It's not the greatest time to be a Millwall supporter. Down in 23 place in the Championship table, six points from safety and in a relegation dogfight. But manager Ian Holloway is still confident that his side can escape the drop.
The manager reflected on last season’s resurgence and explained that his players needed to reproduce the same performances for the remaining 11 games of the season, starting at home to Norwich City on Saturday.
“What we need to do now is how the same type of togetherness, spirit and commitment to the cause as we all managed to do this time last season,” Holloway told the club’s Millwall FC.
“The energy around the place then was absolutely immense and that helped the lads to perform at their absolute best.
“We need that again, and so as long the players continue to show the enormous amount of effort and passion that they have been doing, then I’m sure the fans will help to create a positive atmosphere which both helps us and makes it hard for teams to come to The Den and play how they want to.”
Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Andros Townsend, Tim Cahill. These are just some of the high profile players that have learned their trade at The Den at some stage of their fruitful and successful careers.
And Holloway is looking to grow more talent from the same production line.
Former Blackpool and Crystal Palace chief said: “We’re trying to build a better club here at Millwall - a process that takes time- but we are laying some great foundations for the future.
“The progress of some of our younger players here has been hugely encouraging and I want to see a Millwall side packed full of our own lads.
“Some of the best teams throughout the club’s history have contained an abundance of homegrown talent and we have already seen glimpses of what the current crop are capable of achieving.”
Millwall play host to the promotion chasing Norwich on Saturday hoping to get some revenge on the reverse fixture which saw Canaries crush the relegation burdened side 6-1 at Carrow Road on Boxing Day.
Millwall have won just twice in their last 16 games and have failed to pick up a victory on their own patch since October 25.