Millwall boss praises spirit and skill after Cherries point

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

IAN Holloway praised Millwall's "spirit and skill" after they fought back from 2-0 down to claim a point at second-placed Bournemouth.

Goals in the last 15 minutes from Ed Upson and Magaye Gueye salvaged an unlikely point for the Lions on the south coast.

Holloway said: "Their first goal knocked us. We started alright but they started quickly – all of Eddie Howe's sides do somehow. They are on a good roll and having a good season.



"I didn't expect to be 2-0 down and to be fair it could have been one or two more by the end of the first half. We collapsed a little bit.

"The loss of Lee Martin to injury was an awkward thing for me because he's been doing that right wing-back role and he knows it.

"We went 2-0 down and it wasn't easy for us to get back to our shape with who I'd put on. I had to ask Jermaine Easter to go out there and do that for me.



"But once we got Ricardo zolpidem Fuller on, we went from back to front a little bit earlier and that really suits the lads. We pressed and put them on the back foot.

"If we'd got our first goal a little bit earlier, we might even have won the game. We've hit the bar and there was a strange decision when it looked like Lee Gregory was fouled.

"My lads were even more galvanised after that. We've ended up at 2-2 so we've got lots of spirit and skill. We're not a bad side and we weren't last week either.

"We've got to sort out why we're letting them in and why we haven't scored one more, because we've had at least five or six good chances and forced them back.

"I'm really pleased for the lads – they got something out of it and it wouldn't have been fair if we'd lost that on the balance.

"The lads gave absolutely everything they had. We had to be the better side in the second-half and we were."

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42 thoughts on “Millwall boss praises spirit and skill after Cherries point

  • November 29, 2014 at 19:26
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    Sort out the defence & stop those soft goals going in. It ain't christmas yet!

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  • November 29, 2014 at 19:29
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    PLAY TWO UPFRONT !!!!!
    Why Ollie are you so stubborn regarding this.
    Cannot understand as we would be much better with 2 and may win some games.

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  • November 29, 2014 at 19:37
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    A point and three places worse off than the same stage last season. We are scrapping for survival now, nothing else. Blackpool, Rotherham and one other, hopefully not us.

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  • November 29, 2014 at 19:39
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    Great spirit to come back yet again and achieve another decent away draw. But even Ollie's usual spin can't mask a shocking first half performance and a team that looked all over the place.

    The other week Ollie was cheerfully comparing our current goal difference to last seasons. Well, the only stat that matters is points - and we’ve one less than under Lomas this time last year. I’m afraid I don't have much confidence left in Ollie (or what he says) and I don’t see much hope for Millwall under his management.

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    • November 29, 2014 at 19:44
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      @Micky Lions: I agree mate , great point today but he only puts two up when we start losing , he tries not to lose games rather than trying to win them . Worse than under lomas at this stage yet some people fall under his spell and actually think we're a better team !

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      • November 30, 2014 at 09:50
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        @southstandview: I think what people are saying is we play a better quality of football than we have in many years. The problem is the formations and positions ollie puts players in. I understand sometimes what he is trying to do but you need prem quality players to do it. What is apparent is the changes ollie makes when we are loosing are aggressive and attacking, and we perform better, so why doesn't he start like that

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        • December 1, 2014 at 08:17
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          @Geoff the lion: I think that formation is high risk, yes it allows us to get the ball forward quickly but it means we play with 3 CB's and push the full backs up, leaving lots of gaps. Top sides will take advantage of those gaps and we will get spanked. We can only play that way for parts of a game.

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    • November 29, 2014 at 22:11
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      @Micky Lions: judging by the amount of dislikes they are clearly the ones who have fallen under holloways spell , 1 win in 14 now and in serious danger of going down . These gullible people will probably still be happy with him if we do go down .

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      • November 30, 2014 at 11:18
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        @southstandview: I wish I had some of our fans faith in Ollie and I respect their support for the Millwall manager. But I just don’t see the improvement in performances and personnel. Even more importantly, the results aren't any better than under Lomas or even the last season under Kenny.

        For me, the big difference is that Ollie is a really likable character with plenty of blarney. Unfortunately, we need a lot more than that if we’re going to be comfortable in this division.

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        • December 1, 2014 at 08:18
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          @Geoff the lion: I think that formation is high risk, yes it allows us to get the ball forward quickly but it means we play with 3 CB's and push the full backs up, leaving lots of gaps. Top sides will take advantage of those gaps and we will get spanked. We can only play that way for parts of a game.@Micky Lions: under Lomas we were letting in many more goals.

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  • November 29, 2014 at 19:47
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    got to play more direct , i know its hard as we aint got the centre forward to play off , but as soon as fulloff , come on we where a different team again , SAME AS THE BRENTFORD GAME, i am all for this passing game , but we aint chelsea,, we are doing ten passes around the middle , with no end product,
    i think we are a good striker away from being a good side , but until we have this elusive centre forward
    PLEASE OLLIE GO DIRECT , STATS TELL U WE ARE A BETTER SIDE PLAYING THAT WAY,

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  • November 29, 2014 at 19:48
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    I really dont get excited by our comebacks (sorry).
    The bottom line is we aren't winning any games, period.

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  • November 29, 2014 at 20:50
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    GROUND HOG DAY! Wil it come good in the end? F*** KNOWS! MAYBE WILLIE WONKER ,HAS THE ANSWER COS OLLIE AINT !

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  • November 29, 2014 at 21:09
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    I know it was a great come back from 2-0 down but same old story, we're losing then he kicks there a*** into gear and we scrape a draw, I don't know what to think anymore, stick gueye up front with gregory? With fuller coming on the last 25 min, getting desperate now for a win.

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  • November 29, 2014 at 21:12
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    But...

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  • November 29, 2014 at 21:14
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    On train to london first thing I would say is the passion of the fans even when we went 2 down they cheered & sang to the end. If only we could do that at home. Well done everybody that went.

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    • November 29, 2014 at 23:10
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      @block 28: agree .this result is all down to the travellers..great support

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  • November 29, 2014 at 22:12
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    Correct me if I'm wrong this manager has got a worse record than lomas, but I don't hear anyone saying sack him yet ???? I'm sure if he was ex west spam h'd be slaughtered on here !

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    • November 30, 2014 at 01:44
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      @mfcjon:
      You are right, but I'm of the opinion lomas was/is a s*** manager who's only success was in a s*** league. We are a harder club to manage and to state the obvious, aren't too fond of west ham, so to appoint him in the first place was a joke and his use of our biggest budget in years was a disgrace. Say what you like about holloway but his signings overall have been ALOT better and show we are looking to the future(upson, williams, gueye, Gregory, Briggs, Webster are all a decent age) also the football at times has been quality although we don't see it often. We have a fairly big squad but not enough talent coming off the bench or whilst attacking. We need 2 or 3 attacking players who are fast and can run at the defence and put the other side on the back foot. At the moment we are predictable but I believe in the summer when holloway can sign his own players and most of the current s*** we have are gone, we will be a good side. Don't forget we have a lot of money tied up in players who are non existent or loaned out, plus the odd few who are on too much money. Let's just hope we survive this season.

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      • November 30, 2014 at 01:54
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        @82wall:
        Too add to my point a little bit, between the likes of hoyte, wright, marquis, Robinson, bywater, shittu we are spending around 30k if not more on wages per week. None of them will be here next season in my opinion. Think what we could do and hopefully what we will do when that cash becomes available at the end of next season.

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  • November 29, 2014 at 22:22
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    All I can say is what a load of b******* I have faith in holloway but this is getting boring now and we are getting deeper in to trouble, we need a goal scorer if we did we would be sitting top half of the table now with teams looking over their shoulders but where are we worse off than last year play two up front and let's take a lead for a change and start picking up 3 points a game instead of one after a come back, we are better than this

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  • November 29, 2014 at 22:36
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    We need two ip front and to go a little more direct. Not lob it in, not panic but a little more direct. Ollie keeps coming up with bizarre reasons for us conceding goals and almost not losing or almost drawing but we never look like winning. Yes it was a good result for us today but be honest did any one think we were going to win.

    I would give Ollie to Christmas ... If we are not better off than last year by then .... Time to change?

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  • November 29, 2014 at 22:45
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    I remember Ollie saying early on in his time with us that people would disagree with his selections and tactics. He got that right!

    The team seem unable to put together 2 decent halves but having 2 up front seems to be a solution - but only used when we're desperate.

    Well we're desperate for points now Ollie (we are slipping downwards) - so please just do it.

    You don't have to look back far in Lions' history to see that 2 effective players working together up front were a hallmark of successful periods - Bomber and Richard Sadlier, Sheringham and Cas to mention just two outstanding pairs - with great support from midfield and the wings.

    This 'Dunkirk Spirit' that you seem to have got going is snatching something (sometimes) from the jaws of defeat. But whatever way you look at it, Dunkirk was a defeat.

    So come on Ollie, make our Christmas - 2 up front and with great midfield support - and we're all be happy with our pressies!.

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  • November 29, 2014 at 23:59
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    2 upfront ffs!

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    • November 30, 2014 at 00:01
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      @DiggerWall: o b*******, this is getting on my nerves now.

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  • November 30, 2014 at 08:13
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    First of we got to remember we were playing a inform free scoring team.on there own ground.
    just goes to prove how bad cafc are.never looked like scoring.but this mob murdered us in the first half(lucky it were'nt last year)..lets face it they were always gonna score(its wot they do)..we also lost martin early(easter not only played well he played for a lot longer then usual & kept up with the pace of the game)..2nd half olly took of beevers & replaced him with fuller..
    Bournemouth didn't know what hit em.wave after wave of millwall attacks..for long spells they couldn't get out of there own half..this is a team who were top of the league at this point..
    olly got the 1st half tactics wrong..but he made up for it in the 2nd...BRING ON BORO

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    • November 30, 2014 at 09:06
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      Well said Jim, they are at the top for a reason, and if you'd given us a draw before the start we would have taken it. Fuller can't play 90 minutes week in week out, so who is the other striker people want up front with Gregory? Gueye is about our only option.@Jim28:

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  • November 30, 2014 at 09:01
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    This isn't an Ollie hate post.
    I sat and watched us play terribly for 70 minutes, there was no movement the ball was taken by Malone played back to Fordey and hammered up top every time and until fuller came on it just wasn't working.
    Webster and dunne had a shocker in the first half.
    Why as soon as we score do we then start playing?
    It was a great comeback and in the end we deserved the result and could have even got the win... Although what were they thinking when they broke 2 on vs Fordey... That would have killed the game.
    Great result, looking forward to boro.

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    • November 30, 2014 at 09:25
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      @CrawleyLion: a bit of arrogance on there part..the bloke thought he would be clever.either that or he bottled it when he saw fordey...complete mug.cheers

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      • November 30, 2014 at 10:13
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        Absolutely... I couldn't believe it. I'd love to have seen his face in the dressing room after.

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  • November 30, 2014 at 11:07
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    How many points adrift do we have to be before it is realised Holloway is not the man for the job?
    Millwall need a manager with no delusions of grandeur, someone who will put out a hard working side with character in a simple formation (442), where every one knows their job and puts heart and soul into doing it. Surely nobody wants to keep on with seventy minutes of shambles every game.
    Ollie will go, it is just a question of when.

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    • December 2, 2014 at 22:11
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      @Jzero: Who would you bring in better than him?
      We don't want to be a club who goes through managers if it gets tough. We stuck with KJ and they weren't always good times. Give him time he'll come good even if we do struggle for a while

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  • November 30, 2014 at 12:14
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    Possession AFC Bournemouth Millwall
    51% 49%
    Shots
    15 16
    On target
    3 7
    Corners
    3 6
    Fouls
    8 11
    These are the match stats from the BBC website. We may have been outplayed first half but overall we more than held our own against a very good side. They got 2 goals from 3 on target, we got 2 from 7, so to me it shows what a difference a good quality striker would make. I still think Ollie can do a good job at this club, but I'm definitely with those who advocate bringing in another striker and playing two up top.

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  • November 30, 2014 at 15:37
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    the five teams above us were all below us until they changed their manager
    draw youre own conclusions from that

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  • November 30, 2014 at 16:09
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    Watched Ollies post match interview on lions player, he said he saw the difference in the team from the changes made in 2nd half and said he will look at making the team play like that from the off with similar tactics used late im the game

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    • November 30, 2014 at 16:23
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      @Luke ColdBlow10: hopefully he'll follow through with these comments, because that seems to be the biggest issue among most of us on here... Honestly do think we're almost there.... And to repeat from an earlier post, we're not get trounced 3,4 or 5 nil in games- it's almost always fine margins and 1 off mistakes during games that are letting us down... And we're acheiving this farely consistent level with a less than optimum squad and budget in comparison to most of the teams we're up against....
      Back four still needs tightening and ideally we'll buy a half decent striker to take the pressure off the others..

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  • November 30, 2014 at 18:39
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    @ jzero: I personally don't think changing the manager will solve anything, for a start he ain't been here long enough and is still having to pick players he didn't sign. He hasn't got much money to sign any so he has to wheel & deal, it will take time and we all should be patient with him, let's be fair ,a lot of the players that have come in under him have been very decent. I don't believe keep getting new managers in guarantees us anything , look at our recent history, have any of them been that great, I thought JACKETT was but most on here wanted him out,and who is out there who's gonna want to come here and make us a much better team on small crowds, and one of the lowest budgets. I think we can only judge Ollie in another 12/18 months when he has all his own players playing it his way. I don't believe for a moment this side will go down in the meantime and I don't believe the chairman will get rid of him.you are quite right when you say "Ollie will go,it's just a question of when" and that is a fact for every manager,they will all go at some stage, I think Ollie is here for a long time yet.

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      • November 30, 2014 at 21:18
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        @82wall: Yep, I'll second that 🙂

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    • December 2, 2014 at 13:20
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      @bordersarebest0170: Hello Borders, I think chopping and changing managers is a bad approach- but by the same token I think chopping and changing the team and the tactics is also the wrong approach.
      I am all for stability but constant flux is Ollie's modus operandi. Too often in his interviews he reveals he has really not understood what has been going on: it seems when he has hit upon solutions it has been by luck rather than judgement.
      I think his bluster is a case of the Emperor's new clothes. When the players see through him, as it seems some of the 96% of his supporters on here are starting to do, things will go badly wrong and he will go. It happened at Palace.
      I honestly hope I am wrong.

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  • December 1, 2014 at 08:24
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    I understand that playing 2 up front gives us more attacking options, but what formation does everyone want to see? It can't really be 442 because we don't have two wingers and most teams play to dominate the midfield, so are we asking for the high risk 352 which was a tactic used by Lomas?

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  • December 1, 2014 at 15:31
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    All that matters this season for me is to finish out of the relagation zone which we will do in my opinion.
    I was one of the 96% who thought that you was a good choice for manager and I'll happily give you more time. Some might say gullible but I disagree.
    I reckon that approval rate is now about 30% reading a lot of posts and listening to the supporters.
    15 out of contract players will be leaving in May and many of them are our big earners.
    It must be a nightmare trying to keep a squad of 40 players happy. I think Holloway deserves a lot of credit for doing exactly that as these comebacks clearly demonstrate a good team spirit.
    Keep going Holloway.
    Some of us still backing you.

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