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Trotter encouraged by Millwall's midfield strength in depth

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© Brian Tonks

LIAM Trotter is confident Millwall will be rewarded for improved performances with winning results after the international break.

The Lions will be looking to build on back-to-back away draws at Sheffield Wednesday and Brighton when their season resumes against Derby County at The Den on Saturday.

And Trotter, who is fully fit again after a knee injury, believes a first win of the campaign is not far away.

"It is great when you win games without playing too well, but there is always a slight worry because eventually your run will come to an end," he said.

"When you're playing well and losing, it's difficult but you know it cannot stay that way. As long as you produce consistently good performances, you will win more than you lose.

"Even though it means nothing to be towards the top of the table at this stage of the season, it is a better feeling than being at the bottom.

"We definitely need a couple of wins to back up our last two results and I do not see any reason why we can't get them in the very near future."

Now that he is back from injury, Trotter will be competing with Shaun Derry, Richard Chaplow and Nicky Bailey for a starting berth, but he is not fazed by competition for places.

And the 25-year-old feels a 4-3-3 formation, which maximises Millwall's midfield options, could be the way forward.

"This league has become very tough," he said. "You need to keep the lines tight and a way of doing that perhaps is three in midfield.

"We looked a lot better in that shape against Brighton and, while it might not necessarily be the best approach every week, with the quality we've got it doesn't seem like a bad idea to centre our game on that.

"Passing the ball and adapting to different situations is key in the Championship, and we've definitely got the players here who can do that.

"Three in midfield allows you to get forward and it gives the wingers a bit more freedom as well. But it's difficult for the one centre forward if you're not playing progressive, passing football, which is something we will keep working on.

"There's no point playing one up front if we're going to keep hitting it long to him, but we've done better with that in the last few games.

"Scotty McDonald is 5ft nothing, but he did really well in that lone role against Brighton; he got the ball to his feet and had an excellent game. That's encouraging for us."

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38 thoughts on “Trotter encouraged by Millwall's midfield strength in depth

  • September 9, 2013 at 07:25
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    The problem I see with the formation Trotts is saying 4-3-3 is that there is only 1 striker, if we want to do well this season we have to score 65 goals plus that is based on last seasons succesfull teams
    that would be 40 goals from strikers 15 Moro 15 Mcd 10 from the other strikers 20 from midfield 5 plus from defenders so we must play Moro & Mcd each week, that leaves Trotter, Derry & Bailey to contest those 2 CM positions

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  • September 9, 2013 at 08:59
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    Chaplow?

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  • September 9, 2013 at 09:55
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    What's wrong with employing wing-backs in 3-5-2???

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    • September 9, 2013 at 10:01
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      Not a bad idea on paper but that would only give us one centre half, which isn't going to work IMO.

      @NO1LIKESUS:

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      • September 9, 2013 at 10:32
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        @NICKOLA:
        I would trust Robbo in a lone CB role with my life. At least he wouldn't be bumping into his own players trying to clear it. More time & room to pass his way out of trouble. Why not give it a go - everything else has failed.

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      • September 9, 2013 at 12:49
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        3-5-2 usually has three CB's, two man marking an the third acting as a sweeper, the full backs then push forward and play as part of the midfield. The FB's operate within a 10 metre strip in from the touchline and often get overrun if the CM's don not help them pick up additional players that try to double up on them. We do have enough CB's to pay this system, but not sure we have the sweeper that would be required.@NICKOLA:

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        • September 9, 2013 at 18:29
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          @glyngo: Spot on Glyngo, but my question would be why would we stick to one formation? Formation is a small part of tactics, more important is having the scope and ability to adapt to the other teams tactics to turn the game to your advantage. Possession is key and always has been, despite the media telling us that Barca invented the possession game. Get the ball, keep it, use it well, if you lose it get it back quickly. It's a simple game really (-:~

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    • September 9, 2013 at 10:32
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      @NO1LIKESUS: Nothing except we don't have any unless you count Scott Malone who is an unknown quantity

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    • September 9, 2013 at 11:07
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      @NO1LIKESUS: have derry just in front of the defense sweeping the line then have woolford,trotter,bailey.chaplow in front then mcdonald and morro/keogh up front

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        • September 9, 2013 at 20:36
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          @Weller: sorry meant or not and lol had a momentary retard !

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        • September 9, 2013 at 20:39
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          @Weller: sorry bit vague there to mcdonald, morro or keogh

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          • September 9, 2013 at 21:00
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            @<a href="#comment-17135@steveomfc5: >steveomfc5: Steveo I think the team you picked will be the one SL goes with against Derby, Derry in front of back four, the four midfield you mentioned and Mcd up front

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  • September 9, 2013 at 10:07
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    Our first win is not far away ???? That tells us what ???? Should we all write our letters to Santa now or does Trotts think our recent run of fantastic form will carry us through until April & then panic ????

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  • September 9, 2013 at 10:48
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    Trotter is talking sense at the moment and he did not say that they should rigidly stick to 4 -3-3 but be adaptable to different situations. If 4-3-3 works for the team then use it. I hope he plays against Derby we will see the forwards given better service and some creative play.

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  • September 9, 2013 at 10:59
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    Possibly excluding Morison, by next Saturday Lomas will have a full strength team for the first time. Going to be interesting to see who the starting eleven will be, which technically would be his idea of his strongest team.

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  • September 9, 2013 at 11:17
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    Is trotter the manager now?

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    • September 9, 2013 at 13:23
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      @westlion: no lomas is going to prove himself.and prove all the sceptics wrong.

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  • September 9, 2013 at 11:49
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    I don't care what team he fields or what formation he plays these next two games as long as we pick up 4 points minimum. He can play 8 - 1 - 1 or 1 - 9 for all I care. On paper we have a strong squad full of experience at this level and I want to see some goals. COYL Miiiiiiiii

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    • September 9, 2013 at 16:38
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      @southlondon1885 : We would agree with your comment ' to see some goals' that is why the formation is important, look at the prem Sat before last, nearly all the teams played 4-5-1, cancelled each other out hence lack of goals, if Trotter plays it would likely be 4-1-4-1 Derry just behind Trotts & Bailey, Woolford & Chaplow wide, Mcd up front, Moro,Martin, Henry to come on if needed, we could nick a couple of tight wins in next two home games

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  • September 9, 2013 at 12:01
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    Intelligent comments from Liam. A lot of what he says makes sense.
    He obviously knows his onions, COYL

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    • September 9, 2013 at 16:17
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      @WestKentLion: He doesn't know any more than the average poster on here less possibly because he's pretty much stating the f****** obvious.

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      • September 9, 2013 at 18:41
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        @Old_Les: HA HA HA, I think all the coaching and playing staff have been on a summer course Les, as they've all become pretty good at stating the fkin obvious and predicting the fkin future. One day our wins will come.........

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  • September 9, 2013 at 12:35
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    I can see it coming together, we will be hard to beat, good time to have a bet on us reaching the play offs, it's not impossible.

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    • September 9, 2013 at 15:43
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      @mewall62:
      I reckon I'll f**k Beyonce before the end of the season.....it's not impossible but ...... a little unlikely!

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      • September 9, 2013 at 16:26
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        @tommylion1: wouldn't bet on that though tommy, she's with me

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  • September 9, 2013 at 16:03
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    -Got a feeling Trotter is going to have a blinder this season.I think the competition in midfield this season will help him liven up.I dont think I can remember him ever being subsituted by Kenny as there was no decent replacement. That scenario cannot be good for your game.Not the case anymore though.COYL.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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    • September 9, 2013 at 16:38
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      @wall2wall:
      did you lean on your keyboard at the end of your post ?
      I think 2 things need to happen , 1 , SL needs to decide which formation suits us best , both home and away.
      2 , select the best available players to carry out the job he requires.
      Until then , performances and results may suffer.

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      • September 9, 2013 at 16:44
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        @Block 8: That's called mangement

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      • September 9, 2013 at 16:56
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        @Block 8:
        First post blues re keyboard.
        Liam Trotter should be at the heart of our midfield.Dont balls it up Lomas.

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  • September 9, 2013 at 17:23
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    One Bad Touch Mr Trotter and they will be waiting with pitchforks and torches ! Don't expect miracles his just had knee surgery,but would be a good impact sub, for the time being.

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  • September 9, 2013 at 18:50
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    http://www.southlondon-today.co.uk/Sport.cfm?id=30708&headline=Lions

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  • September 9, 2013 at 23:20
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    Don't understand all the all the positivity did I miss something and we won a game ? Or is it cos we got rid of DNG that now we are talking bout playoffs and minimum 4 points against top of the league Blackpool and a decent derby side we lost at home already to Yeovil ! would love to win both games but attitudes will change depending on what happens Saturday of course did u all forget ur posts previously about the need for better right back etc nothing has changed as far as I'm concerned it can't have we ain't even played hope you are all right but for me I see no reason to get excited at all hope I will see something to get excited about over the next two games but won't hold my breath

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  • September 9, 2013 at 23:22
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    Don't understand all the all the positivity did I miss something and we won a game ? Or is it cos we got rid of DNG that now we are talking bout playoffs and minimum 4 points against top of the league Blackpool and a decent derby side we lost at home already to Yeovil ! would love to win both games but attitudes will change depending on what happens Saturday of course did u all forget your posts previously about the need for better right back etc nothing has changed as far as I'm concerned it can't have we ain't even played hope you are all right but for me I see no reason to get excited at all hope I will see something to get excited about over the next two games but won't hold my breath

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  • September 10, 2013 at 10:31
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    Get Robbo back in the side! He is one of the few Millwall players that is proud to wear the lion on his chest! ... As for Trotter, he needs to prove to SL and us that he can be far more consistent than last season, because on Trotters good days he is one of the best CM in the championship!!! COYL !

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  • September 10, 2013 at 19:15
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    Its good to hear Trotter talking positive ( Even if it is a stating the obvious), He needs the competition in the middle and when he's on it, he's top notch. Staying positive first win of the season this Saturday against Derby and I can't wait, I will be in Coldblowlane with my 2 daughters cheering on the boys, I still think its gonna click very soon ( the signs are already there), We'll shock a few and make the top 10 if not better.........................COYL

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