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Millwall need to get midfield right and stop playing so many attackers
10:33am Friday 14th February 2014 in Sport
MILLWALL columnist AYSE SMITH is starting to lose patience with Ian Holloway already after again playing too many strikers in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Yeovil.
LAST Saturday saw us away at Burnley, not a game anyone in the league would fancy themselves in, least of all Millwall.
Surprisingly the Lions went ahead in the 27th minute with a great Martyn Woolford goal from just outside the area.
That didn't last long, though, as within two minutes Danny Ings equalised.
The Lions seemed to slow down the pace then and Burnley scored again just before half-time to send them into the break with the lead.
Within 10 minutes of the second half, Simeon Jackson came on for Lee Martin, changing the formation to 4-3-3.
Then 10 minutes later it switched again with Scott McDonald coming on for Ed Upson, changing it to 4-2-4.
Baffled? Yes, so was I.
We then went on to lose the game 3-1, which isn’t such a bad score against such a good team, but it always hurts more when going in front.
Then it was on to Yeovil on Tuesday night.
Fellow strugglers Yeovil, who are playing their first season in the Championship, have already beaten the Lions 1-0 at the Den on the opening game of the season.
Surely Millwall could win this one now with the wise guidance of Mr Holloway?
Yeovil were all over the Lions and with us playing with only two midfielders and four strikers, they eventually scored in the 64th minute.
Ollie did respond by putting Alan Dunne on to strengthen the defence, but for Richard Chaplow, which then left us with only one in midfield instead of taking off a striker.
Steve Morison levelled things up in the 75th minute and that was how it stayed.
A point away from home isn't normally seen as a bad thing but in our position, and against the bottom team in the league, it’s not looking very hopeful.
I’m sure I’m not the only one baffled by this playing four strikers and hardly anyone in a completely exposed midfield.
Ollie didn’t do that kind of thing previously as manager at Blackpool or Palace, so what is he playing at?
He is quickly earning the nickname of Worzel with me, and that’s not a good thing as if I am thinking it, then so must many more Millwall fans.
I like to think of myself as quite generous when it comes to giving people time to prove themselves, but this season is becoming unbearable at best.
Let’s hope things change for the better tomorrow at home to Bolton, which is definitely a six-pointer.
It doesn’t help that Liam Trotter, who has only just gone on loan to Bolton, has already turned his back on us by giving the opposition as much information about how the team works as he can, and also advised them to try to turn the crowd against the team.
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