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Millwall manager: Malone being kept on his toes by Lowry

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SCOTT Malone has been warned not to get too far ahead of himself after his impressive run of form.

Malone, who was Millwall's man of the match against QPR last weekend, has been keeping Shane Lowry on the bench with his energetic displays at left back.

But manager Steve Lomas does not want the 22-year-old to get complacent.

"Nobody wants Scott Malone to succeed more than me," Lomas said. "I can see that he's got everything – apart from what we are currently trying to work with him on, which is, first and foremost, defending the far post and stopping crosses into our box.

"Then, if he can go forward in terms of running at defenders and attacking, Scott will have everything there. What I don't want is Scott to think, 'I'm in the team, that's it', because if he starts to go back to where he was before, he'll be out of the team.

"Shane is chomping at the bit to get back in; he's ready and raring to go, he's looking sharp in training and as fit as I've ever seen him, so Scott has to keep his level of performances up. Scott realises that it is his shirt to lose and hopefully that will spur him on."

Lomas has been pleased with another of his defenders, Paul Connolly, who has stepped in at right back while Alan Dunne serves a two-match suspension.

"I was really impressed with Paul against QPR because it was a very tough game to come into the team for," the Lions boss said.

"Unfortunately he made his debut in the Derby game and, through no fault of his own, he was out of the team after that. We picked up a few wins and Paul had to be patient. He stuck in there and has been a top professional, so I was delighted with him."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

24 thoughts on “Millwall manager: Malone being kept on his toes by Lowry

  • October 24, 2013 at 10:17
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    MALONE SHOULD BE STAYING AT LEFT BACK AND LOWRY SHOULD BE MOVING TO CENTER BACK AS SHITTUS PLAYING AS IF HES STILL GOT HIS TOES IN THE SAND FROM THE SUMMER!

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  • October 24, 2013 at 10:25
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    .......and you're being kept on your toes by Pulis, Warnock etc.

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    • October 24, 2013 at 10:30
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      @NICKOLA: kept on his toes by 2 of the favourites for the crippled Alice job Nick?! Surely not!

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        • October 24, 2013 at 11:56
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          @NICKOLA: poor old Ian - did you see him last night? Looked unwell and like he was about to throw himself on the tracks at selhurst park station!!

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          • October 24, 2013 at 12:22
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            I saw him and felt bad for him to be honest. I actually like Holloway. He comes across as a good, decent and honest bloke.
            He had to admit that he couldn't carry on. What a difference to those managers who'll take the money despite everything. Mark Hughes is one of those. How he works in the Premiership I'll never know.

            @TheBermondseyBomber:

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  • October 24, 2013 at 10:38
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    I like to hear that our players are being made to value the shirt, not sure it needs to be out in public but if it keeps Malone improving then it has to be good.

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    • October 24, 2013 at 11:18
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      @glyngo: It's certainly tough love from Lomas, but I agree with ya I like the way he is going about it.

      Anyone notice how he hasn't been like this with any other player in the squad? Never praising him in the public eye but always challenging him.. He is testing Malone's resolve and it certainly has been working in the last 4 or 5 games IMO.

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  • October 24, 2013 at 10:42
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    Why is he saying this in public does he want to unsettle players who are now putting together some good performances,and going on Scott Malone's recent form Shane Lowery has a big task on his hands to get the left back spot back.

    These are players who are playing in a team that are at the lower end of the Championship, so I am sure that they are not thinking the way Lomas is portraying them, if anything he should be praising them and telling them they can still improve but keep it in the dressing room.

    If anything its him that should be taking his own advice as one home draw coupled with a few wins is only helping as stay clear of the bottom 3, which is not good enough for Millwall, so if he and the players do there jobs week in and week out we should be ok, but would be nice to get nearer mid table soon.

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    • October 24, 2013 at 11:52
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      @Barnlion: I see it as lomas giving Malone the praise he deserves for recent performances but keeping him grounded - that's a good thing!

      Under lomas Malone looks a class act.... Under Kenny he looked like a lost boy! His attitude has previously been questioned so I personally feel it's lomas saying "yeah Scott you're playing well but don't go being a tw4t again else Shane's in!!"

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      • October 24, 2013 at 12:04
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        @TheBermondseyBomber: I couldn't agree more Berm!! What's wrong with a little competition!?

        Imagine Lowry moves to Centre Half, what competition would Malone have... NONE so the shirt would be his even if he had an average game.

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      • October 24, 2013 at 17:00
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        @TheBermondseyBomber: im with you on this i think lomas is spot on. some people are saying lomas should be taking his own advice,but look at all the goals against us and more than 80% are schoolboy mistakes by our defence nothing to do with the way the team has been set up.its time for straight talking public or not,after all lomas isnt slagging any player off on the contrary he is just putting competition for places in the open.

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  • October 24, 2013 at 11:26
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    lowrey chomping at the bit??? what to kick people up in the air and leave us playing with 10 men, he couldn't do malones bootlaces up, whats he talking about

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  • October 24, 2013 at 11:40
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    Malone is quality at left back. Lowry was bought as a centre half, so use him as one, in place of shittu, it's a no brainer!

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    • October 24, 2013 at 11:45
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      Agree 100% with that. Problem is though that Lowry has trouble managing to stay on the pitch for 90 minutes. If he can discipline himself, and given our current need for a good centre half to replace Shittu, he can cement that place and not worry about the left back position.
      Are you listening to us all on here Lomas ??

      @dpendet:

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      • October 24, 2013 at 11:54
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        @NICKOLA: I agree that Lowry is a better center half than left back but if he's paired with Robbo in the middle and (god forbid) Malone is injured or banned we're left with Tom Bender at left back...

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        • October 24, 2013 at 11:56
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          Maybe Tom Bender is the next Malone.
          If it wasn't for Lomas, Malone would still be in the reserves.
          @TheBermondseyBomber:

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          • October 24, 2013 at 14:18
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            @NICKOLA: yeah possibly.... Doubt it though mate this is the kid that took a whack on the head and had a game called off!

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  • October 24, 2013 at 12:11
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    I have said over and over again that Lowry is a Centre Back rather than a Left Back, but if he did switch to Centre Back there would be 2 problems...

    Malone would have no competition at Left Back so naturally might see his performance level drop as I don't think Tom Bender is anywhere near ready!

    Also what about Osbourne, for a Centre Back he is still young and learning but his confidence would take a battering if Lowry took his place, he is relatively quick (quicker than Shittu) and strong (Stronger than Lowry) and certainly could be a good player for us with a few games under his belt or in the future so worth giving him games to keep him happy.

    It's a tough one, but I like the way Lomas has gone about this because he has praised both Malone and Lowry, Malone for keeping the shirt and working hard and Lowry training hard to win the shirt back.... which can only be a good thing!!

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  • October 24, 2013 at 12:33
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    There must be some underlying issues with Osbourne or Lomas hasn't got a clue!. Why would you favour Shittu over Osbourne?

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    • October 24, 2013 at 14:21
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      @Dazi: experience! We're in a tough league and with the greatest respect for Karleigh from what I've seen he's very quick and strong but technically awful... Can't mark or tackle! But then again big Danny can't run so hurry up and get fit Beevers!!

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  • October 24, 2013 at 16:02
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    well i don't want lowry in the team anywhere, i know he was bought as a centre half but he was pony there anyway, poor in the air, clumsey in the tackle, not very quick. playing him in place of shittu is just replacing one load of crap with another in my oppinion of course, jacket found beevers and got him cheap, so we should be out finding another like him cos they are out there somewhere

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  • October 24, 2013 at 17:46
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    A lot of Shittu bashing in this thread, which seems to be so popular here at the moment. I know he's slow, and got the turning circle of a skip lorry, but at the level we're at I still think [at the moment] he deserves his place in the starting xi.

    Take the QPR game. We got caught on the back foot after a penalty decision that didn't materialise for the first goal, then Robbo slipped over and didn't get his challenge in before the second goal. Neither Shittu's fault IMO.

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  • October 24, 2013 at 18:45
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    I really think that Mr Lomas should say a little less sometimes.

    "I can see that he's got everything - apart from what we are currently trying to work with him on, which is, first and foremost, defending the far post and stopping crosses into our box.'

    Surely 'stopping crosses into our box' should be a prerequisite skill for a professional full back?

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