FRED Onyedinma said Millwall need “leaders” after the Lions lost their third game in a row at The Den.
A miserable eight days for Neil Harris’ side was completed in injury-time against Barnsley on Tuesday night when Lewin Nyatanga headed in a late winner for his side.
Onyedinma scored his first two goals for Millwall, and his bullet header from Shane Ferguson’s cross looked like it was going to result in at least a point before Nyatanga rose to power Conor Hourihane’s free-kick past David Forde.
Afterwards Onyedinma said: “Right now we need leaders to step up and we need to stick together as a team.”
Asked if he sees himself in that role he replied: “I’m a leader in a different way, not a leader vocally, more influencing the game with the way I play, with energy, so I think I can be a leader in that sense.”
And while the 18-year-old attacker was happy with his own contribution, he said the players were distraught at the manner of the defeat.
“We wanted to win this game because of the 4-0 defeat at home to Coventry. We wanted to win and build from there so it is disappointing to get back to 2-2 and then lose 3-2 right at the end.
“I’m delighted with the two goals I scored, my first goals for Millwall. But we lost again at home so I’m disappointed with that.
“This was a third defeat at home as well. We conceded from three set-pieces which isn’t good enough.
“I think on another day we would have defended them well, and if you see the goals that happens sometimes in football.
“Hopefully the next game we can win and go from there.
“We obviously need to work on defending set-pieces. We’re going to do that and stick together as a team and go from there really.
“We just need to move on from this and look forward to Saturday and get a win.”