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Spirit and togetherness

29 January 2014

Ollie praises players after Tuesday's draw

Lions boss Ian Holloway hailed the 'spirit and togetherness' of his side after watching them come from behind to secure a 1-1 draw with in-form Sheffield Wednesday at The Den.

Giles Coke gave The Owls a second-half lead before substitute DJ Campbell, making his Millwall debut, headed home from close range to equalise.

The game boiled over in the closing stages with Coke and Lions defender Shane Lowry given straight red cards after a coming together, and whilst the Millwall boss was disappointed to see two penalty appeals turned down, he was still over the moon with his side's response to going behind against Stuart Gray's men.

"I know a lot more about the players after taking them away last week but I saw a little bit of nervousness (in the first-half), which is understandable because of what's been happening this season," he said.

"I saw a lack of understanding which comes from the team structure and team mentality because they (Sheffield Wednesday) played a different shape and we were not expecting them to do that. It made it almost impossible to do the passing we had been working on.

"But in the second-half we were much better. Unfortunately, with the way things have been going, we ended up going 1-0 down. But I was delighted. The spirit that we've been talking about came, the togetherness came, and the fans got excited about what we were doing.

"They are on a good run but I just felt we were the better team. The longer the game went on the better we got. I was excited by our recovery.

"Yes, we need to get better, of course we do. But I think that was an improvement.

"By the letter of the law both players had to be sent off. It was all a bit crazy towards the end, but I loved our energy."

Ollie was also full of praise for striker Campbell, who marked his Lions bow with the all-important equaliser.

"I trust the fella. He's like a son to me because we get on so well. As long as he chases and runs and I free him up, he will score, because he was born to score.

"The man is happy when he's scoring and miserable when he doesn't. He is quite an animal when it comes to scoring.

"When he's on a roll, it's impossible to stop him. When he's happy in what he's doing, it's impossible to stop him. I've seen him on those days."

Click here for even more from the manager in his interview with Lions Player

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