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Bitter disappointment

11 January 2014

Ollie says Lions deserved more from Huddersfield defeat

Millwall boss Ian Holloway says his side were 'desperately unlucky' not to have come away from the John Smith's Stadium with at least a point after Nahki Wells' 90th-minute strike condemned a much improved Lions side to a 1-0 defeat.

Wells - a club record arrival less than 24 hours before kick-off - stepped off the bench to earn all three points for Mark Robins' men, but that wasn't a fair reflection of how the game went, according to Ollie.

"We're bitterly disappointed because I think we deserved at least a point," he said. "I asked the players before the game to give everything and they did just that. The work rate was incredible.

"I feel for the players because they were on the floor in the dressing room. It was as good as I've seen them on any DVD so far.

"That sort of effort is the bare minimum I want from them, and I was very encouraged by what I saw today."

Ollie confirmed once more that the squad will play a friendly amongst themselves on Tuesday to allow further opportunity to assess the options available to him - a priority, he says, alongside recruiting personnel to make up his backroom team.

"I need some help, that's the first thing," he said. "I can't go out and sign players until there is a structure in place. That's key. With a good structure you can begin to build things.

"From Monday I'll begin to put in place my training methods. I want more intensity, and I want my enthusiasm to rub off on the players. I'm full of pride and passion and I've got a big job on my hands. But I can't wait to do it, it's as simple as that.

"We've got a free week now until Ipswich and I'm so excited about that first home game."

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