Holloway: Derby clash is start of crucial week for Millwall

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IAN Holloway admits Millwall need a "major points haul" next week.

The Lions kick off a hectic seven days of Championship action when they face automatic-promotion chasing Derby County on Saturday.

They then make the long trip to Holloway's old club Blackpool on Tuesday before hosting south London rivals Charlton in a relegation six-pointer at The Den next weekend.

With back-to-back away games being played in the space of four days, Holloway knows that maximising the energy levels of his players, as well as ensuring they get the right amount of rest, will be vital.

The Rams have won four consecutive fixtures on home soil, at the recently renamed iPro Stadium, so go into the game as huge favourites.

But Millwall's manager says his side will provide a stern examination of Derby's Premier League credentials.

And Holloway believes the Lions are unlikely to suffer any heavy defeats between now and the end of the season – after strugglers Doncaster and Barnsley were thrashed last time out.

He said: "We will be underdogs before every game because of our form and going to Derby will be no different.

"We have got some fantastic games to come and we're targeting the people who are just above us in the table.

"There were some results on Saturday which, touch wood, I don't think would happen to us at the moment. I really don't believe our lads will collapse and lose by four or five.

"This is an important week for us and we need a major points haul from these next three games. I believe we can get that.

"Derby is going to be a very tough challenge but we are capable of getting a result there, I have no doubt about that.

"Then we have got an awful trip to Blackpool next Tuesday night. It is a horrendous game to have in midweek.

"We play Charlton on the Saturday so how we get to and from Blackpool is going to be very important.

"We're getting the train up to Blackpool on the Monday so that the lads can sleep over in a hotel, but we're coming straight back after the game on the coach.

"They'll be in their own homes and in their own beds, but I'll have to give them Wednesday off because we'll get back at ridiculous o'clock in the morning. It's not ideal."

Holloway admits Millwall cannot afford to concede the first goal at Derby, having failed to win after falling behind in their last four games.

"Going 1-0 down is a regular scenario for us and we're having to chase games," he said.

"When teams drop deep against us it can almost take away half of the talent that we've got. Simeon Jackson needs space over the top but Brighton didn't give him any in our last game.

"We have not quite got the understanding of breaking people down enough. It's definitely coming and I can't argue with our performance last weekend.

"The most important thing now is spirit and Millwall without spirit is no good to anyone. We haven't had a good spirit all season but now it's coming.

"There are more than enough games left for us to be safe. We could double our points tally.

"I am looking for people to step up to the plate and give me a fair day's shift for the money I'm paying them. End of story."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

43 thoughts on “Holloway: Derby clash is start of crucial week for Millwall

  • March 6, 2014 at 09:44
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    Good time for a backs to the wall win, every week we think we,l win and this week it's gunna f***** happen! Take us on derby, dare ya!!

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  • March 6, 2014 at 10:42
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    Couple of things with this, Ollie a fairs days shift for the money that JB and the fans are paying them, I would be shocked if you paid them any part of your money, the other is going a goal down, have you not got a more positive message than that for both the team and us.

    Charlton also have two games before we meet but there second game is at home but is 24 hours after ours so we maybe a bit fresher than them "lets hope so". regarding teams dropping deep against us, that maybe so but they alway look good on the ball and we do not and we never really seem to put them under too much pressure no matter how deep the fall back.

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  • March 6, 2014 at 11:02
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    Get those excuses in early IH! The fixture list isn't to your liking, Brighton wouldn't let us play to our strengths. What we should be focusing on is how we are going to score goals, as opposed to shots on target, how do you intend getting the ball to our diminutive strikers, how can we adapt our game so that we can impose ourselves against Derby, Blackpool & Charlton. Will you be fielding the same team for a change? What will you be doing to ensure we don't go 1-0 down and, if it happens, what's the plan to get back in the game? Answers to these questions are more important than whether you're going to Blackpool on the train or the coach, in my humble opinion.

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  • March 6, 2014 at 11:06
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    Hope some Millwall players were at the Den last night to see what a goalscorer (Cahill) looks like !

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  • March 6, 2014 at 11:11
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    Horribly tough game against Derby and if we come away with a point we should be chuffed!!! Against Blackpool and The Anoraks we have got be picking up 6 points. If we lose an home to them herberts I think we'll have to except that we are going down... Big week Millwall!!!

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    • March 6, 2014 at 11:58
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      @Longfield Lion: @Longfield Lion: @davesavagesleftfoot: Longfield I bet they were down the bridge bar trying to learn something from the "England game" and Daveyes if we did get a point that would be great and and clean sheet would also be great but anm I wishing for too much. COYL!!!! lets us have a nice Saturday evening for the first time in a while.

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      • March 6, 2014 at 17:00
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        @Barnlion: well we have got to start somewhere mate and Saturday would be as good as any... If we nick a draw and a clean sheet it will do wonders for confidence, we can dream!!!

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  • March 6, 2014 at 12:03
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    You...can...do...it!!!
    And i believe...
    COYL!!!

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    • March 6, 2014 at 12:51
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      @Crazy4lions: 3pts of derby 3pts of blackpool...than the usual 3pts of the scum....than win the remaining 4 home games...SAFE

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  • March 6, 2014 at 13:01
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    I know most people will think I've lost my marbles, but I actually believe that we'll turn Derby over. If that small miracle does happen, then there should be no excuses to go on a run and get the points we need to stay up.

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    • March 6, 2014 at 18:56
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      @harry2310: I think ya marbles are right where they should be Harry, good call . I also for sum Reason think it's a real chance for an upset this week, there's been sum good signs recently, just need to take the chances and translate them into goals.

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      • March 6, 2014 at 19:40
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        Well we all know what surprises the Championship can serve up. Just when you think you haven't got a chance, then bang, you get a result when you least expect it. Let's hope this is the one.

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  • March 6, 2014 at 14:07
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    3 points a dead cert against charlton at the den.

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  • March 6, 2014 at 15:31
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    @BARNLION: I very rarely agree with your uninspirational views about millwall,and I don't again. You say they don't look good on the ball,I'm assuming you saw the games against Ipswich,Bolton , Brighton, where I thought we looked excellent on the ball , good passing and movement, no lumping,and we certainly did put them under a lot of pressure,sometimes I think you are supporting the wrong team,I don't think millwall are good enough for you

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    • March 6, 2014 at 16:14
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      @bordersarebest0170: You have your opinion and I have mine, but the facts dont lie we are still in the mire as we were when the games you have mentioned took place, and as far as being unispirational I must have caught or given it to our manager as he has not as of yet seem to inspire any of the players he has used (and there has been a lot).

      They have been my team for decades and its not that we are not good enough I am very used to that, its that since the turn of last year no matter who has been at the helm there has not been IMO enough sprit and want to win as teams of old but you would know that anyway.

      But surley we both want the best for the lions but you and I see what transipres differenly, and I hope we see more of the excellent ball skills that you talk about and with these skill they find players wearing the same coloured shirts and then our forwards find the goal and we may get out of trouble.

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    • March 7, 2014 at 05:06
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      @bordersarebest0170:
      As it happens I missed both Ipswich and Bolton cos I had to be in sunny Milton Keynes for meetings. But I certainly saw the Brighton game and if that was an example of good passing and movement then I've been watching footballing geniuses unaware for over 50 years. The forwards were standing about like bumps on a log, midfield gave the ball away on a regular basis, there were no through passes, all the successful wee triangles were being performed in our own half and the wing-backs were totally useless at crossing. You are however correct insofar as Brighton managed to let us put them under pressure, mainly in the period just after half time, before IH made the substitutions. Which just shows how naff Brighton were!

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    • March 7, 2014 at 07:48
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      @bordersarebest0170:

      But we couldn't cross a ball for love nor money! - Can't see Moro on the wing being the answer!

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  • March 6, 2014 at 15:40
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    Agree we look good on the ball until lee get in the box.

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      • March 7, 2014 at 01:48
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        @REAL Supporter Chinese striker on loan

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        • March 7, 2014 at 08:08
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          @block 28: Ah, fanks. He's probably another mid-30 year old!

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  • March 6, 2014 at 17:06
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    look .ollie just needs to make us be hard to beat.4-5-1 does not have to be pretty .try get some thing at derby.i would bite your hand off for a point right now.blackpool get right at them.then on saturday vs the scum .do them and all.we have got to start to win our home games for f*** sake or we have no chance of staying up.no one likes us we dont care !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • March 6, 2014 at 17:19
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    I have said the same thing every saturday for the last 3 days, but I feel if we don't win this we are going down. Millwall are really testing my dedication as a fan this season.

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  • March 6, 2014 at 17:40
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    They don't test mine one bit, win lose draw , they are my team whatever

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    • March 6, 2014 at 18:10
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      I tottaly agree millwall are like family...they will akkways be in yer heart...would like to point 1 thing out..we are above the anoraks come sunday morning we will still be above em..cant see the problem

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  • March 6, 2014 at 18:54
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    So all the future oppo now know how to play Jackson. Deny him space in behind. OK, they probably knew that anyway but good of our own Manager to advertise the fact as he also did that we have nobody who can put a decent cross in. Why doesn't he just put a dossier of all of our players weaknesses together and send it around the League? It would save him having to do all of these interviews.

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  • March 6, 2014 at 19:16
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    As always, so many different views on here by everyone but the thing that never changes is the passion for this mighty club.

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  • March 6, 2014 at 19:44
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    To the players and management of Millwall Football Club,

    You are, collectively, things that come, and then go.

    We are, steadfast, loyal, passionate and won't go anywhere else and will be here long, long after you have moved on.
    That means you have to be worthy to be part of what takes place now.
    Millwall has a lifelong importance to us much more than supporting a football club.
    It is much more important than that.
    It cannot be explained.
    It is what it is.
    If you don't understand it then don't put on the shirt.
    Please remember that at 3pm on Saturday.

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  • March 6, 2014 at 20:00
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    9 points up for grabs in a so called crucial week.... I can just about foresee 3 max (v Charlton).

    Talk us cheap, results time now!!!

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  • March 6, 2014 at 20:18
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    you are right mate .time for these lions to roar.we need results

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  • March 6, 2014 at 20:26
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    we need to keep things in perspective - Last year alone - QPR 65 mill loss - Leicester 30 mill loss, forest 17 mill loss - the money they are spending - QPR could go the way of Pompey easily if they don't get up this year and their sugar daddy pulls out - We are spending more than ever and need to back this squad for the time being - stay relaxed and support and play without fear and results can come - lose patience and increase pressure and results most probably won't

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  • March 6, 2014 at 22:18
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    Tell the players that it is time to stop f---ing about and making us supporters suffer every Saturday, go out there wear the shirt with pride and passion and get a result. I'm fed up of hearing about tactics, bad refs and players that can't play the system, just get out there and start to get some points to save our season. COYL

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  • March 6, 2014 at 23:36
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    Am i the only one who thinks we'd benefit from having Lee Martin back!? I personally think he's been one of our better players this season

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  • March 6, 2014 at 23:53
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    We had a crucial 10 days recently against Yeovil, Bolton and Barnsley. I think we will have to keep nicking points where we can and hope other results go our way. After the pre season hype and expectation it's been a very disappointing season. We may have been fooled but the bookies weren't.

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  • March 6, 2014 at 23:56
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    Lee martin has had some good days & some bad days. So we're keeping him sedated...signed doctor holaway

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  • March 7, 2014 at 03:30
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    Anyone still up? I totally agree with Windsor Lion - Yeovil, Bolton and Barnsley were an acid test. To come away from those with next to f*** all, it's a likely that we ain't gonna turn Derby over. Blackpool are in worse form than us so we could get at least a point there and if we can get behind the boys and not take the anoraks for granted and cheer em home we should get at least 4 points from these games which will be a significant step in the right direction.

    Whatever happens, we all follow a unique and special football club where we make a difference and feel its part of us. I work in the City and am surrounded by tottering fans, goons, chelski, wet sham and they're no happier than us - all they do is moan if they don't win every game and if they do they think they're gonna collapse next game. They are soul less and their plastic clubs are soul less, their fans make no difference coz if they don't fork out the big bucks other glory hunters are there to take their place (obviously I'm not including the hamsters in that re others to take their place the mugs). I hope we stay up and I'll be singing my heart out to try and do my bit. If we go down then so what? We've still got our famous club, we still love em and we will come back up. Ollie inherited a mess, Kenny, love him as I do coz he gave us our dignity back when we were heading for league 2 ( or the 4th division in my money) didn't exactly leave us in rude health. Ollie is a character, and we need a character. It's not the time to curse the darkness, we've got to light a few candles, we are Millwalll, and we are all proud to be Millwall, - nothing comes close. Come on you Lions!!

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  • March 7, 2014 at 03:45
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    Well said bruv

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  • March 7, 2014 at 05:43
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    Every week is a vital week IH.

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  • March 7, 2014 at 05:55
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    People are turning on Olly and it's not fair. He inherited a team of players that had lost heart under Lomas and when he came we knew relegation was on the cards. People might not agree with everything he does but he has definitely started taking us in the right direction. There is more heart in the team and players that where s*** for Lomas such as Shittu and Morrison have started to put in good performances and strikers aside the new midfield signings he has made seem to be really good players. We're not getting hammered every week and with just a tiny bit of luck in front of goal and a decent set of match officials we should start to get some results soon. We're so close to being a good team and we just need that extra bit of confidence up front to start winning. I love Millwall and I think Olly does too so we should give him a break and let him do his thing.

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    • March 7, 2014 at 08:49
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      @Barnylion: Barny the team was low true, and it looked like we were going down, and you say w he is taking us in the right direction and he has inherited a team of players who have lost heart, all true.

      But the team are in no better position than they were when he took over, I dont see us moving in the right direction as we have infact dropped down the table, every manager who comes in mid season has the same problem with the team as Ollie otherwise he would not have been brought into the club.

      The team he inherited has now changed as he as brought in at least 7 new players so this team is now Ollies, but we still can't score goals and we always conceed goals, and we are not getting hammered as you say, but we still can not seem to get a win for love or money, I agree about the Refs but thats what we have to live with. Lets hope they put in a good display tomorrow even if the dont get all 3 points a good performace could put them in goodstead.

      COYL!!!!!!!!!

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  • March 7, 2014 at 08:53
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    If we were loosing 3-2, 4-3 drawing 2-2 etc i would see that light at the end of,but we cannot score 2 bloody goals and can't see were that is going to change. Not being negative for the sake of but that is the situation as of now.

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  • March 7, 2014 at 10:41
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    If IH can, looking ahead, see us doubling our current points total, then there must be quite a few chinamen in the support base, all wanting to borrow his extra special binoculars!

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  • March 7, 2014 at 23:56
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    One win will change everything and then the shackles will be well and truly off.
    I look forward to everyone enjoying their beers tomorrow night.
    Keep the faith wall.

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