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Easter in contention to start for Millwall against Reading

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© Edmund Boyden

STRIKER Jermaine Easter is in contention for a starting berth against Reading on Saturday after rescuing Millwall a point against QPR.

Easter stepped off the bench to score his first goal of the season in the 2-2 draw with Rangers at The Den last weekend and boss Steve Lomas has admitted he could give the Wales international a longer run out at the Madejski Stadium.

"Jamma is a great pro, he never complains and he just gets on with it," Lomas said. "He hasn't done himself any harm with his goal. He forced his way into the team earlier in the season based on his pre-season performances; he looked fit, hungry and like a man with a point to prove.

"Unfortunately he then tweaked his hamstring, Scott McDonald and Martyn Waghorn came into the team and we picked up a few wins, so Jermaine has had to wait for his chance.

"I asked him to play 45-60 minutes against Leeds after his injury and he did exactly what I wanted. He is superb to have around the place and he has to come into my thinking for Saturday."

With five strikers competing for one central starting role in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Lomas concedes it is inevitable that there will be some frustrated attacking players in his squad.

He added: "It's tough to keep everyone happy, but we have a lot of versatile forwards – Andy Keogh coming on against QPR and playing on the left-hand side is a good example of that. It's very tough coming on as a substitute in games like that, especially when you are 2-1 down, but I thought he did well.

"The lads coming on have been making an impact and when you look at Championship games, it is quite often your subs who win you points when the game is stretched. It is key that we have a strong bench and fierce competition for places, particularly up front."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

45 thoughts on “Easter in contention to start for Millwall against Reading

  • October 24, 2013 at 11:22
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    Waghorn, McDonald, Morison, Keogh and Easter. Been a while since we had 5 strikers of that quality.

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    • October 24, 2013 at 11:47
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      @NICKOLA: I don't think Morison is hungry anymore - he seems to just turn up for the wage nowadays

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      • October 24, 2013 at 12:36
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        Compared to Tyson and Hulse I reckon Morison is by far the better.
        This away formation of 4231-which we let the opposition know about all the time-is only going to allow one up front at the start anyway. Morison hasn't got what it takes to be up there alone but he is good at coming on when, and if, we revert to 442. On that basis I think he's a fine squad player.

        @TheBermondseyBomber:

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      • October 24, 2013 at 18:48
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        @TheBermondseyBomber: That's a bit unfair at this stage I think, he needs a run of games in a side that's performing so that we can see the best of him. He's better than Easter.

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    • October 24, 2013 at 18:34
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      @NICKOLA:

      YEP !!! THIS SOUNDS GOOD TO ME AND SUE...............
      MIGHT EVEN ADD DANNY SHITTU TO THE LIST.................
      SEEM TO REMEMBER AN OLD BRAZIL TEAM WANTING TO SCORE
      MORE THAN THEY CONCEDED IN A MATCH....
      ATTACK ! ATTACK ! ATTACK !
      ============
      " NO ONE LIKES US WE DON'T CARE "
      "THE STORM"

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  • October 24, 2013 at 12:41
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    Jamma? Do me a favour. Cant stand that muggy football play with names. Embarrassing. Your the manager Lomas not his best pal.

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    • October 24, 2013 at 12:46
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      Makes you wonder what he calls Shittu !

      @wall2wall:

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      • October 24, 2013 at 14:01
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        @NICKOLA:
        Made me chuckle Nickola. Thankyou. I needed that.

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    • October 24, 2013 at 15:58
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      @wall2wall: Why shouldn't he speak to players in that way?? it's well publicised Mourinho sends txt messages to his players for a catch up to see how they are etc.

      It's his nickname, almost as bad as putting your name on posts as "Wall2Wall" doh!

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      • October 24, 2013 at 17:26
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        @Bradders:
        Seeing as you decided to get personal I am not surprised you think its ok with a name like Bradders.
        You misqouted me.
        Mourihno texting his players is not the same as him calling them by nicknames. Ferguson used to call Rooney Wayne and not Wazza. I am sure Mourinho is the same. Couldn't imagine Kenny calling Easter Jamma in a million years.

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        • October 24, 2013 at 18:50
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          @wall2wall: Brian Clough called Teddy 'Edward', always made me chuckle.

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  • October 24, 2013 at 13:10
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    That's 3 wonderfully illuminating and interesting tales from the Den so far today. I'm impressed and just when I thought there was nothing of interest to report.

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    • October 24, 2013 at 13:29
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      @Old_Les: Les fully agree with your comments, its strange that all 3 of these articals are also published in the Southwark News which is also in the same media stable as this electronic version.Smacks of lazy Journalism to me.

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      • October 24, 2013 at 14:38
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        @Barnlion: It's not strange at all. NewsAtDen is the Southwark News' Millwall website. It's no different to reading the Telegraph/Mail/Guardian/Times online. Every Thursday, the back page stories from the paper are uploaded to the site.

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        • October 24, 2013 at 15:35
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          @Alex Aldridge: Alex, I agree it is not different from reading these other paragons of information on a Thursday, so all you are publishing them on the site for is to promote debate among the Millwall fans who check out this site.

          But reading the first word of the sites name "NEWS" I would have thought that you may have been privvy to some more upto date news, than that of the local news paper that possibly goes to press on a Tuesday evening or Wednesday. But no worries on Thursday I should not expect any major scoops as the stories would already be on the back pages of several news papers.

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          • October 24, 2013 at 16:24
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            @Barnlion: I speak to Lomas on a Wednesday, the paper and the online stories are published the next day. It's not old news being recycled.

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          • October 24, 2013 at 18:54
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            @Barnlion: Some of us can't pop in to the local newsagent for a Southwark News and you don't get much coverage in the Kildare Nationalist or Dublin Evening Herald. I don't really want to subscribe to Southwark News online, as like the SLP, it just depresses me from afar. Keep the old new news coming Aldo.

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        • October 24, 2013 at 16:10
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          @Alex Aldridge: Living 150 miles away from Southwark I am glad of the opportunity to catch up on all the news -keep posting please.

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        • October 24, 2013 at 16:57
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          @Alex Aldridge: Alex its not old news then on here, but it is the "same news", no extra bits from the lips of the manager that miss the print run deadline then.

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        • October 24, 2013 at 17:34
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          @Alex Aldridge: Nothing like reading the Telegraph/Mail/Guardian/Times online. For starters their grammar is much better as is their journalism. There's nothing on here about my heroes Ed Milliband and Ed Balls either and they're always in the Guardian online. There is quite a lot of Balls though.

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          • October 24, 2013 at 18:59
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            @Old_Les: Hey Les, it's like the TV, if you don't like what you're watching turn it off. No point getting all 'Points Of View' about it. It's not always riveting news mate but it don't half create some debates! (-:~

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          • October 24, 2013 at 23:08
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            @Old_Les: or my hero maggie thatcher f*** milliband and balls

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          • October 26, 2013 at 12:22
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            @Old_Les: Thatcher the milk snatcher, biggest disaster to hit Britain

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    • October 24, 2013 at 13:34
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      Might be a lack of news Les but after all it's all about the banter isn't it ?
      Talking of which, how's that goat vindaloo coming along?

      @Old_Les:

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      • October 24, 2013 at 14:21
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        @NICKOLA: I love goats so would never eat one. It'll be chicken and probably eaten the night before the Charlton game so I can fart at the away end. Would have done it v Leeds but they would never have noticed.

        Lomas is a confused touchline scarecrow that must behave properly in a public place

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  • October 24, 2013 at 13:38
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    Update: Liam Feeney has been recalled

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    • October 24, 2013 at 13:46
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      Don't know how that happened. Lomas can't technically recall him until after the 26th unless Bolton had enough of being s*** on.

      @Dazi:

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  • October 24, 2013 at 13:57
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    Yep he has been recalled ! Henry must really want out

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  • October 24, 2013 at 13:59
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    Haha who knows, Lomas said he recalled him due to the fact Martin and Chaplow are injured, also Feeney is likely to play on Saturday. Which is what I'd expect, considering.

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  • October 24, 2013 at 14:05
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    Be prepared to be underwhelmed with Feeney's appearances. He has had plenty of opportunities in my opinion and he doesn't want to be here.

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  • October 24, 2013 at 15:02
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    So long as we get at least a point at Reading I don't care who plays ---- But they have got to be up for grinding out a result ----- unlike the previous two away games ---- I dont think a win is on the cards though, ----- This is Millwall ain't it

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  • October 24, 2013 at 16:04
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    i love easters attitude and sheer determination but in my honest opinion we should be playing 4-2-3-1 from here on out with mcdonald starting up front everytime i feel he is our best striker and can also for someone so small hold the ball up well and bring the likes of woolford, waghorn/martin and trotter into the game my personal starting 11 for reading would be ....forde,connolly,robbo,beevers,malone,abdou,bailey,woolford,trotter,martin,mcdonald!

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    • October 24, 2013 at 17:58
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      @steveomfc5: best part about Easter's performances are the really clever runs he makes off the ball. He pulls defences apart and a decent partner next to him should reap the benefits. Shame we play with a lone striker

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      • October 24, 2013 at 21:29
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        @glyngo: you make a very valid point there maybe revert back to the old skool kj way of 4-4-2 ? f*** knows lol

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        • October 24, 2013 at 23:43
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          @steveomfc5: well current system is starting to gel, so I would not change it BUT if Easter starts I think he would link up well with either MacD or Wagga.....haha I love player nicknames

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          • October 24, 2013 at 23:59
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            @glyngo: true let's hope we play well coz if we don't we will get taken apart up there big time ! player nicknames are a must lol

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          • October 25, 2013 at 07:23
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            @glyngo: From now on, call me Glyzza!

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  • October 24, 2013 at 16:31
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    We've got some very good strikers by our standards. however , I don't think any of are tailor made to play in a 4-3-3. It's a specialist striking position. Our front men would suit good old 4-4-2 as a main man or as a foil to the main man.

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  • October 24, 2013 at 18:12
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    Keogh was rubbish when he came on against QPR. Morrison is a disinterested statue. That leaves us with three strikers

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    • October 24, 2013 at 18:19
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      @Lincolnshire Lion: harsh on Keogh, he was stuck out wide and gave their RB a working over with his pace. I honestly think he did ok, not as well as Woolford who he replaced, but ok.

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  • October 24, 2013 at 22:51
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    Whats the chances of millwall v Wolves Facup this year........

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    • October 25, 2013 at 09:30
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      @millwallphil: Its more likely next year one way or another !

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  • October 25, 2013 at 23:28
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    4-2-3-1 your all talking about good strikers on the bench only 1 up front.
    not being funny but this is the best frontline i have seen at wall for a long time.
    what no one has said on all the threads, is how quick we can put on 2 strikers like we did at home last week,
    and make it a 4-2-4 attack attack attack.
    just thought id point it out.
    oh i know we have been crap at the back this year but last season we could not score a goal,but not bad at the back

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  • October 26, 2013 at 08:25
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    Don't like 1 striker, it makes the opposition think you're afraid of them. My preferred formation is 3-5-2 which gives much more flexibility. Having said that, if SL believes in packing the midfield then 4-1-3-2 is a much better option. The single defensive midfielder is like a midfield sweeper and I think is a role that Shane Lowry would be very good at. It also releases a spot for a second striker which then causes the opposition to hold another man back. Just a thought.

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