Cutting out errors the priority for Millwall boss at Charlton

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

IAN Holloway wants Millwall to keep their focus and cut out silly mistakes when they face Charlton in the south London derby tomorrow.

The Lions boss has been pleased with the fighting spirit shown by his side in recent matches but admits they must tighten up defensively.

Millwall have let in eight goals in their last three games and been vulnerable at set pieces, so Holloway has focused on being more resolute during the international break.

"We've been looking at one or two things we've been doing wrong and things we haven't been doing as well as we used to," he said.

"It's a case of giving the players little reminders and more practice really."

After the Lions' last result, a 3-2 defeat to Brentford, Holloway floated the idea of changing formation and going more direct.

"We have got to be able to do that in games – that's what has been getting us back into things," he said this week.

"It's about the lads understanding different structures. If you look at the Brentford game, they've scored two goals from us passing it around and giving it away.

"I knew they were going to press like that, so it's our fault really. We should've made better angles if we were going to pass it.

"But when we missed out the midfield and we went forward, we looked like we were going to cause them problem after problem.

"We've got to get that balance right. We have to find a way to win again in this division.

"This division is notorious in that everybody can beat anybody and it's very difficult to be consistent."

Previewing Saturday's clash against the Addicks, Holloway added:

"We've got to go there and impose our game on them and eradicate the mistakes that have led to other teams getting the first goal rather than us.

"That's the biggest frustration for us at the minute. We need to convert a few more of our chances because that makes everything better.

"Our goal difference is minus five after 17 games – our challenge for this season was to overturn a -28 goal difference from last season.

"When we didn't get something out of the Brentford game, when you look at the stats, it's very difficult to accept.

"But we've got to and we’ve got to move on, which is what we’re hoping to do at Charlton."

The Lions are gunning for their third straight victory at The Valley.

"I'm told that the bogey is working in our favour this time, which is nice for a change, but I don't particularly believe in things like that myself," Holloway said.

"I believe in working hard, getting better and taking responsibility for what we're doing.

"We've made some mistakes recently but the lads haven't given up once when things have gone against us, even if those things have been unfair."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

6 thoughts on “Cutting out errors the priority for Millwall boss at Charlton

  • November 21, 2014 at 15:00
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    Well blow me down is that the problem...I seem to think that people here have been saying that all season so far..perhaps the penny has dropped..we shall see

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  • November 21, 2014 at 15:26
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    Let's just play the dirty low life scum off the park. We are overdue to give someone a good hiding. Go for it from the start & Ollie no silly lineup tomorrow.

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  • November 21, 2014 at 16:14
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    Just bring back 3 points!! I couldn't care less if we don't play attractive football tomorrow, I would rather see us lump the ball forward, playing boring long ball as long as we walk away with the 3 points. I do like the fact that we are playing better football but when it comes to a local derby against this scum we just need the 3 points!

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  • November 21, 2014 at 16:44
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    Our challenge wasn't to overturn last season's goal-difference - what a load of cobblers. The 2014/15 season started afresh in August for all 24 teams in this division. I'm getting worried by how much nonsense Ollie is talking (even more than usual) - it's as if he's getting his lame excuses in before the match.

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  • November 21, 2014 at 17:28
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    "It's a case of giving the players little reminders and more practice really." Says IH.

    Well keep the team the same and they will gel.
    Stop making pointless changes to the side week in week out. Says me.

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  • November 21, 2014 at 19:15
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    well f*** me! einstein has entered the building.

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