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Lomas wants Millwall to reproduce Den resolve on the road

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© Brian Tonks

STEVE Lomas has challenged Millwall to be "mentally strong" away from home after rediscovering their resolve at The Den.

The Lions ground out a point against QPR last weekend but Lomas says it is imperative his players now start to show the same fighting spirt and determination on their travels.

Millwall were beaten heavily in their previous two away outings – 4-0 at Birmingham and 5-2 at Bournemouth – and they face another tough test at promotion-contenders Reading on Saturday.

Lomas said: "This game will definitely be an examination of the lads' character. For me the challenge the lads have got now is this: they can do it at home with a fantastic crowd behind them, but can they go away against a really tough team and get a result?

"If we do concede, we have to keep it at 1-0 and hang in the game for as long as we can. We did that against QPR and were rewarded. Staying resolute during bad spells is absolutely vital in the Championship because games ebb and flow so quickly.

"If you get beat 1-0 or 2-1, you can at least say you were always in the game. Showing that resolve, and keeping 11 men on the pitch at all times, are the two issues that have hurt us this season and coincided with those two heavy losses.

"The Birmingham game was worse than Bournemouth for me. We looked like a team that was tired, lacking energy and enthusiasm – it was like the Lord Mayor's Show after the Leeds game. We didn't turn up on that night and we can't afford to do that ever again.

"We have to be mentally strong away from home. Hopefully we will have a decent following on Saturday but we have to start performing when we don't have that fantastic, partisan Millwall support behind us."

Lomas has confirmed he is still looking to strengthen his squad after allowing wingers James Henry and Liam Feeney to go out on loan, although the latter looks certain to be recalled from Bolton.

The Lions have enquired about Wigan wideman Noah Dicko, who Lomas tried to sign when he was in charge at St Johnstone, but a deal is not imminent.

"We either have to bring Liam back or get one in," Lomas said. "I want to make sure it's the right one we bring in but there's a dearth of right-siders with pace."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

9 thoughts on “Lomas wants Millwall to reproduce Den resolve on the road

  • October 24, 2013 at 09:42
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    Come on NAD another Southwark News scoop, do we need to wait until Thursday to find out whats happening at the Den,and yes SL we know what is required of the team both for us and them selves as well, but SL think of pudding and proof and if you get it right we will all be happy for the coming week.

    Does anyone know if JB will be at the game, because when he attends we seem to play well dont know what it could be (maybe fear), any way good luck and COYL!!!!!

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  • October 24, 2013 at 10:27
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    Let's play a team that individually, play in their best position and deserve to be there.
    Lomas has the insight on the training ground but I just can't see the justification for putting Shittu back in. I know the options are limited currently but come on !!

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    • October 24, 2013 at 18:40
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      @NICKOLA:
      HEY ! WE WANT DANNY SHITTU BACK IN THE TEAM.................
      HE'S ALWAYS PLAYED WELL "AWAY" .........WE MADE HIM
      MAN OF THE MATCH ON MANY AWAY - DAYS...............
      --------------------------
      "NO ONE LIKES, US WE DON'T CARE"
      AND REMEMBER !!
      YOU'RE NEVER ALONE !
      WHEN YOU'RE A MILLWALL SUPPORTER..............AWAY !!
      ----------------
      " STORMIN' NORMAN "

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  • October 24, 2013 at 10:48
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    Well Shittu did not do bad against QPR to be fair to him and we lost heavily in the games he did not play in so it is unfair to keep blaming him for defensive weaknesses. If we play as well as we did against QPR I think at the very least we can achieve a draw at Reading (Although they have always been something of a bok side to us) and I particularly despise them after being hounded and threatened by a group of their pathetic supporters at Reading some years ago. I thought (according to the Mirror) that Wigan were willing to let let Millwall have Dicko on loan, perhaps there is a problem with wages.

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    • October 24, 2013 at 10:54
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      There's a problem getting Feeney sold to pay wages for him.

      @Peckhamlad:

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    • October 24, 2013 at 11:14
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      @Peckhamlad: "Hounded and threatened"................at Reading ????

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    • October 24, 2013 at 18:38
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      @Peckhamlad: I only saw the highlights PL and he was all over the place again, but then again I am his biggest critic!

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  • October 24, 2013 at 12:48
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    Yes, we've had three good performances at home, but our record of 7 points out of 18 doesn't indicate we're particularly stronger mentally at the 'Fortress Den'.

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  • October 24, 2013 at 22:40
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    i know a lot of people dont like lomas,but i believe he has really started to get this team together.
    the forward line has now got good competition between the players and can survive injuries,the mid field is the same and with connolly and malone looking good at full backs, the centre halfs are the only problem at the moment,yes i know we have not fully gelled yet but i think we are well on the way to getting it right so call me stupid digger but i still think lomas will be a success.

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