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Millwall manager sets ten-goal target for midfielder Trotter

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STEVE Lomas says he has challenged midfielder Liam Trotter to score ten goals this season now that his injury problems are behind him.

Trotter underwent surgery in the summer to correct an underlying knee problem but has been ever-present in the Lions side since his return to action against Brighton in August.

The 25-year-old, who will be offered a new contract by the club in the lead up to Christmas, set up Scott McDonald's goal in the 2-2 draw with QPR on Saturday.

Trotter was substituted in the second half after landing awkwardly but Lomas is hopeful the former Ipswich trainee has not suffered any serious damage.

He said: "Liam jarred his knee but I don't think it will be a problem – fingers crossed that that won't be an issue. He set up one goal and could quite easily have got a couple himself.

"If he keeps believing and getting into dangerous areas, he'll score goals and I think he is a ten-a-season midfielder. I've set him that target.

"He cannot get disappointed when he misses chances either. All credit to him because in the first half he missed one but got in the box again and was unlucky with another header. I am delighted that Liam is back – he's a big player for us."

When asked whether Trotter is sometimes undervalued by supporters, Lomas added: "Yeah, maybe. He is such a big lad and sometimes it doesn't look like he's covering the ground, but I can assure you he is.

"There is a really good player in there. He's finally getting his fitness levels up having missed a lot of pre-season, which is never easy. Injured players who miss pre-season come back and initially do really well in their first two or three games but then they plateau a little bit.

"We're hoping that Liam kicks on again and shows everybody that he is a very fine player."

Meanwhile, Lomas confirmed that Lee Martin and Richard Chaplow missed the QPR game through injury.

He said: "We thought everybody was back and then unfortunately on Friday we lost Lee and Richard, which was a bit of a blow because your substitutes' bench is so critical – as we saw with Jermaine Easter scoring the equaliser.

"You need players with quality to come on and get you points. But they are not serious injuries – just niggles. When players come back and break down it's very disappointing."

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37 thoughts on “Millwall manager sets ten-goal target for midfielder Trotter

  • October 21, 2013 at 07:46
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    The board better get the cheque book out then ! Make him an offer he can't refuse

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  • October 21, 2013 at 08:03
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    To be honest I'd forgotten about Martin.
    Based on Saturday's game, Chaplow should now come in for Abdou.
    Just goes to show you what a strong bench we now have.

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    • October 21, 2013 at 08:30
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      @NICKOLA: it needs a strong bench to support that lazy Morison !,
      Jimmy was not strong enough on Saturday and yet he wasn't taken off while McDonald was superb and gets hooked, If Trotter can keep assisting with goals then that's fine by me and he will get goals occasionally but don't set any targets,

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      • October 21, 2013 at 08:36
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        Don't know what's happened to Morison. Maybe it's because he's no longer the star of the show. Either way, he's in the twilight of his career and I doubt that Leeds will want him back. Time for him to buckle down and get back to his old self and do the biz.

        @wandererwall:

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      • October 21, 2013 at 17:37
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        @wandererwall:
        Mcdonald was taken off cos he's just come back from injury. 65 mins injury free and he's ready to go again. As for Chaplow in for Abdou , no chance. Theyre totally different players who bring something different to the party. Jimmy worked tirelessly yet again and we're a better team with him in it in my opinion

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  • October 21, 2013 at 09:04
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    I must say that in the first half looked like boys verses men, and I must say I was worried but they never really wnet for the jugular, regarding Trotter getting 10 goals he had 2 glaring misses on Saturday that would have got 20% of the Lomas target.

    Although this was a good result and I would have taken it at the kick off, even more so when you think they have not conceeded in the last 9 games, but there were players and tatics that were not at there best. Lomas taking of McDonald and bringing on Keogh (he never got into the game) Shittu got away with some shocking defending in his own area and he was also back to heading the ball as if his head was shaped like a 50 pence.

    Both the full backs had good games as did Robbo, but yet again Morrison looks like he did before he moved to Norwich disinterested in the proceedings, I also think that the crowd played there part in letting the players know we are behind them. But Saturdays game will be a test to see if Lomas has turned the corner or not.

    The ball incident is a big smoke screen from Arry looking at it on TV it appears to be a steward who threw it and not someone in the crowd, but as usual its Millwall so lets look deeper into it, a lighted flare hits a linesmen on the head at Villa and its hardly mentioned, but we are Millwall and its what we have come to expect.

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    • October 21, 2013 at 17:42
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      @Barnlion:
      Of course SL is gonna bring Mcdonald off , he's just come back from injury. Why would we risk 90 mins and possibly lose him for longer ?

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  • October 21, 2013 at 09:29
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    Trotter has started to play for Millwall again or is he playing for a contract only ---- he needs to sign a contract soon ---- but needs to engage brain a become a spirited Millwall player not just 'Trotter United' which seems to be his way

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    • October 21, 2013 at 10:13
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      @aeojt: Aeojt,
      I must be watching a totally differnt player to a lot of you on here, here is a player who has all the physical attributes and ability to possibly make as a premiership player, "but" when you look at him closely he does not have a great turn of speed, appears to not want to tackle to win the ball, does not use the above attributte' to impose himself on the game and opponents.

      He drifts out of the game for no reason and he seems to have a problem tracking back, also when he is inclined to close down an opponent he is alway at leat 2 meters away from them, which gives them the oppotunity to pass the ball either side of him.

      If Jimmy had his ability coupled with his energy and getting stuck into the opposition then what a player that would be, but KJ could not get no more out of him and it also looks that wat with SL, I know his was the pass to inch high but what about his 2 headers woeful for a 6ft 2"" player who was at the far stick behind there keeper.

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      • October 21, 2013 at 12:14
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        @Barnlion: Thats what I mean by 'Trotter United'.

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        • October 21, 2013 at 12:58
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          @aeojt: Aeojt,
          Point taken, but I still feel that what he has got as a player he does not use half of it otherwise, he would have gone onto a higher level and we would have had a nice few quid from it.

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  • October 21, 2013 at 09:52
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    sign him up then fa christ sake it's not just up to the board or lomas it's up to us the fans to make him want to stay! coz let's face it he is the most creative player we have and i actually agree with him on this i think trotter could have possibly 15 in him if he's got full backing and full of confidence

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  • October 21, 2013 at 10:40
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    I think some of our fans on here underestimate the work Abdou does. He was the only one bothering to chase the QPR midfielders down in the first half and stopped them scoring with a superb slide tackle at 0-0. His work rate alone is enough to warrant a start. Those calling him to be dropped, which after one supposed bad game is laughable, will see that there's no one in our team willing to run the miles Jimmy does.

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    • October 21, 2013 at 11:43
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      Alan, I don't underestimate what Abdou does. I just think that Chaplow is a better player.

      @Alan.F:

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      • October 21, 2013 at 13:30
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        @NICKOLA: Chaplow is the better player overall, but given the formation we're currently playing, Abdou is a better option than Chaplow. I don't think any of the midfield deserve to be dropped at the moment which is a shame for Chaplow because he definitely has talent.

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    • October 21, 2013 at 11:47
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      @Alan.F: Well said. Jimmy's work rate is phenomenal. Covers every blade of grass on that pitch. Wish I could say the same about other players in our team.
      I thought we gave QPR to much respect in the 1st half. Let them pass the ball about like they were Brazil. Really like McDonald and Waggy. Both able to hold the ball up and take a player on.
      If we can get the defense right, I see us finishing top half of the table no problem.

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      • October 21, 2013 at 11:52
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        @Syd the Lion: Chaplow is a very different type of player, I have not yet seen him play the role of breaking up play, which Jimmy does. Can't replace one with the other without changing formation or team setup.

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  • October 21, 2013 at 10:42
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    Silly to announce targets of goals pubicly. Really dont see the point. Probably just puts more pressure on him. Are you publicly going to put a target on Morison who is a striker who is costing us 17k a week.
    You dont see many midfielders built the size of Trotter so he obviously is not able to cover the ground like Jimmy does. On Saturday he got into the position of back post for a header which he missed but still got there. He was brought down for a blatant penalty. He robbed their defender of the ball and calmly passed it to McDonald to score. He played some nice football with Bailey and was always looking to create. Yet still some people want to slate him. In my opinion it's either a personal issue people have with him or you dont really know the game. As I have stated many times I would build my team around him and make him a great offer to stay. Carry On Trotter. There are a lot of us on here who appreciate what you bring to the team.

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    • October 21, 2013 at 11:34
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      @wall2wall: Great post and could not agree with you more. Liam is one of the best players at Millwall at the moment, he has vision and superb passing ability, He can split defences open with one pass, he is calm and does not lose his head. His height is an advantage and he covers ground without going into a sweat. He could score 10 goals or more but it is irrelevent if he creates many more. He reminds me of the great Phil Walker who used to seem to stroll around the pitch in a lazy manner but was devastating to the opposing defence with his quality passing.
      I hope Liam signs a new contract although I think he could be premiership material in the future.
      Let Morison go and use the money to improve Liam's contract and keep Jermaine Easter in the Team.

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      • October 21, 2013 at 11:48
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        @Peckhamlad:
        Agree with all of that peckham. You mentioned one his best attributes and that is his composure. When most players have a rush of blood or panic he is super calm. Well said.

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        • October 21, 2013 at 13:04
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          @wall2wall: Was he composed at the back post twice in the second half, because neither time did he hit the target and he should have, that's what I mean about him some people look at him and think he is like a hoover craft just gliding over the ground (which he can be) but you never know what Liam Trotter is going to turn up, and that's why IMO he is lacking being top class even in the Championship.

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          • October 21, 2013 at 13:13
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            @Barnlion:
            I dont remember two headers in the second half but it doesn't mean he wasn't composed because he missed the target and he still got there and beat the defender to the ball. It's all about opinions but I think that digging him out for his heading ability seems pretty desperate.

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        • October 21, 2013 at 15:11
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          @wall2wall: Sorry mate but there were two, but let agree to disagree, football is like that one manager likes a player and he is in the side, then a new manager arrives and the player is bench warming.

          The main thing is that we both want the team to do well but we would pick a different eleven, and all this with out reverting to name calling unlike other contributors on NAD. cheers

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          • October 21, 2013 at 15:37
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            @Barnlion:
            Always happier responding to grown ups so cheers to you too.

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    • October 21, 2013 at 17:06
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      @wall2wall: Agree that Trotter does sometimes get treated harshly by our fans. I think it's because the game comes so naturally to him and when he's not 'at the races' people get frustrated. It's for this reason I wouldn't build a team around him purley down to the fact that you never really know what Liam Trotter will turn up.
      On his day, he's one of the best players in our league and without doubt Premiership quality.
      When he's having an 'off' day, he's awful.

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      • October 21, 2013 at 18:54
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        @Syd the Lion:
        I think awful could describe lots of players that are having an off day Syd but I really do take your general point. I think you have to play to his strengths so putting him last season in the middle with Wright and even Jimmy for that matter in a 442 will not get the best out of him. Of course I have seen Trotter have bad games but what I am seeing and hearing is people abusing him when he is playing well and I think it's shabby especially when he is wearing our shirt.

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  • October 21, 2013 at 12:46
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    I think it's a great thing to go public with it as it can only benefit us!!

    Lomas and Harford were screaming at the players to push up the pitch against QPR and hardly any of them responded, but with Trotter having this target it pushes him up the pitch more.... it's a no brainer and a good tactic from Lomas!

    Also it gives Trotter something to aim for because all he is doing on a Saturday is trying to win a game of football, but now he has purpose on the pitch and will want to get into areas he can either score more goals or assist more! Very clever from Lomas!!

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  • October 21, 2013 at 12:50
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    Trotter should practice heading the ball. He has the height to get up but I've never seen him have a decent head at goal?

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  • October 21, 2013 at 16:10
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    A wonderfully illuminating piece of wisdom from our superb manager Steve Lomas who I hold in high regard. Fascinating and beautifully written in the inimitable style of the great Southwark News - our pride and joy in the constant struggle for press supremacy

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    • October 21, 2013 at 18:53
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      @Old_Les: seen the light at last, eh Les?

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      • October 21, 2013 at 19:55
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        @glyngo: I think he is taking the Mickey, but pleasant reading les!

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  • October 21, 2013 at 18:57
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    Trotts is a class act when fit. The club need to extend his contract asap
    Without him we just don't tick and although lots of fans get on his back cos he don't always look like he is busting a gut they know his importance to the team. Come on JB get your cheque book out, you won't regret it. COYL

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  • October 21, 2013 at 19:58
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    It seemed that when we went to 424 we completely baffled the rangers defence. They were no longer able to play the square ball at the back and they then didn't look comfortable. That was when we benefitted with the late equalizer.

    A very good performance and evidence that lomas does now have a plan b.

    All good - onwards and upwards.

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  • October 22, 2013 at 08:46
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    I get the feeling that Lomas is fearful of Trotter moving on. Unfortunatley its not about how much smoke you blow up his a***, its about whether we pay him what other clubs can. Lets hope we can strike a deal.

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    • October 22, 2013 at 09:10
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      Fulham and Stoke are sniffing around, so the sooner it's sorted one way or the other, the better.
      What's he worth ? No idea myself but it would have to spent on his replacement and not on a loan.

      @kempo_123:

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  • October 22, 2013 at 09:31
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    We wont get anywhere near what he is worth due to the fact that his contract ends this season.

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