Holloway wants Millwall to make fast start against Boro

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IAN Holloway wants Millwall to make a fast start against Middlesbrough tomorrow.

The Lions have found themselves 2-0 behind in two of their last three matches so Holloway has called on his players to "get going straight away".

Aitor Karanka's side travel to the capital unbeaten in six and fifth in the table.



"We need to get our home form going," said Holloway. "We've got to be up and at 'em, start on the front foot and put their back four under pressure.

"The lads know that because I have said my piece and they know exactly what we did and didn't get right last weekend.

"The lads are champing at the bit and their confidence is very good, I have to say.



"They're all a bit frustrated and desperate to turn what we've been doing into a win.

"Part of it is dealing with that frustration and the other part is making sure we can get back on a winning run.

"I know we can because we've proved before we can do it."

Holloway expects an open encounter with Boro, who have a number of injury doubts going into the weekend.

"This game is made for pressing if we can get it right," said Holloway.

"Middlesbrough will send their full backs forward, they try to dominate possession and Karanka's got his own way of doing things.

"Lee Tomlin comes off the wing and plays it, passes it and moves it.

"They should have won 6-1 against Blackburn last weekend to be honest. But it's a fantastic game for us – we need to get at them and get going straight away.

"Tomlin is the one who makes them tick – he's a fantastic footballer. Part of him is a genius with the way he moves around, floats and drifts into space.

"I would've loved to have him as a manager but I like my own players. If we do get a home win, that won't be a bad little sequence of performances and result."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

16 thoughts on “Holloway wants Millwall to make fast start against Boro

  • December 5, 2014 at 14:36
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    What just go one goal behind before we start playing ?

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    • December 6, 2014 at 12:46
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      @mfc2u: would be an improvement at least.

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  • December 5, 2014 at 14:52
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    Perhaps we can bind and gag Bailey and Hoyte and stuff them in the luggage hold on the Boro coach when no ones looking, its the only way we are going to get shot.

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    • December 5, 2014 at 15:38
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      @Sealion: heard bailey could be back in jan..have a nice xmas bailey

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      • December 5, 2014 at 16:47
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        @Jim28: Yeh but he will probably be back out again before the sales finish. To be honest Jim do we need him, he can't be relied on and has become a liability with his rash challenges, he will be seriously off the pace and will further disrupt the team and we are used to playing without him.

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        • December 5, 2014 at 17:26
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          @Sealion
          im with you about baily,liability in my book

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        • December 5, 2014 at 18:10
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          @Sealion: anoraks knew when to get rid

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  • December 5, 2014 at 16:15
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    So kick the s*** out of tomlin & were sorted.

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  • December 5, 2014 at 17:39
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    0-0 with 10 to play, then a quick double from G&F to kill it off!! NOLU

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  • December 5, 2014 at 21:43
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    Up & at em is hardly a tactical plan is it? Just be true to yourself IH & deliver what you've promised to deliver this season.

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    • December 5, 2014 at 23:34
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      @NO1LIKESUS: all he has to deliver is to keep us up and clear out the dross in the Summer.

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  • December 5, 2014 at 23:33
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    Williams possibly injured does leave the door open for Abdou to come back in and man mark Tomlinson, that's a turn around. We might even get to see Martinez in a Millwall shirt.....

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  • December 6, 2014 at 06:52
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    Glyn, team selection seems to come down to what goes on in training but IH says he will go with a 3-5-2 line up, my guess would be Dunney,Webster,Shittu, wing backs, Wilko & Malone, Williams holding in front of back three, Upson, Macdonald pushing on behind Fuller & Gregory, no wingers needed so Martin may be on the bench but who knows what IH will come up with?

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  • December 6, 2014 at 13:57
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    We could have had Tomlin if our club had any ambition Ollie or hasn't anyone told you that . He has been a top player I. Lower leagues for years starting g with Rushden

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  • December 6, 2014 at 16:09
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    Well that worked a treat Olly you soppy c**t

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