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Important moments went against us, says Holloway

1 November 2014

Manager Ollie disappointed after 3-1 defeat to Watford

Ian Holloway said that some of the game's key moments went against his side as Millwall slipped to a 3-1 defeat against Watford on Saturday afternoon.

Martyn Woolford handed The Lions a 12th-minute lead at Vicarage Road but goals from Matej Vydra and Daniel Toszer - the second in controversial circumstances - turned the game on its head before half-time. And in the second-half, with Ollie's side pushing for an equaliser, Gianni Munari sealed the win with a first-time finish after Vydra's cut-back.

"I don't think that a 3-1 scoreline was a fair reflection on the game," the manager said afterwards. "I thought we caused them some problems in both halves of the game but important things, at important moments, went against us.

"They started on the front foot and got the crowd up, but we managed to play some good stuff to come back into it and then Wooly scored a very good goal.

"But I think later in the game we got a bit too emotional and wrapped up in the things that went against us a little bit. We should have coped with the situation for their first goal a bit better and for their third, which killed the game for us. The free-kick they scored just before half-time was well hit.

"If we had got a goal when they led 2-1 then I think the final result would have been very different, but unfortunately they got a third which was was crucial for them.

"I'm disappointed because we have ended up losing both halves of the game, 2-1 and then 1-0, and I thought some of our play deserved more than that."

Ollie made three changes to the starting line-up and admits that he will once again keep things fresh for the game against Blackburn at The Den on Tuesday.

"We can't play Saturday-Tuesday, Saturday-Tuesday with the same team at the moment," he said. "Lee Gregory missed today because of a slight injury but should be ok for Tuesday. Danny Shittu will play because I think Blackburn at home is the right kind of game for him.

"Both Matthew Briggs and Scott Malone have only trained two days this week so I will change that on Tuesday, and I could bring (Mark) Beevers in too if I needed."

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