Millwall manager Ian Holloway sick of repeats after unlucky defeat to Leeds

Lions manager Ian Holloway was a frustrated man after defeat to Leeds. Picture by Edmund Boyden.

Lions manager Ian Holloway was a frustrated man after defeat to Leeds. Picture by Edmund Boyden.

First published in Sport News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , Millwall reporter

Millwall manager Ian Holloway has revealed he is sick of repeating himself after his side's defeat at Leeds United.

With 60 per cent possession, 14 shots and eight corners, Millwall again showed signs of revival but sloppy defending and failure to take chances cost the visitors.

Ollie admitted time is running out.

“What's annoying me is that I keep seeing things that are good but I am not sure whether I should keep saying 'that's unlucky' or 'keep doing that' because time's running out,” Holloway said.

“I don't need to say that we should have got something out of that, do I?

“I thought we started better than them and I can't believe they can back-header a goal from a throw-in without creating absolutely bo-diddly."

He added: ”Then we're breaking down the touchline, right in front of me, and we make a wrong choice by playing the ball in front of someone instead of into the open grass.

“McCormack gets in - and how he gets in I don't know because I was looking at where the ball should have gone - and how cruel is that?"

The Lions went down by the odd goal for the fifth time since Ollie took charge, leaving the Lions boss exasperated.

He said: “That's life for us, that's the way it's going and I still can't believe we haven't got something.

“There is a lot of frustration really because if we'd have scored first, Leeds would have been on their knees because I've never sensed Elland Road like that.

“It is about choices. If they get a throw-in, no way should one fella head it and the ball go in the bottom corner of our net.

“If you saw the chances we created before that, which we should have scored from, it is very frustrating.”

Holloway added: “John Marquis was so unlucky at the start of the second half - how his knock-back didn't drop to Scott McDonald I do not know.

“From my point of view, the quality of the goal that DJ got and the way we got back into it with a change of tactics were both positive.”

Millwall face Birmingham on Tuesday night, with a win moving the Lions within two points of Lee Clark’s struggling side. Defeat, however, would see a gap open up between Birmingham and the bottom four with eight games remaining.

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