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Holloway rues poor start to second-half

1 March 2015

Boss Ollie reflects on 2-1 defeat to Rotherham

Millwall manager Ian Holloway felt his side's poor start to the second-half was costly as Rotherham came from behind to win 2-1 at the New York Stadium.

Martyn Woolford's neat finish had handed The Lions a 20th-minute lead but Danny Ward's deflected effort, which came less than two minutes into the second period, pulled the home side back into the game. And despite Woolford having an effort cleared off the line soon after, it was Rotherham who grabbed the winning goal thanks to Kari Arnason's late header.

"We said at half-time that we needed to keep it very tight for the first 10 minutes or so of the second-half," Ollie said.

"They were always going to try and come at us to get an equaliser and unfortunately the lad's effort has taken a deflection past David Forde and into our net.

"That gave them the lift they needed and they looked a better side after that. 

"But there was no difference between us and them over the course of the whole game. Unfortunately, though, they have taken all three points.

"I thought we started the match well and caused them a few problems with the way we approached the game tactically.

"Had we have been able to grab a second goal before half-time then it may well have been a different game, but that's life unfortunately. 

"It is a disappointed dressing room but we have to stay positive. There are twelve games to go, which is more than enough time to pull ourselves out of danger."

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