Lions boss accepts he played too many attackers in Reading defeat

News Shopper: DJ Campbell looks on as Reading celebrate their second goal. PICTURES BY KEITH GILLARD. DJ Campbell looks on as Reading celebrate their second goal. PICTURES BY KEITH GILLARD.

MILLWALL manager Ian Holloway has admitted he made mistakes in today’s 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Reading.

The Lions trailed to Pavel Pogrebnyak’s first half opener, a goal gifted to them by a mistake from keeper Stephen Bywater.

Holloway went for broke after the break by introducing Lee Martin, Jermaine Easter and John Marquis from the bench to help DJ Campbell and Steve Morison in the home side’s search for an equaliser.

But the ambitious approach backfired as Reading went further ahead through Alex Pearce and Daniel Williams.

Holloway said: “I ended up with five strikers on the pitch, I won’t ever do that again at the moment because the team aren’t ready for that.

“I’ve told them I will make some mistakes but hopefully everybody will see I’m trying to improve things and I can still tell you that in the dressing room now we are together.

“I think Reading were better than us today but I don’t genuinely think they were three goals better than us if you want me to be totally honest.

“Unfortunately the score-line tells you and everybody else that was the case but in football the margins are getting smaller for us to win I think. That’s the truth.

“The effort and some of the movement is fine but we still need to be dangerous, which is get it to our forwards, squeeze in, fight, kick, bite and that sort of attitude, whereas some of our football was lovely.

“I want that long-term to come but we’ve still got to play off our front boys. I’ve got some extra ones now so hopefully they’ll have a fresh impetus and score when we need them to.”

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8:22pm Sun 2 Feb 14

frankN says...

"Fight, kick & bite" ? What about using the ball ?
We've seen enough cards !
"Fight, kick & bite" ? What about using the ball ? We've seen enough cards ! frankN
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