MILLWALL boss Ian Holloway says he takes full responsibly for the Lions’ latest defeat on Saturday at relegation rivals Barnsley.
A fourth minute Jim O’Brien goal was the difference as Ollie’s boys slumped to their tenth away loss of the season, the only win on the road coming against Charlton back in September.
The defeat, coupled with Charlton’s surprise late win against promotion candidates QPR, means Millwall are now only one point above the Championship trap door, although Holloway still feels his side has what it takes to stay up.
The travelling fans clapped off their side at half-time for digging in after going one down, but were jeered and booed off at the final whistle, with boss Ollie sharing their frustrations.
He said: “I don’t blame them, how upset do they think I am?
“I will take full responsibly.
“You won’t catch me blaming anybody else.”
More than 500 Millwall fans made it up the M1 to see the Lions lose 1-0 and Ollie shared their pain.
“I felt for the fans today,” he said.
“You’ve got to do things right. I thought we had come along a long way.
“You get knocked back, hopefully we will learn from this and go into the next game with a bit of zest and stop this horrible feeling everyone’s getting.”
Despite defeat, Holloway feels his side can still avoid the drop.
“Totally and utterly, after that I do,” he said.
“We’ve got 14 games left.
“Have a look at the stats, but stats don’t count when you’ve lost three points.
“A draw would have done us, a draw would have kept them away from us.
“We’ve got to show some character that our club is full of.
“It always has done and always will have.”
Holloway added: “We will fight to the end, whatever happens.
“It might go to the wire and probably will, because the Championship is so tight and so close. It’s pretty scary, isn’t it?
“We need to stop the ball going in our net and put it in theirs.
“After four minutes one long ball from a centre half goes overhead and they score. It couldn’t get any harder.”
O’Brien’s fourth minute winner was the sixth consecutive time Millwall have gone behind in a league game and failed to win.
And it also meant it was seven games on the spin the Lions have scored two goals or less a game, with Holloway admitting his goal-shy strikers could do with some help.
“You start off by getting a clean sheet, don’t you. That would help the strikers.
“It’s a team effort, we’ve got to stick together as a team.
“I don’t blame people.
“We look at it, we worked hard, we get back up and make sure this group is strong enough, it is as simple as that.”
Saturday’s defeat leaves Millwall just one point and a place above the Championship trapdoor.
“Things have got a lot harder after today,” Ollie explained.
“They were going to be hard anyway.
“I’m upset with the result.
“Some of the stats will tell me that certain things are OK, but you need to put the ball in their net to top it going in theirs.”
The Den boss added: “We’ve had a season of these things going the opposite way.
“It is down to the strength of characters to pull it round and change that.
“Things would have been a damn sight easier if we kept them further away form us.
“Not now. It’s not good reading but that’s facts.
“The longer the game went on, the longer they held onto things and for us we didn’t get the least we deserved, which was a point.”
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