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Ollie: 'A work in progress'

14 February 2014

Manager speaks ahead of crucial Bolton clash

Millwall boss Ian Holloway believes his side are a work in progress but says he is encouraged by their appetite to succeed ahead of Saturday's vital Championship game with Bolton at The Den (3pm).

A win would see his side leapfrog Dougie Freedman's men in the table, and Ollie, speaking in this week's matchday programme, hopes his side can build on several positives in Tuesday's draw at Huish Park.

"Previously we have looked mentally tired when we have gone a goal down," he said. "But at Yeovil we showed good character to come back and get our equaliser.

"We are still very much a work in progress. We are working on a long-term pattern and strategy where everyone knows what they are doing and sticks to the game plan throughout the 90 minutes.

"I want us to pass and move and to be an attacking team. In midweek I set up with plenty of attacking players in the side, but they also have to learn to defend when we don't have the ball.

"What really encourages me is the appetite the players are showing to learn and get better. There is still work to be done fitness wise for some of them, and they are having to do that in important games where vital points are at stake.

"After two long away trips, rest and recovery is a priority, and before picking my team I'll assess where everyone's fitness is."

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