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Lomas: Disrupting QPR's passing game is key for Millwall

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© Keith Gillard

STEVE Lomas wants his players to come flying out of the traps against QPR on Saturday as Millwall bid to avoid a third straight defeat.

The Lions return to action after the two-week international break when they host Harry Redknapp's side at The Den and Lomas has called for a high-intensity performance.

Millwall were beaten heavily by Birmingham and Bournemouth on their last two outings, but Lomas is confident his troops will produce a reaction in front of their own home fans.

Second-placed QPR are still unbeaten in the league and have conceded just two goals all season, so the Lions boss is under no false illusions as to the size of the task his team face.

"It is an exciting challenge for all of us," he said. "QPR are obviously a very good side, so it will be tough, but these are the games you want to play in.

"We need to get back to the level of performance we produced against Blackpool and Leeds. We need to be in their faces, high-energy but also disciplined and solid.

"It's important that we disrupt their passing game because they like to pop the ball around. We need to get the crowd going because they can be a big help too."

On-loan QPR midfielder Shaun Derry is ineligible to play against his parent club, but he echoed Lomas' sentiments when asked how best to approach the match.

"I think it needs to be a tight game," he said. "If you show your cards to QPR, they have the attacking options to really hurt you. At the same time, we don't want to stop doing what's brought us success this year, which has been working on the front foot.

"In our three back-to-back victories, we took the game to the opposition so we can't change that. It's a bit of a dilemma because QPR are very strong defensively but at the same time they've got attacking options that can really cause you problems at this level.

"We've looked at the way QPR play and we're hopeful that we can get something out of the game. Every club is at this level for a reason so we are capable of beating anyone that is put in front of us. That has to be our mentality on Saturday."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

34 thoughts on “Lomas: Disrupting QPR's passing game is key for Millwall

  • October 18, 2013 at 10:32
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    Disrupt their passing game ? What a depressing game plan obviously no thoughts about passing it ourselves then ?

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    • October 18, 2013 at 11:39
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      @thecolumbusblock: Mate, QPR avaerage 60% possessin, when a team plays like that you have to allow them keep the ball in safe areas this exactly how we should play against them. Press them up the pitch, just like we did against Blackpool, and eventually they will make a mistake which we will have to take advantage of. My view pack the midfield and close them down, get Waggy to chase down everything and bring on Morro when he runs out of steam.

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  • October 18, 2013 at 10:35
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    Really looking forward to Saturday. .a high intensity game from the off...give them no time in the ball...bring in chaplow get the crowd going and get the whinger Barton sent off....mmmmmiiiiilllllwwwaaaallll

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  • October 18, 2013 at 11:10
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    It reads as if we're on the back foot not the front foot!!

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    • October 18, 2013 at 13:43
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      @Sidcup_Lad:
      I agree mate. We sound more like an away team hoping to get a lucky draw rather than a home team with vociferous support behind them.

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      • October 18, 2013 at 15:36
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        @Windsor Lion:

        we will be lucky to get a draw and the way to do it is to stop them playing!

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    • October 18, 2013 at 15:35
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      @Sidcup_Lad:

      are you winding me up? we are on the back foot! typical wall fan comment

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  • October 18, 2013 at 11:22
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    I love Millwall and always will, but I hope we get beat on Saturday. Then maybe the board will have to take a look at the Management. It was said in one national news paper that Lomas was 1 game away from the boot, before we beat Blackpool.
    I am normally up for these games, but right now I don't feel any excitement at all. All I feel is worry, and that is approaching every game now ! We have some good players. We have had a solid defence for years. Now we are the league whipping boys !
    As things stand right now all I see is League 1 looming !!!!!

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    • October 18, 2013 at 12:22
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      @bleachy81: i cannot believe you hope to millwall get and four so called fans actually like your post moros all five of you.get lost,

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      • October 18, 2013 at 20:24
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        Can you re-read your posts before publishing them in future please fella,or don't do it p*****#tampax Jim:)

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        • October 19, 2013 at 00:51
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          @dave: what u getting your knickers in a twist for, you seem so immature you moron.

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    • October 18, 2013 at 12:54
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      @bleachy81: We all love Millwall Bleachy otherwise we wouldn’t comment on here or may we would? I must admit, I don’t want Lomas to go. I want him to stay, get results and to be the best manager in the Championship. He’s a Millwall man now and I just don’t think the club can afford a new manager at this moment in time. If things look bleak towards the end of the season or we get relegated then, yes, pack your bags Stevie and eff off back to northern Britain.
      I really don’t feel confident about tomorrow but then again, I didn’t confident about playing Blackpool or Charlton or Leeds.

      COME ON YOU LIONS!

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        • October 19, 2013 at 11:08
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          @bonnie1272: I don't want to be rude to a fellow Millwall fan but I really I hope I don't see you at Walsall but que sera sera!

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          • October 19, 2013 at 12:40
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            @REAL Supporter: I have very thick skin. No worries I won't take it personally

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  • October 18, 2013 at 11:37
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    Lomas how about " They are entering the Lions Den and we cannot wait.

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    • October 18, 2013 at 17:30
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      @wall2wall: now that more like the statement we should be reading along with just how up for it the squad is and how disappointed players are for missing out.

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  • October 18, 2013 at 11:41
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    HOPE THIS ISNT ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR STATEMENTS THAT YOU FAIL TO LIVE UP TO MR LOMAS.. ALL GOOD SAYING IT NOW WE NEED TO START SEEING YOU DO IT........

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    • October 18, 2013 at 13:14
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      @Mo Slater Fruit and Veg: What do you expect.... Lomas to sign himself up as a player and do exactly what he is saying on the pitch???

      Lomas gives orders, if some of the players don't do as he has asked then it's not his fault... you PLONKER (CAPS LOCK ON).

      I can absolutely see what Lomas is trying to do and has tried to do throughout the season, press the ball up the pitch and when we get the ball back play it around and then into the channels... which when the players listen and have the confidence to put it into a game it works!!

      But when players don't listen and start to hoof it up when we go a goal down then it's the player who needs having a go at!!

      After all we are all accustom to the hoof, long ball, rough play football which Jackett played but Lomas is trying to implement something (football on ground) which has never been in place at this club before!!

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      • October 19, 2013 at 00:55
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        @Bradders: at last a real commen sense post.

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  • October 18, 2013 at 12:05
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    QPR don't concede goals so going behind is game over. We must defend and press for our lives, then with 15 to go who knows? A draw would be a good result, COYL

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  • October 18, 2013 at 12:12
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    SO ARE WE GOING 4-5-1 AND DEFEND OR ARE WE GOING TO ATTACK (WE ARE AT HOME) LETS TAKE IT TO THEM IF WE LOSE BUT SHOW THE MILLWALL SPRIT SO BE IT . I CANT WATCH 90+ MINUTES DEFENDING

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    • October 18, 2013 at 12:18
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      @DANNY: Couldn't agree more Danny! We have to take them on from the off! Like WestKent said, we go a goal down and I feel it would be all over! Morro and Waggy to start with Bailey and Chaplow in there too! COYL!

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  • October 18, 2013 at 12:16
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    Disrupting their passing game is one plan, scoring more goals than them is another very good plan. 'We are capable of beating any team put in front of us' So why are we not doing it Mr Lomas could it be we are leaking goals? in which case why don't buy another winger, having let two go out on loan I thought that was the last thing we needed.

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  • October 18, 2013 at 12:35
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    LOMAS SHOULD SIT IN THE STANDS LIKE US AND WATCH IF WE CAN SEE ITS NOT WORKING MAYBE JUST MAYBE HE WILL ( WONT HAPPEN) WE DEFENDED A 2 NILL LEAD AT BOURNMOUTH LOOK WHAT HAPPENED . BUT ON A BETTER NOTE I DO THINK WE WILL GET SOME THING OUT OF THIS GAME RATHER THEN A DEFEAT . LETS GET THE MILLWALL SHOW ON THE ROAD AND SHOW SOME PRIDE NO MORE TALK JUST ACTION SCORE 1-1

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    • October 18, 2013 at 12:46
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      @DANNY: hope you are right danny,we have to attack for one very good reason."WE CANNOT DEFEND TO SAVE OUR LIVES".i really do think its time to give these defenders a right rollicking by threatening to bring in the under 21s after all how much worse can the be.i know the last sentence is not realistic but some has to be used as a stick to our woeful defence.

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      • October 18, 2013 at 12:48
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        @jim1222: should read
        can they
        but some thing

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  • October 18, 2013 at 13:27
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    "We've looked at the way QPR play"
    Well, that'll help then.

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  • October 18, 2013 at 13:31
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    I still think regardless of Saturday's result , SL will turn things round for us. This is a massive task and will not happen quickly. Other than poor Roy managing England , not many jobs pound for pound in football are tougher than managing Millwall.

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    • October 18, 2013 at 13:54
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      @Block 8: Absolutely!! It also doesn't help with our own fans getting on players and the managers back!!

      Let's give them support and urge them on rather than berate them at the 1st opportunity!!

      Confidence is what players need when they make a mistake.... they are human just like us, imagine your boss having a go at you for dropping your pen or mistyping a word in an e-mail.... or dropping something while in a shop and someone shouts at you for it (this person obviously has butter fingers) rather than saying don't worry, keep trying and soon enough you will get it right!!

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  • October 18, 2013 at 17:23
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    Isn't this yet another obvious statement.

    Der! Of course we have to, and isn't that what you need to do to most if not all teams.

    The bit SL seems to forget is that they also have to do that to us.

    Unfortunately, a much easier task!

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  • October 18, 2013 at 19:00
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    Words are cheap SL the result will tell the truth still can't believe we lost at Bournemouth from leading 2:0 QPR will be a real learning curve lets hope Wall turn em over up the Lions.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 11:25
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    I love the fact that Derry is putting his twopenneth worth in about how QPR play. After all, he is the expert, having had plenty of time to analyse their tactics whilst SITTING ON THE BENCH!

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