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Holloway: The commitment and desire was there

3 January 2015

Manager Ollie provides his post-match assessment

Millwall boss Ian Holloway said he was pleased by the 'commitment and desire' of his players during the 3-3 FA Cup Third Round draw with Bradford City.

The Bantams took an early lead at The Den but Ollie's men fought back thanks to efforts from Scott McDonald and Ricardo Fuller. An unfortunate Sid Nelson own goal and Billy Knott's second of the afternoon, however, turned the tie back in Bradford's favour, before Fuller completed his brace late on to secure the replay.

"I feel a little bit frustrated not to win because I think the lads did a lot of good things in the game," Ollie said afterwards.

"We did get a few things wrong and it seems that teams are punishing us for those mistakes at the moment. But we can keep working to improve those areas of our game.

"What pleased me was that the commitment and desire was there from the boys. That maybe hasn't been the case in the last couple of weeks, and the players have been as disappointed as I have been with some of the performances and results.

"Out there today, though, I was pleased with how the team kept going and didn't let their heads drop after going behind. We could've folded but fought our way back into things.

"We managed to get the ball into wide areas better than we have been and you could see how much we stretched Bradford in doing so. We got crosses into the box and scored goals.

"Defensively there were a few things for us to look at but at least we are still in the draw. Hopefully now we can go up there and get a result which would hopefully kick-start things."

The club announced before kick-off that Scott Malone had been given permission to speak to Cardiff, and Ollie once again confirmed that he is working hard to bring players in during the January transfer window.

"We want to do some serious work this month and at this moment we are spinning a few plates," he said.

"As a group we need better balance and more options so hopefully we can find that over the next few weeks.

"I want a team that attacks and entertains our supporters, but we have to find the balance that allows that.

"Hopefully we can have one more in door early next week that helps us further. After that we will keep working to find the right types."

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