Scoring first goal has been crucial for Millwall – Holloway

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IAN Holloway says scoring first could be the key to Millwall's survival hopes.

Under Holloway, the Lions have gone ahead in six matches and lost only one of them – to Premier League bound Burnley at Turf Moor.

And they broke the deadlock in their recent wins over Nottingham Forest and Wigan.



"Scoring first has proved vital," Holloway said ahead of Saturday's clash with Watford.

"We have started every single game better than the opposition, and when we have gone in front we've carried that on.

"But we were hopeless in two of the games we went behind in – at Barnsley and Blackpool – because we were nervous as hell. That's what pressure does.



"I just hope we keep scoring the first goal because we look like a really good team when that happens. If we don't, we've got to have more belief about us."

Holloway believes his side have also benefited from a change in tactics.

Following the signing of 6ft8in striker Stefan Maierhofer last month, the Millwall manager implemented a more direct approach – but has reverted back to a passing style.

"It has been a conscious decision," Holloway said. "The more we've given the opposition the ball, the more they've scored – so we're not doing that anymore.

"I've gone back to what I fundamentally believe in and I'm a damn sight happier with it, and the lads have remembered it and managed to do it.

"Maybe the big fear factor was getting too much for everybody when we let that late goal in against Blackburn.

"I think there's a huge difference from that game in terms of who's playing now, who wants the ball and who's comfortable with it at the back and across midfield.

Holloway added: "Long-term the fans have got to understand that I will want to play some football.

"We need to spread ourselves out, pick a long ball and then win the bits and pieces – you can stretch people around then.

"Two of our goals last week came from us doing that but we were patient and waited for the right pass. That's hard to do under pressure and when there is expectation.

"But we are going to try this way and I want the lads to believe in themselves even when other people don't. That's all I want.

"We've got to win four or five more games in a row – and why can't we? All we need is the first goal, and why can't we confidently go about getting it?

"Everybody else has had a half-decent run, so why can't we have ours now? I think this is our time, I really do."

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9 thoughts on “Scoring first goal has been crucial for Millwall – Holloway

  • April 11, 2014 at 13:13
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    Just imagine if we could recreate the atmosphere we had for the Huddersfield play off..... Come on millwall let's get behind the boys and roar out beloved club to safety.

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  • April 11, 2014 at 13:14
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    Just imagine if we could recreate the atmosphere we had for the Huddersfield play off.Come on millwall let's get behind the boys and roar out beloved club to safety.

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    • April 11, 2014 at 13:33
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      @gavlionse15: echo, echo!! Just imagine if we could also score the second, third, fourth...........
      Get behind the boys and roar them to victory!

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  • April 11, 2014 at 13:30
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    Long - Term we will have to get rid of most of this Team and get Players who CAN PLAY the passing game, ( your words Ollie! ) . Just Win more matches for the Time - Being.

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  • April 11, 2014 at 13:43
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    Bloke walked into the bar and said to the bar gal ' u remind me of my little toe'! She said, ' is that cause I'm short and cute' ! He replied, ' no, cause I reckon il be banging you on the coffee table later'!!! Let's get this win boys, don't waste the good things ya been doin lately.

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  • April 11, 2014 at 14:06
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    Sounds like a KJ quote

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  • April 11, 2014 at 14:08
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    I don't think he should be putting such an emphasis on getting the first goal. Sure it's very important, but now the players will feel such pressure to get that goal and should we fall behind, their heads will be on the floor.

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    • April 11, 2014 at 17:15
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      @Alan.F: i dont think going behind will effect the team alot..simply cos they know how to win

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  • April 11, 2014 at 14:30
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    Time to let the Lions loose on Watford.
    I predict a thrilling 4-2 win.
    I can't wait for kick off.

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