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Ollie: Mutual respect

19 March 2014

Boss targets vital win at Leeds

Lions boss Ian Holloway takes his side to Elland Road on Saturday looking for the win that could prove the catalyst for Millwall to embark on a run that will see his side claw themselves clear of the relegation zone.
 
However, he acknowledges it will be a tough assignment against a club he believes have a similar DNA to his own.
 
"I'm also proud taking a team to Leeds who are a massive club with a great history," he said. "I once won 5-0 up there, Their fans clapped us off the pitch which was fantastic and their supporters, in many ways, are just like ours.
 
"Both Leeds and Millwall are proper football clubs. The thread that runs through them both is the passion of the fans and how much they care about their teams.
 
"In the distant past perhaps, the 1970s and 1980s, they got a reputation for the wrong reasons. But in recent years there has been quite a rivalry between us on the pitch, and I think there is now an element of mutual respect on both sides.
 
"Leeds supporters have been very loyal throughout some diffcult times of late, and I really feel for Brian McDermott at the moment who is trying to build a team with various things going on in the background.
 
"He's a great fella and a very good manager. It wasn't so long ago that he was getting promoted to the Premier League with Reading and I did the same with Blackpool and Palace. 
 
"That's what both of us want to do with Millwall and Leeds in the long run, but certainly from my point of view, I've got to keep us in the Championship first and a win up there would give us a massive boost."

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