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Ollie 'gobsmacked' by Blackpool defeat

12 March 2014

Manager bemoans missed opportunities

Millwall boss Ian Holloway believed his side had 'more than enough' chances to beat Blackpool on Tuesday night, who ran out 1-0 winners at Bloomfield Road.

Ricardo Fuller scored the only goal of the game in the 14th minute moments before Steve Morison saw a penalty saved by keeper Matt Gilks, and The Lions also hit the woodwork twice in a first-half in which they were unfortunate to be behind.

"Everybody is gobsmacked in the dressing room," Ollie admitted. "I really liked what I saw at the start and I thought it was only a matter of time before we were going to score.

"One set-piece, a penalty save, a couple in the side netting and one off the bar and these games are over. We've got to dust ourselves down.

"We had more than enough chances to win it in the first-half. I don't blame people for missing but we've got to start taking our opportunities, and continue creating them.

"We had to take Steve Morison off because of a neck injury and without the big man up there it was tough. I couldn't risk him staying on and we will get his neck checked out because he couldn't move it one side or the other.

"Maybe I should've chucked a centre-half on up front in a game like that where they have got their backline sorted out and we needed to win a header. I'm going to have to rectify that because we haven't got somebody at the club other than Steve who can do that.

"What annoyed me towards the end was that when they got it clear they broke on us when we should have picked the ball up and locked them in."

The Lions now have a London derby with Charlton at The Den on Saturday (3pm) to look forward to, but Ollie will once again have to do without DJ Campbell and Danny Shittu, who picked up injuries in the win over Derby.

"DJ is going to be out for two to three weeks. Danny might have a more serious problem though. He's got a nick in his achilles and will have to get it assessed by a specialist, but that doesn't look good at the moment."

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