Millwall manager Ian Holloway pulled no punches after watching his side get hammered 6-1 by Norwich at Carrow Road – just two days before the Lions host Championship leaders AFC Bournemouth.

Holloway admitted the drubbing was "horrible to watch" and has demanded a vast improvement when the Lions host Eddie Howe’s table-toppers on Sunday.

"You cannot be a Millwall player if you don't stand up to be counted," he said. "I was looking for fight and spirit in the second half but I didn't see it.

"I have seen it before in football - but not with this group of players.

"Obviously I will be looking for a big response against Bournemouth. It wasn't so long ago that we went to their place and drew 2-2 after being 2-0 down.

"We need that sort of performance and we also need the fans to stay with us, because if they don't it will be even more difficult for us.

"The good thing is that we have got half a season to be better than this - and we must be better than this, that's for sure."

Holloway admitted his side simply could not cope with free-scoring Canaries, who have now scored 11 goals in their last two home games.

"Norwich are a good side - and they should be up at the top end with the players they have got and the parachute money they have," he added.

"They exploited our weaknesses to the full. There were just so many mistakes and it got to the stage where I was almost afraid to attack as they would then just hit us on the break.

"It was just horrible to watch. It could have been a lot worse than 6-1.”