Fan's Roar: Another defeat, but can Holloway keep Millwall up?

By Rob Virtue on January 13, 2014 10:15 AM |

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Ian Toal of Millwall Supporters Club

The size of Ian Holloway's job to keep Millwall in the Championship is pretty apparent after yet another away defeat for the Lions up at Huddersfield on Saturday in the new manager's first game in charge.

Although he was picking the side for the first time after only having been appointed last Monday, it was a pretty similar side to the previous match.

We put in a disciplined, hard-working performance but were undone by a bad header by full-back Jack Smith that gifted the opposition an injury time winner.

It was a real sickener for the new manager, the team and all the Millwall supporters who had made the trek to Yorkshire.

Those are the kind of defeats that make you think that relegation is worse than a possibility, a probability.

Holloway has organised a behind closed doors friendly between the squad for this week, so from there it should become apparent what he needs at the top of his shopping list.

Although we are not rolling in money, I'm sure that Holloway would have only agreed to the job if he was promised some funds this season and possibly some more in the summer if he keeps us up.

I'm sure he is going to be looking for some younger players who can play with a higher tempo and with more energy to get around the pitch.

Holloway's sides tend to play high tempo football and like to retain the ball, so interesting times are ahead if he can do the business and keep us up.

The press conference given by the club last Thursday showed just how engaging Holloway is and how enthusiastic he is about getting the club back on it's feet.

At the end of his Palace reign you could sense that he had enough of football and needed a break.

He explained how he didn't even have a chief scout at Palace and felt that the world was on his shoulders.

The Millwall Board have made him feel wanted again and even our ex-manager Kenny Jackett assisted in selling the job to Holloway and recommending him to the Board.

I'm pretty sure a young winger, a striker and probably a centre midfielder will be high on Holloway's list.

Defence, judging by our abysmal goals against record also needs improving, but he might look to use different combinations to see what works best to see if re-addressing that area can be left until the summer.

We have enough defenders at the club who have all played well for periods in the recent past, but they now need to deliver for the rest of the season otherwise they could well be replaced.

Quite a few of the players must be playing for their Championship future. If they don't succeed at Millwall it must limit their future options.

The wage drop between the Championship and League One and below must be huge and given you have a short career this should be a motivating factor.

Now we have a charismatic manager in charge hopefully he can bring the best out of the players at his disposal.

Saturday's home match against Ipswich, managed by former Millwall manager Mick McCarthy is a huge game.

The crowd will be behind Holloway and the team, but they need to get stuck into Ipswich from the off to keep the crowd with them. This can only help in getting a win that we vitally need.

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