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Lomas pleased with Millwall's fighting spirit in QPR draw

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© Brian Tonks

STEVE Lomas hailed his players' fighting spirit after Millwall twice came from behind to earn a point against high-flying QPR on Saturday.

Charlie Austin's 69th-minute goal looked to have settled matters at The Den, but Jermaine Easter snatched a point for the Lions deep into stoppage time.

Harry Redknapp's side had gone ahead in the first half through Niko Kranjcar's sweetly-struck strike – but only after Premier League referee Mike Dean waived away a blatant foul on Liam Trotter inside the area at the other end of the field.

Scott McDonald restored parity in the 51st minute before Easter produced Millwall's second equaliser of the afternoon to cancel out Austin's strike and make it 2-2.

Lomas said: "It was no more than we deserved given the quality QPR bring to the party. Conceding the goal after the penalty incident was our fault because we should have dealt with it better, but that being said, for me, it was a blatant penalty.

"Mike Dean is a good referee and can only give what he sees, but it was a blatant body check and would have been a foul in any other part of the pitch. I don't know why he didn't give it.

"But it was a great response from the players, considering it was like a double-whammy with the penalty decision and the goal. At half time we had to regroup and try to take the positives, because we had created chances against a very, very good team.

"You've got to expect, with QPR's quality, they are going to keep the ball and dominate possession. We came out at the start of the second half, got at them and pushed on.

"Liam did well to dispossess Richard Dunne and slide it to Scotty for a great finish, but you are wary with their quality that they can open you up, and they did that for the second goal.

"It was a great finish but that is why they paid something like £5million for Charlie Austin. They were hanging on a little bit but David Forde made a great save at 2-1 to keep us in the game, and then we went for it.

"We had four forwards on the pitch at the end and it was a great finish from Jermaine – to come off the bench, execute that finish and put the ball in the only place where it beats Robert Green was fantastic.

"I am delighted that the lads have responded after two hard-to-take results, but that level of performance is the bare minimum and the game is gone now. We've got to go again away at Reading next week.

"The fans today were absolutely fantastic. The challenge for the lads now is, when they don't have that 12th man away from home, to be able to dig in, hang in there and get results."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

39 thoughts on “Lomas pleased with Millwall's fighting spirit in QPR draw

  • October 19, 2013 at 18:19
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    Wel done ginge, lets kick on now and get up this league. Wel done lads. Coyl

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  • October 19, 2013 at 18:21
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    Great effort by the boys, but where was chaplow ? , we were a bit light in midfield after trotter took a knock, the website said he was training all week so wright on the bench & no chaplow ????.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 18:26
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    Hopefully Trotter isn't injured again, just a little knock maybe?

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    • October 19, 2013 at 18:46
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      @Dazi: Chaplow was all over Twitter during the game and said he's still sidelined with his groin.

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      • October 20, 2013 at 10:46
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        @deano22: good game from Trotter and if he hadn't been shoulder barged he may have even scored.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 18:27
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    How come they only try that hard when JB is watching?!

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  • October 19, 2013 at 18:38
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    Spoken like a Millwall manager.
    Now, enough talk, more action. Another performance like that and we'll be ok.
    Malone has solved the left back position.
    Against a team that prior to today had only dropped 4 points and had only conceded 2 goals we should see today's game as a positive and a step in the right direction.
    Sweet weekend coming up.
    Well done Lomas and well done Millwall.

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    • October 19, 2013 at 21:45
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      @NICKOLA: Malone looked a class above today, brilliant all game.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 18:44
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    Malone MOM for me!

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    • October 19, 2013 at 19:14
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      @DanSmith93: By a mile, he was outstanding. Great assist by Rednapp for the equaliser!

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  • October 19, 2013 at 18:46
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    Good comments from the manager, can't complain about his desire or positivity to win after all QPR have not conceded a goal for 8 games. I note a couple of people on the other thread still not happy but what do they want? Millwall played class opposition today and matched them. Great that Jermaine Easter scored, will give him buckets of confidence and now is the time to move on. Magnificent result.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 18:51
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    Price for us to meet then in the play offs.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 18:57
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    Malone was my MOM. Great ambition from Lomas to bring on so many strikers at the end. Not sure why McDonald was the one to be taken off and Waghorn playing wide on the right. We would've looked better with Feeney or Henry.

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    • October 20, 2013 at 08:14
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      @Sidcup_Lad:
      Henry wanted to leave so lomas done the right thing f****** him off. Plus he is a lazy f***** and don't do the defensive side of his job too.

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      • October 20, 2013 at 11:22
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        @Wardy10: so right wardy we are better off without henry.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 19:25
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    Best bit is we come from behind twice, gives me confidants. Well done SL. Scott Malone for England. COYL Reading next

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  • October 19, 2013 at 19:26
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    Well it's a good result but I wouldn't be happy if I had to pay Morrison or Trotter for their lack of chasing down and general fitness , I hope they buy Jimmy a drink tonight .

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    • October 19, 2013 at 23:45
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      @millwallpete:
      Jimmy was pony today. I think he should buy Trotter and Bailey a drink tonight.

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      • October 20, 2013 at 10:48
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        @wall2wall: harsh, he put in his usual shift but the QPR mf just out muscled him. Barton threw him on his a*** three times.

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        • October 20, 2013 at 12:32
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          @glyngo:
          I am a fan of Jimmy but today in my opinion he was our worst midfielder. He was so lightweight I was wondering if he was fasting. Very weak today hence my remark regarding Trotter and Bailey owing him nothing after yesterdays performance.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 19:41
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    Great result against a really good side. Well done SL , brave decision at 2.1 down to bring on 4 strikers and it paid off. He and us deserved a bit of luck.
    As I've said before , SL will do a good job for us , just give him time.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 19:51
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    My hat dunarf taste orrible!

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    • October 20, 2013 at 10:49
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      @NO1LIKESUS: I'm running out of hats this season mate

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  • October 19, 2013 at 19:56
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    Looks like jo jord be off dwn spec savers tomo then.;-)

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    • October 20, 2013 at 10:50
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      @cosh1977: once A&E release him after his horrific injuries are healed. Bless.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 20:49
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    I hate to be a killjoy but shittu and robbo were embarrassed,they will leak goals all season as a pair . Malone magnificent today .

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  • October 19, 2013 at 20:52
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    I hate to be a killjoy but shittu and robbo were embarrassed,they will leak goals all season as a pair . Malone magnificent today

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  • October 19, 2013 at 20:52
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    I'm more than happy with the result today but the fact is, its too inconsistant! We put it in for all these big games but then get jizzed on by teams like Bournemouth, and Yeovil! Good work today though boys! Proud of ya!

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  • October 19, 2013 at 21:04
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    Great performance today, never gave up and created some good chances against the divisions tightest defence. Agree with comments about Shittu and Robbo, Beevers and Robbo loked a far better pairing, lets hope Beevers is back soon. Malone is looking fantastic, premiership clubs will soon be having a look.......

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  • October 19, 2013 at 21:45
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    Perhaps we can all get behind Lomas now and stop all this negative crap,yes we all are worried but give them all a bit of time,he only just taken over ffs.Its the players who cross the line.

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    • October 20, 2013 at 11:32
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      @shoot ffs: problem is shoot you are one of the minority that talk sense on this site,and for what its worth i agree 100% with what you say.

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      • October 20, 2013 at 11:35
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        @jim1222: with both of you there.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 22:39
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    Beevers and Lowry would be the best pairing IMHO

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    • October 20, 2013 at 10:51
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      @junkmale: beevers and robbo are playing well. Hold the faith till beevers returns.

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  • October 20, 2013 at 12:18
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    Gents,
    I watched a game where we were outclassed and outplayed by a far superior Football team, which to me just goes to show how hard we worked to get the draw and create the chances we had.
    Walls collective effort was faultless as a team against top class opposition, this for me shows that when the players play together with cohesion and passion we can match anyone.
    Lomas picks the side, it's the side that needs to play the game not Lomas, if they all turn up, then as I said, we are a match for anyone.
    Personally I walked away from yesterday's game feeling totally entertained, not just proud of the lads.
    Management at the level we ply our trade is very average at best and we do not have the luxury of individual match winning players. It is I think unfair to keep hurling disparaging tirades at Lomas and blaming him alone for poor performances. That said, we will not have to if we continue to mirror yesterday's performance.

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    • October 20, 2013 at 13:24
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      @Den man:
      I was also there yesterday and QPR had quality all over the pitch and it showed.
      Millwall never gave up, they did not capitulate they played with pride a passion right to the end.
      We need to ensure that we play with that attitude every game.
      Scott Malone was the quality stand out player for us against quality opposition.
      We are 2 points off mid table and 3 points off top ten.
      Top ten should be our realistic objective for the end of this season.
      The championship is full of ex premiership teams with more money, bigger gates and better squads.
      We are punching way above our weight, but if we continue to play with pride and passion we can upset a few of these ex premiership teams.
      I walked away happy because we came from behind twice, put 2 goals past QPR and no one has done that this season. COYL

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  • October 20, 2013 at 12:51
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    Onwards and upwards. ..malone defo MOM in most people's opinion as well...why didnt he play more last year ?
    Brave Mr Lomas putting 4 strikers on. ..but it paid off....Steve M looks well off the pace though. ..IMO

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  • October 20, 2013 at 14:04
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    Its very heartening to see 'Wall give everything against a local rival. We seem to raise our game when we play Palace, Charlton or QPR regardless of respective league positions. However should we not be doing this more often against fellow Championship sides? If we can take the same mentality in to every game then the points will surely follow. COYL

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  • October 21, 2013 at 16:51
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    This season has been literally up and downs you got to take the rough with the smooth. I actually think if lomas is given time in the long long run he will turn us into a decent side. transforming a team does take time especially a team like us. if he can sort the defence out bring in 2 solid defenders and a winger i think results will come. We dont want to be one them clubs sacking managers every year we got more dignity than that! give him some time i may have to eat my words i just think overtime we will become much more solid!

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