 10:14
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        @Jim28: Charlton aren't suddenly a good team because of a jammy win - I am sure QPR would have scored those chances against us!! it does show what a bit of luck can do - same for WHU on Saturday , a blatantly offside goal - in all seriousness when have we got those decisions

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        • February 24, 2014 at 15:48
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          @timchimes: problem is we're not a good team either and were not getting any jammy wins ourselves. With 3 games in hand Charlton will get that point to go ahead of us.

          Even Yeovil and Barnsley can go above us after next weekends games.

          I've not given up, 14 more games is more than enough to save our season but it's going to go to the wire!

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      • February 25, 2014 at 08:23
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        @Jim28:
        And we have to go to forest, derby, qpr and Wigan amongst others!

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  • February 24, 2014 at 09:31
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    Pick what you believe to be your best team team and stick with it to give the players the opportunity to gel, maybe then we will start to pick up the 3 points in a game , we are seeing too many changes week after week. COYL

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    • February 24, 2014 at 10:07
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      @Davey: too tru Davey lots of honest opinions on this page from all but yeh, get settled and cut the chit chat, everyone's tired and emotional. This Aldo service is so valuable and Ollie's contribution is much appreciated but the times come to get the job done, all the blokes and gals who travel the length of the country in snow n driving f***** rain deserve so much better than they gettin at the moment. Millwall is not sum also ran bunch of yes men and goodie f***** two shoes, it's a mighty proud club so let's get this show on the road !

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    • February 24, 2014 at 10:11
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      Agreed Davey
      Pick the best 11, if we have that many and stick with it.
      Our trouble is that most of the players we have picked up lately haven't been playing and are not match fit.

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      • February 24, 2014 at 10:38
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        @jdt1885: The troubled with our players they don't give a f**k about the club as long has they get pay, start paying them on performance then see what happens

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        • February 24, 2014 at 11:11
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          That's the problem when you have too many loans Harry, they can bugger off at the end of the season and not give a s****.

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  • February 24, 2014 at 09:32
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    I like to see the team play at the tempo they did against Ipswich. Since they went to Portugal, they have been well, sh*t! We need some disciplined midfielders, as defenders who actually preferred positions is defence, unlike malone and fredericks. I would put dunney back in at RB and jimmy or Bailey to sit in front of the back 4 and defend. thats there job, end of. the next set of players attack and defend from the front. William and Upson in CM. next would be Moro on the right with jackson or wolly on the left with DJ up top. 4-1-2-2-1

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    • February 24, 2014 at 10:21
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      @millwall-loyal82: you can't have Bailey coz he is out for 4 weeks and Dunne is always a step backwards - one minute we want a settled team and then we want to get Fredericks out - he is inexperienced but has done okay - keep with him be patient -

      despite the poor results against the lower teams , games we could have won, - we conceded one against each of Sheff Wed, Yeovil, Bolton and Barnsley - It wasn't the defence that cost us - you have to expect to score two against at least one of those teams

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  • February 24, 2014 at 09:39
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    "We lost three points on Saturday - even a draw would have done us - but we'll be fighting right until the end whatever happens"

    Wise words and a shame that the players don't seem to see it the same way as you do IH, so give the f****** a kick up the are and sort this mess out. The wall faithful will only suffer this for a little bit and as I'm sure you are aware we don't suffer fools easily.

    COYL!!!!!

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  • February 24, 2014 at 09:39
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    Stop talking and go some walking, get us out of danger, 1 goal against every game, if we can't beat the sides at the bottom how we going to beat anyone I can't see we're our goal are coming from, to many tactical changes that don't work. What happened to the team that played so well against Bolton thought we had our best 11 then why did he change it for Barnsley. One more loss and we are at the bottom, so stop the rubbish talk we need wins not rabbit

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  • February 24, 2014 at 09:42
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    To be fair Ollie the long ball down the middle is not a new tatic in this division, also he has done for us an awful lot of the time this season, I am glad that you think we will miss the drop again this season, I wonder where you are expecting to pick the points up from as we cant do it against the sides that are as bad as us.

    So the likes of Forest, Blackburn, QPR, Derby, Leeds, Wigan, Birmingham, Boro, do I need to go on is where we are going to avoid the drop into Division 1, I hope you are able to do it , but looking at what you have achivied since you took over I am not convinced, but we will back you just because you are the Millwall manager and thats what we do.

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  • February 24, 2014 at 10:02
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    Always tried to remain positive about this season, but just don't see us escaping relegation this time round.
    Can't remember a season where we've had such an unsettled team. Beginning to wonder whether they just throw everyone's name in a hat, then pull out 11 players!
    2 points from the last 3 games sums it up for me, NOT GOOG ENOUGH.
    Looking at the remaining fixtures Brighton (h), Derby (a), Leeds (a), Birmingham (h) ..... scares the s*** out of me and don't see us getting anything against these teams.

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  • February 24, 2014 at 10:09
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    I can't see us getting out of it this time. I'm usually very positive, but the rot has really set in and we can't seem to score than more than one goal or stop conceding stupid goals. Worst record in the Championship, would love to be proved wrong, but just can't see it - Maybe if we had a quality winger, but I cannot see that happening. In full support of the manager, but not of most of the payers who don't care for our club. Too many load signings, no stand out quality players brought in, no one to supply or bang in the goals.

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  • February 24, 2014 at 10:12
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    I think IH will get it right, but not this season maybe next when were in league one!
    I personally have lost the faith in the team, 2 points and 2 goals against 3 crap teams says it all!
    IH needs to stop talking the talk and start playing a settled balanced team and not 4 or 5 strikers, it hasn't worked cos no one is feeding them!

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  • February 24, 2014 at 10:16
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    Fair play to your optimism Ollie, but it is really time to now start picking up points. We desperately need to have a settled side as much as we possibly can, and to start putting the ball in the net. With 14 games remaining there are plenty of points to play for, so it's important to keep calm and not panic. However I can't help feeling that most of this squad are resigned to relegation and have little fight in them.

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    • February 24, 2014 at 10:33
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      @harry2310:

      you are right to stay keep calm , it is the only way
      although we are limited as a team so are the teams around us - it doesn't take much to turn things around a bit - some belief and a few lucky breaks, or a long range shot, can do wonders for the confidence - We have to go out and battle Brighton - they like to knock it around - we have to get in their faces and they might not fancy it after a few bad results recently - never overestimate the opposition - but if we as fans attend Saturday with a resigned outlook , it will affect our players - too may fans seem to think that we should be comfortable mid table in this league - well history tells us those seasons are the exception for us and with the parachute money coming down it is not realistic to dominate many teams - we have to fight for every win - For example , if we draw against Brighton that is an achievement given their resources - if it was the first game of the season we would say a home draw was decent; it no different Saturday - if we are drawing then we need to respect that as a fair performance and not get on the players backs - easier matches will come

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      • February 24, 2014 at 20:13
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        @timchimes: Very well said Tim. After narrowly avoiding relegation and Jackett leaving last season- my expectation at the start of this season wasn't too high. At best, I thought a mid table finish would be a very successful outcome- in trying to become more of an established championship side. Unfortunately, things haven't gone to plan and this division is tough enough- without all the problems we've had.
        But we're still in it lads, we're not in the bottom 3 yet, and as Tim said- it don't take much to turn things around. Our terraces need to work as a unit as much as the team do on the pitch. If things aren't going to plan- we've got to overcome it and keep positive- by backing every good move we do - and f**king crucifying the opposition!! NO 1 LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE!! Bring on the s**t stabbers! MIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

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  • February 24, 2014 at 10:39
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    AINT OLLIES FAULT........ WE BEEN SH*T FOR 2 YEARS... TOO MUCH DEAD WOOD AT THE DEN IF THESE PLAYERS HAVE THE COURAGE TO KEEP US UP ILL BE MORE THAN SURPRISED THERES NO ONE TO BLAME ANY MORE OTHER THAN THE PLAYERS!!... NO KENNY JACKETT WHO RUN OUT OF IDEAS .. NO STEVE LOMAS WHO WAS PUNCHING ABOVE HIS WEIGHT ALL OF THESE PERFOMANCES WERE BECUASE OF THE PLAYERS ARE NOT UP TO IT.. WE STAYED UP LASTR SEASON AS A MIRACLE AN TO BE FAIR WERE NO BETTER THIS SEASON IN FACT WERE WORSE OFF WITH A BETTER SQUAD .... BE A ONE OF THE BIGGEST MIRACLES THE CLUB HAS SEEN IF WE STAY UP THIS SEASON...

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    • February 24, 2014 at 13:06
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      @Mo Slater Fruit and Veg: The problem is Mo we have acquired even more expensive dead wood in the form of Chaplow, Bailey, Campbell, McD, Martin, and maybe even Jackson who can't figure in a whole game. Its some of our old deadwood that we have had to rely on because the new 'superstars' can't cut the mustard.

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  • February 24, 2014 at 10:40
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    I remember Dave Tuttle saying something similar. Now, there was a manager totally out of his depth. Ollie is not, but I just think he's playing and messing around with formations like we're already safe. What needs to happen is that the whole lot need a major kick up the a***, grinding out results away from home and being disciplined and attack minded at home. That does not mean playing 5 up front. Not interested in Barelona or Bayern Munich. If we can't get wins from the last three teams we've played there is something very wrong. One point a game aint going to be enough and we'd better get it sorted because League one is a bloody difficult league to get out of.

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    • February 24, 2014 at 17:53
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      @NICKOLA: You can kick a donkey as much as you want,it still won't win the Derby.They are not capable.

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  • February 24, 2014 at 10:43
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    Articles and posts of how long people have been going wall 50 years 60 years 70 years, when have millwall done anything the easy way?
    Chicken and the Egg we can't score but keogh has got 2 for Blackpool already !! Gypsies cursed the den ? Voodoo ? Or are we becoming to polite, and offering a fanatasic day out to away teams and fans, were we offer a whole stand and say do what you want.

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  • February 24, 2014 at 11:07
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    We will stay up. Still plenty of games to go. A couple of wins we are ok.

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  • February 24, 2014 at 11:19
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    I reckon we will stay up, the 'R' word is in the back of my mind until after the Blackburn game at the end of March. I hate stating the obvious but we have way, way, way too many players stealing a living from us at the minute, they must be suffocating the dressing room and the players around them. Regardless if we do go down or not Ollie needs a mass clear out for the sake of our little/mighty club to move forward. I can count on one hand who I would keep, not including the new signings as the jury is still out!

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  • February 24, 2014 at 11:33
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    The reason the away fans do wot they like is coz they are backed my our board. Any millwall fan showing any sort of passion & voicing their opinions are thrown out by the OB & banned. Also u got stewards staring at u for ninety minutes. Where as the away fans can do wot they like. And they wonder why some fans don't come anymore.

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    • February 25, 2014 at 04:39
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      @block 28: well said that is the reason we need a new fan on the board. I hope someone else stands who represents the real Millwall fan. But I fear he or she would be blocked by the supporters club. So we don't get a choice or chance to vote.

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  • February 24, 2014 at 11:40
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    Over the years our club has had many ups and downs. I never thought I would see Millwall in the top division, to see us at the old Wembley, to reach a cup final, 59 home games unbeaten. I won't mention all the downs. Holloway will sort it, we have had a bad weekend with all the results. He has time. Trust!

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  • February 24, 2014 at 13:27
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    I am so fed up.................that's all I have to say! Nothing positive at all!!!

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  • February 24, 2014 at 13:37
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    Here we go again, trying to convince us that we're good enough to stay up when we see different. I swear I must be watching a different team to the one IH manages! Sorry mate but this is all becoming a little to unpalatable for my liking.

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  • February 24, 2014 at 14:55
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    Well after being one of the mad 500 who made the journey to Barnsley - I am totally and utterly convinced that we are going down

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    • February 24, 2014 at 17:52
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      @Steve: me too mate,cant see where our next win is coming from! dont want to s*** IH off but i'm dissapointed with some of his team sheets. playing 4 strikers at the same time is bonkers and effectively means your playing with 2 of em in midfield! would'nt we be better with midfielders there!!! Goals are made from midfield ask Barcelona who sometimes play with no recognised striker. I was one of the 4% that did'nt fancy IH because we had the worst defence in the country and he's the most attack minded coach! But after the Ipswich game he showed what a bit of motivation can do, but that seems to have evaperated. Deep sh-- now

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    • February 24, 2014 at 19:19
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      @Steve: @Steve: respect for travelling up there mate and I agree , his team sheets are laughable trying to shoehorn strikers in all over the place , clueless !

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  • February 24, 2014 at 20:39
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    Lets just go 442 and see what happens ffs. Forde,fredricks,shittu, dunne lowry, woolford,upson,williams,malone,morison and jackson

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