Ollie remains confident Millwall can beat drop after Blues loss

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Ian Holloway described Millwall’s 3-2 loss to Birmingham as one of the worst of his career, but remains confident they will stay in the Championship.

Last night’s 3-2 reverse, along with with results elsewhere, condemned Millwall to the bottom of the table and three points from safety.

The Lions boss locked his squad in the dressing room for almost an hour-and-a-half after full-time, but when Ollie eventually did appear he declared he is totally determined to keep Millwall in the division.

He said: “We’ve got eight games left and we’ve probably got to win five of them to have a chance of staying up.

“You probably think I’m crazy but I don’t.

“I think we can do it with the chances we are creating.

“At the end of the day we needed the first goal with confidence the way it is.

“I think you saw how vulnerable Birmingham were towards the end, but for me it’s another one that’s slipped away.

“It’s got to change really quickly, otherwise we’re in trouble - if we’re not already.”

Holloway added: “I was pleased with the way we kept going but we have to organise ourselves a damn sight better when we’re out there.

“The first goal I can see four things wrong with that and in training we’re not doing that.”

Holloway also admitted there can be no more excuses from anyone in the Millwall camp between now and the end of the season.

He said: “I’m sick and fed up of talking, it’s about action now.

“I believe we can still do it after everything I saw.

“That’s as bad a result as I’ve had in my career and I still feel positive.

“We’ve got life in us and we’re still going to fight.

“Everybody will write us off now, but not me and not us. I’m totally determined to get this right.

“I don’t quit on things.”

Since replacing Steve Lomas in January, Holloway’s Millwall have only picked up two wins in 14 games.

But despite the poor points return, the Lions boss believes the squad’s spirit is stronger now than what is was when he took over.

He said: “They really are disappointed but the overall collective spirit is a lot better than it was when I first walked through the door.

“I’m devastated for the lads because I've seen all sorts of effort there, but they are giving me that belief.

“This is when you find out about yourselves and it's more about the group.

“I have to make the group believe.”

Holloway added: “I’ve seen times like this when I haven’t managed to do it, but I don’t believe we won’t manage to do it. That’s the gospel truth.

“I want to help this group and it’s really hurting me.

“At the end of the day I want to set this club up right and get it right long-term.

“I believe in the people, I believe in myself and I believe in us.

“When I first came in it was ‘me or I’.

“Now they are hurting together and that’s the difference. And I believe that will keep us up.”

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