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Holloway pleased with points return

30 August 2014

Manager Ollie gives his reaction to win over Tangerines

Millwall boss Ian Holloway was pleased to sign off for the international break with a home win over former club Blackpool.

Goals in either half from Scott McDonald and Scott Malone handed The Lions a comfortable lead but a strike from Blackpool sub Nile Ranger ensured a nervy finish at The Den.

Holloway's side held on, though, and made it 10 points out of a possible 15 from their first five games.

"There's a long, long way to go but you have to be optimistic and believe," Ollie said.

"We've got some things to sort out but the amount of points we've earned so far is a good return.

"It's actually frustrating that we didn't get the first goal last week (against Rotherham) because I think we would have gone on to win that one as well.

"We scored two good goals and were comfortable but then gave away a sloppy one. For some reason we had a tall defender forward and took a short throw, which isn't good enough, so there's areas to improve.

"You have to give credit to Blackpool. They were on the floor but came back at us and made it difficult. They will get some results because they have a load of really good players.

"Overall I'm pleased that we've managed to win. After two defeats at home in a row we wanted to give the fans three points and we did that."

Ollie handed a full League debut to Academy graduate Jack Powell and was full of praise for the young midfielder.

"His passing range it just fantastic," the boss said. "He's been really impressive in training and the U21 games and he earned his chance again today.

"The crowd will go home happy and talking about his performance, no doubt about that. Jack is keen to learn and take on board what we're saying and hopefully he will keep on improving all the time."

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