Millwall boss: Malone "fluke" was my plan put into action

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

SCOTT Malone's "lucky strike" against QPR last Saturday was the result of boss Ian Holloway's tactical planning.

Holloway admitted there was a stroke of good fortune about the goal but insisted Malone had been positioned on the edge of the area by his design.

The left back's sliced effort deceived goalkeeper Rob Green and nestled into the top corner to earn Millwall a deserved point at Loftus Road.



And Holloway revealed afterwards that he had instructed his players to follow up on loose balls outside the box – which they failed to do against Doncaster on Easter Monday.

"We have a different plan for when we're behind, when we're in front and when we're level," Holloway said.

"If we are behind, we need to do this and that – we went to three at the back, four across midfield and three up front, and this time it worked.



"Against Doncaster, we didn't get that right and I was fuming. I know it looked like a lucky strike, but Malone wouldn't have been there normally – that's where I wanted him.

"He was laughing afterwards because he was right there to fluke it, as he was meant to be. If you look at the other chances we created, we deserved to score at least one of them.

"That makes this game a mockery sometimes – you see teams create chances, score chances and score brilliant goals, but all we needed was for one to go in off someone's ear."

Holloway was thrilled with the quality of the Lions' football against Harry Redknapp's side – especially in the first half.

He said: "My lads were absolutely fantastic from start to finish.

"We were superb in the first half and we should have gone in front. We didn't, and we can't blame anyone else for that, but we were very unfortunate.

"The move for Stefan Maierhofer's header was brilliant and their goalie has just touched it to take it off him.

"Martyn Woolford has out-done Richard Dunne and if he'd just taken another touch and rolled it into the corner, everybody would be saying 'what a fantastic goal'.

"We tried to keep it tight in the second half but it was far too open for my liking."

"I cannot ask for anymore from the players. They've been superb over the last two months – and they were again on Saturday, against a fantastic opponent.

"QPR are going to be a tough cookie in the play-offs because they've got a great squad and their performance was terrific I thought.

"Joey Barton, the way he plays the game, is a genius, and they've got every chance of doing well with Charlie Austin fit."

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6 thoughts on “Millwall boss: Malone "fluke" was my plan put into action

  • April 28, 2014 at 08:49
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    We are a fustrating team.. We've beat wigan twice, drew with burnley, drew twice with qpr, drew with reading, drew with brighton, beat derby once, beat and drew with forest. We can get results against the big teams but anyone who is in and around us we just cannot beat! As like liverpool yesterday lower teams play more defensive at the den and hit us on the counter and it is hard to break defensive play down.. We have done well in parts this season just need that extra bit of class to break teams down at times!

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  • April 28, 2014 at 08:52
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    I TELL YOU WHAT, THE PLAYERS DESERVED EVERY CREDIT FOR ANY BIT OF LUCK THEY COULD GET............REASON : THAT WAS ONE OF THE BEST DISPLAYS I HAVE SEEN ALL SEASON !!!
    THEY MANAGED TO DO THE PASSING GAME PLUS CHASE AND PRESS.....JUST WHAT WE WANTED THEM TO DO .
    AND THE MILLWALL SUPPORTERS WHO WERE THERE ALSO THROUGHLY DESERVED THEIR BIT OF
    CELEBRATION FUN, WHEN THE GOAL CAME !!
    " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
    STORMIN' NORMAN.....................................ENJOYED IT ALL.
    PS. WHO WAS IT WHO CAME OVER TO ME ON THE WAY OUT, ON THE STAIRS - ALLY AND SAID
    HELLO
    THEN SHOOK MY HAND ? [ LET ME KNOW ]

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    • April 28, 2014 at 09:23
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      @bermlion: well mate it were'nt me..the way we played was pleasing cos we had to go to plan b very early cos of the injury to martin..took us a little while adapt but when it clicked we was pushing them back...wot was pleasing the crosses moro put in were being attacked...plus iwe did notice a player on the edge of the box..both things were lacking against doncaster

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      • April 28, 2014 at 11:09
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        @Jim28: not having players collecting the ball on the edge of the area has been a problem all season. Remember how many goals we let in from our own corners when SL was in charge. Finally, they have sorted it out and should start getting some goals from set piece plays.

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  • April 28, 2014 at 12:55
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    You could see green getting more & more nervous .especially in the 2nd half with the millwall giving him a hard time...so it was plan f that worked ( fans )

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    • April 28, 2014 at 20:12
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      @alpha_dogg: Think you are right alpha, and there was i thinking i was seeing things.

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