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Ollie praises McDonald and Powell

1 September 2014

Manager delighted with the pair's influence on Saturday

Boss Ian Holloway was full of praise for Scott McDonald and Jack Powell after his side's 2-1 win over Blackpool on Saturday.

Powell's free-kick was turned home by McDonald to give Millwall a 1-0 first-half lead and the Australian, playing once more in an advanced midfield position, then turned provider for Scott Malone to make it 2-0 in the second period.

"What can I say? Absolutely brilliant I thought," Ollie said of the 31-year-old's performance. "He looked bright, he looked sharp and I think he looks as good as he was when he was playing for Celtic. Well done to him.

"That was Birch's free-kick. He likes all of those round-the-corner ones so he deserves all sorts of credit. We did speak about unlocking the door with a set-piece."

It was 20-year-old Powell's full League debut for The Lions and as well as an assist the central midfielder picked up the Man of the Match award for his efforts against The Tangerines.

Asked to sum up the Academy graduate's display Ollie said: "Outstanding. I thought he played really well against Southampton the other day. I could of done other things but I wanted to reward the boy for his efforts.

"I know he's a nice passer but you never know how they're going to respond in a big game at The Den. To be fair it looked like he had been there all his life."

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