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20 January 2014

Holloway praises players as they begin training camp

Millwall's players are being put through their paces on the first day of their week-long training camp in Portugal.

The Lions jetted off on Sunday afternoon and will be training three times a day until Friday, and boss Ian Holloway, who saw his team beat Ipswich Town 1-0 on Saturday, says there will be plenty of work on fitness and tactics.

"We had three people down with cramp (against Ipswich)," he said. "I've never seen that in a game unless it was a pre-season one.

"I'm going to control what they eat, almost control the weather, and I will guarantee that they will be out there three times a day. I know the standard of the pitch because I've been there.

"I can give them some more tactics from me. It can be easier than kicking it long and winning a knock down. I want us to be a bit more expansive, and I'll be able to show them, off the back of a win, how we can improve."

The win over Play-Off hopefuls Ipswich was the first under Ollie, and the manager was full of praise for defensive duo Danny Shittu and Shane Lowry after they helped the team on their way to a well-earned clean sheet.

"That's how I remember Danny Shittu. I got him believing in himself when he was a fair few years younger, and when he didn't have a knee like he has now.

"The fella next to him (Shane Lowry) was immense. They must be sick and fed up of letting goals in. Where they were, where the midfield were - they were all closing and pressing together and we looked like a team. Let's hope that continues.

"It was a fluke goal but I'm just delighted we held on in the end. We could have scored a couple more goals.

"I'm pleased for the lads because what I asked for, they gave me. That's the bare minimum."

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