Millwall boss: Inconsistent performances cannot continue

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IAN Holloway has vowed to iron out Millwall's inconsistencies after admitting he was "upset" by their first-half showing at Bournemouth.

The Lions were 2-0 down at the interval but Holloway felt they deserved to be even further behind.

It was only when he introduced Ricardo Fuller from the bench and changed to a 3-5-2 formation that Millwall moved out of first gear.



Holloway attributed his side's second-half comeback – sealed by Magaye Gueye’s equaliser – to "honesty and hard work" but says they cannot afford to start games so poorly.

"Those are the minimum qualities our fans deserve," Holloway told the Southwark News.

"Whether you've got a long-term or a short-term contract with Millwall, you have to be fully committed. That's what I'm demanding and that's what I'm getting, so I'm delighted.



"But one minute we look like Bayern Munich and the next we look like the Dog & Duck pub team. It's not right.

"Once we find some consistency, we'll climb the table. We've got to work at being consistent within games, let alone batches of games.

"When we had consistency and balance at the end of last year, there was no issue. I know when we're effective, we've just got to do it more often.

"We've got to realise what makes us a good team and that looked very clear in the second half – we won the second balls, we pressed them high up the field and it was very exciting.

"We kept winning it back, putting the ball in their box and it looked like we were going to pin them back forever."

But Holloway was furious with Millwall's display in the opening 45 minutes.

"I didn't like it one bit," he added. "Never will there be a bigger contrast between a first half and a second half.

"I didn’t think we pressed the ball in the right way, our midfield wasn't right and we didn't look like an attacking force. The defence didn't play the ball into the right areas either.

"We were lucky to get in at half time just 2-0 down. I was delighted with the second half but that's what we should be doing to teams from the first minute. I was a little bit upset.

"I've been pleased with most of our performances but not that one. Bournemouth closed us down with an intensity that we didn't have.

"We were working on that exact thing all week in training and that went really well, but I've since shown the lads that they didn’t do it in the game.

"Right from the first throw in, we didn't get it right. Some of the decisions we made on the ball, passing it back into midfield, were ridiculous.

"They were pressing us very high so playing through the middle was never on.

"They were up for it, especially after the first goal, and then we played even more passes into the middle and they snapped it off us.

"It's very frustrating because we've done OK against the top teams but we're not as consistent as them. We've got to start games that way."

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35 thoughts on “Millwall boss: Inconsistent performances cannot continue

  • December 4, 2014 at 10:42
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    We might be more consistent with a more settled side and two upfront IH.

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  • December 4, 2014 at 10:46
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    our being inconsistent comes from the manager f**king about with the formations all the time, he said himself we look a better team with two up top.

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  • December 4, 2014 at 10:56
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    Conveniently forgetting the guilt edged chance they wasted to kill the game off. Yet more bluster from Holloway.

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  • December 4, 2014 at 11:03
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    wow maybe the penny has dropped and lets stick with a team and not keep changing it every week...that way you will never get consistency as people are looking over their shoulders all the time. The supporters are saying it and why is IH not listening ..too much showmanship IMO

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  • December 4, 2014 at 11:16
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    I still 3-5-2 will get us spanked by a good team, its too risky to play for extended periods. The issue is that now Ollie is laying a settled team, his players have to perform and they are not yet getting his style of play right. End of the day, players have to do what they are told and adapt to the game, its basic to know that if you are getting pressed high up the pitch that you put long balls over the top to peg them back. Snr players should spot that.

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  • December 4, 2014 at 11:28
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    He seems to be talking like these performances had nothing to do with him setting out the way we play, and the Bayern comment well in all of our dreams, nearly half the seasons gone and at the same level as this time last year.
    He needs to get some results soon because its only 3 weeks untill Boxing day and we know what happened last year, I am not expecting us to shoot up the table but lets at least not go through what we have been through over the last 2 seasons, come on Ollie live up to your reputation which I supposed got you the job at the Den. Mid table would do.

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  • December 4, 2014 at 11:29
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    We might be more consistent if they start trying BEFORE we go a couple of goals down.

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  • December 4, 2014 at 12:08
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    Slightly off here but I see in the paper that us and bristol city will be putting a offer in for eoin doyle in january, ffs millwall if he's that good don't let that two bob club out bid us, just for once be ambitious, I always say on here better players equals bigger gates.

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    • December 4, 2014 at 12:19
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      The problem is foxy that he has so much dead wood that he has to try to offload some of it..the other problem is some of the players are out of contract at the end of the season and some are too good to let go for nothing.. Sods law ..get rid of some of the dead wood to release funds for some new players

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  • December 4, 2014 at 12:18
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    Stop chopping and changing then stick with the same squad and the 3.5.2 at the moment we are playing all the top teams because of the position your decisions have put us in, but, I know we will be ok this season

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  • December 4, 2014 at 12:28
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    .io olly whats wrong with the dog & duck..

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    • December 4, 2014 at 16:39
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      @Jim28: Nothing they have a settled formation. Bet they'd give us a good hiding! 🙂

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  • December 4, 2014 at 12:37
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    I keep sayinng enjoy the ride. We are a small club, in terms of budget, in this league, and I really think the club is moving forward, perhaps not in terms of points won but certanly in the way we play. How many of the games we have drawn after being a long way behind, would we have llost by more than a few goals last year? Leave Ollie to do what he does, get behind the team, make a noise, do not give up, they have shown they do not. Judge Ollie at the end of next season, I have a good feeling with the youngsters we have coming in next year we will be flying, in the Championship we will not go down this season.

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  • December 4, 2014 at 13:31
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    How about having that sports pyschologist convince the team (including IH) they are already losing 3-0 before kick off?

    In the long term IH is doing this right, the style of football and making it universal throughout all levels of the club and it may take 3 or 4 years before the entire club is doing it right. The problem is he didn't get to freshen up the squad like he wanted with players who seem able to adapt to this style. I think half a season is enough of the experimenting so he is better off putting the style of football he wants on the back boiler and just ensure we stay in this division this season!!

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  • December 4, 2014 at 13:57
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    I agree with the posters on here saying we need to be patient with Ollie. Yes, we have slipped to 20th in the table, but after Middlesbrough we will have played 9 of the current top 12 in our last 10 games. At least it should get easier in February - all the fixtures are against clubs around us in the bottom half. Good results then should go a long way to seeing us safe.

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    • December 4, 2014 at 14:13
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      @Canterbury pilgrim:
      I agree mate, I forgot that we have had a few tough games recently.
      Just goes to show that at the moment there are no teams in this league
      that are going to run away with it. We could compete against any of them
      with some consistently. It would be great to spank someone by four or five
      goals, it's been a long time since we have done that, and it would be a great feeling.

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      • December 4, 2014 at 17:36
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        @lowdown: The worrying thing is that we usually play better against the higher placed teams and get beat by our basement rivals, this has been the habit of the last few seasons.

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    • December 4, 2014 at 14:19
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      @Canterbury pilgrim: I see where you are coming from but we still have the other 3 to play and on Dec 29 we play Bournemouth again (the day Beckett was killed) but as we are once again finding out in this division for us they all seem to be hard games or at least that's what we try to make them.
      As I have said earlier as well as many others on her,e he needs to start getting a few wins on the board to get as safe as early as possible then he can start looking at his formation when when our position in the Championship is assured for another season.

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      • December 4, 2014 at 22:58
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        @Barnlion: Will no one rid me of this turbulent manager...

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  • December 4, 2014 at 15:22
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    The more games we lose or draw the more the teams we play will be above us. Am I the only one that thinks we are in deep s;#t ? We need to start winning games before we run out of fixtures. Another season of a basement dog fight. I've had a gutful.

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  • December 4, 2014 at 15:51
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    Ok team talk for Saturday
    Before the match
    Right lads where 2.0 down pull your finger out i want a performance like the 2nd half at Bournemouth last week,
    End Of.

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  • December 4, 2014 at 16:40
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    Fans are saying be patient with olly & judge him at the end of next season..got one thing to say to that &thats b*******..if he carries on at this rate we'll be in L2..so stop pouncing about olly & pull yer finger out..

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    • December 4, 2014 at 23:59
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      @Jim28:
      Think about it sensibly. Next pre season we will have another 50 grand per week maybe more, available to spend on wages per week because a lot of this current team won't be here. Once holloway has had a decent budget to work with and has room to make his own signings it's down to him, but it's unfair to judge him when he has been here 1 year and had a lot to sort out not just on the playing side of things. All we should expect to do this season is survive, any reasonable person can see that so I don't know why some get so carried away and think we should be beating every team. Yes we are having a bad run but we have a s*** squad, and the more promising outfield players we have are ones that holloway has signed, upson, williams, Gregory for example. All some people seem to write on here on every article is the same old rubbish. We will not find a manager of holloways calibre to manage us any time soon. That was proved when we lost jackett, some of the names being touted were shocking and we ended up with lomas, so don't think that we are an attractive club to manage. IMO we should be greatful we have an experienced manager who is fairly well thought of in the English game, he also sticks up for us and has been more outspoken about s*** refs than any manager we've ever had. He might be a bit mad but he is what we need, given time I think he could be very successful for us.

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  • December 4, 2014 at 18:10
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    @ JIM28 : no mate,it's not b******* as you put it,it's their opinion ,which they are entitled to on here, it's about respecting other people's point of view. You don't have to agree with them, and they don't have to agree with you,it's about differing opinions.

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    • December 4, 2014 at 19:19
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      @bordersarebest0170:

      Gotta agree with Jim I really fear for us this season if we don't pick up soon yes I think future looks ok with all the s*** going in the summer to free wages but worry he might just replace it with more s***

      This first season in a long time I thought charlton would beat us

      Time for the excuses to stop and start getting on with it

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  • December 4, 2014 at 18:13
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    one win in 14 games Holloway the players are good enough to beat anyone...they need a settled team and 442...the tikka takki passing might suit Barcelona but NOT Millwall....We need a manager who is not stupid....OLLIE OUT

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    • December 4, 2014 at 19:10
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      @SE17 Lion: cant see it getting much better.f*** me we couldn't even beat charlton and thats saying something..never mind we'll all be down the den sat cheeting our team on..COYL

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  • December 4, 2014 at 21:30
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    Pass the butt

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  • December 4, 2014 at 22:59
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    From what ive watched this season the Dog and Duck would take us to the f****** cleaners
    in Olly we trust ..............................just

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  • December 5, 2014 at 08:33
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    @ SE17: ok so you want OLLIE out, so who do you want in, give us a name, or a couple of names of managers that you think will be the answer.

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  • December 5, 2014 at 08:41
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    I still think Ollie's main issue is the squad he has available to him. He needs to keep us up then build a squad over the summer, no action should be taken before then, even if we did go down.

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  • December 5, 2014 at 09:31
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    Yeah GLYNGO, I agree, I said on a previous post ,judge Ollie a year / eighteen months down the line when ALL the players are his,playing his way. I also said,i do not think this team will go down in the meantime, in fact I think we will do ok.

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    • December 5, 2014 at 10:04
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      @bordersarebest170
      i support IH %100 though i am critical of IH with his continual chopping and changing of the side,the back four in my view should only be changed through injury,suspenions or rank bad form,not because some one has impressed in training,Mcdonald is the prime example of his tinkering.He transforms mac from out and out striker to an attacking mid-fielder come striker,then when mac starts to play well in his new position IH drop's him as we are going into the international break saying he wanted to give him a rest.A mad decision IMO as it was the last game before the international break when mac would have a long break to recharge his batteries.
      Ollie please giv us a settled back four at least.

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