What the papers say: Joy for Millwall, West Ham woe and Charlton's fury

By Rob Virtue on January 20, 2014 9:56 AM |

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It's early days under new manager Ian Holloway, but those early days have impressed the fans at The Den.

Millwall showed grit in the 1-0 win over Ipswich on Saturday, for their first win since December 7.

And buoyant boss Holloway told the Daily Star he's targeting a long stay in Bermondsey - and is aiming to beat Kenny Jackett's six years.

The paper also reports Shane Lowry praising his new manager. "When we go out there we want to fight for him and deserve to be at this football club," said the defender.

"Confidence is a massive thing in football and he gives you bundles of it."

It was perhaps a lucky goal from loan man Ryan Fredericks but the Telegraph said it was more than deserved.

In a gushing analysis it added the fans have really taken to Holloway.

"The deafening roar that greeted the supporters' first sight of the former Crystal Palace manager before kick-off was more than a wilful blindness to the identity of his previous employer - something not granted his predecessor, former West Ham United player Steve Lomas," it said. "It was ­unanimous approval of their perceived saviour."

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At West Ham, Sam Allardyce can only dream of such love from the stands.

The manager was feeling the strain after a 3-1 defeat to Newcastle at Upton Park.

As the Guardian reported: "One fan made his way towards the home dugout after Newcastle's second goal to direct abuse at Allardyce and West Ham were jeered during the match and booed off after the final whistle."

The manager, meanwhile was furious to miss out on Monaco striker Lacina Traore. "Monaco didn't sign off the paperwork when we asked, and at the 11th hour it looks like they had a change of heart," he told the Telegraph. "To have worked so hard, gone out there to meet him and do a medical and then not complete the deal is a real kick in the nuts. I got mugged good and proper."

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Lack of strikers is also a problem at Charlton, highlighted by the 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

The side have scored just 22 goals in 25 league games this season.

And when the chances do come to the depleted strikeforce, it seems luck is against them.

Addicks boss Chris Powell was left furious after Simon Church's 'goal' was controversially ruled out for a foul.

"Simon's was definitely a goal for me," he told Eurosport. "It was a brave challenge but a fair challenge. There was no danger, no intent and he got there first."

Meanwhile, midfielder Dale Stephens, thwarted spectacularly in the last minute by Middlesbrough keeper Shay Given, said he believes his side has the quality to stay up.

"Things just aren't falling for us at the minute - Shay's save at the end showed that," he told the Daily Star. "He's a great keeper and it was a great stop but we know we're not far away from things clicking."

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