Bournemouth fightback gives Millwall boss food for thought

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MILLWALL's fightback at Bournemouth could prompt boss Ian Holloway to start future matches with two strikers in his line up.

The Lions overcame a two-goal deficit to earn a point at Dean Court after Holloway changed to a 3-5-2 formation and brought on Ricardo Fuller during the half-time interval.

The same change also paid dividends against Wolves six weeks ago when Millwall recovered from 3-0 down to draw, with Fuller scoring twice.

So Holloway admits that he must think long and hard about his tactics before deciding upon his team for next weekend's home clash with Middlesbrough.

Asked why the Lions didn't get going until they were 2-0 down, Holloway said: "I think we lose a lot of confidence when we concede a goal but I honestly don't know.

"Maybe we should start that way but I tried that against Cardiff and it didn't work. We went back to our normal shape in the second half, ground them down and looked a good team.

"It's all about goals. Bournemouth looked a fantastic team once they scored the first goal. Their second goal was full of confidence and they didn't even have their £3million striker.

"What we've got to look at is do I start that way and can we start that way? Let's just find a way to win. That's what Burnley are doing in the top flight.

"Bournemouth have got to find a way to hold onto a lead if they want to end up at the top. If we can win two in a row, we'll be well out of where we don't want to be.

"And with that spirit, we've got every chance of doing it."

But Holloway also pointed out that playing with two strikers doesn't always work.

"I nearly cost us the game because I went to a 4-4-2 diamond just before half time and that let their full backs come forward too easily," he added.

"My lads don't know where to go on that one, even for simple things like taking a throw-in. We have practised it but they forgot under pressure because we'd just let two in.

"What we needed to do was put it behind their midfield and into the front players, so in the second half we put Fuller on and it was a bit more obvious to go to him."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

24 thoughts on “Bournemouth fightback gives Millwall boss food for thought

  • December 1, 2014 at 08:53
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    Hallellulia - maybe the penny has finally dropped - or maybe he has started reading these postings!
    YES we need to play 2 up front - but he now has a number of other dilemmas - he so wants to play play McDonald - rightly IMO, but cannot play him in a MF of 4 - so it has to be 5 in MF - and we dont have the type of wide players to enable 3 at the back.
    Surely this is all basic Sunday morning stuff - I naively thought there was more to being a professional football manager than ther appears to be.
    So yet another system seems on the horizon and another mix of players in different positions.
    God help us - or maybe Willie Wonka is the answer

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    • December 1, 2014 at 09:01
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      @crow191049:
      Haha, even if the penny has dropped I very doubt that he'll apply the lessons learnt on Saturday or after any game this season. He seems hell bent on changes for changes sake and will continue in that vain until he's forced into a permanent 11 & way of playing due to our predicament of needing 20 points from our final 10 games to stay up. I've heard & read all the stuff about his vision of interchangeable players and formations but we'll be relegated before he realises that our players aren't good enough to achieve that.

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      • December 1, 2014 at 20:52
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        Penny dropping in slow f****** motion it seems.

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  • December 1, 2014 at 08:59
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    Hooooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    About time he listened to the people that know - Lions fans.

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    • December 1, 2014 at 17:31
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      @Longfield Lion: agree totally Longfield.

      The irony is the game he cites as it not working is our one win in fourteen is it?

      Madness!

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  • December 1, 2014 at 09:01
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    If you play 442 u dont have to sacrifice the diamond, if your full backs can play in the channels then your central defenders can ritate within the system which makes it easy to switch into 4-5-1 and makes 4-3-2-1 accsesible , and if you release your playmakers in the centre u can adopt 4-1-3-3 , oops thats twelve

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    • December 1, 2014 at 10:06
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      @the columbusblock
      Careful columbus.you are beginning to sound like Holloway.
      stand in the corner with the dunce's hat on for your bad math's LOL

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      • December 1, 2014 at 10:48
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        @jim1222: ark now hear the millwall sing the one up front is dead....Hallellulia

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    • December 1, 2014 at 10:41
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      @thecolumbusblock: ha ha ya wally use the calculator on your phone

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    • December 1, 2014 at 17:46
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      @thecolumbusblock:

      Lol mate you need to apply for holloways sidekick I really reckon you would get it

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  • December 1, 2014 at 09:01
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    Bloody hell...is his brain in tune with every one on here...lets hope its not all p*** in the wind

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  • December 1, 2014 at 09:34
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    Well that's taken 20 games to see that IH. If you read back over the 5 things we learned from literally every game so far we've been crying out for a striker to support Gregory and a settled side. Same starting XI two games running and two points away from home to teams near the top. It Doesn't take a genius to work any of this out. Maybe in another 20 games he'll get rid of Hoyte.

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  • December 1, 2014 at 09:36
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    His lads dont know where to go on that one. Sounds like they are all a clueless bunch of t*****s.

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  • December 1, 2014 at 09:43
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    If he plays 4-4-2. My team would be forde dunne Webster beevers Briggs.
    Martin upson Williams Malone
    Gregory o'brien

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    • December 1, 2014 at 12:12
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      @block 28: I wouldn't mind seeing that side but I would have Wilkinson over Dunne and maybe Gueye over O'Brien. It would be very hard to leave out McDonald though he along with Williams have been our best player this season. NOLU WDC

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  • December 1, 2014 at 11:10
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    We've been telling you that for months... DOH

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  • December 1, 2014 at 13:05
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    Sorry to p*** on everyone's parade, but why do all the top teams play 4-2-3-1? Its because the attacking options are more varied and there are defensive midfielders to mop up any breakaways. Why should we be so different and go for the old 4-4-2? Await your dislikes...

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    • December 1, 2014 at 14:23
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      @beedoscores: As you know dunny is a midfield player come rb then cb..surely he could play as a defensive midfield player..just a thought..

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    • December 1, 2014 at 15:11
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      @beedoscores:
      The top teams have players such as, di Maria, mata, hazard, oscar, bale, ronaldo, aguero, nasri and so on. These players can play all over the place in attacking positions and most of the time they alternate with team mates during a game. Could you name me 3 players we have got who could play on both wings, and as an attacking midfielder/centre forward ? Maybe gueye (spelling) but he isn't consistent or fit enough at the moment. Although we may have players that could do the defensive role just fine (williams, upson, bailey when fit, abdou, Chaplow) we don't have enough going forward to play 4-2-3-1, we are a limited squad who need to play to our strengths, I feel that would be 4-4-2 with Briggs at left back and malone on the left wing with Martin on the right when everyone's fit. We have played 4-2-3-1 all season and look at our league position. It needs to change until we have confidence in the squad and that will only come from a few wins. All that is clear to me the moment though is that we don't have enough quality on the bench. When everyone's fit we have a good first 11 but not much after that.

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  • December 1, 2014 at 14:45
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    Forget the bloody formations we have got 1 win in 15 games....Sack Stupid Holloway

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    • December 1, 2014 at 18:02
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      @SE17 Lion:

      Don't think it's time for that... and in a years time I think you'll agree.

      Ollie for me is potentially one of our best managers. He has to adapt his ideas to our reality plus he is hampered by a load of deadwood which takes time to move out of the system. This is stopping investment.

      He has made some crap deals (Ranegie is one) - but he's done some good ones as well. (Gregory, Wilkinson etc.) All managers do this.

      He is nothing like Lomas - who was way out of his depth.

      But Ollie does need to keep listening.

      He needs time and space to get it right and just now he needs to go back to 4-4-2 to give himself some breathing space.

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  • December 1, 2014 at 17:43
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    Fuxx me by George he has got it !!!!!!!

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  • December 1, 2014 at 18:32
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    Sounds like our players are just plain thick.

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  • December 1, 2014 at 23:20
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    I swear - if these elfin pop-ups don't stop - I'm off

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