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Holloway provides his post-match assessment

28 December 2014

We will keep working and working, says the Millwall boss

Millwall manager Ian Holloway said he was disappointed for his players after they slipped to a 2-0 home defeat to League leaders Bournemouth.

First-half goals from Yann Kermorgant (pen) and Harry Arter ultimately won it for Eddie Howe's Cherries, but Millwall's attempt at a fightback in the second period were not helped by Shaun Williams' straight red card.

"We had to show a response after the debacle at Norwich and we did that," Ollie said afterwards. 

"I felt that what we saw out there deserved better in terms of the result, but we don't seem to be getting the rub of the green at the moment.

"We went 4-4-2 with Scott McDonald and Lee Gregory up front and decided to simplify things by going slightly more direct. Up to the penalty it was working for us and we gave them some difficulties with our organisation.

"The lads are were not too happy about the second goal because they felt it was offside, but we have to get on with things and not moan. I'm disappointed for them because I couldn't ask for more in terms of their effort and commitment.

"There are 22 games left for us to get better and climb the table. We are working towards what we want. Unfortunately, though, it isn't coming at the moment but we can't be losing our discipline like Willo (Shaun Williams) has done.

"It has been a frustrating season so far but the lads are desperate to do well. As a group we will keep working and working and I will not ever stop encouraging them to do well."

Ollie handed a senior debut to central defender Sid Nelson, who deservedly picked up the Man of the Match award for an impressive display on his professional bow.

"It was as good a debut from an 18-year-old that I've ever seen," the manager said.

"I thought that Sid was absolutely magnificent. His whole family are Millwall fans, as is he, so I know how much it means to him and you can see that.

"I decided to put him in there after Norwich and with that performance he has given us another big option in defence. I'm delighted for him."

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