There was a touch of fortune to it, though, as the 21-year-old saw an over-hit cross head towards goal, fly past Ipswich goalkeeper Dean Gerken and nestle into the top corner in the 40th minute.
However, Holloway was not complaining - in fact his only grievance was the state of the home dressing room at the Den compared to the visitors as he bids to further instil belief into his pupils on the pitch.
"That's the first time I have ever been in the home dressing room and the club have ripped us off for years! The away dressing room is hideous and the home one is an absolute palace," said Holloway.
"It's unbelievable. I didn't know where I was, I thought I was in Buckingham Palace. I'll have to have a word with [former Millwall boss] Kenny Jackett about what is going on.
"The lads deserved it, we were fantastic. We were up for a fight and we were ready for it. My question to the players is 'where has that been?'
"It was a fluke goal. Ryan didn't mean to do that but I'm just delighted that we held on. What I asked for they gave me, and this is the bare minimum.
"I'm getting my schoolteachers in place to help me be the headmaster of this wonderful school. Everybody is going to be encouraged and worked at."
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