Holloway remains positive and Tottenham starlet enjoying experience

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Ryan Fredericks is a promising young right-back currently on loan at Millwall from Tottenham.

Forcing your way into Tottenham's first team is no easy job, especially not for Ryan Fredericks.

The young right-back has Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton to compete with, after Adam Smith – another right-back – chose to make a permanent switch to Bournemouth in the Championship in favour of regular first team football.

Fredericks joined Millwall on loan in January and has scored one goal in his nine appearances so far. He's hoping to stay at Millwall until the end of the season, and said: "I want as much experience as possible – be it for Spurs or another club, and I’ll give it a good go.

"I can’t put all my eggs in one basket. If something pops up that’ll be good for me I’ll have to take it. First and foremost I want to try to play at Spurs.

"I’ve got time on my side to impress Tim [Sherwood].

"If he felt I was ready to go in I don’t think he’d have any second thoughts. If he thinks you’re good enough, he’ll play you."

Fredericks has featured in games for Spurs this season, under Andre Villas-Boas he won the penalty that handed Roberto Soldado his hat-trick against Anzhi.

Now in a different league at a different end of the table to what he'd be used to, Fredericks will need to continue impressing at the tail-end of the season should he extend his loan.

Millwall face Leeds, Birmingham, Blackburn, Nottingham Forest, Wigan and Watford as their next six fixtures and have a trip to Loftus Road also scheduled before the end of the season.

Ian Holloway is a manager who would be good to have in the dressing room during a relegation battle, if only for entertainment value.

But as a man whose been known to have a strop from time to time, if he feels 'totally optimistic' about Millwall's chances of survival you can take from that that he know's he has a good squad who will fight to the end to stay in the Championship.

Holloway said: "Every one of our players knows that we have got to get better, that what we've been doing hasn't been good enough and that we are all responsible for that - everybody."

I'm a massive fan of Holloway, mainly because I find him funny. But humour isn't going to save Millwall and Holloway is no stranger to relegation. 

The signs are promising though, with no more than one goal being conceded in their last seven games and two clean sheets among those – Frederick's featured in six of these. 

Holloway's time at Blackpool is what he is most famous for, seeing them gain promotion to the Premier League through the play-off's, and sitting 11th at christmas. Relegation couldn't be stopped on the final day of the season though, after picking up just three wins in the second half of the season.

His record at QPR, Plymouth, Leicester and Palace was not so great. His first solely managerial job (was player/manager at Bristol Rovers) saw him get QPR relegated to the old third division, although he did eventually bring them back up to the Championship. When taking over from Tony Pulis at Plymouth, Pulis had ensured a 14th place finish for a team that was widely expected to get relegated. Holloway guided them to 11th the next season, but Pulis had done a lot of the hard work for Holloway the season before, and a top-half finish couldn't even be delivered. 

Despite gaining promotion again last season with Crystal Palace, many fans will feel the points Dougie Freedman collected before defecting to Bolton had a big impact on their eventual success through the play-offs after finishing fifth. Palace already sat fourth when Holloway took over. 

A positive attitude can go a long way in a relegation battle though, combined with hard-work and determination, and Millwall will need all of the above over the coming weeks.

Holloway admits promotion with Blackpool was one of his life's greatest moments, second only to the birth of his son. If Millwall are still in the Championship next season though, it will be an equally impressive feat. 

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