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Millwall "set down a marker" ahead of derby, says Lomas

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© Keith Gillard

STEVE Lomas says his players must live up to the high standards set by their midweek win over Blackpool when they face local rivals Charlton on Saturday.

Lomas believes the Lions "set down a marker" against the Tangerines and has demanded a repeat performance in the South London derby at The Valley.

He said: "It is going to be a typical derby – very physical. We will need to do all of the basics well – like we did on Tuesday – and man-for-man battles will be key.

"If we can win enough of them, then that goes a long way to getting a result.  The lads have set down a marker now – that effort, that commitment is a prerequistie and is the bare minimum expected of them.

"You can have a bad game, your first touch can be heavy and your passing can be off, but if you scrap and give the bloke your playing against have a tough afternoon, then you cannot really complain.

"Managers will be talking about the same basics in another 100 years, whatever way football goes. You've got to pay teams respect and fight for every ball – that will be the crux of the derby on Saturday."

Asked what he expects from the Addicks, who were beaten 2-1 at Huddersfield on Tuesday, Lomas said:  "Yann Kermorgant is a very good individual but Charlton have a good team ethos about them; they all work hard and know their jobs.

"It will be a high-tempo, in-your-face game and it is live on television, so there is an added incentive there as well. It will be a very tough game so we have to follow on from recent away performances."

He added: "Our comeback against Blackpool was especially pleasing because it showed that there is character and togetherness in the team. Even the players who were left out of the squad came into the dressing room afterwards and celebrated with the boys."

3,000 Millwall fans are expected to make the short journey to SE7 for the lunchtime kick-off, and Lomas once again hailed their support in midweek.

"I thought they were brilliant and their backing must have given the players a massive lift, because it certainly gave me one," he said. "They got behind the team really well.

"If you are trying and having a go, fans appreciate that and especially Millwall fans. They're honest, loyal and they will accept a bad result here and there as long as the manner of the performance is right.

"If you give it everything and graft for every ball, they will go with you."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

11 thoughts on “Millwall "set down a marker" ahead of derby, says Lomas

  • September 20, 2013 at 11:13
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    Beginning to understand what Millwall is all about then Steve !

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  • September 20, 2013 at 11:46
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    Wasn't able to get tickets, but will down the pub for the game... I'm absolutely buzzing!!

    SL knows what this is all about, he has played in massive Derby's before so doesn't need telling twice!

    As long we get right behind the lads from the start right until the end, there is no reason we can't win this game and win comfortably, especially sweet as it's in their own backyard!!

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  • September 20, 2013 at 12:26
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    Please please please don't change the team, Lomas! What message will that send to McDonald/Abdou? 'Thanks for contributing to our first win of the season but Morison is now 75% fit so get on the bench'. Poor management if there are to be any changes IMO.

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    • September 20, 2013 at 12:35
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      @harryfabian: As long as we win, do you actually care??
      If he plays Moro to tire their defenders out with all his running and physically presence what's wrong with that, then brings on McDonald or Waghorn who don't stop running and are pretty quick.... their defence won't know what's hit them and they will have to run non stop for 90minutes!!

      Remember it's a team game, we support the 11 he puts out and if they win great, but don't question tactics until the game is won or lost.

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      • September 20, 2013 at 15:18
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        @Bradders: Of course if he does change the team, and we do win, I'll happily eat my words. But in terms of confidence and stability, I feel it's best to keep with the same XI that started on Tuesday. They are more than capable of beating Charlton. But yes, as long as we win I don't really care who plays!

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    • September 20, 2013 at 17:01
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      @harryfabian: Clubs play different systems home & away as long as you have the core of the team right you can tinker with a player or two, personally I would like to see Moro play Sat with Waghorn mainly because it would give Moro 70 minutes or so game time as he cannot play the following week but it is only about opinions on here

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    • September 21, 2013 at 06:49
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      @harryfabian: unless he has no choice of course. I'd start Moro Sll day as he's got goals in him and they'll be worried about him big time.

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  • September 20, 2013 at 17:51
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    Please Mr Lomas, stop talking and concentrate on doing.

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  • September 20, 2013 at 18:22
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    CAlling all MILLWALL supporters let's make sordells life hell tomorrow for the entire 90minutes . Please back this thread

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  • September 20, 2013 at 19:50
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    yes dont forget your nemos , NEMO , NEMO , CANT STAND THE BLOKE , REAL CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER

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    • September 21, 2013 at 06:50
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      @munson68: nor can I but he'll probably be on the bench

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