Championship Analysis - Holloway slates 'boring' Bolton after Millwall draw
Ian Holloway was back to his charismatic outspoken best after his Millwall side claimed a late point against fellow strugglers Bolton at the New Den on Saturday, claiming he was “bored senseless” by his opponents. Both sides were in poor form going into the game so it was little surprise when the fixture ended all square.
Rather than concentrating on his own side’s performance post-match, however, Holloway chose to focus on his opponents, claiming: “I'm deadly serious when I say you would be bored senseless watching that kind of performance from them [Bolton]. If that's how you set out to play when people pay a lot of money to watch I'd be bored senseless.”
It was a peculiar statement considering Millwall were hardly held by their opponents and were somewhat fortunate to get a draw, surviving a missed penalty at 1-0 down before equalising late on. Opposite number Dougie Freedman denied he was happy with a point. “We defended very well but we missed chances when we hit the post and then the penalty miss so I felt we deserved the three points,” he said.
Indeed, it was a missed opportunity for both sides with Charlton not in league action due to FA Cup duty - albeit in a clash with fellow Championship side Sheffield Wednesday that fell victim to the weather. Millwall inched four points clear of the relegation zone but the Addicks now have three games in hand, putting 19th-placed Bolton within range as well. In fact, it was arguably a good day all round for Charlton as second-bottom Barnsley and Doncaster in 20th also shared a draw in a feisty Yorkshire derby.
There were significant results affecting the other end of the table this weekend. Burnley failed to beat Bournemouth as Eddie Howe welcomed his former club to Dean Court, but the Clarets’ current boss Sean Dyche chose to see it as a point gained.
“We were well below par but we have built an amazing mentality here so that when five or six players are not at their best we can still come away with a point,” he said, and it could indeed prove a huge result as in Sunday’s action QPR lost their grip on the race for second spot after losing 3-1 to Reading. It was a result that left Rangers four points behind Burnley, and although Harry Redknapp’s side still have a game in hand the advantage has swung back to Turf Moor.
QPR are now winless in three, acknowledged by Redknapp, who said: “It's a difficult day but we've got to pick ourselves up again. We've got to work hard on the training pitch and get back to how we were playing a few weeks ago.”
It was also a massive win for Reading, who built a four-point buffer over those immediately below the play-off spots. Fixtureless Brighton, who take on Premier League Hull in the FA Cup on Monday, remain seventh after Ipswich were held by Blackpool.
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