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Robinson: Millwall good value for their point at the Madejski

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PAUL Robinson praised Millwall's mental strength after they bounced back from a disallowed goal and a sending off to claim a point at Reading.

The Lions fell behind to Sean Morrison's seventh-minute header before Danny Shittu had an equaliser chalked off for offside and Jimmy Abdou was shown a second yellow card.

But the ten-man visitors made it 1-1 in stoppage time when Liam Trotter converted from the penalty spot after a foul on Scott McDonald.

"It was thoroughly deserved," Robinson said. "We stuck at it and kept going, just as we did against QPR last week, and got out reward in the end.

"When you get a late draw in that style, it almost feels like a win. We showed a lot of energy and desire to get a result.

"When people talk about the top teams in this division, you put Reading right up there, so we are happy to come here, put in a good performance and get a point. We out-played them for long periods so it was probably our most pleasing performance of the season so far."

Robinson was full of praise for goalscorer Trotter, who swept his spot kick high into the roof of the net to leave 'keeper Adam Federici with no chance.

He said: "It was a great penalty. To put it in the top corner in the last minute was fantastic. Liam practises his penalties a lot and is very calm as well, so I am really pleased for him."

Despite being pleased with a point, the Lions were left to wonder what might have been had Shittu's close-range finish – from Robinson's flick on – been allowed to stand.

"I got a touch on the ball before Danny put it in, so I think there is a bit of debate as to who was offside," Robinson said. "Danny was very keen to quiz the referee about it!

"It would have been very interesting if that goal had stood and we'd kicked on at 1-1, so we're a bit frustrated. But these things go against you and we stayed mentally strong."

Shittu added: "I was so disappointed as I do not think it was offside. What the referee said did not make sense."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

16 thoughts on “Robinson: Millwall good value for their point at the Madejski

  • October 28, 2013 at 10:05
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    I BEEN HEAVILY CRITICAL OVER LOMAS THIS SEASON BUT MAYBE THE CRITICISM SHOULD OF GONE TOWARDS THE PLAYERS BECAUSE THEY WAS UNDER PERFORMING FOR HIM, GOOD TO SEE NOW EVERY ONE PUTTING IN A PROPER SHIFT FOR TEAM DON'T WANNA START GETTING CARRIED AWAY IT STILL EARLY BUT THIS TEAM IF THEY KEEP UP THE HARD WORK AN WORK FOR EACH OVER THE CHRISMAS PERIOD I DON'T SEE WHY WE CANT GET A MID TABLE - TOP HALF FINISH THIS SEASON

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  • October 28, 2013 at 10:16
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    A fantastic effort and result by the team yesterday to follow up on what was a very good 2-2 draw against QPR the week before. Another tough game against Burnley coming up (which I think after QPR and Reading games the timing couldn’t be better) and the most pleasing thing of all is the team are now coming together to prove so resilient and never giving up, leading to injury time goals and a point apiece in both of our last two games.

    Well done to Trotter, he is invaluable to the squad and along with Henry have been our two most influential players who signed permanently during Jackett’s reign, I see Henry scored one and set one up for Wolves at the weekend showing what he use to do for us but has been mentally gone from Millwall since the start of season, Trotter seems to have been stalling on a new contract for a while and is no doubt hoping somebody else will come in for him which is likely or maybe he has bought into what Lomas wants to do. Lomas is a popular figure with the players.

    If what Lomas has been trying to do in recent games is now starting to come together and helps bring us Championship survival first and foremost I be eager to see what he can do next season knowing more about the division and his players capabilities. JB said upon hiring Lomas he felt reenergised about the team, he wanted a manager not a coach and hearing what Lomas was planning made JB want to invest in his ambition (explains the biggest budget we have had under JB) so I think he is winning fans over now given he is pretty thick-skinned as well, exactly what’s needed, staying calm and cool managing the team and creating a belief in never giving up.

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  • October 28, 2013 at 11:21
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    This has been a proper roller-coaster few months. We all started the season with optimism, only for results and performances to go so badly. We looked to have turned it around, then came the Birmingham/Bournemouth games. Now these last two results have filled us with hope again. We know there's potential in the team, but at last they're showing some real fight now too, which is what Millwall fans want more than anything else.

    Hopefully we can push on from here and start showing a bit more consistency. At least it's certainly not been boring so far.

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  • October 28, 2013 at 11:28
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    Just see Aldo's tweet regarding Charlton and their deals etc. So decided to have a look at their attendance and they had over 20,000 at that ground yesterday. It just shows ya Millwall need to sort it out and start offering the fans better deals as well as marketing themselves more broadly. JB believes just by winning a few games the gates will rise a substantial amount, which is not the case. Something needs to be done

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    • October 28, 2013 at 13:01
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      @Dazi: A mate of mine went yesterday and said they were letting them in for a fiver. Their season ticket holders must be jumbing up and down on their anoraks!

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    • October 28, 2013 at 21:43
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      @Dazi: we all know that the reason we don't pick up casual support is that people think they have half a chance of getting their heads booted in at the den, I'm 53 and it's always been that way and nothing is looking like changing anytime soon .

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  • October 28, 2013 at 11:28
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    Still conceding too many goals from set peices ! We need to get this sorted now otherwise it will be a relegation fight all season. ....but its a start

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    • October 28, 2013 at 18:12
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      I'm a long term ST holder at the den and I tell you I would welcome initiatives like charltons if it filled the den and made for a better atmosphere and more successful team - I bet most st holders would too!

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      • October 29, 2013 at 09:23
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        @fashs forearm: I’m also a season ticket holder and no, I don’t think their initiatives are good and could well have a detrimental effect long term. Charlton may have had over 23,000 there on Sunday but they still never scored so it didn’t do them any real favours. Besides, what’s the difference between 23,000 paying £5 or 11,500 paying £10? Also, they’re still bussing in supporters from around Kent which must be costing them a few bob. I always thought what Charlton did years ago with the ‘kid for a quid’ was a superb idea. It gets them interested in the club in their early years plus they still want chips, coke and a programme etc. etc but Charlton are broke, so again, what has it achieved, they certainly haven’t got a successful team.
        Give me 10,000 Millwall supporters than 23,000 £5 Charlton supporters any time.

        COME ON YOU LIONS!

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        • October 29, 2013 at 19:52
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          @REAL Supporter: I agree with most of that...but if we sold 16,000 tickets at a fiver and created a great atmosphere, win the game, if that convinces even 500 of those extra people to come to the next game at £25 a pop it's done it's job. Who knows? Sometimes I can't give away a ticket so there's no easy answer

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          • October 30, 2013 at 08:08
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            @fashs forearm: Yeah, agree. Also, of the 23,600 there on Sunday a couple of thousand would have been away supporters plus the anorak season ticket holders and members. It will be interesting to see how many they get for their next home game after the nil - nil.
            I totally agree and I'm sure everyone else on this site does as well about seeing a regular 14 to 18,000 down the Den every home game but I don't think this will happen until we start winning regularly with decent football. Something that looks like is slowly starting to come true.
            Keep the faith Fash and there will be no need to 'give away a ticket'!

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  • October 28, 2013 at 11:36
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    http://thetwounfortunates.com/eye-witness-assessment-lomas-wins-the-tactical-battle-for-millwall/?fb_source=pubv1

    Worth a read although the comment about Fordey last year is way wide of the mark.

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  • October 28, 2013 at 13:13
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    The decision to rule Danny's goal offside was very harsh, who knows what would have happened if it had stood? We may have come away with 3 points. great performance and I hope now we see an end to the slagging off of some of our players like Danny and those that have been critical of Liam. Confidence works miracles and I take my hat off to SL for sticking to his guns and giving the team a new lease of life.
    I hope Liam will sign a new contract he is essential if we are to make progress.

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    • October 28, 2013 at 13:40
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      @Peckhamlad: TO BE FAIR THO MATE I THINK ALOT OFF THE SLAGGING OFF OF DANNY AND SOME OF THE OTHER PLAYERS WERE DESERVED AT THE TIME I THINK US FANS GIVE CREDITT WHEN CREDITTS DUE AN COME DOWN HARD ON THE PLAYERS WHEN THEY ARE NOT PERFORMING ONLY COS WERE PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR TEAM HOPEFULLY ALL PLAYERS WILL WANNA PLAY FOR THIS CLUB AND PROVE THERE WORTH IN THE TEAM WHEN THEY GET THE CHANCE IF LOMAS CAN GET THE WINNING MENTALLY DRILLED INTO THIS SQUAD WE CAN PUSH NEXT SEASON FOR THE PLAYERS GETTING SPANKED A FEW TIMES BY 4 OR 5 GOALS AINT GONNA HURT IT WILL MAKE THEM STRONGER I DO HOPE THEY KEEP UP THE CONSISTENCY BECAUSE ON THERE DAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ABOUT 10 YEARS MILLWALL ARE BECOMING AN ENJOYABLE TEAM TO WACHT.

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  • October 28, 2013 at 18:25
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    Just watched the limited highlights from Saturday and slowing it down frame by frame showed that Shittu was definately not offside for his goal, why do we get such s*** officials for our games.......

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    • October 28, 2013 at 23:46
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      @Davey: because no one likes us.

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