Ian Holloway aims ‘bored senseless’ jibe at Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman
Updated 10:33pm Sunday 16th February 2014 in Sport
IAN Holloway launched an astonishing attack on Wanderers after Saturday’s game, claiming he would be “bored senseless” if he had to watch them on a regular basis.
Speaking after his side had snatched a late point at The Den, Holloway responded to claims from Dougie Freedman in his post-match press conference that Wanderers had controlled all but the last 15 minutes of the match.
“I’m deadly serious when I say you would be bored senseless watching that kind of performance from them (Bolton),” he said.
“If that’s how you set out to play when people pay a lot of money to watch I’d be bored senseless.”
Millwall had 22 shots on goal and enjoyed more than 60 per cent of possession but were still only able to secure a point when Martyn Woolford slotted home from close range in the 82nd minute.
Lukas Jutkiewicz had earlier given Wanderers the lead with a deft header but then missed a penalty five minutes before the home side equalised.
Holloway – who took charge of Crystal Palace when Freedman left in October 2012 for the Reebok – elaborated on his point to the written press later in the evening.
“If that’s what you think controlling a game is, I’m glad I’m sitting in this seat and not having a drink with Dougie. That isn’t how you control a game.
“That’s the beautiful thing about football. I suggest he reads some stats and sees how many chances he created. You pay a lot of money for a ticket and you want to see your team have some shots at goal. If that’s controlling a game, I’d be bored senseless.”
Holloway made a triple substitution on 56 minutes, bringing on attackers Scott McDonald, DJ Campbell and Simeon Jackson. And it was at that stage Millwall seemed to start turning the game in their favour.
"It looked like being deja vu again, except we were creating chances which is more than we have done before," Holloway said, as the game followed a similar script to the midweek draw against Yeovil. "The lads kept going.
"We got one or two things wrong in the first half and we overplayed it a little bit - but the fans were completely brilliant by not moaning at half time.
"They didn't boo us, and that gave me the impetus to say to the lads, 'come on, they're with you.' I had my gunpowder dry on the bench and I knew we'd create chances.
"I was confident we'd get at least one, so I wasn't that perturbed - only that it took so long. When you look at the overall performance, I can see some belief coming.
"I still can't believe we didn't take more of our chances. I believe it will happen and there's a spirit coming, whether we go behind or not.
"It is all about scrapping at this stage of the year, but I think we scrapped with style. Unfortunately we got one point instead of three."