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Holloway delighted by Millwall spirit

4 November 2014

Manager praises his side after dramatic comeback

Millwall boss Ian Holloway was delighted with his team's fighting spirit after watching them come from 2-0 down to draw with Blackburn - despite being down to 10 men.

Andy Wilkinson was given a controversial straight red card with the score at 1-0, a decision Holloway confirmed the club would appeal, but Rudy Gestede made matters worse by doubling Rovers' advantage just minutes later.

Lee Martin pulled one back with his first goal of the season before Shaun Williams, with a stunning shot from 25-yards, levelled late on.

Ollie, who was sent to the stands along with assistant boss Marc Bircham during a dramatic second-half, said afterwards: "What about my team? What about their recovery? The spirit was absolutely fantastic.

"I don't really want to talk about the sending off, or anything other than the unbelievable character that my team showed to come back and get a draw.

"We have to stop conceding goals from set-plays, and we will be working hard on that once again in training. The players will be getting bruises on their heads because they are going to be heading a lot of balls.

"But I'm delighted with the goals we scored. After Watford I talked about the need to get more shots in on goal because sometimes we have been going side to side too much, and they did that.

"I had a feeling we would score an equaliser because my boys have been fantastic. It was a great game of football overall."

Ollie added: "We want our fans to be proud of their team and I think they will be tonight. The crowd were absolutely fantastic and really played their part; they drove us on to get that result. The way they came into the game made a difference. I love everything about this place and I hope the supporters enjoy coming to watch their team.

"We've been working hard on a number of things in training based around being tough to play against home and away. We're changing our mindset and I think we are getting better all the time.

"Everything we are doing looks really good apart from those set-plays. How proud am I that we could do that with 10-men?

"Yes, it was a draw, but it was as exciting a draw as you will ever see."



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