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Ollie praises his side's character

5 April 2014

Manager pleased with Forest win

Millwall boss Ian Holloway was full of praise for his side's 'character and attitude' as goals from Scott Malone and Lee Martin helped secure a vital win away to Nottingham Forest.

Malone's deflected effort made it 1-0 before Martin, with his first goal for The Lions, struck a superb effort to double the advantage before half-time. Jamie Paterson headed Forest back into proceedings during the second-half but Millwall held on for a precious three points at The City Ground.

"I'm very pleased for the lads," Ollie said. "We showed fantastic character and I couldn't fault the attitude of the players out there.

"To hold on was so important for us, and it is a vital win for our morale. We've had a lot of set-backs since I've been here, and the one against Blackburn would have killed most teams off, but not us.

"There's six games left for us to fight for our position in this League. We can do it, I know that and the players know that. As a group we are confident."

Ollie was delighted with the performance of goalscorer Lee Martin and that of Nicky Bailey, both of whom returned from injury to start.

"I thought Lee took his goal incredibly well," the manager said. "He hasn't scored for a long while so that will be a big boost to him. His overall performance was very good and I'm delighted for him.

"Nicky has been out for a long time but showed what an important player he can be for us. His organisation, communication and desire are second-to-none and that was crucial for us."

The Lions now head to Play-Off hopefuls Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night knowing that back-to-back wins could see The Lions climb out of the drop zone.

"It's another tough game for us and a difficult journey, particularly for a midweek game. They are doing well up there so our challenge is to go and perform like we did today and try and give ourselves another win."

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