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Ollie proud of youngsters despite defeat

26 August 2014

Manager reacts to League Cup exit

Ian Holloway was proud of his young side but bemoaned conceding from a set-piece after Southampton came away from The Den with a 2-0 Capital One Cup Second Round win.

Second-half goals from substitute Jack Cork and Graziano Pelle ended Millwall's participation in the tournament but The Lions finished the game with five Academy graduates on the pitch - and boss Ollie was pleased with their contribution.

"We wanted to try and win and the first-half showed a lot of promise," the manager said. "I thought Jack Powell did really well. His passing range is absolutely outstanding.

"We've brought a few more of the younger players on from the bench and they have been impressing me. 

"We're trying to teach them to play football in the right way; moving the ball around the pitch, keeping possession and scoring goals. I'm excited to coach these young English players and help make them into Premier League players with Millwall. 

"But I'm disappointed that we've come away with a 2-0 defeat. We didn't do our job from a corner for their first goal and it didn't go quite as well after that.

"I don't think they would have got that goal late on if it wasn't for us conceding their first. It was maybe a bit of tiredness on our part.

"Unfortunately the bubble has burst a little bit on our good start with two defeats so we have to bounce back against Blackpool on Saturday. The League is our bread and butter."

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