Millwall manager: Eight points will be enough to keep us up

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IAN Holloway believes Millwall need eight points from a possible 12 to stay up.

The Lions boss has seen his side win two and draw two in their last four games – and is calling for them to do the same again in the final run in.

They travel up to Middlesbrough on Saturday before hosting Doncaster Rovers at The Den on Easter Monday in a crunch weekend.



But Holloway says the momentum is with his players as they scrap to survive.

He said: "I honestly believe we've got a great chance of getting out of this because the boys are starting to believe in what we're doing and they're getting the rewards.

"It is all in our hands. If we win four games, we won't go down. If we win three and draw one, we won't go down. If we win two and draw two, I don't think we'll go down either.



"I think eight points from four games will be enough."

Fellow strugglers Yeovil, Charlton, Blackpool and Doncaster all play on Good Friday – 24 hours before kick off at the Riverside Stadium.

"The hardest thing is trying to stay focused," Holloway said. "We will already know what we've got to do by the time we play Middlesbrough – and that's a distraction.

"We have got to focus on ourselves and nothing else, and that is what the players have struggled to do before and are only just doing now.

"Never will we have a bigger test than this Friday and Saturday.

"Our report on Middlesbrough last weekend is that they were so fortunate to beat Burnley it was unbelievable. I honestly think they are beatable."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

30 thoughts on “Millwall manager: Eight points will be enough to keep us up

  • April 17, 2014 at 10:39
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    8 points would be great personally I think 6 points will be enough I can't see Doncaster or Blackpool wining another game and the trainspotter are looking very ropy
    The great escape is on COYL

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    • April 17, 2014 at 11:15
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      @woolwich lion: it could be possible with 4pts aslnng as 3 are against donny...i'll settle for 6 just to make sure

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  • April 17, 2014 at 11:04
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    Lets get 12!! COYL

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  • April 17, 2014 at 11:18
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    Is fans deserve a reward for what we've all put up with this year 12 points is what we should be aiming for! Make it worth while for the loyal fans travelling to the riverside! Hope they all come back happy!

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  • April 17, 2014 at 11:19
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    I just hope we don't go out to Boro looking for a draw, it'll be nice to enjoy the Bornemouth game knowing that we cant go down, I think will score a few past Donny

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    • April 17, 2014 at 11:31
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      @Charliefearnofoe: Yeah I agree mate, would be nice to watch the game knowing win, lose or draw we will be playing Wolves, Sunderland (prob) and Fulham ( prob) rather than Rochdale, Crawley and the pikies!!!!

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  • April 17, 2014 at 11:19
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    Bring on Donnie, a draw at Borough will be ok for me.

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  • April 17, 2014 at 11:29
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    I think that 7 points is the most we can get.That would probably be enough,but we could get a little as 4 points.Whatever we get I can see it going down to the last game - Born-mouth.

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  • April 17, 2014 at 11:30
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    Lovely - Jubbly Millwall seem to be on their way, boro' here we come. ( we are going up there early Friday to let them know Millwall South London Town is about the weekend.

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    • April 17, 2014 at 11:46
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      @BUSHWACKER14: well the weather up here is overcast and overcast and cold but a Millwall win on Saturday will be the perfect tonic lucky we've only got 12 miles to travel Saturday. safe journey up tomorrow .

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      • April 17, 2014 at 11:56
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        @carewlion: so what your really saying its dark & dingy..nothing new..c u all saturday..

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        • April 17, 2014 at 12:04
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          @Jim28: well it is in Seaton Carew near Hartlepool grey and horrible forecast sun for Saturday all you guys traveling up have a safe journey and we will back the team vocally. coyl

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          • April 17, 2014 at 12:12
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            @carewlion: does any know how many tickets have we sold for the riverside I saw it was 250 yesterday was hoping for around 500 mind you we make more noise than 5000 .

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  • April 17, 2014 at 11:34
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    One more thing we HAVE to win against Donny - but we have gone EIGHT Home games without winning.That is desperate/poor like our Home form over the last couple of years.

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    • April 17, 2014 at 11:48
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      Read the SLP james henry had a article saying he hopes millwall will stay up so he can play at the den again..cos he feels well liked by the fans..you can have your own take on that one...

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      • April 17, 2014 at 11:59
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        @Jim28: I think Lomas drove him out he's good on his but had to many off days and thought he was better than he was .

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  • April 17, 2014 at 14:42
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    Funny how Ollie was the worst manager of all time just a couple of weeks ago now we are hanging on his every word:)

    Just need to see how the points are distributed after tomorrow then the panic come saturday & go through it all again saturday night !

    Read a lot of crap on msg boards the last few weeks about IH but despite the poor home form I believe he's getting things right. Problem is we've started to run out of fit players, losing Shittu was bad enough but Beevers is doing OK, losing Upson is another blow now Bailey & Dunne might be out.

    Tis a bit worrying.

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    • April 17, 2014 at 19:55
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      @Millwallsteve: He hasn't kept us up yet and even if he does, so what? That was the minimum expectation.

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  • April 17, 2014 at 15:24
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    Think we will be lucky to get 4 points, I hope I'm wrong but I think our home form will let us down, still could be enough though.
    Going to be like last season, relying on other teams to do the job for us.
    Will be keeping everything crossed this weekend and hoping that all the teams around us LOSE!!!

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  • April 17, 2014 at 15:33
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    There's a lot of 'squeaky bums' out there, whatever happens it's still COYL!

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  • April 17, 2014 at 22:41
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    Why would the games on Friday be a distraction Ollie?

    We will need to get points to move out of the relegation zone whatever happens so go to borough aiming to win!

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    • April 17, 2014 at 23:00
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      @MFC Lion:

      two wins and a draw will do it - go for the win at boro - IH doesn't know any other way - 47pts - on all known form Donny and Blackpool can't win on Friday nor Charlton - will they get to 46 - I am not sure they will -- if we beat Donny Monday - that is the key - we need a turnout - the biggest the best the loudest

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      • April 18, 2014 at 00:11
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        @timchimes: spot on i dont know why some fans would fink he will go for a draw .not his style....then its doncaster at home on a bank holiday... Should be a size able crowd...to say this is a must win would be an under statement ..BE THERE

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  • April 18, 2014 at 08:21
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    Eight points will most definitely see us safe, but getting them is another matter. One thing is for sure, things are looking better than they did a couple of weeks ago.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 08:31
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    Biggest worry is how many changes are made to the two line ups , two games in 3 days ,

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  • April 18, 2014 at 09:51
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    2 weeks ago we were dead and buried. At least now we've got a chance. Ollie's doing fine. He's worked swiftly and not afraid of a decision. Things had to be changed quickly , that has risk attached. By and large , he's doing a great job in my opinion.
    One more thing , today , I'm a Burnley and Derby fan !

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    • April 18, 2014 at 09:59
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      @Block 8: Me too mate I will be cheering derby and burnley on today

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      • April 18, 2014 at 10:21
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        Bolton away to anoraks..would be funny if trotter got the winner..

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        • April 18, 2014 at 10:47
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          @Jim28: That would be well funny,even better if he got a hat trick

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  • April 18, 2014 at 11:23
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    Will be up early to see if the games have gone our way....also just found out one of the sports channels is showing live Championship games so will be able to see some action...sadly Millwall v Boro OR Millwall v Dony isn't one of the 4 games they are showing......

    Come on wall YOU CAN DO IT....................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    let see 3 points from boro and 3 at home on Monday and we will have done enough me thinks....!!!!!!!

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