Holloway: Millwall must keep their cool against Blackburn

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IAN Holloway wants Millwall to keep a lid on their emotions if decisions go against them against Blackburn Rovers tonight.

Lions players felt aggrieved by the performance of referee Bobby Madley in their 3-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday.

But Holloways believes that frustration got the better of his side and affected their decision-making during the game.

So he wants Millwall to keep their cool when Rovers come to town.

"We don't need a referee to help us, we help ourselves," Holloway said. "We did really well against Watford apart from handling the emotion of the game.

"Yes, you want your players to care but they need to defend and do their jobs after that."

The free kick which led to Watford's second goal was a particularly sore point of contention for the Lions.

"We felt we should've had a free kick on Alan Dunne," added Holloway. "The foul on him by Deeney was blatant and obvious.

"How the referee can twist that to a foul against us and a booking, which could have been worse in the end, is beyond me.

"We felt the decision should have gone the other way and watching it again, I'm convinced that Deeney has fouled Dunney at least three times during the game.

"But we have got to get on with it. These are excuses. We've got to learn to deal with these situations – we're never going to get those decisions, it's always been the same.

"The team has to keep going and make sure it's set up right. It's criminal really.

"We have had a chat about it and hopefully we will be able to adapt a new atmosphere and attitude towards whatever happens in a game.

"It's no good blaming the referee because the rest of the world is doing that as well. We've got to be robots and stay on task.

"On Saturday it looked like we were waiting for the referee to do something for us because we were all moaning at him. That's not the right attitude.

"That also starts with me on the bench. My job is to ask the fourth official whether the referee is being fair – the lads should leave that to me.

"I've got to lead by example and not say a word to the ref."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

9 thoughts on “Holloway: Millwall must keep their cool against Blackburn

  • November 4, 2014 at 11:04
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    Yep, I've said it before,' Let's get it on ' : I don't mind drawing or losing but give a Brave Display ! ( NOLU, WDC. ).

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    • November 4, 2014 at 11:17
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      @BUSHWACKER14: at the moment winning would be nice..bush were always cool its olly who wants to calm homself..NOLU WDC

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      • November 4, 2014 at 11:34
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        @BUSHWACKER14: @Jim28: no Ollie leave the ref to us that's wot we do. Milllllllllll

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  • November 4, 2014 at 11:50
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    Well that cheat of a ref we had Saturday comes from WAKEFIELD, what's the nearest team from there,LEEDS. What's the betting he's a LEEDS supporter, it's 20 mins away from where he comes from. He is only 29 now, he's come through FA school of refs so he could never have played the game much if at all. Useless cheat

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  • November 4, 2014 at 12:39
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    It would be interesting to see how the decisions go if none of our players argue about any of them and just get on with it.

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    • November 4, 2014 at 13:09
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      @benzo: dont think it matters ..the refs have always been biased b*******

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  • November 4, 2014 at 13:16
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    @benzo
    The late Brian Clough alway's told his player's to never argue with the ref as he will not change his mind,in my view it is best for player's to accept his decision,but tell them in a quiet way a little later,that way you let him know your view without getting yourself booked,and you never know he might just give us a few 50-50 decision's.Saying that we are Millwall and NOLU but WDC.
    PS im not getting many dislike's of late and im getting worried about my street cred.

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    • November 4, 2014 at 13:38
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      jim1222
      Whoever gave me the dislike

      THANKYOU

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      • November 4, 2014 at 15:11
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        @jim1222: your welcome jim.

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