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Ian Holloway loves it as plan comes together for Millwall at Derby
MILLWALL manager Ian Holloway feels his side's game plan played out perfectly against promotion-chasing Derby County on Saturday.
Ollie’s men claimed only their second league away win of the season, and their first outside of the capital.
A Steve Morison header just after the hour mark was to prove the difference in a game from which the visitors deserved all the spoils.
Holloway said: “I think I got what I expected from them.
“The way they started, they looked buoyant and full of themselves, full of vim and full of vigour.
“We spoke about what we wanted to do, we spoke about how to try and stop them.
“At first we looked a little bit nervous as we were doing it.
“The way the lads carried out our instructions on their passing patterns and where I want them to go, they stuck to it and did it brilliantly.
“All the forwards did it better than they've done it for a while, everybody ran for each other."
He added: “The longer the game went on the more we got to grips with it and the more practiced we looked and the more rehearsed we looked.
“We've done an awful lot of work because they are a really good team and by the end of it, I had a little go at half-time, when we did win it, I didn't feel we supported each other quickly enough to then counter-attack, but that came in the second half.”
The Lions were under pressure for the opening 20 minutes as a Derby onslaught ensued, but Millwall grew into the game and gee further in the second half.
Lee Martin, who started after being left out of the last two games, set up Morison to head home from close range. And Holloway was pleased to see his side take the lead.
“We scored a fantastic goal,” he said.
“That's the first time we've been in front for quite a while, then they seemed to grow and grow and grow.”
Ollie added: “I think that’s been coming for us over the last couple of weeks.
“I want us to grow in belief, if we can come here and stop them having number pus chances like they've created of the last few weeks and months, and the whole season, really.
“I'm delighted, they beat us 5-1 at our ground and thoroughly deserved to.”
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