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Millwall manager warns players of changes at Bournemouth

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

STEVE Lomas has warned Millwall's players that nobody can take their place in his starting line up for granted ahead of Saturday's trip to Bournemouth.

Lomas insists he will not hesitate to freshen things up on the south coast after the Lions lost 4-0 to Birmingham City in midweek.

He said: "There could be a lot of changes. Nobody can really say after the Birmingham game that they deserve to start against Bournemouth. It was a poor team performance – it wasn't just three or four individuals.

"We've had a chat but I don't think the lads needed to be told. We have had a lot of games in recent weeks so, in terms of training, it's been about getting the right balance between work and recovery.

"If you are a professional footballer and you have been beaten in that manner, your natural reaction should be to want to put things right. We are a group and we've got to bounce back.

"The only way we can do that is out on the pitch – I can talk and the players can talk, but it means nothing. I felt genuinely sorry for the fans who went to Birmingham and witnessed that. It wasn't good enough, especially off the back of three good wins."

Lomas was nominated for September's manager of the month award, which ultimately went to Burnley's Sean Dyche, but admitted that recognition felt bittersweet after Tuesday night.

"I am not bothered about what I get nominated for, I just want us to perform like we did during in our previous three games," he said.

"We have had two very poor performances in the last seven or so games, and it's very seldom you put in a poor performance and win a game of football.

"The lads know what they have to do. In this league you've got to accept that you will lose, but the manner of your performance is all-important."

Former Wolves winger Stephen Hunt is training with Millwall to maintain fitness levels but Lomas is not expecting to make any new additions to his squad before Saturday.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

7 thoughts on “Millwall manager warns players of changes at Bournemouth

  • October 4, 2013 at 10:54
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    Proberly the only one is Forde the rest its just depends how bad the performed on Tuesday to see if he picks them, who ever he picks he will surely make his point in no uncertain terms that he will not accept performances like the one they turned in on Tuesday night.

    With Stephen Hunt training at the club are Lomas and Jacket swapping wingers or does Lomas really fancy Hunt, who has been a good player in the prem for Reading and the Wolves, so if he does come on board he could be a good addition to the squad. But I would think hw would want a nice few quid so Stevie its time to move people on.

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    • October 4, 2013 at 11:01
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      Hunt is now a free agent. He's also 32 yrs old. However, if Lomas thinks he can do a job then so be it.

      @Barnlion:

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  • October 4, 2013 at 11:00
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    The key to a succesful team is a stable side, how can it be achieved if the manager keeps changing the team around every game? He says it was not just a three or fours players that were responsible but the whole team. I notice that SL never mentions his tactics or formations. So perhaps he may include himself in his rightful criticisms. If SL and the team can get it right against Leeds, Blackpool and Charlton then they should against Bournemouth. If they dont i think we are going to be in trouble.
    So lets get back to winning ways tomorrow!

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    • October 4, 2013 at 11:10
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      @Peckhamlad: If some or all the players do not follow his instructions then he can not be blamed for the result, but if that is the case then he and we are in trouble, but I cant see that after 3 good wins I hope it was just one of those games where you are just crap on the night.

      Regarding him taking criticisms I am sure that if he is wrong he would admit it but in the end bad performances will lose him his job and I do believe he has come to Millwall to enhance his rep and not deminish it, if does a good job here then the world is his crab stick Rodney.

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      • October 4, 2013 at 12:11
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        @Barnlion: I am sure the team recognise they did not do themselves justice against Birmingham, who knows what went wrong? I do have confidence in SL to put the team back on track, but sometimes laying blame is easy putting things right is harder.
        I am sure they will do it tomorrow and put the smiles back on our faces.

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  • October 5, 2013 at 12:54
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    As long as he drops Shittu preferably for Osborne and puts Morrison on the bench playing Waghorn up front with Martin and Woolford either side of him we WILL win COYL...

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  • October 10, 2013 at 22:21
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    He will be judged on his performance.He needs a chance to prove his choices,given time he could be good.

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