Balanced squad key to Derby's success – Millwall manager

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

IAN Holloway believes the right blend of youth and experience in Derby's squad is fuelling their charge for automatic promotion.

The Rams have soared up to third in the Championship table since the appointment of Steve McClaren in September, winning 15 of their last 24 games.

And Holloway reckons the secret to their success is a balanced dressing room.



He said: "Derby are very, very impressive. They have got a fantastic energy in their group and some wonderful players coming through.

"I'd suggest they have got the balance right between youth and experience, whereas we have too many senior players.

"So far, our season has entailed the fact that we have had far too many players, a change of management, a change of staff and now we've got to dig ourselves out of the mire."



Despite Millwall's lowly league position, Holloway insists his squad is approaching Saturday's trip to the iPro Stadium with a positive mindset.

He said: "I want to change the atmosphere around The Den and at the training ground, and I believe we're doing that.

"We've got to bounce, fight and come back and that's what we're all about.

"When the game finished against Brighton last weekend, I don't think the fans were that disappointed – they clapped the lads off and were fantastic with us.

"I cannot fault the lads' work rate. Only that second half at Barnsley went slightly wrong, and the final ten minutes of the Reading game flattered them like you wouldn't believe.

"Some people will write us off at Derby but the players and I believe we can get a result. If we weren't thinking positively, we'd have already lost."

Staff

(@NewsAtDen)

12 thoughts on “Balanced squad key to Derby's success – Millwall manager

  • March 7, 2014 at 13:20
    Permalink

    come on ollie we are all behind you.give them a good kick up there back side.one like us we dont care

    Like (0)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
  • March 7, 2014 at 13:36
    Permalink

    IH keep your focus on your team not how good Derby are, but if you know the secret of there success then why not use that knowledge to instill some success into the Lions? I can tell you that when the Brighton game finished I had the right f****** hump which is more than not being too dissapointed.

    Get real and stop coming out with these random statements , just get this team into some sort of winning form starting tomorrow. COYL!!!!!

    Like (0)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
  • March 7, 2014 at 14:00
    Permalink

    Just read the last two articles & u can see mcClaren is scared of us. 3pts in the bag

    Like (0)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
  • March 7, 2014 at 14:44
    Permalink

    Got our fair share of youngish lads now -Lowery, Fredricks, Malone, Upson who are all regular starters so hopefully energy will start to shine through... IMO Malone and Fredrick's were poor against Brighton, their distribution was woeful and Malone in particular was putting in crosses that looked more like rugby clearances. They both wasted so many opportunities, sort that and I'm sure we'll start to score!!!

    Like (0)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
  • March 7, 2014 at 14:50
    Permalink

    Get two strikers on loan if we had goals in that side teams would be getting batterd it would give the other strikers a kick up the a*** f*** there confidence boo hoo get two in befour its to late

    Like (0)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
  • March 7, 2014 at 15:40
    Permalink

    we're gonna get f****** battered 4-1

    Like (0)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
    • March 7, 2014 at 16:10
      Permalink

      @steveomfc5: yes mate I saw that Ollie says he doesn't believe we'll let in 4or5 in a game for the rest of the season so we all know that a collapse is coming pretty soon !

      Like (0)
      Dislike (0)
      Reply
      • March 7, 2014 at 19:58
        Permalink

        @southstandview: yeah just had a bad feeling all week mate. and tired of being the optimist 🙁

        Like (0)
        Dislike (0)
        Reply
  • March 7, 2014 at 20:42
    Permalink

    Our performances have been improving and if our energy is right, we are more than capable of taking the points. The games against blackpool and Charlton are obviously massive and arguably more important- but the best way to go into those matches is off the back of a win. So come on lads- play to f**king win and get stuck in! COYL

    Like (0)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
  • March 8, 2014 at 08:13
    Permalink

    Very good IH, that's the key to those w****** success. Sounds almost like a pundit speaking in the 'third person'. Let's carry on that theme: The key to Leicester's success is they play expansive football, they have strikers who score goals, defenders that stop their opponents scoring anything like the number of goals they score, midfielders who both protect their defence and spray passes to unlock opposition defences and they pick up points every week. Now onto Burnley (and f*** me they were s*** until 5 years ago): they have strikers who score goals every week, defenders who play as a unit, they have midfielders who dominate their opponents and usually by the end of the game they've scored more goals than they've conceded. Now onto Derby: good blend of youth and experience, indeed a loverly balanced squad..... blah blah blah. What about us for f**** sake?? Strikers who can't hit a row of six cows arses (the sort of size of cows arses you might expect to find in the world of Avatar) with a barn door, defence that concedes on average 3 times as many goals as we score, a midfield that Terry Hurlock would have laughed at if it weren't so f****** serious, and as each match passes with no more points on the board small crumbs of comfort in the wisdom that the 'lads are buying into' what IH is trying to do and he can't ask any more of them. Bet we all wish we had bosses like that don't we? Failure week after week, not doing our f****** job properly and our boss saying to us as he gives us a very decent wage for 10 hours work a week "well done son, you're buying into what we are all about, it's tough coz you've had a lot of changes to put up with this year ( boo f***** hoo!) and by the way the team we are playing Saturday are f***** great - you see unlike us they're a settled team, playing outstanding football with the perfect blend of a loverly balanced squad with just the right mixture of experience and youth, - and by the way and I don't want to be negative boys coz I know you're buying into what I'm trying to do.......but put frankly.....we don't have any of that!! I think a few of us giving these f****** wearing our beloved shirt and badge each week a f****** team talk and a few home truths wouldn't be a bad idea. We are Millwall for f**** sake, COYLllllllllliiiooooooooonnnssssss Aaaarrrggghhh, they got 11 players and so have we, you've only got to kick a f****** football up their end and score a few f****** goals, how complicated can it actually be?? Enough pontificating, after 1 win in 14 (via a Fredericks ludicrously lucky cross that went in against a poor Ipswich team on the day) in all competitions, if nothing else the law of f****** averages says we are due a win. We've got a goalkeeper, a defensive unit, midfielders and strikers - that should be all the f****** blend we need, now go and win this f****** game of football, earn your easily earned money and give us something to cheer and be f****** proud of again - it's overdue. Right that's me done, I'm leaving for f****** Derby now and the grim north to go see us pick up 3 points with our well balanced squad against their bag of Northern s***.....MMMMiiiiiiiiiiiiiilllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

    Like (0)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
  • March 8, 2014 at 08:47
    Permalink

    Good luck today lads!

    Like (0)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
  • March 8, 2014 at 09:19
    Permalink

    As much as I would like us to get a result up at derby, The truth is we would have more chance with eleven cardboard cutouts on the pitch.

    Hold on, They are cardboard cutouts.....Haha COYL

    Like (0)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *