Ollie sure Lions can claw clear
MILLWALL boss Ian Holloway is adamant his side can beat the drop despite a goalless draw with fellow strugglers Fulham leaving the Lions three points from safety.
Lee Gregory missed the best chance for the hosts, somehow firing over from close range after Jimmy Abdou’s dangerous cross.
Hugo Rodallega thought he had won it for the visitors with six minutes left only for his effort to be ruled out for offside.
Holloway concedes his team needs to be more clinical in front of goal, but believes they have what it takes to avoid relegation.
“The truth is we’ve taken four points out of six against Fulham and now we’ve got to try and do that against more teams and if we do I think we’ll be safe comfortably,” he said.
“I thought we deserved to win. That’s as good as we’ve been, apart from the goal. That’s the most crosses we’ve had in a long time, but unfortunately we’ve had 16 efforts at goal and only four on target, so that’s what we’ve got to work on.
“But I asked the team to take the game to Fulham and be on the front foot and I thought we were at the start of both halves. They looked dangerous on the counter- attack just before half-time but after the break we didn’t feel they did and luckily the linesman got his job right because Rodallega was offside.”
It was a bright start from the hosts and they should have gone ahead on 12 minutes, but Gregory turned over the bar from close range after Abdou’s cross.
Fulham responded but Alex Kacaniklic’s shot was pushed away by David Forde after Lasse Vigen Christensen’s counter down the right.
Millwall hit back but the dangerous Diego Fabbrini’s cross narrowly evaded the head of Martyn Woolford.
Fulham almost went ahead before the break but Kacaniklic curled an effort just wide, before Rodallega rippled the side-netting. The Lions began the second half well but a lightning counter almost ended with Rodallega converting Ryan Tunnicliffe’s pass.
Fulham threw on Bryan Ruiz for a first appearance since a January switch to Levante fell through, while Gary Taylor-Fletcher came on for his Millwall debut after joining on loan from Leicester City.
But it was the visitors who looked the more dangerous and Rodallega was denied a winning goal on 84 minutes as the points were shared.
Fulham boss Kit Symons was left disappointed not to have won and, contrary to Holloway, thinks Rodallega’s goal should have stood.
“I’ve seen the disallowed goal again, and it should have stood, so I’m disappointed not to have nicked it but points are important and we’re thankful of the one we’ve got,” Symons said.
“It was probably the right result in the end. They had the better possession and pressure in the first half, but I thought we were the ones pushing forward in the second half.
“If the goal did stand, it would have capped off a fantastic day – a clean sheet away from home and all three-points but it wasn’t to be.
“But it was a hard-fought performance, and the players showed a lot of endeavour and a lot of effort.
“I thought we looked very dangerous on the counter-attack but just lacked the extra bit of quality when it counted.”
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ALMOST! Hugo Rodallega slams home for Fulham only for his effort to be chalked off for offside