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Holloway encouraged by fresh atmosphere

31 January 2015

Lions boss Ollie looks ahead to Nottingham Forest test

Millwall manager Ian Holloway says he felt a fresh atmosphere around the club during the 0-0 draw with Reading - and now hopes his team build on that display with a win against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

The Lions travel to the City Ground five points adrift of the Championship safety zone, but the performance against Reading provided plenty of encouragement for fans as their team battled to a hard-fought draw despite being down to 10-men for the entire second-half.

And Ollie, who hopes to add more new faces to his squad before Monday's transfer deadline, believes his new-look squad have what it takes to fight off the threat of relegation.

"There is an awful lot of football to be played and I'm really delighted that we have got some new people in," he said. "I'm really motivated to get them to blend and gel together and to get them playing some winning football.

"Where we are in the table is nowhere near where we want to be so decisions have been made. We are trying to move past the group and change it.

"You saw the reaction to that the other evening, especially when we went down to 10 men whether that was right or wrong.

"I have to work with this group to try and get us more points than we have got so far because we are in a terrible situation in the division. But I believe we can get out of it.

"The attitude that we will get out on the training ground is what all the fans will want to see. That is what I am paid to do and that is what I will be doing."

Talking about the backing from Millwall supporters at The Den on Tuesday night, the boss added: "It was great to see the fans' reaction to (Jos) Hooiveld and to Diego Fabbrini. It was great to hear the reception that he got and I believe he will only get better.

"I thought the fans the other night were completely exceptional. Their humour - the 'handball' stuff - was great and there felt a freshness around the place.

"We managed to do it at the end of last year but let's try and finish higher this time. I'm even more committed to it and I know the lads are too.

"Things can only get better from here on in and they need to because it hasn't been good enough.

"(Nottingham Forest) is the first of 19 Cup Finals. We will be working on shape, togetherness and understanding of difference situations that occur in a game.

"If the fans see the effort and commitment that their team gave them the other evening then they will be very proud."

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