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Jos the man for the job

28 January 2015

Ollie sings the praises of defender Hooiveld

Following Tuesday night's 0-0 draw with Reading, there is a renewed air of positivity and optimism around The Den as Millwall's 10-men produced an excellent display to secure a valuable point.

Defender Jos Hooiveld so nearly crowned an excellent first appearance for The Lions with a winning goal, but Royals keeper Adam Federici produced a stunning save to tip the debutant's bullet header over the bar in spectacular style.

No surprise then, that Lions boss Ian Holloway whilst heaping praise on his team, made special mention of the big Dutchman and offered words of consolation young defender Sid Nelson following his first-half sending off.

Here is what the papers said today:

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Holloway hails Hooiveld after new Millwall signing inspires clean sheet

Ian Holloway has praised the influence of debutant Jos Hooiveld as Millwall battled to a 0-0 draw at home to Reading on Tuesday evening.

Holloway had bolstered his squad with the loan capture of Hooiveld until the end of the season.

"If you look at Mr Hooiveld, has be put his cigar out yet?" Holloway said. "He only got here yesterday and he was absolutely fantastic, he slotted in with the lads.

"He knows Dan Harding, he's played with him before but it was like 'hallelujah' that calmness we've lacked over the last couple of weeks, we had.

"I believe because he wants to be here and play and wants to help, he doesn't care about where we are, he just wants to come here and play football and he’s really good at building a team spirit."

Holloway added: "Andy (Ambler, the chief executive) has done a brilliant job to get Norwich and Southampton to do this, I'm delighted with what that's let me do: making decisions for peoples future. 

"The biggest laugh was, I was shouting to Jos Hooiveld: '1, 2, 3; diagonal try and hit the Hof' and he went: 'we're only giving it away on two at the moment!'

"It was like: 'hang on gaffer, we're not even having three and we're giving it away!'

"That's the calmness of the man and hopefully you'll see in weeks to come that the spirit will build!"

Daily Mirror

Holloway's anger over Nelson red

Ian Holloway branded Sid Nelson's red card as 'shocking' after the Millwall teenager was sent off for the first time.

The 19-year-old centre-back, making just his fifth appearance was dismissed on half-time for a rash tackle on Reading's Michael Hector.
Millwall boss Holloway, whose side are now five points adrift of safety, said: "It was a shocking red card. I've watched it again and it looked far worse than it was.

"The whistle had gone and Sid was a split-second away from kicking the ball after their lad toed the ball past him."

Even playing against 10 men for more than 45 minutes, Reading could not find a winner. Boss Steve Clarke said: "Their lad was reckless, but I'm frustrated."

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