Relegation threatened Millwall have been unable to enjoy the 'new manager bounce' since Ian Holloway took over

Millwall boss Ian Holloway. Picture: Action Images

Millwall boss Ian Holloway. Picture: Action Images

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Watford will be looking to add further momentum to their unlikely play-off push when they travel to Millwall this weekend.

The Lions find themselves embroiled in a battle to beat the drop into League One, but consecutive wins over Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic have given Ian Holloway's side renewed hope at this late stage.

With five games left to play Millwall trail South London rivals Charlton Athletic, who are 21st, by two points.

The Addicks also have two games in hand on Millwall, something which could prove key in the relegation battle.

Appointed on January 6 as Steve Lomas' successor, Holloway has struggled to galvanise the South Bermondsey outfit, winning just four of his 17 Championship matches as boss; giving him a win percentage of just 23.5% - lower than previous incumbent Lomas with 25%.

Millwall are holders of the division's worst defensive record, conceding 70 goals in 41 games, four more than Barnsley and Yeovil, both of whom are below the Lions.

Goalscoring has been a problem too, with Leeds United loanee Steve Morison the club's top league scorer with seven from 24 league starts.

The 30-year-old re-joined the South Londoners on a season-long loan deal from Leeds United after a frustrating six months at Elland Road.

Sold to Norwich City for £2.8m in 2011, Morison scored nine times in 22 league starts during his first season with the Canaries, but made just four top-flight starts in his second season at Carrow Road following the appointment of Chris Hughton.

Offloaded to Leeds in January 2013 in a swap deal for Whites' forward Luciano Becchio, Morison scored three times in 13 games before returning to the Den, the club where he made his name in the Football League.

Initially signed by the Lions from Stevenage Borough for £130,000 in 2009, Morison scored 35 league goals in 82 starts during his first spell at the club.

A full Welsh international, Enfield-born Morison twice won the Football League Trophy during his time with Stevenage. The former England C international also won promotion back to the Championship with the Lions in 2010.

Thanks largely to the change in regime halfway through the campaign, Millwall have used 40 players in the Championship this term, with Holloway signing six since taking over at the beginning of January.

The Lions could be without former Watford defender and club captain Danny Shittu, who has been sidelined through March with a groin problem.

Australian defender Shane Lowry (foot) and DJ Campbell (hamstring) are also doubts and have both missed the last two.

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8:05am Fri 11 Apr 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Holloway using loan players and using 40 players in a season can't be right. Selling players and then having them back on loan.

Someone has to sort these loopholes out. We won't be playing Millwall but a mix of loans when they have a massive squad already.

I thought Holloway was against exploiting the rules.
Holloway using loan players and using 40 players in a season can't be right. Selling players and then having them back on loan. Someone has to sort these loopholes out. We won't be playing Millwall but a mix of loans when they have a massive squad already. I thought Holloway was against exploiting the rules. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 33

8:29am Fri 11 Apr 14

demerit says...

Christmas will come early for the turkey - around May time I think.
Christmas will come early for the turkey - around May time I think. demerit
  • Score: 10

9:21am Fri 11 Apr 14

Ramageland says...

I hope we contribute to sending this bumpkin and his unpleasant team back down to where they belong. And then let's hope it's a long time before we see either again.
I hope we contribute to sending this bumpkin and his unpleasant team back down to where they belong. And then let's hope it's a long time before we see either again. Ramageland
  • Score: 18

9:53am Fri 11 Apr 14

Sahorn says...

Hope we stuff his "using so many loan players - that can't be roight" comment 'roight' back down his throat on Saturday

- what goes around comes around Mr Holloway ...
Hope we stuff his "using so many loan players - that can't be roight" comment 'roight' back down his throat on Saturday - what goes around comes around Mr Holloway ... Sahorn
  • Score: 17

10:19am Fri 11 Apr 14

ORBY says...

The media love him because he is controversial and stirs people up, but he was a crap player and a worse manager and is where he belongs, in the brown stuff. But I do see this game as one we might slip up on. Carlos Edwards was a good player and is a good acquisition for him. We tried to sign him in his L...n days. Fingers crossed all goes well.
The media love him because he is controversial and stirs people up, but he was a crap player and a worse manager and is where he belongs, in the brown stuff. But I do see this game as one we might slip up on. Carlos Edwards was a good player and is a good acquisition for him. We tried to sign him in his L...n days. Fingers crossed all goes well. ORBY
  • Score: 5

11:31am Fri 11 Apr 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

ORBY wrote:
The media love him because he is controversial and stirs people up, but he was a crap player and a worse manager and is where he belongs, in the brown stuff. But I do see this game as one we might slip up on. Carlos Edwards was a good player and is a good acquisition for him. We tried to sign him in his L...n days. Fingers crossed all goes well.
Yes, hope this doesn't come down to who want it the most, as these games often do. They will be desperate and the wins against NF and Wigan have given them the chink of light they needed to keep motivated. Other than that one lucky season at Blackpool, and one lucky playoff campaign, he's a journeyman manager.
[quote][p][bold]ORBY[/bold] wrote: The media love him because he is controversial and stirs people up, but he was a crap player and a worse manager and is where he belongs, in the brown stuff. But I do see this game as one we might slip up on. Carlos Edwards was a good player and is a good acquisition for him. We tried to sign him in his L...n days. Fingers crossed all goes well.[/p][/quote]Yes, hope this doesn't come down to who want it the most, as these games often do. They will be desperate and the wins against NF and Wigan have given them the chink of light they needed to keep motivated. Other than that one lucky season at Blackpool, and one lucky playoff campaign, he's a journeyman manager. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 6

11:37am Fri 11 Apr 14

frankoldshep says...

Still, a distinct lack of Italian's. So obviously not exploiting that loophole !
Easy Elton, I said "loop"hole.
Still, a distinct lack of Italian's. So obviously not exploiting that loophole ! Easy Elton, I said "loop"hole. frankoldshep
  • Score: -15

11:45am Fri 11 Apr 14

Poppet Bear says...

And just think, when GFZ left, some people wanted this retard as our Manager. Thank goodness nobody listened. !!!
And just think, when GFZ left, some people wanted this retard as our Manager. Thank goodness nobody listened. !!! Poppet Bear
  • Score: 15

11:46am Fri 11 Apr 14

frankoldshep says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
Holloway using loan players and using 40 players in a season can't be right. Selling players and then having them back on loan.

Someone has to sort these loopholes out. We won't be playing Millwall but a mix of loans when they have a massive squad already.

I thought Holloway was against exploiting the rules.
@ GLORYHOLE 4Try reading the sloppily put together piece. Holloway has made SIX (6) signings either on loan or permanent ! Also notice NO Italians included !!
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: Holloway using loan players and using 40 players in a season can't be right. Selling players and then having them back on loan. Someone has to sort these loopholes out. We won't be playing Millwall but a mix of loans when they have a massive squad already. I thought Holloway was against exploiting the rules.[/p][/quote]@ GLORYHOLE 4Try reading the sloppily put together piece. Holloway has made SIX (6) signings either on loan or permanent ! Also notice NO Italians included !! frankoldshep
  • Score: -17

12:23pm Fri 11 Apr 14

gloryhornet4 says...

frankoldshep wrote:
gloryhornet4 wrote:
Holloway using loan players and using 40 players in a season can't be right. Selling players and then having them back on loan.

Someone has to sort these loopholes out. We won't be playing Millwall but a mix of loans when they have a massive squad already.

I thought Holloway was against exploiting the rules.
@ GLORYHOLE 4Try reading the sloppily put together piece. Holloway has made SIX (6) signings either on loan or permanent ! Also notice NO Italians included !!
Don't be rude - my point still stands and you are still very dim.
[quote][p][bold]frankoldshep[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: Holloway using loan players and using 40 players in a season can't be right. Selling players and then having them back on loan. Someone has to sort these loopholes out. We won't be playing Millwall but a mix of loans when they have a massive squad already. I thought Holloway was against exploiting the rules.[/p][/quote]@ GLORYHOLE 4Try reading the sloppily put together piece. Holloway has made SIX (6) signings either on loan or permanent ! Also notice NO Italians included !![/p][/quote]Don't be rude - my point still stands and you are still very dim. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 13

2:41pm Fri 11 Apr 14

soulfulhornet says...

An interesting test tomorrow. Millwall need the points desperately. We still have an outside chance of play-offs if we win all our games and results elsewhere go in our favour. Only 7 pts behind Reading (who play Leicester on Monday) and us with a game in hand. Sadly there are also 5 teams between us and them.

On the face of it if we play to our full potential and Millwall do so too, then we should get the 3 pts. Football is not always like that as last season's match at the New Den showed - how we lost that game I will never know. Tomorrow will show if the players and manager believe. If not then Millwall might provide a shock.
An interesting test tomorrow. Millwall need the points desperately. We still have an outside chance of play-offs if we win all our games and results elsewhere go in our favour. Only 7 pts behind Reading (who play Leicester on Monday) and us with a game in hand. Sadly there are also 5 teams between us and them. On the face of it if we play to our full potential and Millwall do so too, then we should get the 3 pts. Football is not always like that as last season's match at the New Den showed - how we lost that game I will never know. Tomorrow will show if the players and manager believe. If not then Millwall might provide a shock. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 3

3:30pm Fri 11 Apr 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Ramageland wrote:
I hope we contribute to sending this bumpkin and his unpleasant team back down to where they belong. And then let's hope it's a long time before we see either again.
You can't go around calling him a bumpkin as it has "bum" in it and that is rude.

You can call him what Bob Geldof called Russell Brand on live TV if you want.

It was an anagram of "coconut" with a few letters left over.
[quote][p][bold]Ramageland[/bold] wrote: I hope we contribute to sending this bumpkin and his unpleasant team back down to where they belong. And then let's hope it's a long time before we see either again.[/p][/quote]You can't go around calling him a bumpkin as it has "bum" in it and that is rude. You can call him what Bob Geldof called Russell Brand on live TV if you want. It was an anagram of "coconut" with a few letters left over. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 1

6:27pm Fri 11 Apr 14

frankoldshep says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
Ramageland wrote:
I hope we contribute to sending this bumpkin and his unpleasant team back down to where they belong. And then let's hope it's a long time before we see either again.
You can't go around calling him a bumpkin as it has "bum" in it and that is rude.

You can call him what Bob Geldof called Russell Brand on live TV if you want.

It was an anagram of "coconut" with a few letters left over.
Being watford, he probably has a Bum fixation !!
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ramageland[/bold] wrote: I hope we contribute to sending this bumpkin and his unpleasant team back down to where they belong. And then let's hope it's a long time before we see either again.[/p][/quote]You can't go around calling him a bumpkin as it has "bum" in it and that is rude. You can call him what Bob Geldof called Russell Brand on live TV if you want. It was an anagram of "coconut" with a few letters left over.[/p][/quote]Being watford, he probably has a Bum fixation !! frankoldshep
  • Score: -5

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