Sky Bet Championship: Millwall boss wants improvement after defeat at Rotherham
Last Updated: 23/08/14 7:30pm
Ian Holloway wants his Millwall side to get back to winning ways as soon as possible after their long unbeaten run was ended by a 1-0 defeat against Rotherham, whose boss Steve Evans was delighted.
Ian Holloway wants his Millwall side to get back to winning ways as soon as possible after their long unbeaten run was ended by Rotherham on Saturday.
The Lions had not tasted defeat in the Sky Bet Championship since March but Ben Pringle's strike just after half-time sent them spinning to a 1-0 loss at the Den.
Newly-promoted Rotherham had to withstand some Millwall pressure both before and after the break, but held on for their second league victory of the new season.
And Holloway admitted Millwall had been brought back down to earth with a bump.
"We didn't function like we have been and I felt I should have made some more changes, in hindsight," he said.
"I felt my attackers looked tired and were not quite as effective as they have been. When we needed some legs to sprint in behind when we were building we couldn't do that.
"We created one shot on target which isn't like us. Fundamentally that game should have been goalless.
"They've created three chances and scored from one of them. I knew how tough it would be because my scout told me that they were better than Watford on Tuesday.
"They are all used to winning; I thought we were and they have stopped that. Sometimes in life you've got to hold our hands up.
"It wasn't as good as we've been but we weren't that bad either. We showed great effort and great understanding and we could still be out there now and the ball wouldn't have gone in.
"We want to start another run now and that's what we'll try to do."
Rotherham boss Steve Evans took great delight as his tactical shift helped his side claim an impressive victory.
"We took a while to settle into the game," he said.
"Millwall started much brighter than us and when you have got that type of vocal support... I have never been here with a team before but they were terrific and spurred on their team.
"In the first half (Ricardo) Fuller should have put Millwall in front but then we had two big chances, and in the second half we were a bit more offensive.
"We switched the two wide players at half-time and when the goal comes from that, from a tactical point of view, it is great.
"(Alex) Revell wins a header, (Paul) Taylor puts it into the box and Pringle comes off the line, like we ask them to do, and it's a good finish.
"We worked on that on the training ground. In the second half, I don't remember my goalkeeper making a save."