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Holloway frustrated by narrow loss

10 January 2015

Manager offers his assessment after 1-0 defeat to Blackpool

Millwall boss Ian Holloway said his side showed a 'lack of composure' in the final third after Peter Clarke's headed goal was enough to earn Blackpool a 1-0 win at Bloomfield Road.

The Lions were the better side during a game played in extremely difficult conditions, but despite carving out a handful of goalscoring opportunities Ollie's men couldn't find a way past Tangerines goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

The defeat leaves Millwall two points adrift in the Championship drop zone and boss Ollie says his team are desperate to improve for the supporters.

"We have to show a lot more and we need to change the atmosphere around the place at the moment," the manager said. 

"I completely understand the frustration of the fans and we are desperate and determined to get better for them.

"It was a bad game played in absolutely awful conditions but we had a lack of composure in attack. The chances were there and it is frustrating that we couldn't make the most of one of our opportunities.

"I cannot fault the effort and desire of the boys because every one of them gave it absolutely everything. Unfortunately Blackpool have got their goal and we couldn't find a way back.

"Our bad run continues and we have to dig ourselves out of this."

Asked whether he was still looking to add to his squad during the transfer window, Ollie, who handed a debut to left-back Dan Harding and brought fellow new recruit Stefan Maierhofer off the bench, said: "The key to us improving will be to bring some more players in. It is so important that we have some more choices and different options in a couple of areas.

"We are working hard to help the group by adding some more players. That isn't always easy to do in this window because there isn't much time and other clubs are trying to add to their squads too.

"I'm pleased to have three through the door so far but we still need some more."

Next up for The Lions is Wednesday's FA Cup Third Round replay away to Bradford - a game which Ollie hopes can kick-start his side's season.

"I'm already thinking about what we can try and do up there.

"There is a huge prize for the winner but we are going to have to stick to task and focus on our jobs.

"A win could be massive in terms of lifting the atmosphere around the club and that is what we need at the moment.

"Sometimes all it takes to turn things around and get your season going is a win in a big game. We will give our absolute all - like we did today - to try and achieve that against Bradford."

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