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Ian Holloway hails Millwall character

24 November 2014

Millwall manager lan Holloway wants his fans to be able to repeat their chant all around Sky Bet Championship grounds that they sung at Charlton Athletic during the sides' goalless draw at The Valley.

Charlton have not got the better of their South London rivals since 1996 and the visiting supporters constantly reminded them of that fact with regular blasts of 'you'll never beat the 'Wall'.

The draw means that Millwall are now four matches without a victory and Holloway is seeking an upturn in fortunes that would allow the club's followers to echo their rendition.

Holloway said: "You can't beat Millwall. Let's hope we can sing that at every ground we're at and we'll have a better season. I can't ask any more from my lads. They've showed character when they've needed to.

"I would have been spitting venom if we had lost but did any team do enough to win it? Probably not, but hopefully people will go home go home entertained and feeling they got their money's worth.

"It was a good game with two good teams and showed what the Championship is all about. The players conducted themselves brilliantly and contested everything fairly and it was a very enjoyable game. The way things have been going they would have scored and everything would have been terrible."

Charlton had the best chance of the game in added-on time as George Tucudean, whose wife had given birth earlier in the day, raced through on goal and took the ball around Millwall goalkeeper David Forde before Byron Webster and Alan Dunne raced back to clear as Tucudean slipped.

Holloway was delighted that Milwall captain Dunne was the man to clear the danger.

He added: "What does the derby mean to that boy? He's only ever played for Millwall. Fantastic."

Bob Peeters, the Charlton Athletic manager and a former Millwall player, said: "Even in the first half there was stress. They've been building it up for weeks, especially with the international break and you saw it with the players as well, both sides were under a lot of pressure.

"We also knew that it was 6832 days since Charlton beat Millwall. It was all over the news so, especially the first 15 minutes, there was a lot of stress."

Peeters also praised the contribution of his goalkeeper Nick Pope, who came into the side for his first league game in three months. He added: "It's a big game for Pope when you haven't played for a long time, especially in the second half when a few thousand Millwall supporters are on your back."

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