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Ollie looks ahead to Derby trip

7 March 2014

Boss Holloway believes Lions can upset the odds

Millwall manager Ian Holloway believes his side can go to Derby County on Saturday and upset the odds with a win over their promotion-chasing opponents.

Steve McClaren's Rams sit third in the Championship and have lost just once in eight games, whilst Millwall's winless streak stretched to seven games with last Saturday's defeat to Brighton, which came courtesy of a controversial first-half penalty award.

"We shouldn't bemoan luck because the harder you work the luckier you get," Ollie told Lions Live.

"Things are definitely going against us at the moment but it is down to the attitude of the lads and their work on the training ground to turn it around.

"We've stopped goals going in at the alarming rate but we've got to start taking our opportunities. We are making more chances, though not as many as I would like, but we're working at it.

"The stats are reading so much better and the only one isn't quite right is that win. It will be a tough ask (against Derby) because everyone is writing us off but I believe we can go there, work really hard and get something."

Derby boss McClaren has called on his players to bounce back from their defeat to Burnley last time out, but says he expects a tough game against The Lions.

"We understand people expect us to win all our games and especially against the sides in the bottom half of the table," he told

"When I think back to the Yeovil and Birmingham games a few weeks ago they were incredibly tough. If you're not on your game you can easily come unstuck and that's where we need to be professional.

"Ian Holloway is a good, experienced manager and I have no doubt at all that he will help Millwall avoid finishing in the bottom three by the end of the season."

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