Holloway: Millwall are still the masters of their own destiny

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IAN Holloway insists Millwall are still the masters of their own destiny.

The Lions have dropped into the bottom three after Charlton, who still have three games in hand, beat Bournemouth on Tuesday.

And Yeovil are now just two points behind Millwall at the foot of the Championship table after their dramatic 3-3 draw at Wigan.



But Holloway says his players will determine their own fate – not the other teams fighting for survival.

He told the Southwark News: "This isn't about us and Charlton or anyone else because if we win enough games nobody else matters.

"We can only affect our own results. We have been looking over our shoulders for the last few months, and if we don't get better results then that's where we are going to end up.



"It might be easier now to focus and look at where we actually are, but I defy anyone to tell me that any one of my players isn't focused on getting us out of this.

"I'm totally optimistic about our chances.

"We need to be brave but I believe we will get out of it."

Holloway added: "It shouldn't be all doom and gloom. There are lots of clubs down there in this relegation fight and we were in one last year as well.

"Every one of our players knows that we have got to get better, that what we've been doing hasn't been good enough and that we are all responsible for that – everybody.

"We will all take montauk-monster.com/pharmacy/cialis responsibility for our next batch of results, but who's to say we cannot turn the form book on its head by getting three or four wins in a row?

"If we can do that, we won't go down – it's as simple as that."

Holloway admits that home fixtures against Birmingham City next Tuesday and Doncaster on Easter Monday could decide the Lions' season.

"We've got enough games and there are enough points to play for, so let's get on with it," he added.

"I defy anyone to tell me who is actually safe now and who is going up and who is going to end up in the play-offs, because you can't – it's all speculation.

"I am targeting the people just above us – the Birmingham game and the Doncaster game – because we've got to catch them.

"Losing to Blackpool last week was a terrible body blow but we're over that now, and, when you look at their fixtures, all the best to them because I'm glad we don't have their run in.

"The Birmingham and Doncaster games are almost must-win for us, but they are definitely must-not-lose.

"Last Saturday could've been a lot worse because Charlton could have nicked a last-minute winner like they did the other night.

"I wasn't following their game because I don't really care.

"What I care about is what we do – I can't affect Charlton's results and neither can the fans. It's down to us."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

61 thoughts on “Holloway: Millwall are still the masters of their own destiny

  • March 20, 2014 at 10:04
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    Agreed. There's no point moaning about what could have been because there's still 30 points to play for!

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    • March 20, 2014 at 10:21
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      @lions404: But how many points did we actually get out of the last available 30, that's what has me worried?

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    • March 21, 2014 at 10:35
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      @lions404:
      TAKE EM APART TOMORROW.....................
      ONE THING FOR CERTAIN!
      THE MILLWALL FANS WILL WIN THE BATTLE OF SUPPORT NOISE.
      " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
      STORMIN' NORMAN

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  • March 20, 2014 at 10:26
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    Sorry Ollie, we are not Masters of our own destiny, there are too many other permutations regarding those around us or should I say above us, because we only need to finish in the same spot as last year to get out to the do do.

    Teams above us not including Charlton have at least 5 points more than us and on the same amount of games, and Charlton well we all know about points and gmes in hand, we still need others to fall and Millwall need to have a complete change of form and put a run together, but it looks like any 3 from 4 to me.

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    • March 20, 2014 at 12:19
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      @Barnlion: We've been lucky up to now with the teams below us being so poor as well - looking at the two lower leagues, the bottom clubs have far more points.

      With 10 games to go it's still within our hands to get out of the bottom three. At least one club always puts together a run of results to get out of trouble, The big question is whether this team has it in them to do that - and even more worrying is whether Holloway is up to it too?

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    • March 20, 2014 at 18:22
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      @Barnlion: I'd settle for a place below last year at this stage!

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  • March 20, 2014 at 10:39
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    Millwall till I die, whatever Division we are in, and to be honest I'd raher go down playing the style of football we are playing than kicking long and going down anyway...long ball never kept anyone in this Division, it just smacks of desparation.

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    • March 20, 2014 at 19:46
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      @glyngo:

      dont understand the desire for the football we are playing, the most recent I witnessed on Saturday was one of the worst I have witnessed in 35 years. I must watch a different game from you, we were totally without direction. I like to think I am as loyal as they come, but Saturday had a profound negative effect on me ....i did not see any of the merits you seem to have taken solace in

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  • March 20, 2014 at 10:49
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    I suppose the other way of looking at it is, its happened now, we have been waiting to drop in to the bottom three and now we are there. So, when we play what have we got to lose? Go for it, if we are going to go down, at least go down like real wall, fighting. I'd rather lose 5-0 fighting, then play like we did last saturday for a boring 0-0.

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    • March 21, 2014 at 14:57
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      @rikkiatwall: I see your point but 10 boring 0-0s might keep us up.

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  • March 20, 2014 at 11:12
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    Less talk and MORE action and performances on the pitch.THAT MIGHT WORK ?

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    • March 20, 2014 at 11:24
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      @Longfield Lion: The bloke can't win. If there is no news we get the 'why is he so quiet', 'why is Robbo doing the talking' comments. If there was nothing on this site then where would you go to vent? Also, what do you expect him to say. Of course our future is in our hands, he is just answering a question posed. I don't think we will stay up, and if we go down and have a season like Wolves have, then I won't be too upset.

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      • March 20, 2014 at 12:08
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        @beedoscores: He's only answering questions that Aldo gets to put to hm once a week. I think it would be a good idea if we had the opportunity to ask questions ourselves of Ollie. That could be done by Aldo on here on aweekly basis and he could select say, 5 questions that we generate. Might get answers to specific questions and take some confusion out of the air.

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        • March 20, 2014 at 14:48
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          @NICKOLA: Don't disagree with that at all, great idea.

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        • March 20, 2014 at 17:15
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          @NICKOLA: great suggestion, can we get this to work ?

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        • March 20, 2014 at 20:32
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          @NICKOLA: great idea, I have some pressing questions regarding cake ingredients I need clearing up.

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          • March 21, 2014 at 07:31
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            @MFC Lion: I can help you with that. What is missing is a self-raising agent.

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  • March 20, 2014 at 11:44
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    We've been masters of our own destiny against Yeovil Barnsley Blackpool & charlton & got 2 points from them. We ain't got the stones for it.

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    • March 20, 2014 at 12:07
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      @block 28: Have to agree with you, the results from our games with the bottom clubs over the last few weeks have been appalling, just one or maybe two wins in these games and we would be sitting pretty. Still optimistic that if we put a run together we can stay up, but if our current form continues as is more likely then we are down.

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    • March 20, 2014 at 12:26
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      @block 28:

      Exactly. Charlton above us with games in hand and even Yeovil can score more than us. How exactly are we in charge of our destiny given we are in the drop zone against the odds exactly? Talk of us putting a winning run together as well with the front line firing blanks for how long now is fantasy. Hope the streak gets goals but the players don't possess Champ quality and loanees are just temp staff - why would they care really?

      Relegation would be terrible as most would go and would take a long time to rebuild. Sorry Ollie but you really should have stopped trying to get the players playing like Barca unless they can which they obviously can't.

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      • March 21, 2014 at 15:01
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        @dude: if relegation resulted in most going I can't say that would be a bad thing.

        A fresh start might be exactly what Millwall need. Raid league 2 and conference for young talented players and start over.

        Relegation isn't ideal but it's not the death sentence some on here seem to think. We've been 3rd tier many times before.

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  • March 20, 2014 at 12:16
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    Bit late now Ollie.
    Charlton can easily put us down.
    Thing is too many teams like yeovil are picking up cracking results like bloody drawing away to bloody wigan last minute or beating poxy QPR.

    Just starts looking deluded now.

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    • March 20, 2014 at 17:06
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      @Millwallsteve: please don't say Charlton will put us down, as this will encourage the spotters to gloat!!
      We put ourselves down!

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  • March 20, 2014 at 12:23
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    DOOMED.lm telling you. DOOMED.

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  • March 20, 2014 at 12:39
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    The minute you have to start relying on other teams results, you're fu#ked!
    Don't understand why Ollie's getting so much s*** from some of our fans though. The bloke is trying to make the best from a bad situation. Yes he's brought some players in, but when you're where we are in the league, getting quality players in is a very difficult task.
    Fact is we have to many players who are on short terms contracts / loans and probably aren't that fussed if we get relegated because they won't be with us next season. How do you motivate those types of players, very difficult IMO.
    All Ollie and the team can do is win as many games as possible before the end of the season.
    Other teams results will take care of themselves.

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  • March 20, 2014 at 12:46
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    i stil think 46 points will keep teams up this year

    from our perspective 14 points - 4 wins and two draws , unless people think we can win 5, i don't

    i am not saying we will win 4 but beating donny bournemouth and brum at home must be possible - we then need to get one more win away and cobble together a draw at home and one away - not likey but possible

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    • March 20, 2014 at 12:51
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      @timchimes: Lets see how this team gets on at Leeds now they know the situation. We will then see who really cares.

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  • March 20, 2014 at 12:47
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    Agree with you Ollie but a good run has to start soon as we are running out of chances. There are ten games left, which is almost a quarter of the season so yes, you're right there are plenty of points to play for. I'm sure there will be lots of twists and turns on the Way but it's where you are after 46 matches that counts. But something at Leeds and a victory over Birmingham will do for starters.

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  • March 20, 2014 at 12:49
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    Just game by game and keep pushing forward , hopefully other results will fall our way but gotta get points . Who knows, we may get a surprise v leeds

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  • March 20, 2014 at 13:02
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    Talking of Leeds £34 for a poxy voucher & meeting in the middle of nowhere our club keeps saying they need our support. But when we did their help they stab us in the back.

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    • March 20, 2014 at 13:18
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      @block 28: i know wot your saying..they ask for our support at home ..but do nothing but put on poxy coaches..your better freedom of travel in russia

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    • March 20, 2014 at 20:44
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      @block 28: certainly goes against our civil rights, does anyone know if we are the only team that gets treated this way

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  • March 20, 2014 at 13:12
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    All we need is our front line to start firing and we will be fine. It aint IH fault that he inherited a squad so low on confidence. I go every home game and i can see that it is starting to come together, we don't capitulate when things are't going our way and we fight until the end. The defence is looking a lot more solid and our midfield looks good, the only thing i could say is that we are not taking our chances which is all down to strikers low on confidence. IH has done really well considering what he inherited when he came in, I agree with IH, we are in control of our on fate. No point looking at the others around us. As long as we win 4 or 5 games i can see us staying up.

    Keep the faith and show em what Millwall is all about, we will fight and scrap until the bitter end...

    Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • March 20, 2014 at 14:51
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      @MFCJG:
      Agree with that.
      Can't give up when there are 30 points still up for grabs.
      I'm with you. I think we will stay up. Imagine how good that party is gonna be if we manage it.
      Let's get something at the weeds Saturday for starters.

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    • March 20, 2014 at 20:44
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      @MFCJG: big ask to get 4 or 5 wins, we've only managed 7 so far.

      Not impossible but we need to pick something up starting at Leeds.

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  • March 20, 2014 at 13:21
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    If we do go down it will show IH who really cares about the club.

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  • March 20, 2014 at 13:55
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    It's down to you Holloway, we've needed a CB all season, can understand the ginger vermin c*** cos he was totally clueless but you should of sorted it, now we have to rely n Robbo!, yes he puts his heart and soul in to it but he just aint good enough,

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    • March 20, 2014 at 14:18
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      @SpiceIsland:

      Seems to have done alright in the last couple of games?

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    • March 20, 2014 at 14:47
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      @SpiceIsland: That's the passion we want from the team! Well Spiceisland. If we had player against Better finishers we would have LOST all those games. ( how we didn't concede more we will never know ) .

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  • March 20, 2014 at 15:30
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    It will interesting to see what Ollie does in the close season shittu. Robbo. Dunne. Smith. Garvan. Campbell Jackson Morison McDonald spurs kid & forde all gone. Then he can bring more kids through. Then we can judge him

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    • March 20, 2014 at 18:16
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      @block 28: Not sure why we can't judge him now B28? He wasn't brought in to rebuild the team in League One as far as we were told.

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      • March 21, 2014 at 07:51
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        @lion.ie: Agree with you Lion. If we go down Ollie has failed in my eyes. He was brought in to keep us up.

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  • March 20, 2014 at 16:48
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    The owner of birmingham jailed

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    • March 20, 2014 at 17:59
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      @Jim28 never no mite go in to administration that would be handy

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  • March 20, 2014 at 16:49
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    We can judge him so far cos he put his neck on the line & told us how he was gonna motivate the players etc etc ( 10 of them he's brought in ) & we're still not good enough.
    Fact is we can't compete at this level.
    We're spending 100 k on players when mid table teams are spend million plus .

    Sorry but we need to get real here.

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  • March 20, 2014 at 18:13
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    Mr Holloway. I can tell you that Leicester are going up and that everybody above Bolton are safe. Yours sincerely, The Defiant One

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  • March 20, 2014 at 18:27
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    There's allways the mini league

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  • March 20, 2014 at 18:38
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    9/1 The Big Austrian, first goalscorer. You heard it here first, mark my words, monster, monster.

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    • March 20, 2014 at 18:51
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      @lion. Sky bet got him at 8/1 & 9/1 for a 1.0 win. Or u could get 200/1 for 4.0 to millwall. Sounds good to me

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      • March 20, 2014 at 19:16
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        @block 28: Other odds-
        Tampax Chaplow to play for more than 30 mins in one game 1-5
        Wright or Smith to be loaned out 1-6
        Marquis to be loaned out and then recalled...again All bets cancelled.
        Millwall to score a goal 1-4
        Totem pole to last 90 mins 1-8
        Four consecutive pases on the ground 1-100

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        • March 20, 2014 at 19:29
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          @NICKOLA: Well done NICKOLA, very very witty ! Keep it up, always cheers the lads up this side, reading some of your POSTS.

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        • March 21, 2014 at 07:17
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          @NICKOLA: Holloway to say something without sounding like a clown - betting closed

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      • March 21, 2014 at 09:16
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        Or you ban get £/4 on to see a pig fly

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  • March 20, 2014 at 21:01
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    Has Holloway struck a deal with the Football league that we get five points for a win? More evidence of his decline. Someone buy him a calculator. Millwall are NOT masters of their own fate because if other teams in the relegation scrap won all their games Millwall would go down even if we won all our games. So we are relying on other teams to slip up and for us to somehow win when they are not. Charlton, Ian, are masters of their own fate. We are, just like last season, needing other teams to keep us up.
    I'm growing increasing cynical about Holloway. I think he knew he was a busted flush after his Palace debacle, compounded by the good job Pulis has done in his stead. IH came back into the game too soon. And he has used Millwall for a ticket to ride. Division One with a team the has now had losing bred into its bones for three seasons running is going to be a nightmare.

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    • March 21, 2014 at 00:38
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      @Eddie Grace: like him or hate him ..the mental one is our manager ...i'am not asking yer to support or even understand him.cos if you do your go bnnkers..personally i think he's a clever coach & the village idiot.....i do get wot he's trying to say ...previously he stated he would only play the youth when we're safe..did i see fred last week?

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    • March 21, 2014 at 13:43
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      @Eddie Grace: agree with everything you say except this oft repeated nonsense that other teams kept us up, we finished 20th because we had more points than four other teams.

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      • March 21, 2014 at 15:08
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        @lion.ie: yes it's all the points gained from all the games that determine whether you stay up.

        This idea that palace winning against Peterborough on last day was the only reason we stayed up is b******* as it misses the other 45 games where we accumulated more than them!

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  • March 21, 2014 at 06:27
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    Is there a few of you heading to the leeds game? Hope we can field a reasonably settled side. Injuries and suspensions are really unsettling but maybe the boys can play tight and pinch a desperately needed win. Good luck to all.

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  • March 21, 2014 at 09:22
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    Off to Leeds Saturday by train ain't got a voucher but should be able to wing it when I get there.

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    • March 21, 2014 at 15:09
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      @block 28: bring your whippet and you should get in.

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  • March 21, 2014 at 10:07
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    nice one block 28 just like the old dayswhete we get 20 geezers to take the away end lol

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