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Holloway pleased with Mallorca win

2 August 2014

Youngsters impress the Millwall boss

Millwall manager Ian Holloway was pleased with his side's performance in the 1-0 win over Real Mallorca at The Den on Friday night.

Jermaine Easter continued his impressive pre-season form with the only goal of the game in the 30th minute and The Lions were unlucky not to win by a greater margin as Scott McDonald, Lee Martin and Lee Gregory all came close.

Holloway once again opted to field separate teams in each half of the match and was chuffed with the performance of both in front of 3,817 supporters at The Den.

"I'm delighted with the game," Ollie said. "The lads trained for an hour and a half this morning and I then played them for 45 minutes and you won't get a tougher test than that.

"The young lads worked well and we looked coordinated, particularly in the first-half.

"I'm not sure sure where they (Real Mallorca) are in their preparations but I'm delighted that they moved the ball as well as they did. We managed to close and press them and I think the fans enjoyed that."

He added: "We could have had another couple of goals in the first-half and the second-half didn't look that much different with some young ones playing. I thought Aiden (O'Brien) did well and Josh (Siafa) did really well down the right.

"I'm really pleased. They've come a long way since Dartford and I just wanted to show our fans the new ones and some of that stuff I was really pleased with. You could see the work that we've managed to do."

Midfield duo Nicky Bailey and Richard Chaplow both limped off but Ollie is hopeful their injuries are not too serious.

"I've got more than a big enough squad but I think both of those lads will be fine," he said. "He (Bailey) is a warrior and a wonderful fella. He's definitely a very, very good player for us and an important player so hopefully that won't be too bad.

"Chappers has had a great summer and has got himself fit and working hard. We're just trying to find out what it is. He felt something. It might just be a bit of fatigue. He's an extremely fit boy and it was hot here, so hopefully it might just be that."

Take a look at a full-length interview with Ollie on Lions Player

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