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Holloway: We looked hesistant

21 December 2014

Performance was not good enough, says Ollie

Ian Holloway says it is time to 'stand up and counted' after his Millwall side slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Bolton Wanderers on Friday night.

Darren Pratley's strike gave the visitors a second-half lead and despite carving out a couple of good goalscoring opportunities in response, The Lions couldn't force their way back into the game.

"I thought we looked a bit nervous at times," Ollie said.

"It was the first time we had been back at The Den since the Middlesbrough result and we looked hesitant. 

"We were much more relaxed against Brighton. When we score the first goal in a game we look so much better.

"In the second-half I thought we threw a little more caution to the wind. We actually got things forward and created a couple of chances.

"But their goal comes from our own set-piece, which is really difficult to take because we didn't set up right as a team."

He added: "I want us to play better than that, but the team has got to learn. When things are going wrong we need to be getting stronger.

"Lots of our play wasn't good enough. It was nowhere near what I want in terms of the confidence we can show when things are going well.

"I'm gutted for everybody because we were ready for the game. Some of the work we did in training ahead of it was much better.

"We have to be stand up and be counted - me and the team - and organise ourselves to be able to play in front of our own crowd. If this lot can't do it then I will have to bring some others in during January to help - it is as simple as that."

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