Matthew Briggs: Millwall boss Ian Holloway warns defender

Ian Holloway
Holloway says he will "have to fine" Briggs after his over-celebration

Millwall boss Ian Holloway has warned left-back Matthew Briggs he must not get booked for over-celebrating again after being sent off on his debut.

The 23-year-old took his shirt off after putting the Lions in front against Wycombe and was later dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Holloway told BBC London 94.9. "It's not a shame. It's unprofessional.

"He has made a mistake and almost cost his team. I don't ever want to see him do it again and I'll have to fine him."

Matthew Briggs on Twitterexternal-link
"I want to also apologise for getting sent off and for my celebration! Silly booking, my emotions got best of me. WONT HAPPEN AGAIN!!"

Briggs joined Millwall on a one-year deal this summer after being released by Fulham.

The former England Under-21 international, who only featured twice for the Cottagers last season, has said Holloway was a big reason in his move to The Den.

Holloway says he can understand why Briggs removed his shirt in celebration.

"I think that comes from a lot of frustration," added the 51-year-old.

"I was very pleased with the goal. We spoke to him the other day about what to do.

"He has got everything but sometimes your ability can be a bit of a curse if you don't pull it off.

Matthew Briggs
Briggs came through Fulham's academy and made a total of 29 appearances for the west London club

"I think it was a relief for him but you know what the rules are."

However, Holloway was slightly frustrated with the sending off, with Briggs given his marching orders by referee Andy D'Urso for a foul on Sido Jombati.

"He gave the referee no choice - although I will say there were lots of other fouls," he said.

"Was it a deliberate kick? He caught someone but he (the referee) was lenient all night and it might have been a slightly more controlled game.

"Wycombe committed 17 fouls and their young right-back must have done 15 of them."

Briggs was contrite on social media after the game, tweeting:external-link "I want to also apologise for getting sent off and for my celebration! Silly booking, my emotions got best of me. WONT HAPPEN AGAIN!!"

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