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Lomas backing gives Millwall winger new-found confidence

© Nicky Hayes
© Nicky Hayes

WINGER Liam Feeney says Steve Lomas has given him a new lease of life since the Northern Irishman's appointment as Millwall manager.

Feeney played 85 minutes in the Lions' 3-1 victory over Gillingham on Saturday and was a constant threat with his pace and deliveries from wide areas.

The 26-year-old came close to leaving The Den in January when former club Bournemouth came in for him, but he hopes to reinvent himself under Lomas this season.

He said: "The gaffer is backing me, which I appreciate. He's told me to do what I feel is right when I'm in the final third, and that's given me confidence to go and try things. I need to be making the right decisions on the ball more often than not.

"If you just stand out on the wing you can get yourself marked out of games and you might not touch the ball for ten minutes. Other teams find it difficult if you have a bit of variation and cut inside.

"I have to pick the right time to do that because it's important for me to stay wide and get crosses in.  A new manager means a clean slate for everyone – I'm just working hard on my game so that I can be in the team and helping out.

"If I do well enough hopefully I can nail down one of those wide positions."

Millwall's pre-season preparations stepped up a gear at the Priestfield Stadium and Feeney believes Lions fans should be optimistic ahead of the big kick-off on August 3.

He said: "It was another game on the road to match sharpness for us but we expected an improvement after the Brentford game. We saw went wrong, worked on how to put things right during the week and I thought we put together a really good performance.

"It's all coming together nicely at the moment. Everyone is fighting for their places – especially the forwards. Jermaine Easter has been playing really well, Andy Keogh has come back looking sharp and Steve Morison scored twice.

"All three link up well with each other and the rest of the boys are working hard as well. Without getting carried away, we're moving in the right direction.

"Expectations are quite high. We don't expect to be down where we finished last year – we want to be up there. With the new players coming in and everyone vying for the shirt at the moment, we look like we've got a really strong squad."

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20 thoughts on “Lomas backing gives Millwall winger new-found confidence

  • July 22, 2013 at 08:18
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    Great attitude Liam. Good luck for the season.

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  • July 22, 2013 at 08:27
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    Was playing well for the last few Ames of last season . SL has identified his weakness tho pass selection is important in any area but as a winger you really need to know and either complete a pass or beat your man....over to you Liam.

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  • July 22, 2013 at 08:30
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    Met him at Wembley as he was leaving the ground to go to the train station came across as really humble and happily posed for a pic even tho my mate screwed it up a couple of times.

    Nice lad deserves a run pleased he's working on improving himself now is the time for him to push on and realise his potential.

    Oh and he did predict we would stay up when I spoke to him as well so next time I see him I shall be getting the lottery numbers off him

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  • July 22, 2013 at 08:33
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    He could be a vital player if he finds the right form!

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  • July 22, 2013 at 08:43
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    Well done my son, cracking attitude. Good luck for tge season.

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  • July 22, 2013 at 09:08
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    Speaks volumes for the positive spirit the new manager is creating in the club, he is giving the players confidence and ambition. I have said this before on here that all the negative remarks about players some people hold grudges against need to be forgotten. As Liam said there is a competition for places, and they are all working hard for the right to play, that can only be good for the future. There is a new spring dawning at Millwall! Cut out the negativity and slagging off of players and give encouragement. Well done Liam.

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  • July 22, 2013 at 09:33
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    JUST GOT BACK FROM WEEKEND AWAY. IF WE DO GET MCDONALD, THIS HAS TO BE THE MOST PROMISING SQUAD FOR A VERY LONG TIME. NOW I'M OFF TO THE BOOKIES COYL!!!!

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  • July 22, 2013 at 09:36
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    Good luck for the season Liam.
    COYL

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  • July 22, 2013 at 09:59
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    Liam was devastating when he first came to us but really lost his mojo last season, he has definitely got potential and if he can find his early form he will be like a new player to us. Just get those crosses past the first defender please Liam!

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    • July 22, 2013 at 13:29
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      @glyngo: Its surprising how many people lost form and confidence last season, what the hell was going on behind the scenes ?
      I was a Kenny fan but even I have to admit, for the good of the club he did not go a moment too soon.
      Onwards and upwards. COYL.

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  • July 22, 2013 at 10:18
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    The pace and skill is there just first touch and end product needs working on - think with confidence Liam could definitely be a force!!

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    • July 22, 2013 at 11:16
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: Bomber you have hit it right on the nut yeah he has got 2 of the 3 skills needed to be a half decent player, but if he had a first touch and had the ability to know when to cross or not he would be playing some where else.
      Confidence may help to improve him but looking at the squad the SL is getting together Liam may only be a squad player as he is prone to get injured, but lets hope he does turn ot around as it can only be good for us.

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  • July 22, 2013 at 10:20
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    All the best Liam you will be glad you stayed when this team gels

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  • July 22, 2013 at 11:01
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    on another topic, just seen on SSN that mick harford has turned down role at newcastle

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  • July 22, 2013 at 13:37
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    Always reminded me of a poor mans Aron Lennon. When Feeney's on point he can do some serious damage down the wing but when he's not it's almost like playing with 10 men. Unfortunately it seemed to be more off than on last season.

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  • July 22, 2013 at 14:30
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    Good boy Feens I'm sure things weren't going well last season there seemed to be a lot of s,,,t going on in the background last season but under the new ginger revilution I'm sure you can get your game back on track . S.L looks to have everyone on side M.H has proved that . Can't wait for next sat .onwards and upwards .COYL.

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  • July 22, 2013 at 16:17
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    hopefully they can work on his terrible habit of being either to high up the pitch marked by the full back or too deep where there full back can size him up. needs to be in that area which Henry is good at occupying where if the fullback steps out he can skin him for pace or slip a forward in the space left behind.

    SL, the cv is in the post.

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  • July 22, 2013 at 17:36
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    met this guy a few times and he just needs confidence, cant think of any better than SL to get him going

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  • July 22, 2013 at 19:01
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    Confidence and he could track back a bit more!

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  • July 22, 2013 at 21:25
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    Met one of his mates once who played at Hayes with him. He told me Liam didn't know what Jackett wanted him specifically to do. Found it hard to believe at the time but perhaps that's why the team, for large parts of last season, looked like they had never met each other before.

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