Holloway: Birmingham game is must-not-lose for Millwall

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IAN Holloway says Millwall cannot afford to lose to Birmingham tonight.

The Lions, sitting third from bottom, are running out of time to turn their season around.

Defeat to Leeds United on Saturday left them bottom of the Championship form table over the last ten games ahead of the Blues' visit to The Den.



Defeat under the lights on Tuesday would leave Millwall cut adrift at the bottom and give Birmingham, currently 20th, an eight-point lead over Holloway's side.

"In my opinion, we cannot afford to lose this game," the Lions boss admitted. "If we don't win it, but we get a point, we can still catch them. If we lose, it will be very, very difficult."

Holloway bemoaned Millwall's luck in front of goal following the 2-1 defeat at Elland Road last weekend but says little has to change for results to pick up.



He said: "We have got to make a change – and the change is to do the same as we have been doing, except score the first goal and things will turn around.

"The stats from the game on Saturday were quite embarrassing. We beat them on every stat apart from the one that said 2-1.

"I strongly suggest the only thing we need for our luck to change is to be more positive.

"If DJ Campbell's goal had been the first goal, it would have won us the game because Leeds would have absolutely bottled it.

"They had three shots and scored from two of them. That cannot continue – it is impossible. How we were 2-0 down at half time I just do not know, and I've watched the game again."

However, Holloway has targeted a few areas where there is room for improvement.

He added: "What I will say is that when we had a chance to attack as a front five, we won it back, we were steaming in at them, they only had three back but we ran in straight lines.

"We didn't make enough cross-over runs – like Samuel Eto'o did at the weekend – and I will be showing my team that.

"Also, the timing of the set pieces. The movement was better but we didn't get the timing right, so we're going to practise that until we're blue in the face.

"When you don't get what you want, what happens to you? I know what happens to me: I get more determined."

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13 thoughts on “Holloway: Birmingham game is must-not-lose for Millwall

  • March 25, 2014 at 10:47
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    We need to win, how are we going to catch them by not defeating them!

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  • March 25, 2014 at 10:47
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    Just get it done I don't care how just 3 points please COYL !!!!

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  • March 25, 2014 at 10:48
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    This is our last chance. No more excuses , no more bad luck stories, no more shirking. Lets see Lions out there tonight.

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  • March 25, 2014 at 10:51
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    The difference between the impossible and the possible is a persons determination, you fall seven times but you get up eight. Someone said that, f*** knows who but the fighting lion has to be on show tonight. Just win, we been close lately , tonight take the game on and hear the joint erupt.

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  • March 25, 2014 at 11:05
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    Dont really agree with Holloway here.
    He is saying that we can catch them if it's 5 points but not if it's 6 points and with a much worse goal difference.
    I think there is trying to take the pressure of your team but also being quite negative at the same time and for me this is the latter.
    Just tell them to go out and play like men possesed and these fans will be right with you and roaring you on.
    This is a MUST win game.
    Come on Holloway get them to stand and be men.
    I cant wait for kick off personally.

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  • March 25, 2014 at 11:19
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    With games running out this is our last chance to catch a team just above us so let's all get down the den and get behind the boys and rock the f***** place!!!!!!

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  • March 25, 2014 at 11:23
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    Surely the law of averages says we've got to beat one of the poorer teams sooner or later? Against my better judgement I'm going for a 2-0 win.

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  • March 25, 2014 at 11:43
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    "must-not-lose"? Must be a typo. You mean must not not win?

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  • March 25, 2014 at 11:50
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    Ollie, you are right, but then, we should have Won more matches by now! Get that POOR DEFENDER, working harder. If they slouch first 45mins , take them off and Shame Them. Get somebody else to take their place from the Subs -Bench.

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  • March 25, 2014 at 12:02
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    All season we've dropped points in crucial games against those around us in the table. Sorry, Ollie, but this really is a must-win if ever there was one. Maybe he is waiting for the ultimate must-win (i.e. before mathematical relegation) before he demands 3 points and nothing less. Please don't let it get to that. Goals and victory tonight or it's pretty much all over. A draw in this game will be next to useless.

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    • March 25, 2014 at 13:12
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      @Canterbury pilgrim: That's right, Geezer. We must win and then hope they have a worse run of form towards the end of the season. The first hurdle is beating them or I cannot see any escape.

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  • March 25, 2014 at 14:45
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    I think our only chance is if we stay strongly behind the team from now till the end, stop playing the blame game and stay up. In the summer we can reflect where it all went wrong and then clear out all this sh.it

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  • March 25, 2014 at 16:08
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    Draw no good either Ollie.

    We need to win to get a 3pt gap on Charlton and drag Birmingham into the s***.

    A draw will feel like a loss to me.

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