Why the stats show Ian Holloway’s time at Millwall is up

The Den, Millwall

Millwall lost their fourth Championship game in a row as they succumbed to promotion-chasing Norwich City.

Things are looking bleak for Millwall. They are languishing eight points adrift of safety with a significantly inferior goal difference and just four Championship wins since August to their name.

Their latest defeat, at the hands of promotion hopefuls Norwich City, was their fourth consecutive loss and saw manager Ian Holloway speak to the London Evening Standard in a sombre mood.

He said, “When I first came here the chairman wanted to give me a longer contract. I did not think that was fair and I am glad he did not. This is hurting everybody. It is a difficult position to be in when you are not winning games.”

The statistics back Holloway up, the Lions have not put up a good enough fight this season and there needs to be a drastic change in performances if Millwall are to have any chance of survival.

Only Blackpool (29) have scored fewer goals than Millwall (31) this season whilst they have also conceded the fourth most goals in the Championship (60).

They have made seven errors leading to a goal too, with only Lee Clark’s bottom side (8) making more.

As well as being extremely lacklustre defensively, they also lack cutting edge in the final third, which is not a good combination.

Millwall have created just 325 chances this term, with only three sides creating less. To compound their misery, their shooting accuracy of 37% is the second lowest in the division with Wigan (36%) the only side below them.

With Millwall failing to produce in both boxes, there appears to be little hope in their quest for survival. As for Holloway, his time must surely be almost up.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch