Millwall manager cautiously optimistic ahead of big kick-off

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© Brian Tonks

STEVE Lomas says he is "quietly confident" about Millwall's prospects ahead of the start of the new Championship season.

The Lions face newly-promoted Yeovil Town in Lomas' first competitive game as manager on Saturday, with 78% of NewsAtDen readers tipping a top-ten finish this term.

But Lomas is keeping his ambitions under wraps. He said: "Expectations are high and we want the fans to be positive, but we're not getting carried away because we knows it's a long season. Setting targets builds things up so we've got to manage expectations.

"But we're quietly confident that we're building a squad that can compete very well in the Championship. You need a little bit of luck with injuries and suspensions throughout the course of any season. Of course we want the fans to be feeling good but it's about results.

"It's been exciting from the day I first came in. I get up early every morning feeling positive – I'm really looking forward to my first game.

"Yeovil have just had a fantastic season, they have a team with good spirit and Gary Johnson has done an unbelievable job there. Having said that, they’re coming to our patch and we want to get on the front foot and start fast.

"We need to hit the ground running and then see where we are in the league at Christmas. The players in the team on Saturday have got the first bite of the cherry, but I’ve got no obligations to pick anybody, even the players I’ve brought in."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

19 thoughts on “Millwall manager cautiously optimistic ahead of big kick-off

  • August 2, 2013 at 14:54
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    good luck Mr Lomas

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  • August 2, 2013 at 14:55
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    • August 2, 2013 at 15:01
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  • August 2, 2013 at 15:57
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    Any views on what the starting line up could be?
    Presuming that Bailey and Martin are not yet fit enough to start, would SL be bold enough to go with a
    4-3-3 ?
    GK - Forde
    RB - Dunne
    LB - Malone / Lowry
    CB - Shittu
    CB - Beevers
    RCM - Henry
    CM - Wright or Abdou (neither my choice long term, but until Bailey is fit)
    LCM - Chaplow
    CF - Morrison
    CF - Keogh
    CF - McDonald

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    • August 2, 2013 at 16:14
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      @Lions Den: i think martin will be in the starting line up

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    • August 2, 2013 at 17:28
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      Nice! Get the ball forward out to the flanks and with those three up there, we are bound to hit the back of the net a couple of times at least. 4-1 in this shape! Pre-season over! These boys have to start looking at 90mins each! If they can't, WTF have we been doing for the last 5 weeks? They are paid enough FFS! Come on boys! 3 points please!

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    • August 2, 2013 at 17:40
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      @<a href="#comment
      Someone told me that whilst at St Johnston , SL preferred a 4-3-3 at home and a 4-5-1 away. Time will tell . Let's all hope whatever line up or formation we play , the job gets done COYL

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  • August 2, 2013 at 16:04
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    What he is saying are the right things especally his last paragraph, but at 3.00 o'clock tomorrow its up to the 11 he has picked to come up with the goods, and they must not forget who they are playing for afterall its MILLWALL!!!!, get stuck in move the ball and deliver some quality balls in and across and I sure we can pick up all the points, but also dont let the nerves get the better of you.
    We are all behind you and how good weill you all feel making thousands of people happy for the next few days COYL!!!!

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  • August 2, 2013 at 16:13
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    i think we will have a good season if we get a good start and morrison puts some in the back of the net

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  • August 2, 2013 at 16:27
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    Attack, attack, attack attack attack!

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  • August 2, 2013 at 16:38
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    I have copied this from Sporting life website:- The predict 3-1 win for Millwall.

    Former Middlesbrough duo Nicky Bailey and Scott McDonald are in line for their full debuts for Millwall, with new manager Steve Lomas having no fresh injury concerns and up to six new signings he could select.
    Returning striker Steve Morison is likely to spearhead the Lions' attack while Richard Chaplow, Jermaine Easter and goalkeeper Stephen Bywater could all be considered.
    Yeovil boss Gary Johnson could be without 35-year-old defender Jamie McAllister due to injury, along with fellow defender Nathan Ralph.
    Summer signings Alan Tate and Joe Jones are available to make their debuts at the back if the clash comes too soon for the injured duo.
    Fellow new boys Michael Ngoo, Kieffer Moore and Sam Hoskins are vying for a place in Yeovil's attack, while midfielders Joel Grant and Billy Clifford will also be looking to make their first starts.
    Last season: No corresponding fixture
    Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)

    Our verdict: Millwall 3 Yeovil 1 - The Lions have recruited well and can start in style.

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    • August 2, 2013 at 16:49
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      @Peckhamlad: I didn't think Bailey or McDonald were fit enough for tomorrow? How lovely it would be to see us score three goals tomorrow just as long as Yeovil don't score four!

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  • August 2, 2013 at 16:45
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  • August 2, 2013 at 17:52
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    High expectations, iv tried to adopt the pessimistic view which iv adopted over 30 years down the den but sod it I'm buzzing

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  • August 2, 2013 at 17:57
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    I predict a good season as I believe we now have a decent forward line and to be honest I wasn't happy with lomas appointment bunt I think he has put a feel good factor back at the den and the fans are seeing that lomas means business, so a nice positive start 2moro and we are on our way. Lets all get behind SL and the team and show the championship we mean business 🙂

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  • August 2, 2013 at 21:01
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    Good luck tomorrow lads hope we get all 3 points and get off to a good start to the new season

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  • August 2, 2013 at 21:08
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    Hopefully shittu isn't in the line up Tommorow, looks terribly unfit and overweight. Still pisses me off how he got a 2 year deal, all off the back of that "that's what we do" b*******. Most over rated player we got and if he starts Saturday you can expect paddy madden to have him running round in circles.

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