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Holloway praises defence after 0-0 draw

4 October 2014

Manager gives his post-match reaction

Millwall boss Ian Holloway was full of praise for his newly assembled back four after they helped his side secure a hard-fought 0-0 draw away to Derby County.

Byron Webster and Shaun Williams formed a completely new central defensive partnership while left-back Matthew Briggs was handed a full League debut. On the opposite side, at right-back, was skipper Alan Dunne, and Ollie was delighted with their contribution.

"That's the first time that back four has played together apart from an hour in training on Friday," he said. 

"I thought (Byron) Webster was excellent. I took him off early at Reading because we were 2-0 down and had to change things but he took that like a man and it hasn't impacted his confidence. What we saw from him today is the reason I signed him for Yeovil in the summer.

"We've got a long way to go but we are getting better and better and I was delighted with the defence.

"I put some fresh energy into the team and it will be interesting to see the stats in terms of the amount of possession and chances created, because I think we had some good opportunities to score.

"Sometimes we gave them the ball a little bit too easily, especially playing it out from the back. But we grew into the game as it went on.

"We dug in and did pretty much everything apart from find that winning goal, and there were enough chances for us to do that."

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