Holloway relishing first taste of Millwall-Charlton rivalry

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IAN Holloway says he "can't wait" to experience the atmosphere at The Den on Saturday when Millwall host south London rivals Charlton. 

A crowd in excess of 15,000 is anticipated for the visit of the Addicks to SE16 tomorrow for what is a crunch game in the seasons of both clubs.

Holloway admits the Lions' 1-0 midweek defeat at Blackpool has been the low point of his tenure to date, but he is determined to bounce back with a vital win.

"This has probably been the worse week I've had here after the best couple of days," he said. "We played really well at Derby but the way things went on Tuesday made it difficult.

"There has been a bit of doom and gloom but I'm still very optimistic.

"I honestly can't wait for the Charlton game. I understand where everyone is at in terms of their feelings about this rivalry, and I'm right there with them.

"This is a local derby and I want to beat them for all sorts of reasons – and not just because of where we are in the table, although we can put pressure on them if we manage to win.

"The atmosphere is going to be fantastic and our crowd can help us get the right result.

"I will pick a team of players that put a shift in and work hard for each other. We probably won't have a bigger game all season and the performance needs to reflect that."

Holloway will make a late decision on the fitness of Scott Malone, who sustained a hip injury at Derby last weekend.

"He trained this morning but he's not in the team at the moment," the Lions boss said. "I don't ever risk any of my players, that's the truth.

"I've picked a team but Scott's torn a muscle and I don't know how painful it is. He wants to try and prove to me that he's alright, but do I trust him?

"In a game like this I will be better off with somebody who might be slightly out of position but is fully fit. That's what I need."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

13 thoughts on “Holloway relishing first taste of Millwall-Charlton rivalry

  • March 14, 2014 at 15:28
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    I think they have 5 games in hand over us, we have to beat them. We always conceed first, heads drop and the games lost, show some b***** tomoro wall

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    • March 15, 2014 at 10:32
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      @sadlier89: 10 likes for this spineless clap trap...grow a pair the lot of yer.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 15:32
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    You won't experience anything like a millwall derby. So to make sure you enjoy it. WIN

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  • March 14, 2014 at 15:51
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    If we lose tomorrow he will certainly experience what it means to us!

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  • March 14, 2014 at 16:04
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    IH talks about playing someone slightly out of position if Malone isn't fit. I wonder if he is considering playing Lowry at left back rather than Bessone with Beevers coming in at centre back.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 16:17
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    Please play Malone.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 16:24
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    Glad you know what this game means to the supporters, I just hope that the players know too and give it everything they have.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 18:54
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    Best crowd attendence 11,000 Millwall 5,000 Charlton - what more do you want to make the Lions Fans ROAR !

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    • March 14, 2014 at 20:09
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      @BUSHWACKER14: where would we put 5000 away fans ?
      Charlton only got 2.5/3k

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        • March 17, 2014 at 08:28
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          @BUSHWACKER14:
          WELL DONE !!! YOU BUSHWACKERS GUYS..................
          YOU GOT THE ATTENDENCES CORRECT, AND ALSO GAVE THE LIONS
          PLAYERS PLENTY OF VOCAL SUPPORT FOR MOST OF THE GAME,
          [ CERTAINLY THE FIRST - HALF ]
          ITS STILL NOT OVER TILL ITS OVER !!!!
          SO KEEP IT UP.
          I STILL FEEL WE CAN STAY IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP, NO PROBLEM........
          [ WELL, MAYBE A FEW LITTLE ONES....]
          " NO ONE LIKES US , WE DON'T CARE "
          STORMIN' NORMAN............................BELIEVES WE ARE OKAY ONCE WE GET A COUPLE
          OF WINS, BEHIND US...........[ LEEDS AND BIRMINGHAM FOR STARTERS !!! ]

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  • March 14, 2014 at 19:15
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    When are we signing Anelka?

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  • March 14, 2014 at 21:05
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    Bit of advice here Ollie, don't lose this one.
    We know where you live.

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