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Ollie remains confident

1 March 2014

The manager gives his post-match verdict

Ian Holloway said his side could count themselves unlucky not to have earned at least a point from Saturday's game with Brighton, who ran out 1-0 winners at The Den.

David Lopez converted from the penalty spot in the first-half after Danny Shittu was somewhat controversially penalised for a foul on Jesse Lingard, and despite a dominant second-half The Lions couldn't find a way past a Brighton defence who have collected more clean sheets than any other side in the Championship so far this season.

"It was a penalty - because it was given - but it was soft and we're disappointed about that," he said.

"In fairness to Brighton they are a good side and you have to give them credit because the build-up to the penalty was the only time they caught us out of our shape and position. They took a quick throw and got in behind us, which left Danny chasing back. He was devastated in the dressing room afterwards.

"I did feel, though, that again we haven't got anything near what our performance deserved. I saw some spirit today, and that's more like it. The effort from everybody was unbelievable and I think you could see that the fans, who were brilliant again today, appreciated that because of the way the players were applauded at half-time and at the end.

"We're in a bad situation but I'm still so confident that we will turn this around. The tougher it gets, the tougher we have to get. But we will keep fighting right until the end because that's our duty. I truly believe that we will have been better than three other teams by the end of the season, and that's what will matter. Everybody has to keep believing."

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