Pool forced into Millwall change

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IAN Holloway won’t be able to hit Millwall with the same side which demolished Leeds.

Ian Evatt’s fifth booking of the season was just about the only negative from the Seasiders’ Elland Road masterclass.

It means an automatic one-match ban and Alex Baptiste will almost certainly move to centre-half, with Neal Eardley coming in at right-back.

The reshuffle will be a disappointment to Holloway, who had worked hard with the back four prior to the Leeds game and was delighted with their clean sheet.

The manager said: “The back four looked very good.

“They stayed switched on and focused, and they cleared everything that came into the box.

“There was an early scare when Leeds nearly scored from a set-piece. It was a good save by Matt Gilks.

“Sometimes you need things to go your way but it is mainly about your approach. We went back to basics and it paid off. We looked a good team.

“In football you have to learn from your mistakes, and from Burnley to Leeds was about as quick a learning curve as I have ever seen.”

“It would be nice to have another three points before the international break, but you have to earn them in this division and Millwall will be very tough. They have won three on the trot and are climbing the league fast.