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25 March 2014

'Let's make it happen,' says Ollie

Lions boss Ian Holloway says Tuesday's clash with Birmingham City is a game of massive proportions for the outcome of Millwall's season.

He stated: "This is a game we must not lose, and if we can win it we'll drag them right into the battle with us.

I'm fed up with saying how frustrated I am that we haven't had the rub of the green, that results haven't reflected our performances, that decisions haven't gone our way etc.

We have to turn negatives into positives. 

Before I came here I didn't fully understand the 'no-one likes us we don't care' mentality, but then at Leeds our fans have had to travel to a service station to get their tickets for the game, which they, unlike other clubs' supporters, have had to to do for years, and I think to myself, this isn't fair.

We had 250 of ours up there and they gave us great backing, but how much more would it have helped us had we had three times that number? 

On Tuesday night we're at our ground, our home, where we can make it difficult for others who come to us. I don't mean physically, I mean mentally. I didn't like coming here when I was a player for an opposing club. I didn't feel welcome, and I don't want other teams to feel welcome.

I remember at the end of last season when I came to The Den with Palace. How hostile was that? The atmosphere was electric and it inspired the Millwall team to get a result that was vital to the club staying in the Championship.

Since I've been here, our support has been fantastic. But this game against Birmingham is taking on the same proportions as that Palace match last year, and I want their players to come here feeling nervous.

What I can do is make sure that our team runs for everything, tackles everything, chases everything, gives everything, and they will. Then we need something to run for us, and if our crowd can stay with our lads, encourage them, cheer them, make them feel special, we can force things to turn in our favour.

Team selections, tactics, substitutions are all part of the equation, of course they are. But as those who went to Leeds will tell you, we're not far away from becoming a winning team. 

Tuesday night is huge, and I, the staff, the players and the fans have to turn up at The Den full of belief that this is going to be our day because collectively, we're going to make it happen."

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