OL­LIE’S DEN FOR AT LI­ONS

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PROGRESS: Mon­real

“This sea­son we played re­ally well against Man City. We won and it was fair and this is the same.

“We played re­ally well and are very happy for the vic­tory.

“We want to fin­ish as high up as pos­si­ble and the best way is to keep fo­cus­ing in each game and have com­mit­ment. We have to win as many games as we can.”

Mon­real is bat­tling to es­tab­lish him­self as the first choice left-back ahead of Kieran Gibbs – and boosted his chances with the open­ing goal at Old Traf­ford.

He said: “This sea­son I have played more games than last sea­son but I think last sea­son, when I didn’t play enough, I didn’t play re­ally well.

“This sea­son, the boss has shown more con­fi­dence in me and I am al­ways very happy that I can help the team.

“I pre­fer to play at left-back but you never know – at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son we only had two cen­tre-backs.

“It was a new ex­pe­ri­ence but al­ways the most im­por­tant thing is to play.” IAN HOL­LOWAY has been axed by strug­gling Mill­wall as­fter their lat­est de­feat left them eight points from safety in the Cham­pi­onship.

The 51-year-old (right) had spent lit­tle more than a year as man­ager at The Den.

Neil Har­ris has agreed to take charge of the first team un­til the end of the sea­son as the club be­gins its search for a per­ma­nent re­place­ment.

John Beryl­son, the Li­ons chair­man, said: “This was a hard de­ci­sion to take be­cause we very much hoped that Ol­lie would prove to be the man to take us for­ward and on to the next level.

“I would like to thank him for his ef­forts, and in par­tic­u­lar for keep­ing us in the divi­sion last May.

“This sea­son, though, has proved to be an ex­tremely chal­leng­ing one and we now find our­selves fac­ing an­other up­hill bat­tle to avoid rel­e­ga­tion.

“Ian Hol­loway re­mains a fine man­ager and it was his im­pres­sive track record which led us to ap­point him some 14 months ago.

“How­ever, our view is that the de­ci­sion to part com­pany at this stage is in the best in­ter­ests of the foot­ball club go­ing for­ward.”

Hol­loway took charge of his sev­enth club when ap­pointed as Steve Lo­mas’ per­ma­nent suc­ces­sor in Jan­uary 2014 and steered Mill­wall to safety as they went un­de­feated in their last eight matches.

But the Li­ons have strug­gled this sea­son and a crush­ing 4-1 de­feat to Nor­wich at the week­end was their fourth in a row.

Mill­wall have won only three league games at home this sea­son.

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