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Millwall manager focused on protecting players in friendlies

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© Brian Tonks

STEVE Lomas insisted he would not over-stretch his small squad for the sake of winning pre-season friendlies after Millwall's 3-0 defeat to Brentford.

The Lions boss utilised four trialists and two youngsters from the club's development squad against the Bees, and admitted afterwards that the number of substitutions he made led to a "disjointed" performance.

But with Liam Trotter (knee), Shane Lowry (thigh) and Lee Martin (knee) already recovering in the treatment room, Lomas felt he could not afford to give any of his players 90 minutes at Griffin Park at the risk of picking up further injuries.

Free agents Lee Cook, Lee Croft, Nicky Shorey and John Paintsil all came on after half-time, with the score at 0-0, whilst Jake Goodman and Niall McManus also featured.

"The main aim was to give the boys 60 minutes but unfortunately when you are light on bodies you have got to bring in a few trialists," Lomas said.

"When you make so many changes in the second half, it becomes disjointed and we saw that. Having said that, we need to protect the players that are in the building.

"As we go along, and the team needs more minutes, there's less need for as many bodies. We want to get two or three in – it goes without saying that we need more signings and we're trying to make that happen."

Second-half goals from Sam Saunders, Paul Hayes and Stuart Dallas consigned Millwall to a resounding defeat in west London.

Lomas added: "The first half was okay – we could have passed the ball a little bit better. A little bit, but it's early doors.

"The defensive shape of the team was pretty good and we had a few half-chances. The main aim is to protect the players that are possibly going to start the season."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

30 thoughts on “Millwall manager focused on protecting players in friendlies

  • July 17, 2013 at 01:25
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    I could understand this approach if we had four or five pre season games left but as far as I'm aware we have Gillingham and Robbo's testimonial. Not much time to get bodies in and playing before August 3rd. A little worrying......

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    • July 17, 2013 at 13:21
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      @lion.ie: I like what he has done so far. Just need to trust he knows what he is doing

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      • July 17, 2013 at 14:48
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        @NPE22: Saying all the right things, definitely. He'll only build the trust with more decent signings and then results. Good thing is he'll get the time he needs from JB despite what some of the less patient 'vermin hating' supporters might wish.

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  • July 17, 2013 at 05:51
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    Anyone know whats happened to Chaplow. Expected official announcement yesterday

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  • July 17, 2013 at 07:23
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    I don't care we didn't win - it was after all just a work out - but I would expect at least 1 goal from our lot against a league-one side. Not too much to ask with the new season just round the corner.

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  • July 17, 2013 at 07:54
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    Chaplow isn't match fit yet, he needs a weeks training under his belt, he will prob get a run out against the kent pikeys

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  • July 17, 2013 at 08:20
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    Instead of stressing about losing to Brentford in a training exercise (10 subs from half time onwards), I'm happy SL is protecting his key players and knows he needs two or three more in before the start of the season.
    Happy days!!!!!

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  • July 17, 2013 at 09:02
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    I can see SL's point he does not want to start the seaon with some of his key players crocked. But the squad urgently needs more bite up front. There is something in this morning's Daily Mirror about Middlesborough's Scott McDonald being of interest to Millwall.

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  • July 17, 2013 at 09:19
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    I have not been to either of the two friendlies, only read reports, but I am a little concerned that Morrison, does not seem to get mentioned. I would have thought that with this level of opposition he would have got on the score sheet. Anyone seen the games, how has he been?

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  • July 17, 2013 at 09:59
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    I don't really care we lost 3-0, I still don't think we will end up as bad as last Season.He's still learning the different aspects of the team, so I hope he realises how much we need a new striker on a perm deal.

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  • July 17, 2013 at 10:28
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    I think the result last night did us the power of good even in only bringing us down to earth. I would have been worried last season but not this one. I agree with Rikki about Morrison but it is only a little concern.

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  • July 17, 2013 at 10:40
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    I was there last night , Morison flicked a few on , laid a few off. All the players gave about 70% , obviously to take it easy. It was only a work out , there was only 5 or 6 fouls all game. August 3rd , we'll be ready.

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    • July 17, 2013 at 11:24
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      @Block 8: If we don't beat Yeovil at home, there'll be a lot of disgruntled fans ready as well.

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      • July 17, 2013 at 12:37
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        So , if we beat yeovil , does that make everything ok ? Until SL has his own team and tactics out there , its difficult to judge accurately one way or the other.

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        • July 17, 2013 at 14:45
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          @Block 8: That's what I've been saying since he was appointed B8. End of September before we can start to judge and that's why I'm not getting on the promotion bandwagon on here. He'll probably need a minimum 13 points on the board from his first nine games if we are to be in the final top six shake up, not a great ask from a possible 27 points considering the start we have. However, there are enough naysayers amongst the Millwall supporters to really put the pressure on SL if we start badly and after last nights meaningless result they are already sharpening their knives. Thankfully we have a sensible Chairman who will realise that the Manager needs time to make the squad his own.

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  • July 17, 2013 at 12:19
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    Lomas out! 😀

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  • July 17, 2013 at 12:21
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    Lets give him a bit of time he has only been here a matter of weeks made changes that most of you have liked, and he has lost a game 0-3 that was a game of 2 halfs with him changing 10 players. even when the season starts he still may need and want time to get his best team on the field.
    Last night Martin was out so was Chaplow & Lowery he also blooded a couple of kids (not a bad thing IMO) just remember Rome was not built in a day ask Fergie about that.

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  • July 17, 2013 at 14:01
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    Just been confirmed that Richard Chaplow has completed signing for the club. Welcome aboard and best wishes for a long and succesful career with the Lions!

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    • July 17, 2013 at 14:20
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      @Peckhamlad: Yeah, just seen that on the Millwall site. Surely though, it's not official until it's on News at Den. ;0)

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  • July 17, 2013 at 14:15
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    Wellcome No 18 your time has just begun, great news so lets hope this brings a smile on the faces of those who were down in the dumps after last nights defeat in basically a training game, now the next two weeks the lads will start to get more conditioned and get there time back and the new ones will start to gel with the squad. COYL!!!!!!!!!!

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    • July 17, 2013 at 14:24
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      @Barnlion: Also hopefully a couple of more signings to come, Trotter back fit and everyone raring to go.

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      • July 17, 2013 at 14:42
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        @Peckhamlad: Yes with you there Peckhamlad, another good forward and (i know its greedy) but another decent midfielder would set us up and maybe to offset the cost loan or offload some of the fringe boys who do not come up to SL standards.

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  • July 17, 2013 at 14:58
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    Very warm welcome Mr Chaplow hope you have a great season with us,Can anyone please put some light on this matter for me please I have heard Neil Dann of Leicester is coming on a season long loan to us and baily has gone to Burnley and has anyone heard if john carew is training with us

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    • July 17, 2013 at 15:40
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      @colin66: There are so many different names being linked with the club, this morning it was Scott Mcdonald from Middlesborough, but I doubt the club could afford his wages.

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      • July 17, 2013 at 16:04
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        @Peckhamlad: All these rumours is doing my crust in,mind you its makes a change having some of these names linked to us instead of hulse, Tyson,harwood,to name but a few

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    • July 17, 2013 at 16:01
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      @colin66: Not a chance we could afford Carew even if that were true. I'd take Danns on loan, good player at this level.

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  • July 17, 2013 at 17:20
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    At least we are not playing useless Irish teams that don't push us at all, this is a good wake up call to all the players.

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  • July 17, 2013 at 21:41
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    Friendlies mean fuckall

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