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Lomas pleased with Millwall's friendly workout at Crawley

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© Brian Tonks

STEVE Lomas was pleased to see each member of his squad come through 45 minutes in Millwall's pre-season friendly win over Crawley Town on Saturday.

Jermaine Easter and Dany N'Guessan scored either side of half-time to seal a 2-0 win for the Lions, but Lomas was more satisfied with the physical workout his side were given.

He said: "It's about getting fitness – our first time back on the pitch in a competitive game. It's obviously to get the rustiness out of the players off the back of a tough week of double sessions and a couple of in-house games amongst ourselves.

"We did 45 minutes on Tuesday and then 60 on Thursday buy lexapro online ireland with a view to giving the boys 45 against Crawley, which everyone came through so I'm delighted."

Lomas hopes that Andy Keogh, who only began pre-season training last week following international duty, will be involved against Brentford on Tuesday night.

But the Millwall boss revealed left-back Shane Lowry is likely to miss out with a quad strain.

Lomas said: "We just wanted to give Andy a week's work to make sure he is in good condition. He will maybe come into contention for Brentford and Gillingham.

"Shane has tweaked his thigh, so we are just obviously making sure everything is right with that, we don’t want it to develop into a bigger problem."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

19 thoughts on “Lomas pleased with Millwall's friendly workout at Crawley

  • July 13, 2013 at 23:19
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    Definitely think we should sign croft painstil and shorey they all played decent and look like they would give us more depth in positions!

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    • July 13, 2013 at 23:38
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      @DanSmith93: just to be clear, are we talking football or sexual positions?

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  • July 14, 2013 at 00:07
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    Well done Steve and the lads. Not an N'Guessan fan, but i love to be proved wrong when it benefits the Millwall cause.

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  • July 14, 2013 at 05:25
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    I Don't think we should be signing anybody on the back of 45 minutes against a weak Crawley side, who had a lot of youngsters playing. Having said that, nicky shorey should have no problem at championship level, pantsil maybe better than what we already have, due to the experience he has. So maybe if they impress over the next week in the 2 friendly's, if we can afford them why not? Croft I'm unsure on as I don't see where he would get in the team, no better than what we have IMO.

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  • July 14, 2013 at 09:23
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    If we can get Chaplow , at this very early stage , that maybe enough to start the season with. I know we're probably a centre forward short still , but I wouldn't want us to blow over half our transfer budget in July. I say , start with what we now have , cut the wheat from the chaff on the approach to Christmas and strengthen again in January.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 10:00
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      I'm very sure that Chaplow will be signing on Monday. That would mean that 4 players will have signed since Lomas took over. They were all free or out of contract. Yes, there are costs involved in signing these players not incuding their wages but we have also let go Batt, Mildenhall and Maik Taylor. The transfer budget is still there in principal. To me, if we're going to be a force this season rather than looking over our shoulder all the time then the time to invest is now. We need a good striker. a Waghon type who is young and can only benefit from the new coaching set-up we have now. If he costs 650k I'd say that was money well spent and a lot less then we offered for Wood and we didn't have Morison at that time either. Waiting until January doesn't make any sense to me because we have the money now so should spend it. Tweaking the squad shouldn' be necessary if Lomas brings in another 3/ 4 players now rather than later.

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      • July 14, 2013 at 11:08
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        I agree with you to be honest. Perhaps what I'm trying to say is , we are not a spending club and probably never will be. I'm just airing on the side of caution with transfers. I wouldn't want us to have all our eggs in one basket and need to sell/loan out before making any additions. We want quality not quantity.

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        • July 14, 2013 at 11:32
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          Take your point about the past and our fire sales. However, this is a new era for Millwall in my opinion. As someone mentioned on here recently, we really don't know what the transfer budget is but it's a lot more than what's been available in the past The 4 players that have been brought in have improved the squad and I'm very sure that the next arrivals will make us a lot stronger. If we spend 650k on Waghorn for example, that's still going to leave money in the transfer kitty given that we offered at least twice that for Wood. A total of 7/8 new players coming in is going to see some dead wood going out permanently or on loan with a view to a permnent transfer, which gets them off the books. I also fear for the likes of Abdou, Wright etc. but it's a cutthroat business and to progress difficult decisions have to be made.

          @Block 8:

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          • July 14, 2013 at 21:01
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            @NICKOLA: I have a sneaking feeling Nikola that the budget isn't as healthy as we'd all like to think as we have a cautious and prudent Chairman and this will slow down any deals for players with multiple offers. I have a sneaking feeling though that if SL has anywhere near a promotion spot, JB will back him to strengthen in January.

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  • July 14, 2013 at 09:56
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    Paintsil and Shorey are both 32 with Premier League experience. I am sure at their age they would be looking at 1st team places rather than sit warming the bench for a Championship team. Our priority is another midfielder (Chaplow?) and striker not additional defenders. If there is still money left in the kitty after that then sign other players by all means. I would have thought that we need to get rid of some of the deadwood in the existing squad before we can do that though.

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  • July 14, 2013 at 10:48
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    Players like Paintstil and Shorey can bring a lot of experience to the side, 32 is not too old for fit quality players. Ryan Giggs is 39. Wether SL would like to sign them (or they want to) is another matter. SL seems to know exactly what he is doing and wants from his team. He is really working them hard on the training ground which is great. What impresses me so far is (touch wood) no major injuries.
    I can remember a few pre seasons when at times it seemed half the team were on the physio bench!
    If they are all eager to play and fighting for places that will produce the competitive spirit that has perhaps been lacking in the past. Roll on the new season!

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  • July 14, 2013 at 11:58
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    Nobody's mentioned Robbo coming through 45. Having him back fully fit will be like signing a new quality centre half for this season. COYL

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  • July 14, 2013 at 16:14
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    You mention that we have released Batt, Mildenahall and Maik Taylor Nickola but remember we also let McKandawire and Racon go so that's 5 players off the wage bill and including Chaplow if he signs we have only brought in 4.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 18:04
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      Oops, forgot about the other two, and of course you're right, only 3 in so far.
      Still got the dosh to spend then !!
      @denslions:

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  • July 14, 2013 at 20:11
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    I would think salaries are part of the budget lads, quality players will want more money so less coming in might still take up the same budget....maybe

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    • July 14, 2013 at 22:08
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      Yep, but we're fortunate that we've got 2 good keepers, a fine defence especially with Robbo nearing fitness. What's needed is 2 new midfielders---Chaplow an a.n.other plus a new striker---Waghorn ?
      When that scenario becomes a reality, then it's going to be goodbye to a few. If we bring in a total of 7, and we've already got rid of 5 plus the others that will have to go it balances the squad. Don't forget, that up to know, we haven't spent anything on transfer fees and the budget that Lomas was given by Berylson was for physical cash allowing for signing on fees etc.

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  • July 15, 2013 at 00:30
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    nice to see the doomslayers have buggered off back to the quiet step....although i'm still concerned he will turn out to be another nicholl or worse still spackman i am confident that worst case he will leave a better squad of players than he found, which IMO would have struggled in league 1 had the worst happened last season. despite my concern i'm actually hopeful of a good start and pleased the way the squad is shaping up. i'd keep croft and shorey, pantsil worth a shout if wages are good coz u never know what u will get with alan dunne (hes either an 7.5-10 player or a 1-4 out ten and too often the latter). all we need if we take thew chaplow singing for granted is a striker and although id welcome waghorn i think it'd be better if we got a young striker on loan till xmas, maybe even Kane back. then we can judge where we are and if need be use that 650k or whatever we have bid towards a more expensive signing to bring in the goals to push us over the "promition" / "playoff" line. people lauded jackett too much imo, i think its berylson who deserves our appreciation!

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  • July 15, 2013 at 00:42
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    We can all say get rid of dead wood, but what happens when we get injuries? No matter what you think our budget is, it isnt enough to have quality throughout the side. And I think also that the players we have got rid of would have been on a lot less money than the the players we have bought in. For example, i think mildenhall, tam and batt can't possibly have been on 15k a week between them, and that is apparently nearly what we are paying for morison. If we get Chaplow, he will easily be on double the money that maik taylor and racon were earning. Plus lee martins 8-12k a week, we are easily already spending a lot more on wages. I wouldn't expect too much more, 2 players maximum would be my guess. Hopefully we BUY a player though, that would be nice.

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  • July 15, 2013 at 01:46
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    Firstly Kane will not be coming back. I can tell you that Spurs do not see that as a way forward for him. Leicester had to pay a substatial loan fee for him last season.
    Secondly, it is very doubtful that the club would go down the avenue of loaning another striker as Morison is already a loan.
    Would love to see Waghorn brought here as Morison needs someone to play with and apart from Keogh there's no one else.
    If Millwall make a named signing as a striker, I expect someone established to go. JB would not like to grow the wage bill to any substatial extent

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