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IAN HOLLOWAY: My abuse at hands of Millwall fans

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I WENT to watch Millwall and Blackburn on Tuesday night and that was an unbelievably nervous, edgy-type game which could have gone either way.

Unfortunately for Millwall it went to Blackburn, but Millwall were the better team in the first half.

As I walked into the ground at The Den, I got totally and utterly abused by the Millwall fans just for walking along.

Obviously there is a fair bit of dislike between Millwall and Palace, but as far as I'm concerned I've got to get my lads prepared to go into that sort of atmosphere.

I was quite impressed with Blackburn's resolve though, especially after losing 4-0 last weekend at Watford. The goal that won it was extraordinary, the centre-half won the ball and he made an unbelievable run that ended up with a penalty.

Was it a penalty? I thought the referee was the bravest man, or the silliest man, because he gave it and there was almost a riot at The Den.

Blackburn will probably feel like they're safe now from going down, but Millwall's game in hand is against us, and they've had a great cup run, a bit like Palace last season.

Blackburn paid £8m for Jordan Rhodes and they've only just got themselves safe.

I'd hate to have their wage bill. Are they a Premier League team or are they trying to get back there? It's very, very difficult especially if they haven't been set up right, and I don't think they have been after relegation last year.

Some of their players on the bench will be on astronomical wages, but Jordan has had a tough ask really, because he goes in there and he is an out-and-out finisher.

I don't think I've seen anyone so calm taking a penalty in that situation. He held a stone cold nerve to finish it, so he knows where the goal is.

His father is a goalkeeper, an ex-goalkeeper, so he's probably been practicing over the years against him.

It's not easy when you've paid a huge fee for him. He's a top talent though.

I heard Danny Shittu was sent off at the end for protesting too much over the penalty decision, but it doesn't surprise me because of the feeling around the ground.

Was it a penalty? I thought the guy went down softly so I wasn't sure. I was Danny's manager once and he is a passionate guy, and I can imagine how the Millwall fans love him so much that he wanted to have a go at the referee.

Being that far away in the stand, it did look rather soft.

It will be a battle, it will be a fight, but can we show what we can do and be resilient?

IAN HOLLOWAY: My abuse at hands of Millwall fans


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