Fan's Roar: We've got our Millwall back
By Ian Toal of Millwall Supporters Club
All of a sudden we have got our Millwall back! Well that's what some of the crowd were chanting during the second half against Ipswich.
The vital 1-0 win against promotion chasing Ipswich was well deserved even if the goal from loan signing from Tottenham Ryan Fredericks on his debut was more than a bit lucky.
I think we all knew he was just crossing the ball in but their goalkeeper Dean Gerken made a hash of it and gifted us the lead.
That was the first Millwall side that Holloway had picked himself and was a great way to kick off his management career at The Den.
The players got stuck in and were more in the face of the opposition than recently and that helped to give us the result. Holloway has an infectious personality and that rubbed off onto the team and the crowd on Saturday.
Centre-backs Danny Shittu and Shane Lowry both had great games which helped give us a platform to build on and importantly keep a clean sheet. We even managed to cope with goalkeeper David Forde having to go off injured after 44 minutes of the match.
With our next scheduled opponents Yeovil Town still involved in the FA Cup, our match against them this Saturday has been put back to Tuesday 11th February which has allowed the team to go on a five day warm weather training break to Portugal.
Although I would rather still be in the FA Cup, this has come at a great time as it allows Holloway and his coaching team to get to know the squad better and get across their ideas and methods of playing.
They will be training three times a day and there will be plenty of video analysis to benefit the team.
Holloway moved to bring ex-Millwall player Marc Bircham back to The Den as first coach last week.
For Bircham to leave QPR, the club he supports, really does say something about the pull of Holloway. Des Bulpin has also joined Holloway's back-room staff, having joined from Crystal Palace where he was managing the U18 team since last summer.
It was great to see Bircham out on the pitch warming up the team prior to the match.
He's a real character and hopefully there will still be room for his mate Neil Harris within Holloway's coaching team.
These former Millwall players will be able to instill in the current team what they need to succeed at Millwall. Basically more of what they did against Ipswich as we have a long way to go to stay up this season.