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Holloway upbeat despite defeat

17 January 2015

Manager Ollie reviews 3-1 loss to Ipswich Town

Millwall boss Ian Holloway said his much-changed team showed the right 'passion, work rate and commitment' despite seeing them slip to a 3-1 defeat to promotion-chasing Ipswich Town.

Ollie, who handed Sid Nelson the captain's armband, made eight changes to his starting Xl and was rewarded with a much improved display but The Lions were ultimately made to pay for going 2-0 down in the opening 15 minutes after a brace from Noel Hunt.

Magaye Gueye had halved the deficit moments before the interval but substitute Jonathan Parr scored late on to secure the win for Mick McCarthy's men.

"We have paid the price for a poor start but that's the way it has been going for us," Ollie told

"I made a lot of changes to the team because it was completely necessary. I wasn't at all happy with what the display on Wednesday but I will have what we saw today all day long. I liked the effort.

"The fans were absolutely magnificent and got behind us despite what happened with going 2-0 down. The bare minimum here is that the passion, work rate and commitment is there and I think the fans saw that today. They responded to it and gave us some brilliant support.

"Unfortunately we couldn't win the game for them but we will only get better from now on. We need to keep strengthening the squad by bringing more players through the door but also by giving some others are here the clarity that they need.

"There are more than enough games for us to turn our form around and to get us out of the hole that we are in. What our form has meant is that we are having to bring forward what we planned to do in the summer, but the chairman is backing us to do that and I couldn't be happier with the support I'm getting.

"We're trying to build for the future but right here and now we need to simplify things a little bit out there on the pitch. I know what we need to help us achieve that."

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