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Headmaster Ollie lauds victory

Manager Ian Holloway described himself as Millwall's head teacher after his first taste of the Lions' "Buckingham Palace" dressing rooms at the Den led to a 1-0 win over Ipswich.

Holloway's know-how in the transfer market paid off in just his second game in charge of Millwall as Tottenham loanee Ryan Fredericks, signed on Friday, netted the only goal of the game.

There was a touch of fortune to it, though, as the 21-year-old saw an over-hit cross head towards goal, fly past Ipswich goalkeeper Dean Gerken and nestle into the top corner in the 40th minute.

Tommy Smith then almost pulled Ipswich level after the break but former Tractor Boys midfielder Lee Martin cleared off the line before spurning a great late chance to make it certain for the Lions.

However, Holloway was not complaining - in fact his only grievance was the state of the home dressing room at the Den compared to the visitors as he bids to further instil belief into his pupils on the pitch.

"That's the first time I have ever been in the home dressing room and the club have ripped us off for years! The away dressing room is hideous and the home one is an absolute palace," said Holloway.

"It's unbelievable. I didn't know where I was, I thought I was in Buckingham Palace. I'll have to have a word with [former Millwall boss] Kenny Jackett about what is going on.

"The lads deserved it, we were fantastic. We were up for a fight and we were ready for it. My question to the players is 'where has that been?'

"It was a fluke goal. Ryan didn't mean to do that but I'm just delighted that we held on. What I asked for they gave me, and this is the bare minimum.

"I'm getting my schoolteachers in place to help me be the headmaster of this wonderful school. Everybody is going to be encouraged and worked at."

Meanwhile, Ipswich boss and former Millwall defender Mick McCarthy admitted it was nigh-on impossible to get something out of the game once the Lions went in front.

"We got into the top six because of the way that we play and now we have dropped out also because of the way that we play," he said.

"We deserved to lose because they played better and we played badly. They played very well to be honest and they have got a very good squad of players.

"If you look back at my quotes when we beat them 3-0 [earlier in the season], I said I don't think it should have been 3-0 and I still believe that.

"Fair play to Ollie because he got them going but that was always going to be the case. The goal came out of the blue and completely changed the complexion of the game.

"Despite everything else, if you let one of them in you aren't going to win. He [Gerken] has just misread the flight of it; he obviously thought it was going over the bar."