Lee Gregory will always be grateful to Ian Holloway for giving him his big break in football – but it won’t stop him looking to cause the Queens Park Rangers boss a headache on Tuesday night.
Holloway was in charge at Millwall when he paid £250,000 to sign the striker from non-league Halifax in June 2014.
Gregory, 29, has gone on to score 55 goals in 148 matches for the South London club.
“He [Holloway] gave me the opportunity,” said the Lions frontman. “I’m here now because of him. I thank him for that. But I’ll be holding nothing against him on Tuesday night. I’ll be going for the win.
“He’s been there and done everything. It was a great experience for me. He’s taught me a lot in the first year. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for him but he’s moved on now.
“Every game is massive for us. We need to rebound after this loss.”
Gregory is looking for a response after admitting the Lions did not perform at their best in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Wolves.
“We gave them a little bit too much respect,” he said. “They are a good team. The first-half we were on the back foot. They got the lead with a good goal – we have been training all week on stopping shots from the edge of the box and we didn’t stop that one. Look where it ended up. It’s not a good performance.
“The gaffer said to us at half-time ‘stay in the game – we will get a chance – hopefully we can nick one back’. Willo [Shaun Williams] had a great effort saved from the edge of the box. It just wasn’t meant to be.
“We didn’t use the ball well enough.”
Despite being down to 10 men for the final 24 minutes they only lost to Diogo Jota’s spectacular first-half strike. Gregory felt there were plusses from Molineux.
“Shape, defensive, energy levels. I know we were chasing the ball a lot but it shows how fit we are that we can do that for 90 minutes.
“It never helps you when you are down to 10 men. It just makes you think a lot more about your shape. We adapted quite well – if we hadn’t it could have been three or four.”