Holloway proud of Millwall after fightback against Watford

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

IAN Holloway praised Millwall's never-say-die attitude after Martyn Woolford's stoppage-time goal rescued a point against Watford.

The Lions were staring down the barrel of their 21st Championship defeat of the season after Almen Abdi gave the Hornets the lead with just four minutes remaining.

But Woolford, who had been thwarted by a stunning Manuel Almunia save, got the better of the former Arsenal goalkeeper with a last-gasp strike.

Steve Morison cancelled out Lewis McGugan's opener before a dramatic finale at The Den.

Holloway told the press afterwards: "It looked it was going to be another one of those days, but I always hoped our spirit would grow.

"It looked like it was over but it wasn't. The players are really chuffed with each other in the dressing room and quite rightly so.

"Watford played well in the first half and caused us problems with their movement of the ball and the shape of their team. We didn't quite get it right.

"They had another chance which I thought they might have scored from, but I knew we had some people on the bench who were ready to come on and have a right go.

"We didn't deserve to go 2-1 behind so magnificent credit goes to the players for creating another chance and putting a team like that on the back foot.

"Almunia made two out-of-this-world saves – even their bench was applauding him. He has still got that Arsenal class in him.

"Alan Dunne maybe struck his shot too well, but I thought the one from Woolford was in.

"How ironic that the worst shot of the three has bobbled over him – but do I really care after what their fans were calling me? No!

"At half time, I told the lads that the fans were still with them and to keep going.

"I'm a bit disappointed that we haven't got two extra points but beggars can't be choosers.

"We made a mistake for their second goal – the first was a great move – because we did not lock things down. It was too ragged and we didn't make the right decisions.

"When it deflected past our 'keeper, that looked like that was goodnight but the great thing about this club is that we never go under easy.

"We always do things with a passion here and I think our fans will be very proud of their players at the moment."

Results elsewhere went Millwall's way and have left them just a point from safety. Assessing his side's survival prospects, Holloway added:

"To get eight points out of the last 12 – and we have deserved more than that – bodes well for the final four games.

"We've got some continuity at the moment and I think that's starting to show. Why can't we stay up? Who else down there is in the form we're in at the moment?

"We're onto 40 points now, so we're out of those horrible thirties.

"Sometimes you get stuck in a little block and you cannot seem to get any momentum, but we've raced away from that now.

"I am proud that we are producing these performances at this time of the season. If you haven't got the right attitude or mental capacity, you'll never survive playing at this club.

"I need a strong set of players and we're growing. Let's hope it's not too late."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

28 thoughts on “Holloway proud of Millwall after fightback against Watford

  • April 12, 2014 at 18:56
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    God we deserved something from that game today..... Miiiiiiiii

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  • April 12, 2014 at 18:58
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    Quote from Foghorn Leghorn-

    "We can, I say we can still do this"

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  • April 12, 2014 at 19:02
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    Nothing else to say apart from WELL DONE WALL COYL it's a night to ave a few beers 🙂

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  • April 12, 2014 at 19:02
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    Edwards was the man of the match today i thought but we deserved to win that and it was really good play from all the players lets hope we get 3pt next game COYL

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    • April 12, 2014 at 20:09
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      @TONY BLOCK28: i agree tony we did deserve more but i saw my old skool millwall today and was proper chuffed that the " never say die" attitude was with the whole lions squad today, i was however disappointed with the hoff's ariel abilities today he just couldnt get on the end of the crosses or couldnt get over the ball to keep it down when he did..... Held it up well though.... My man of the match without a doubt was nicky bailey and if he puts performances like that week in week out he'll be well on his way to becoming a millwall legend powerful, passionate, commanding the ol' boy was immense today .... Well done nicky and well done you beautiful wall fans either at the ground or at the pub or in doors i just know every one of us went mental when woolford banged that equaliser in!!!! MMMMIIIIILLLLLL

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      • April 13, 2014 at 04:12
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        @les the lion: Agree, Bailey MOM... some of the tackles he made were game savers... proper millwall.
        Also thought Edwards and Malone played very well too - they really got stuck in.
        With the way the other results went, that could be a very important point and we certainly deserved at least a point from that game.
        WELL DONE WALL!!! KEEP ON FIGHTING!! MIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! COYL!

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  • April 12, 2014 at 19:08
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    Really glad to see a proper Wall display with pride and passion!!!! #KeepTheFaith

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    • April 12, 2014 at 19:29
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      @kentLion123: All we asked for was some proper fight - compare that 2-2 draw to the Blackburn one. The last three games has shown what we're capable of - even scoring a late goal is something we haven't done for ages.

      Blackpool & Doncaster look to be in free-fall, so it's in our own hands now . We've got two tough away games, so hopefully we can sort out our home-form for the big-ones against Doncaster & Bournemouth.

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      • April 12, 2014 at 19:47
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        F***** watford u had to s*** our gaffer of you mugs..only stirred him...your never gonna to be a playoff club.you got no class

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      • April 12, 2014 at 20:34
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        @Micky Lions:
        Dont forget the year qpr went up as run away champs 0-0 at loftus rd and played them off the park at the den 2-0 abdel tarabt sulked off after 70 mins Andros Townsend put him in the shade

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  • April 12, 2014 at 20:17
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    Can't ask any more ..... Well pleased with the effort we are putting in.

    Millwalls gonna get yer ... Donny, Pool and Addicks

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  • April 12, 2014 at 20:33
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    Could turn out to be a massive point , deserved at least the point we got .. Morrison should have started need to be more positive at home 4-4-2 and lone striker maybe away from home . Woolford does some brilliant things but never passes and loses the ball .. Don't think Malone has had a decent cross in months does the hard things well thou!! On a positive we scored late on !!! Great escape continues next Saturday .. COYL

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  • April 12, 2014 at 20:48
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    Very, very proud of my Wall today, fantastic performance! Nicky Bailey, you're the Governor, carry on like this could become a Wall Legend - keep it up son! Every single one who touched the grass today took pride in wearing the shirt, THAT'S WHY WE PAY OUR MONEY! Ian Holloway, you're mentally ill but I love you, I'm getting a Dockers' Cap with a carrot on the top of it, well done to the lot of you. Onwards & upwards COYL!!

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  • April 12, 2014 at 20:56
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    Also, think the Hoff deserved credit today. Did what he does best: held the ball up, took players away & created chances. Other than missing a simple header, terrific performance, deserved all the applause he got.

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  • April 12, 2014 at 21:32
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    Just got home after 160 mile journey, was well worth it, great second half performance from the team, a few sloppy passes here and there and could have snatched a win. My MOM was Carlos Edwards by a mile, superb player, accurate on the ball and a real threat down the wing. Watford were second rate to the Lions. Well done no complaints.

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  • April 12, 2014 at 21:42
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    @Peckhamlad: well done all and well done peckhamlad you must be knackered.

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    • April 12, 2014 at 21:57
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      @foxy: Yeah but had a pint to sustain me, bloody thing is I left before the equaliser so will stay up to watch it on the league show tonight...yawn. ny way its all those redoubtable supporters that are going to Middlesborough next week that should be congratulated, heroes all.

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  • April 12, 2014 at 22:10
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    Yeah here what your saying about the fans going to middlesborough, but I think over the yesrs we have all done r bit following millwall, and all deserve a pat on the back sometimes mate.

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  • April 12, 2014 at 22:14
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    I really am daring to dream and believe. So proud of the boys today, all we ask is if we're gonna go down, lets go fighting! And now we are really playing for the badge.
    Doncaster match is now massive, and there at Ipswich on saturday. So a draw at Boro would be a dream.
    Keep it boys

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  • April 12, 2014 at 22:15
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    Years (spelling mistake).

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  • April 12, 2014 at 22:40
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    Just got back and am very pleased to have finally seen a proper millwall performance. Garvan very disappointing again today. Should have scored but managed to put it in the one savable place Kept lletting their midfielders run into space unchallenged. Malone needs to put some pace on his crosses rather than float them in all the time. A few worrying moments but I thought Dunne and Beavers were immense at the back and I am certainly no fan of Dunne. Bailey and Edwards were excellent and the big chap did well apart from missing a free header. He plays better when paired with Morison. Really proud of the team today and well worth the journey. At the risk of being told off, almunia was excellent today. If not for him we would have won 5-2. Some of those saves were top drawer. I'm pleased we are beginning to test keepers now. I don't know the stats but we must have had 12 on target. Onwards and upwards. Miiiiiiik

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  • April 12, 2014 at 23:22
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    Thank God we've got our MILLWALL back

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  • April 13, 2014 at 00:08
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    Fighting spirit, to claw back both times when they got goals, win lose or draw that's what ya want . When Watford got the 2nd goal, It was just so s***, we were attacking and creating but gettin f*** all for our efforts then came the moment!!! Didn't even have to be there to sense the feeling. It would've been a tragedy to have lost and praise to everyone who keep going forward and believing.

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  • April 13, 2014 at 00:49
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    Loads of people left when Watford scored the second. Leaving early is something I will never understand. It's not like you need to beat the traffic or the queues at Millwall. Why pay and then walk out the final whistle? I can possibly understand if the match is totally won or lost but at one each or one down or one up, I cannot and will not understand it.

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  • April 13, 2014 at 02:54
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    Great passion to come back twice. Ollie got his changes bang on. Baileys best game so far. Fans roar after morro goal was brilliant. Blinding day. One more beer & that's me done.

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  • April 13, 2014 at 23:53
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    if we manage to do this and stay in this division i would like IH to try and keep most of what we have as a squad as they are now playing how a team like this on paper shoyld have. morro and hoff, edwards we should keep. fredricks will drfo go back to spurs. get rid of the argie,hoyte,smith,feeney ,marquise

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  • August 17, 2014 at 05:35
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    I'm on holiday at the moment in turkey but just wanted to say well done the lions, and a big well done to the fans, I feel so proud.

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