Holloway could turn to tried and tested Millwall players

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TRIED and tested Millwall players could be recalled to the Lions' starting XI at Brighton on Friday, manager Ian Holloway has said.

The likes of Danny Shittu and Jimmy Abdou will be in contention for a place in Holloway's line up following a dismal defeat to Middlesbrough at the weekend.

The Lions boss says he will select players who have demonstrated in the past that they can handle the pressure of playing for the club.

"I've got so many players sitting around not playing and maybe I'll have to go back and get that right," Holloway said.

"Maybe they've already proved they can play for Millwall and they know what they're doing for Millwall. I'll have a look at that.

"All I know is that this will give someone else an opportunity. I've got to come up with the right formula to go away to Brighton.

"In my experience you have to go through some horrible things to make people realise what they have to do – if they're strong enough.

"This club is strong and we've got to sieve though the squad and find people who can play for it. Kenny Jackett did a wonderful job of that.

"I put Shittu on at half time and that wasn't a problem. Should I start him against Brighton? Probably might have to."

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50 thoughts on “Holloway could turn to tried and tested Millwall players

  • December 8, 2014 at 14:28
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    Sorry, but we're 20 games in and he STILL doesn't know what his best starting 11 or formation is? Is this really the man that got Blackpool & Palace into the premiership? He's lost the plot.

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    • December 8, 2014 at 15:58
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      @Hedgehog: Like you said, we're 20 games in and he still doesn't know his best eleven, which is very worrying to say the least.
      I like the bit where he says:
      "All I know is that this will give someone else an opportunity. I've got to come up with the right formula to go away to Brighton".
      This probably involves him writing each players name on a piece of paper, putting them into a hat, then pulling out the first eleven!
      For what it's worth Ollie, I'd use the team you played against Leeds and Fulham at the start of the season.

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    • December 9, 2014 at 06:30
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      @Hedgehog:
      Agree Mate. The last couple of Holloway press releases sound
      like he has had his bottom slapped from above.
      A hint of desperation staring to creep into his ramblings.
      I just hope he starts to get it right (very) soon.

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    • December 9, 2014 at 13:06
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      Lost the plot? In fact it is time enough for the conspiracy theorists to kick in with some not very difficult material to work on within their grasp.

      We have enough players competant enough at their trade to play and stay in the Championship. Those men are not being given a fair chance to play as a team as IH the witch doctor seems to pick the team by throwing the squad numbers up in the air and those who land skyward are the lucky ones that week. Someone needs to remind him and his personal team, this is a serious business that a lot of people care deeply about and should not be trifled with.

      Jeepers I am sad, mad and feeling bad (not in nasty way mind).

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  • December 8, 2014 at 14:40
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    Surely a manager of his experience knows when the going gets tough you need proper characters in that side that will get at other teams and fight for the ball. Jimmy Abdou was part of the team at the start of the season and deserves his chance.

    And this isn't a dig at the bloke but please take the captains armband away from Dunne, the bloke has been at Millwall his whole career yet he is the first to hide and doesn't show any leadership on the pitch. Bailey is a huge miss this season and the sooner he is back the better.

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    • December 8, 2014 at 14:59
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      @Omer Ronayne: I agree with a lot of that, Bailey may have played his last game for us but he would have made a massive impact had he been fit most of the season. Gotta wonder what the players think of being told they are out in the cold playing U21's footie then being recalled to the squad when all hell breaks loose. glad that Jimmy is coming back in, with Williams and Upson alongside him he can make a big impact. Gotta keep McD in the first 11 though.

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  • December 8, 2014 at 14:41
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    Beevers has got to come back in, so has Jimmy and Gueye needs a start!!
    I'd like to see:
    Forde
    Wilko, Beeves, Shittu, Malone
    Jimmy, Shaun, Upson
    Martin, Gregs, Gueye
    Against Brighton - can't be any worse than Saturday!

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    • December 8, 2014 at 14:56
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: That's a good line up with one exception, keep Webster in and drop Shittu

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      • December 8, 2014 at 15:14
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        @glyngo: no, Webster was woeful on Saturday!

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        • December 8, 2014 at 15:47
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          @petekenwardmfc: In a massively under prepared team, you can't judge him on one bad performance in a changed team that was in total confusion. Dropping him for one bad game is exactly the trait that we have been criticizing in our management for. two weeks ago many were calling for his inclusion, myself included. Stick by him and he will come good.

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      • December 11, 2014 at 08:47
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        @glyngo: Don't know what match you were watching, mate! We drew the second - half ( 1 - 1 ) , Danny Shittu took charge in Defence. NOLU, WDC.

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    • December 8, 2014 at 14:57
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: Good shout, but I would go 4-4-2 so we aren't overloaded by Brighton in midfield:

      Wilko, Shittu, Beevers, Malone
      Martin, Jimmy, Williams, Woolford
      Gregory, Gueye

      As long as Dunne's dropped that''ll be half the selection job done IMHO. I'd also think about bringing in Briggs after Malone's hissy fit at the fans

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      • December 8, 2014 at 15:56
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        @junkmale: would love to see it mate but IH will never play 442!

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        • December 8, 2014 at 15:58
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          @TheBermondseyBomber: In that case, your $-3-3 is a good shout. In practice it's 4-4-2 when we're defending anyway

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      • December 8, 2014 at 17:22
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        @junkmale: thats more balanced than any team we've put out this season

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  • December 8, 2014 at 14:42
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    God I am getting bored with all this b******s IH comes out with.
    You are right Hedgehog to not know his best 11 when we are nearly half ay through season is just not on.
    "I have got so many players sitting around not playing "
    DON`T HAVE SUCH A BIG SQUAD OF NOHOPERS THEN !!!!!!!!!

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  • December 8, 2014 at 14:46
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    So you think the answer to our problems is to recall players that up until now, you haven't thought were good enough? This squad is in absolute turmoil,no one knows what they supposed to be doing one day to the next!!!

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  • December 8, 2014 at 14:49
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    Keep changing formation
    Keep changing players
    Keep losing matches.

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    • December 8, 2014 at 21:35
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      @wwlion:

      That's so true.

      The blame lies solely with IH. I scratch my head when I look at our squad...all of them with maybe the exception of Hoyte are good enough to be playing at Championship level. Like plenty have said IH doesn't yet know his best 11. Continuity breeds confidence something we're sadly lacking now. Confidence brings rewards.

      A lot of people on here have slagged off Webster for example, but remember 2 weeks ago he didn't give one of the better strikers in the league a sniff at Charlton. He doesn't become sh*t overnight but when you don't play with the same pairing and now this week a completely different formation you're asking for trouble. Take a look at burnley last season. Their defenders played 46,41,41 and 38 league games. So come on Ollie choose your f**king best 11 and stop chopping and changing. Also when the sh*t does occasionally hit the fan don't go missing like you did on Saturday... That's when you're needed to stand up and be heard!

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  • December 8, 2014 at 15:06
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    I think Mr Holloway has talked himself into knots - no nearer knowing his best formation or best team this far into the season.

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  • December 8, 2014 at 15:27
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    got to stick to 4-4-2 ,webster and beevers are best pairing in that formation .
    with wilko and malone .webster was exposed on saturday not all his fault.
    young powell did nothing wrong but was taken off ,will we see him again .
    when is martinez getting a game ,he is one of them just sitting about .
    got a 18 man matchday squad ,with at least another 10 to 12 doing nothing .
    thats why we have a above average wage bill .
    but not enough quality to justify that.

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  • December 8, 2014 at 15:33
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    YOU HAVE RUN OUT OF EXCUSES OLLIE
    Ollie chose the team, the formation and the game play. It's his team and he has had long enough now to find his best selection.
    Every week we hear the same old thing, we are getting better, we soon be turning it around, we had a bit of bad luck.
    I thought that we would be a mid-table team this year but has there been any progress?
    Chicken and the egg situation: Give us results, larger crowd, more revenue or poor results, smaller crowds , less revenue - It's that simple Ollie.

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    • December 9, 2014 at 19:23
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      @AireLys: been saying that for last 2 seasons but what's said on here counts for nothing where only the mugs that pay there wages end of .

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  • December 8, 2014 at 16:47
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    Harris , Cahill , Claridge?

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    • December 8, 2014 at 17:57
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      @wongo: I think I said this this time last year, wondering about Harris!

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      • December 9, 2014 at 13:51
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        @SE14: your and as an alternative to Ollie, then I say it's too soon to change manager and too soon for Harris anyway

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  • December 8, 2014 at 17:20
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    So twenty games in and not only does Mr Holloway not know his best team or his best formation he does not even know his best squad, he is still fiddling around in the dark.
    Remember the arrogance of the man when he turned on the fans after the Leeds game? To get away with that you have to deliver but he cant, he is all noise no substance.
    Let's hope he walks as he did when he failed at Palace - but soon so relegation can be avoided.

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  • December 8, 2014 at 17:56
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    Theirs a lot stating that we need to look through the squad to try and find "True Millwall Players" but a big question has got to be does IH know the Millwall way? I think the answer is 'yes' but i think he refuses to play that way. He's a big advocate of moving the the ball and pressing up the pitch which in theory is a good brand of football, but is this what we are all about?? No, putting players under pressure yes! Im not for one minute saying we should constantly play long ball, but getting the f****** ball up top quickly to a bloke that it can stick to, playing it wide, whipping in crosses, not giving the oppositions defense a moments breather!!! Is what we want and that's what every successful Millwall team has been founded on over the years, not ticky f****** tacky!!!!, IH don't keep on telling us what we want to see and expect and not produce it. If you know then deliver FFS..... That is all

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  • December 8, 2014 at 18:40
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    the players at the club are good professionals they have all played well when coming back to save games we were losing ....but their confidence is gone thanks to Ollie....I think the players are sick of his tinkering and changes Ollie has to GO we need a manager who keeps it simple Ollie has lost it he needs a rest away from football

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  • December 8, 2014 at 18:41
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    IH will play different players to try and make things right,even if it works he will change it again. We will never have a settled side that is given time to prove itself and become a unit whilst he is in charge. I know he is a football man and has played and managed at a good level,iam not saying he does not know what he is doing iam saying he does not know what to do.

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  • December 8, 2014 at 18:50
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    Remember I said this , I think we will be in the play offs by March and unbeaten from Friday . He will play 442 or 443 with shittu and abdou starting on Friday. REMEMBER I SAID THIS . COYLLL

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  • December 8, 2014 at 18:51
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    And we haven't lost at brightons new ground yet

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    • December 8, 2014 at 19:18
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      @boblion: for the life of me i still cant understand why jimmy was dropped after the start to the season he had..or was olly just waiting for upson to come back from injury..he had the best close seaspn then anyone and carried that form into august when we had back to back wins..he dropped him against rotherham and we lost..we scraped through a win against blackpool ( who was utter s***)..play jimmy & it will give williams more space to pick his passes

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      • December 9, 2014 at 13:53
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        @Jim28: that's a good point, Jimmy was playing his best football this season but he has significant limitations. Maybe it was the availability of other players that did for him as you have to accommodate his poor ball retention.

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  • December 8, 2014 at 19:10
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    IH states

    "This club is strong and we've got to sieve though the squad and find people who can play for it. Kenny Jackett did a wonderful job of that.

    That is because we have had two successive managers since KJ who have signed nothing but midfielders.

    That was coupled with the signing of Easter and Hoyte whilst we were between managers and ambler signed them.

    We had too many midfielders when he arrived and we have significantly more now.

    And the managers insistence on trying to keep them all happy has not, is not and will not work.

    Time to get eleven players in a 442 formation and stick with them unless injuries occur.

    It ain't rocket science - is it?

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    • December 9, 2014 at 13:40
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      @bonnie1272: And why the fk did we sign the invisible man (Martinez) who has been bleeding the club of much needed cash for the last few months with zilch in return. We are not a charity Holloway, if they are no good or not fit don't waste our time or money. Stop signing players just for the sake of it, its not like collecting stamps. If you feel sorry for the bloke put your hand in your own pocket and bung him a few bob but stop wasting JB's.

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  • December 8, 2014 at 21:33
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    Sorry Ollie but your comments are crap and you are now sounding like a right t***. You are insulting players by saying 'should I start him against Brighton? Probably might have to'. If I were Shittu I'd tell you where to stick it. Who else stood up and give the team a talking to after that shocker? No-one, certainly not our woeful captain who you never hear. He might be a hugger and not the quickest but I tell you what, he was MOTM for me out of the pathetic team you put out Saturday.
    Stick with a consistent eleven mate and 442.

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  • December 9, 2014 at 06:51
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    It's all about results in Football.
    Holloway won't be around long enough to see his "vision" materialise
    if things don't pick up. Granted, he kept us up,
    but nearly a year into the gig and he ain't got no solid tactical plan,
    and he certainly don't know his best team, or least his best spine.

    Love him or hate him, Football wise the club is in a mess at the moment.
    Behind the scenes, yep he has put some good things in motion,
    but he has got to step up on the pitch now.
    Swallow your pride Holloway and get back to basics with the team.

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    • December 9, 2014 at 13:31
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      @lowdown: Holloway kept us up with the main core of KJ's team and not the expensive flops he brought in.

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  • December 9, 2014 at 11:11
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    Why? The results won't change. Relegation is on the cards & there's nobody else to blame IH but yourself. I want my Millwall back.

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  • December 9, 2014 at 11:16
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    Interesting to contrast Holloway with Jose Riga who kept Charlton up last year then went to Blackpool and got sacked after winning only one game in fifteen. Riga had next to no players available whereas Holloway has too many, I know which one of those seems a better excuse to me.
    Could we have another poll with three options:
    1. Holloway to stay
    2. Holloway to go
    3. Holloway stay but with a commitment to a small squad and basic formation
    Problem with option three is it would require decisions to be made now as to who is going to stay at the end of the season. I don't think being decisive is one of Holloway's strengths.

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    • December 9, 2014 at 11:17
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      I wonder what Riga is doing now?

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    • December 9, 2014 at 13:28
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      @Jzero: That's the problem with Ollie too many voices going on in his head.

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  • December 9, 2014 at 12:22
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    Holloway owes us an explanation on this or another fans site, or Lions Live, for the teams poor run and certainly for the defeat Saturday.

    When we win (started to forget when), or draw he is full of it and plenty of blogs saying how good the team is coming together, after Saturday there is very little. It's not good enough Holloway to hide and hope this defeat at home will soon be forgotten. Start listening to the fans and get them back on your side.

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  • December 9, 2014 at 15:27
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    My opinion this is a joke but the blame doesn't lie at holloway yes his stupid formations aren't working out but some of the players don't care anymore Malone was my favourite player UNTILL boro when he was getting stick from the dockers stand told them to f*** off and it's not the first time his done it.

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  • December 9, 2014 at 15:47
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    Any manager worth his salt would have had his team sorted out by now, but this guy is running from pillar to post, all over the place. Sorry he has lost it. Its time for the board to take stock.

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  • December 9, 2014 at 21:02
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    Ollie is a great motivator but clearly he prefers players who are the best 'triers' rather than the best footballers with technical ability. That's why we have 1 win in 15 games. We are a team of headless chickens. As for getting Palace promoted, actually Freedman did all the work, and Palace slumped with Ollie in charge. I recall a few Palace players saying immediately Pulis came in, they then knew exactly what they were supposed to be doing. Zaha, Bolasie and Murray got Palace up, not Ollie. He motivated them well for the playoffs- as I said he's a great motivator.

    Making Dunne captain is a huge mistake. Beevers is no better (he's another headless chicken), and I like Shittu, but you will see soon, his speed and fitness will show up clearly over 90 mins. Webster did have a shocker, but surely he has to start. Also lets not just focus on our defence, the attacking setup is just as bad. McDonald is another player who Ollie loves with Dunne. What does McDonald offer us? I know he scored last game, but he gives no threat to opponents.

    I just fear Ollie will have to swallow his pride, drop all his 'player favourites' before it is too late, because when we are bottom, getting beaten 4-0 by teams like Derby, you will see he will change it all, and we will probably have to go on another late run to survive. I like Ollie, but he makes too many decisions with emotion, rather than being rational. He would make a great motivator for marathon runners! (Sorry for the rant)

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  • December 10, 2014 at 08:37
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    As I have said already this week Mr Holloway, are you still here?

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