Millwall manager demands total focus ahead of QPR return

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IAN Holloway will not allow his Loftus Road return to become a distraction.

The Lions boss admits he will have to be as focused as his players when he takes them to his old stomping ground on Saturday.

Holloway has also urged his side to block out thoughts of relegation – and concentrate solely on finishing the season unbeaten.



Millwall could be safe by 5pm on Saturday if they beat QPR and Blackpool lose at Wigan.

But Holloway said: "What I'm trying to do is focus on what we need to do to get a result.

"It is really important that everyone focuses on that – it is no good worrying about all of the permutations.



"Whoever we're playing against is a bit of a distraction, so I won't allow going back to QPR to distract me that much.

"I spent ten years there – five as a player and five as a manager – and they were good times.

"I've got to focus just as much as the lads on what's really important Рour structure and tactics. Chelsea did that in the Champions League, they had a job to do and did it.

"We've got to give very little away and try and score if we can. That's all we didn't do against Doncaster on Monday – everything else was fantastic.

"The stats were quite embarrassing because they didn't even have a shot, whereas we had 20 and 68 percent possession.

"But only five of our shots were on target so as a coach I know what I have got to do – a bit more shooting practice.

"What we need to do now is no different to the last few games – and that's the difficult bit. The difficult bit is to concentrate and keep going.

"In the last eight minutes against Doncaster, I saw a bit of disappointment in the lads' body language for the first time in six games.

"They were worrying about the fact they hadn't scored, so I went crazy in the dressing room because I don't want to see that.

"Above all, we cannot be obsessed by the outcome of a game and I think we were against Doncaster.

"We've got to re-focus on what our job is, what our tactics are and what have we got to do against QPR.

"By the time we've managed to concentrate on that, and done our jobs, then let's see where we are.

"I'm confident that we can go into these last two games with that mindset, rather than 'oh my God, we need to win' or 'oh my God, we might get relegated.'

"If the season had just started, and this is what I keep saying to the lads, where would we be in the league table?

"If we can turn our results around and be one of the form sides in the division, then why can't we continue it?

"But that is just talk. I could talk for England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, but it is about actions now and I am confident in my lads' actions.

"That is why I am so upbeat and why I can't wait for the next game – and I think the lads are feeling that as well."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

19 thoughts on “Millwall manager demands total focus ahead of QPR return

  • April 24, 2014 at 10:32
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    Have been looking forward to this game away all season
    NO SURRENDER !!!!!!!!!!!'!!!!!!!!!!

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    • April 24, 2014 at 10:44
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      Especially when they started singing that they were gonna relagate us..this was before our late goal when we playeda 1-2 with harry..another assist from nappy will shut em up

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  • April 24, 2014 at 10:37
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    No problem, Ollie, you will have nearly 1300 Millwall fans who have got real Passion for the Club. They all deserve the Title of Player of the Season all the 12th Man Fans who attend.Come on you Lions.

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  • April 24, 2014 at 11:56
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    I think QPR fans are on a par with forest fans if things don't go to plan they cry & scream like little babies. & that could work in our favour. Come on wall lets make them cry.

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    • April 24, 2014 at 12:19
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      Bircham glad to see you've got that bird s*** of your head...since you've come back to the wal...bush & block28 got to feel gutted for some of the lads who wanted to go..olly dont feel sorry for yer old club they treated you like dirt...your at a proper club now

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      • April 24, 2014 at 12:49
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        @Jim28: yep, we know that a lot more wanted to come along - that's why we sing ' no one likes us ' . At least some more can see it in the Millwall lounge .

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  • April 24, 2014 at 12:34
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    Morrison will score

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    • April 24, 2014 at 13:00
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      @benzo: hope he scores benzo, he should have scored that header monday me nan could of got that one and she's f****** dead.

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      • April 24, 2014 at 14:31
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        I didn't see the header (box bit crowded).saying that i saw the shot which was flying in how that bloody keeper got to it i will never know..hope reading put 3 or 4 past him

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  • April 24, 2014 at 12:55
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    Boys, it's time to pay the fiddler!!

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  • April 24, 2014 at 13:11
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    One thing for sure they are going to have the A Team in support going over there - ticket or no ticket - Rangers won't know what's hit them if we take the lead

    in the words of Brian Clough: Just f****** win

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    • April 24, 2014 at 13:18
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      Well said tc, fortune favours the brave.@timchimes:

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  • April 24, 2014 at 14:22
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    Just do the business on Saturday then we should be home and dry.

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  • April 24, 2014 at 15:09
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    Carry on Holloway.
    Your doing just fine.

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  • April 24, 2014 at 16:06
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    Gutted I won't be there on Saturday. Should be a cracking atmosphere!
    Will be interesting to see what side Harry puts out as they're already guaranteed a play off slot.
    Think Ollie has hit the nail on the head in terms of our players concentrating and focusing purely on the game ahead. Forget all the other teams around us and what they do, all we have to do is win both our remaining games and we'll be save no matter what anybody else does.
    Just keep doing what you've been doing Millwall and it'll be another 3 points in the bag.

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  • April 24, 2014 at 17:55
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    It's all in our own hands a win and we will be safe a draw and we then to beat Bournemouth and we will be safe those of how have got tickets sing like you have never sung before make it so the team know we are 100% behind them.

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  • April 24, 2014 at 19:06
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    In the words if wInston Churchill Never have so many owed sof few than aways fans who have supported the team in this season of woes and the fabulous voical support you are truly our twelfth man .

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  • April 24, 2014 at 19:33
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    I think it's about time we sang there's only one Ian Holloway

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  • April 25, 2014 at 08:36
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    WITH " KING CARLOS THE SMILER " IN TOWN, MILLWALL HAVE
    NO WORRIES AT QPR !!!!!
    " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
    STORMIN' NORMAN

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