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Millwall need to show belief on the ball, believes Trotter

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LIAM Trotter believes producing consistent performances is the next target for Millwall after back-to-back draws against Reading and QPR.

Trotter says the Lions must show more belief on the ball – and trust their passing – from the start of matches, rather than working their way through the gears.

Steve Lomas' side grew in belief against the Royals last weekend before grabbing a late draw, but Trotter insists the team is capable of playing high-tempo football for 90 minutes.

"We definitely grew into the game," he said. "In the first 20 minutes of any game, most teams, barring the likes QPR who straight away set their stall out to pass it, start a little bit more direct because you want to keep things tight.

"We need to have belief on the ball as early as possible, rather than growing into games. We realised as the game went on that we could really play, but we need to do that from the first minute because we are good enough to do it.

"You need resilience but I thought we played really well in terms of the quality of our football. We probably passed the ball better out of both teams, which if you had said before the game a few people wouldn't have believed you.

"That shows that we have a lot of quality in this team, it's just about bringing that out."

Asked whether he feels things are finally coming together under Lomas, Trotter added: "To a certain extent, but it is a long season; things always come together, fall apart and you've got to build again.

"We thought it was all coming together when we won three games on the bounce and then we conceded nine goals in a week, so it's important to keep a level head and do the right things as consistently as you can.

"If you do that, you will come away with more points."

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22 thoughts on “Millwall need to show belief on the ball, believes Trotter

  • October 30, 2013 at 12:17
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    Well said Trotter. Let's do it from the first whistle. Get this man signed up to a new contract asap Millwall. Make him our highest paid player if you have to.

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  • October 30, 2013 at 12:18
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    And we need to believe your gonna sign a new contract, come on big man, pen to paper !!!

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  • October 30, 2013 at 12:25
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    I honestly don't understand why it takes players to get to the last year of there contract before being offered a new one!

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    • October 30, 2013 at 20:56
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      @MFCTOMMY: something to do with agents methinks.

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  • October 30, 2013 at 12:30
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    good to see a player talking this way,is kick and rush,long ball,call it what you will finally being given the elbow,perhaps some of the anti lomas brigade might at last admit the man [lomas] wants millwall to play football.yes we will have set backs as trotter says,but at the end of the day even if we have a few bad results i would rather us play passing football[just look at the way our kids beat ipswich 3- 0 brillliant].and to those that want s*** off lomas about the deby,bournmouth and birmingham results,just think back to jackets time in office watford,peterboro humiliating results at home,then 3-0 up against birmingham then letting in 3 goals to draw.what is the differance.we are now at least trying to play football instead of kick and rush. COYL and keep it going lomas.

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  • October 30, 2013 at 12:46
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    One thing that strikes me, is that I haven't seen one player openly come out and back Lomas. They all talk about the squad having the quality, about us believing in that quality and progressing but no one (that I've seen, heard, read etc) has come out and been overly positive. This was a perfect time for Trotter to do this...

    "Asked whether he feels things are finally coming together under Lomas, Trotter added: "To a certain extent, but it is a long season; things always come together, fall apart and you've got to build again."

    Why not..."Absolutely, Lomas has got the boys buzzing, his ideas are a breath of fresh air, it's nice to get the ball down and play through the middle rather than being direct like we was under Kenny, BUT it is a long season so it's important to keep a level head and do the right things as consistently as you can."

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  • October 30, 2013 at 12:51
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    Class tells all ..... every player who has class feels comfortable on the ball. Basic technical ability is all I ask for .... when the skills of basic ball control aren't there, passing is off, so boot it out of my zone pays off ..... that appears to me where Millwall are at the Mo. ...... Passing is rushed and wild at times trying to hurry up all the time ..... Trotter is a one to talk his passing is sad at times but I hear where he's coming from though

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  • October 30, 2013 at 13:34
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    AND YOU NEED TO REMEMBER THAT THIS CLUB LOVES YOU AND GIVEN THE RIGHT PLAYERS AROUND YAH YOU CAN TAKE THIS CLUB FORWARD YOUR THE HEART BEAT OFF THE MIDFIELD AND I THINK THIS SEASON IS YOUR SEASON TO SHOW EVERYONE WHAT ALL US MILLWALL FANS BELIEVED FROM THE START AND THATS THAT YOU ARE A QUALITY PLAYER IN THIS DIVISION... HOPE YOU SIGN UP AN YOU GET THE MONEY YOU DESERVE FOR YOUR LOYALTY .........COYL

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    • October 30, 2013 at 14:52
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      @Mo Slater Fruit and Veg: Mo what mushrooms have you been eating,the heart beat of midfield, I think he may have missed a beat there mate, and this is going to be his season "how mant times have I heard that one about Trotter" and saving the best too last is a masterpeice mate, hoping he gets the money he deserves because of his loyalty, priceless that one.
      If he got what he deserves that would mean a wage reduction and the loyalty as far as footballers are concerned is just another few quid a week and if another club shows any interest in them they want to away, I dont blame them for trying to earn as much as they can, but dont blow the loyalty trumpet.

      Loyalty is us lot who turn up every other Saturday hoping that one day we will see a team that has the courage that we crave and the skill that we can only dream of as Millwall supporters, Mo I only hope that Liam Trotter repays your faith in him, but we shall have to wait and see on that one.

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      • October 30, 2013 at 15:48
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        @Barnlion: MATE YOU SOUND LIKE MY OLD WOMEN WITH ALL THAT NEGATIVITY YOU MEANER BE MILLWALL .. HES BEEN UNLUCKY WITH INJURY THIS SEASON HES COME BACK INTO THE TEAM AN JUST GOT HIS NUT DOWN AND GOT ON WITH IT HES NOW COME OUT AFTER SOMNE GOOD PERFORMCES AND SAID WHAT WERE ALL THINKING AND GOT IT SPOT ON IF WE COULD AFFORD TO PAY THAT DONKEY HENDERSON TOP WAGE THAT GEL HEAD JOSH WRIGHT MONEY TO SIT AROUND AT HIS BROTHERS PARTYS KNOBBING BIRDS TTHEN IM SURE FOR ONCE WE CAN BREAK THE BANK FOR A QUALITY MIDFIELDER THAT HAS STUCK WITH US THROUGH THICK AN THIN UPS AND DOWNS!!

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        • October 30, 2013 at 16:20
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          @Mo Slater Fruit and Veg: Mo old son, I was only talking about Liam Trotter and what priase you have lavished upon him, which IMO was over the top for how he has performed over several seasons with us.

          I dont see what a reality show celeb has to do with any of this or a former player who left coming up for a year ago, its just that looking at Liam's performances I see an entirely different player to the one that you are describing in both ability and atitude and worth.

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  • October 30, 2013 at 13:35
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    Well Liam reading your comments, it does seem that you know how the game should be played, so just put it into practice for all of us who pay the wages and put up with below par displays.

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  • October 30, 2013 at 16:23
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    Yeah Trotter ya mug you better win on Saturday

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    • October 30, 2013 at 17:42
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      @Dazi: OH THAT WILL DO THE TRICK. FEEL HIM WITH CONFIDENCE THAT WILL. I CAN SEE HIM RINGING AA NOW BEGGING TO SIGN! U MUG!

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        • October 30, 2013 at 17:53
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          @Dazi: DAZI BE THE TWELVE MAN SON! TROTS MAY LOOK LAZY, BUT THATS THE WAY HE PLAYS. IMO ONE OF THE BEST WE GOT. LETS GIVE HIM A LEG UP FOR A CHANGE.COYL!!!!!!!!!!!

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          • October 30, 2013 at 18:17
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            @DiggerWall: I love Trotter, I was only messing haha

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  • October 30, 2013 at 16:23
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    Can't add to much that has already been said except to agree that Trotter has made a great difference to the midfield since he returned from injory, he is still young and will only improve. I hope he signs a new and improved contract because trying to replace a player of his ability would cost a fortune the club does not have. Vote him player of the month on the club website, I have.

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  • October 30, 2013 at 18:32
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    DAZI FAIR PLAY SON. LETS GET THE DEN ROCKIN SAT!

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  • October 30, 2013 at 20:13
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    IMO ? Someone

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