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Ollie: I'm so proud

8 March 2014

Boss delighted with Rams return

Lions boss Ian Holloway declared that he was 'proud' of the manner in which his side recorded Millwall's 1,500th Football League win with a 1-0 success at Derby County.

Steve Morison's solitary goal - a powerful header from Lee Martin's delicious delivery on 61 minutes - was just reward for a classic performance brimming with pride and passion.

"I am very proud of them, what can I say?" said boss Ollie afterwards. "That was a tough game. They beat us 5-1 at our place this season and Derby looked buoyant and full of themselves.

"We spoke about how to stop them but looked nervous. The longer the game went on the better we looked. We grew in belief in the second-half.

"We've done an awful lot of work. We scored a fantastic goal and that’s the first time we’ve been in front for quite a while."

However Millwall's rare awayday success - only the second this season - came at a price with a quintet of players picking up knocks in a match that saw The Lions play half of the seven minutes injury-time a man down having already used all three subs.

Danny Shittu (groin), Scott Malone (leg), Shane Lowry (knee), David Forde (finger) and DJ Campbell (hamstring) were all injured in Saturday's game, and as Ollie explained, two players are already non-starters for Tuesday's basement battle at a Blackpool side in freefall.

"I have two of my back four on the bus and they won’t be fit for Tuesday," he added. "They were on the floor and I was being criticised. Not in a million years will I encourage anyone to be anything other than honest or true."

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