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Ollie: The boy Dunne good

7 April 2014

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Millwall boss Ian Holloway has praised Alan Dunne after making the Lions stalwart skipper in Saturday's 2-1 triumph at Nottingham Forest.

Dunne wasn't involved in the previous weekend’s 2-2 home draw against Blackburn but was given the armband at the City Ground after Holloway was impressed with words of wisdom the defender gave to the group during a practice game last week.

The Lions chief said: "I think making Dunney captain and putting him inside with his use of the ball took a risk, because I didn't know Darius Henderson wasn't going to play.

"I was delighted and made him captain because he said some really good things.

"He has been here 22 years and I think he cares like I do. It was great."

Holloway added: "It was a strange thing to have to do but I’m delighted for them and didn't make a big issue out of it.

"I think it showed how much they want to work hard and stay in this division.

"It's a wonderful division to stay in because it’s that close to the big wigs.

"The lads did it, they actually went out there and the ones who played confidently yesterday were still relaxed and still playing confidently today."

Meanwhile, Holloway has revealed he may have to make more changes to his team for tomorrow night’s trip to Wigan.

Nicky Bailey and Lee Martin made welcome returns to the fold at the City Ground after injury lay-offs and Stefan Maierhofer completed just over an hour on his first start.

But with the big striker still not fully fit, the Den boss may have to tweak the side which won at Forest.

Hollway explained: "Tuesday, will I be able to pick exactly that team again after Bailey has been out for God knows how long, after Lee’s been out for God knows long?

"That's Maierhofer’s first however many minutes for us, so will I be able to start with that same team? The answer is probably no.

"I think we won’t see that same level of performance, but it's really important that the other lads that weren’t there actually get things right as well, and I’m sure they will."

Millwall make the long trip up to Lancashire on Tuesday evening looking to make it two wins in a row and pile the pressure on neighbours and fourth from bottom Charlton.

Holloway added: "That's another lovely journey for us. It doesn't make sense, but those computers know what they're doing.

"As I say, we've got six more cup finals but we've probably got to win all of them.

"We've already sold 3,800 season tickets already for next year.

"They are great people and I want to try and make them proud because I haven't yet."

The Guardian

Millwall gave themselves fresh hope in their survival bid – and dented Nottingham Forest's promotion hopes – by clawing their way to a rare away win.

Ian Holloway's side had secured only two previous away successes and had tasted victory just once in their previous 13 games, but held on for a precious three points following first-half goals from Scott Malone and Lee Martin.

Forest had caretaker boss Gary Brazil in the dugout, with new manager Stuart Pearce not set to take charge until the summer.

Brazil did manage to inspire a second-half fightback, with Jamie Paterson heading a goal back in the 53rd minute. But it was not enough for Forest, who have seen their promotion hopes fade away on the back of 10 Championship games without a win.

Millwall's game plan was to stifle Forest and hit them on the break, and it was an approach that worked perfectly during a one-sided first half.

With two defensive midfielders, Nicky Bailey and Ed Upson, sitting in front of the back four, the Lions made themselves tough to break down.

Forest lacked the creativity, mustering just one effort of any note in the entire first period in the form of a low shot from Radoslaw Majewski, which was always flying wide of the post.

Either side of that, Millwall emphatically made the most of two of the handful of chances they had managed to carve out.

Stefan Maierhofer had already forced a good save from Karl Darlow with a low, driven shot, after the striker had chested the ball down 10 yards from goal.

When the 6ft 7in Austrian then fed the ball to Malone on the edge of the box, in the 19th minute, the midfielder took full advantage. With time and space, Malone let fly with a low shot that, seemingly with the aid of a slight deflection, beat Darlow at his near post.

Danny Collins then had to head past his own post as Millwall threatened again with a cross from Martyn Woolford.

Six minutes before half-time, Millwall struck again from a similar area of the pitch, with Martin cutting inside from the left, darting to the edge of the box and letting fly with a low, curling shot that found the bottom corner of the net.

Forest had seen Greg Halford limp off with an injury, to be replaced by Kelvin Wilson, in the 40th minute and made a second change during the interval, with Henri Lansbury coming on for Majewski.

The home side pulled a goal back within eight minutes of the restart. Ben Osborn gave Dan Harding the room to cross from the left side of the box and the full-back did so powerfully, with Paterson flicking a neat header into the corner of the net.

Lansbury came close for the hosts with a powerful free-kick which flew just the wrong side of the post.

However, Darlow also had to save smartly to deny Millwall substitute Steve Morison after he struck a powerful volley.

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