Report: Millwall 0-1 Yeovil Town

NEW manager Steve Lomas suffered defeat in his first game in charge as newly-promoted Yeovil Town snatched a dramatic late victory at The Den.

Millwall had carved out the better of the chances but were made to pay for their profligacy right at the death when Ed Upon's 25-yarder crept inside the post.

With five minutes on the clock, Steve Morison went close to converting Shane Lowry's bullet cross but powered a free header just wide. 60 seconds later, Andy Keogh glanced Danny Shittu's deep cross beyond the far post.



Josh Wright then blasted wide from the edge of the area as the Lions worked their way through the gears, but David Forde had to be alert to keep out Dan Seaborne's header at the other end.

Glovers 'keeper Marek Stech made an equally-important block in the 25 minute to deny Henry, who had been put through on goal by Keogh's clever flick.

Right-back Luke Ayling drilled into the side netting for the visitors before Henry scampered to the byline and pulled the ball back for Keogh, who lofted over the bar with Morison better-placed to score behind him.



For all of their slick passing, Yeovil created very little and their goal was under threat again shortly before half time when Mark Beevers sent a downward header at Stech from Henry's corner.

The Lions began the second half on the front foot, with Shittu heading wide and Henry drawing a fine save from Stech in the opening ten minutes.

In the 61st minute, Stech was caught in no man's land after racing off his line to close down Morison, but when the loose ball fell to Henry, the winger fired wide of the unguarded net.

The game looked to be petering out into a goalless draw until Upson took aim from the edge of the area and guided a precise finish across Forde and into the far corner in the 88th minute.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Lowry, Abdou, Shittu, Beevers, Chaplow (Feeney, 82mins), Wright (Bailey, 50mins), Morison, Keogh (McDonald, 68mins), Henry. Subs not used: Bywater, Easter, Robinson, Malone.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

65 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 0-1 Yeovil Town

  • August 3, 2013 at 17:14
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    Wake up call!

    The Lions never miss a banana skin, move on!

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:15
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    Maybe not as good as we all thought

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:15
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    What s*** that game was

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:19
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    Did McDonald & bailey get on ? Missed the game as at work, seems like we need all our new signings playing, jimmy & josh wright not as attack minded as Nicky bailey & lee Martin, peed off we've lost our home unbeaten record already, get it sorted & soon mr lomas !!!

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:20
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    Typical anti-climactic start to a new season. Fortress Den..? Bailey was the only one who delivered on his pre-season hype. All our strikers should now go back to the training ground and start practicing on how to score goals - BEFORE the rot sets in!

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:22
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    Never travelled up to watch it and glad now I never wasted £80 but am very disappointed, I had to listen to Radio Somerset and the gloatingcrap from their reporter, I felt like throwing the radio out the window.
    However it was on the cards, I still feel that the team did not have enough games under their belt, I also feel he should have played Feeney as he has been playing so well pre season. But we can all criticise. Lets hope lessons have been learnt there is a long way to go. Teams like reading, QPR and Wigan won their games easily. That is where Millwall have to be. Long way to lets not prejudge so early. Be interested in hearing from fans who watched the game.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 17:30
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      @Peckhamlad: You're dreaming PL. No way we can compete with those three. I think there are 22 teams vying for four play off places and three relegation places this year. Have you seen the teams Wigan & QPR had out today and some of their benched players?
      As I've said all along, it's about points on the board. We can't judge Lomas and his team on one defeat and I said a week or so ago that we were short on pre-season games this year. Jury should stay out until the end of September, nine games in.

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      • August 3, 2013 at 17:36
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        @lion.ie: Looking at the Reading squad today, you can probably make that 21 teams vying for play-offs/relegation.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:22
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    Ere we go again!

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:26
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    Very surprised, thought we could do something special this season after the signings, hopefully not a sign of things to come.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:27
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    The mare continues from Christmas, no goals=no wins. P***** off big time! Season ticket may be up on e bay later!!! Also thought I was on to a good thing when I got 80/1 at hills to win the championship!!!!

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    • August 3, 2013 at 17:50
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      @dpendet: You can get 125/1 with Corals or 150/1 with Betfair now. (-:~

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:29
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    I don't think we should judge the team's performance on just one game. Only Chaplow and Morison of the new signings played and even when they are all match fit it will still take a few games for them to gel. Abdou and Wright are not the right pair to play in midfield. Bailey will make all the difference there as will McDonald playing up front with Morison. Having said that the crowd played their part with 12,400 turning up but we won't continue to get those sort of attendances at Home if we continue to play like this.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 19:11
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      @denslions: Did you watch the game lol?, Mcdonald and Bailey also played

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:34
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    At work and had to listen to it on Lions Live, gutted but had a feeling this game would catch us out today but i'm not gonna panic. The team needs to gel and it takes time and i know we all want instant results but we need to stick by Lomas and the team. Lets hope Tuesday night gets us a win and we'll go on from there.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:39
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    Simply don't think we were ready. Players have had all summer to get fit so why are they not on the opening game of the season. Sort it Lomas.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:41
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    This could be a blessing in disguise and could give Lomas the chance to make his mark and drop the remaining members of KJs team that he gave a chance rather than steaming in and making wholesale changes and losing the dressing room (like AVB did at Chelsea for example).

    I would rather not lose BUT at the same time I won't panic either.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:44
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    Let the relegation scrap begin..

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:45
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    Let's call it a work in progress. By the time Jackett left the team had the self-confidence and mental resolve of a soggy burger bun, it's a lot of the same players and we were so bad that it might take time to fully dispel those ghosts. Bailey and McDonald weren't 100% or they'd have started and Lomas will need a few games to properly integrate his signings and his system. Main concerns were that we still never look like scoring, however much we huff n puff, the midfield seemed to collapse every time they ran at us, and there was a real lack of width. Henry seemed to be instructed to stick close to the strikers and let Dunne overlap, not Dunney's forte and it just meant he was marked out of it. Too many people had an indifferent game and they were an inch sharper than us. This season will be about doing to the millionaires what Yeovil did to us today.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:47
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    It did look a lot like a side who had never played together before, which was surprising as it was virtually the team that finished last season until Bailey and McDonald came on. I thought they all looked a bit rusty, but when Bailey got on they started to pass the ball better. We created a number of chances, which is the good thing and a real turnaround from last season. The man of the match for me was Shittu, who was all over the pitch. Wright had a bit of a nightmare and Abdou did his usual thing of winning the ball then giving it away. I would like to see Bailey and Chaplow in the middle. Henry was mediocre. We badly needed Lee Martin and I won't be surprised to see another winger brought in too. McDonald looked lively when he came on, but Keogh was a bit anonymous at times.
    Early days.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 17:54
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      @junkmale: Shittu is a centre half and therefore shouldn't be and shouldn't need to be 'all over the pitch'.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:48
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    Unfit.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:50
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    Of the 14 players that played today - there was just one footballer Nicky Bailey.Same old,same old - Wright,Henry,Jimmy not good enough.Same old Hoof from the defenders.And this against probably the weakest team in the League.If Lomas did not realise the big job he has got to turn this lot around - HE DOES NOW.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:57
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    Hmmmmmmmmm
    1st - absolutely shocking disgusting in fact
    Chaplow our best player of the half as you would expect from the starting 11. Yeovil much the better side with sulking the best player. Josh wright was awful.
    2nd half much better. Bailey looked very good when he came on and glad it was wright who came off. McDonald came on but can't really judge him today as he really didnt do much.
    Forde beevers shittu chaplow bailey jimmy Morison - for 70 mins all good solid games the rest well, plenty of room for improvement and need a couple more players in especially left mid as its not fare to throw chaplow out there.
    Could be a blessing in disguise. Not happy to say the least. It will take about 5/6 games for us to gel, but f*** me that was jank.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 18:02
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      @lukesmithmfc: sorry top of my post says sulking much the better player it should have read ayling.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 18:07
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      @lukesmithmfc: Listened on LP Luke, sounded like we improved in 2nd half and missed some decent chances. Early days.

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      • August 3, 2013 at 18:36
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        @lion.ie: it was a lot better lion but seeing is believing. It really wasn't good first half but that's because it was the same old toot from last season. We really need a left mid and I can't wait for chappers to play in the middle with bailey. As you say it's early days and the kick up the a*** we need.

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        • August 3, 2013 at 18:44
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          @lukesmithmfc: Yep. But is funny how the next three games against Ipswich, Huddersfield and Sheff. Weds now look a whole lot tougher!

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:59
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    It could be worse - we could be Barnsley supporters!

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    • August 3, 2013 at 18:03
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      @Profiler4: Where's Lomasout and his 'wish I were Pompey' quotes? Tonked 4-1 in front of home crowd of 19k, a record in League Two!

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      • August 3, 2013 at 19:10
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        @lion.ie: Firstly, I’ve been in the pub all day so apologies if my response is incoherent. I intended to leave my posts at that, but seeing as I’m getting called out I’ll respond.

        I’m sorry I take it all back: Portsmouth lost a game so I’ve completely changed my opinion. Are you serious?! If Portsmouth had won 4-1 would you have changed yours?

        If you want to talk about Portsmouth; what would Berylson give for 19K at home?

        You just don’t get it do you? Portsmouth can lose every single game this season (they won’t, they’ll be right up there challenging at the end) and end up in the Conference next year, but I would still envy them.

        The fans are in charge of their own destiny, they are not reliant on a foreign, as somebody else put it the other day so well, venture capitalist. In 10 years time we may not exist depending on Berylson’s whim (and how many liabilities he runs up in terms of player contracts), Portsmouth on the other hand have guaranteed their future in perpetuity.

        And before anybody starts: no comment on the performance today (results are not important at this early stage) as it’s too early. Shame the “Lomas is the Messiah Brigade” don’t have the same decorum.

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        • August 3, 2013 at 20:04
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          @LomasOut: I never had an opinion on Portsmouth to change, you are the only one who has said 'I'm envious of Portsmouth'. Couldn't give a t*** about where Portsmouth finish, they are in League Two.
          Whilst there is no doubt that he has his eye on the development of the area around the club, what you 'just don't seem to get' is that Berylson has given £16m+ to the club for crowds of 8k+, that's more than enough in my book. Maybe you should follow the Man Utd/Newton Heath campaign and do a line in Millwall Rovers shirts to protest against our American owner. See how many you sell? Enjoy the pints.

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          • August 3, 2013 at 20:32
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            @lion.ie: You do have an opinion on Portsmouth: you don’t envy them, that's an opinion.

            A £16M donation just for an eye on the development of an area around the club? How generous. I’ll attempt to be completely clear: Berylson or anyone else could give us all the money in the world and I’d still be against them. In fact the more they gave the more it would change Millwall and put its future at risk so the more I’d hate them. (If Ambramovic ever gets bored Chelsea will be finished)

            To extrapolate your views on millionaire owners you’d prefer Ambramovic to Berylson; the more they “give” the better. (You’re naive if you think Berylson is giving, but that’s a different argument.)

            I’m in entirely the opposite camp; football clubs should be run by the fans for the fans with no millionaire backers skewing the field. If we average £8k and that’s enough for League 1 football then so be it. Every now and then we’d have a pop at promotion and we’d get close to double the £8k regulars in, but more importantly any success would be entirely ours, the fans, and we’d owe nobody.

            No idea what selling Millwall Rovers shirts has to do with it, but I don't get adults wearing football shirts anyway so that's definitely not for me.

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        • August 3, 2013 at 21:12
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          @LomasOut: Actually, I would guess that we are not a million miles away from the same values but you are so caught up in being supercilious that I don't think you could entertain that possibility. In an ideal world football would be on a level playing field and still run by the working classes with working class admission prices e.t.c., e.t.c. Unfortunately, in the real world, those times have passed us all by. I have no doubt that JB is in it to make money, but as long as the club are moving forward during his tenure then I'm happy with that. If you'd prefer to be, at best, treading water in League One then fine.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 17:59
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    Trotter has to return which will give more creativity in midfield, he is liable to score as well. Feeney wide is capable of getting behind defenders. Maybe SL will play a different formation on Tuesday. But I too notice that whenever Millwall get a big home crowd they tend to disappoint. We must not be overawed by the likes of QPR, Reading and Wigan, they can be beaten. According to the match stats Millwall had the majority of possession 52% and had 12 shots? against 6 of Yeovil (correct me if wrong). I think as the team get more games under their belt they will get better and better. Early doors.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 18:16
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    What was the thinking behind Forde taking forever to get rid of the ball what happened to uptempo football. The forwards never won a ball in the air from lumping up to them. Maybe we are not fit at present does that not mirror the fitness coach

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  • August 3, 2013 at 18:20
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    Sell Wright, Jack Smith, Woolford and N'Guessan and bring in a right back and a left winger, kick Henry and Morison up the backside, drop Keogh for McDonald, start Chaplow at Center mid...... And we'll be fine. Easier said than done.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 18:21
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    We were poor in the first half until bailey came on , wright was awful glad he came of , didn't really see that much of MacDonald . To be Honest our strongest line up will be GK forde Lb lowry cb shittu n robinson i dont really think beevers is good enough his passing's poor rb dunne rm henry cm chaplow/trotter cm bailey lm martin n up front morison n macdonald .

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  • August 3, 2013 at 18:22
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    really hope we get a victory against wimbledon and ipswich

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  • August 3, 2013 at 18:32
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    Josh Wright is not good enough and should never get near the team!!!! When paired with Wright even Abdou's strong points are nullified and Chaplow apart (until he ran out of steam) our midfield was non existent in the first half. Henry was appalling as was Lowry. Bailey looked a class act when he came on and showed the importance of having a midfielder who can head, tackle, pass (I don't remember him giving the ball away once) and knows where to be on the pitch when we are attacking and defending. On today's showing, until Trotter is fit, I would move Chaplow into the middle with Bailey and play Martin and Feeney out wide. Not the best of starts!

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  • August 3, 2013 at 18:46
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    I don't get why Lomas puts Henry at Left mid and Feeney on the right. Henry hasn't got a right foot let alone a left but Feeney can use both. Their right side was looking vulnerable and we had two players, who were in acres of space, shoot from there. Should have exploited it with a fresh player not someone whose tank was empty and didn't give a s*** anyway (Henry)

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  • August 3, 2013 at 18:48
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    Formation : 4-1-3-2
    Forde : 8 (MOTM)
    One excellent save that stopped a sure goal, and a couple easier saves, dealt with everything comfortably in the air, should have had a clean sheet but let down by the lack of pressure on the ball in the last few minutes for the goal. Noticeable that Lomas wants him to speed up his distribution, but had no one showing for the ball today.

    Dunne : 7
    Had a decent game and didn't make any mistakes, got forward when he could but was woefully exposed on the flank at times, thanks to a very odd tactical decision.

    Beevers : 7
    Very comfortable all day, but could have been stronger in the air from set pieces. Seeing him pushed up front in the last few minutes signaled how desperate Lomas was by the end of today.

    Shittu : 6
    His storming run down the right flank was a nice highlight, but he was caught out of position fairly often, looked short of pace and had a tough time winning his headers early on. got better as the game went on, and had a easier time against Ngoo, for sure.

    Lowry : 5
    Started well but took a really heavy challenge in first half, and he never really looked comfortable after that. Didn't gamble getting forward but was terribly exposed and facing 2 on 1 all day. Very weak free kick from a promising position. In hindsight, Malone might have been the better option in this formation as we needed width.

    Abdou : 5
    Played as the deep CM, but never really got involved today. Did cover the full backs excellently in times where we were exposed, so he earned his wage, but was too deep to really disrupt their passing in midfield, and offered nothing going forwards.

    Wright : 5
    Played in the center of the more advance 3 in midfield.
    not helped by the formation, as he was left alone against their two in the middle and they just passed around him all day. Was very poor in possession today, but not helped by having no options around him.

    Chaplow : 7
    Could be a key player for us, but terribly wasted in this formation.
    Played wide left of a midfield three, and it didn't work at all. Defensively he got sucked inside too often and left Lowry exposed all day. Going forwards he offered no width. Very often asked to close down the full back, winger and a CM too, he was knackered before he even got the ball.
    Probably the hardest worker out their today and a good tackler, if he'd played along with Bailey at CM, with a proper left winger, we would have rolled Yeovil today for sure.

    Henry : 7
    Much like Chaplow, played wide of a midfield three, so was very wasted today. Had to do far too much work defensively, and it left Dunne exposed too often. More importantly, he was rarely in position to get a cross into the box. still looked to be our best player with ball at feet, and was the focus of most good things we did all day.

    Keogh : 6
    Worked hard, but nothing fell his way today. Some decent passing with Morison at times, but they had no support from midfield and the defense just swarmed them all day.

    Morison : 6
    Crowd was getting on his back for not winning enough headers, but even when he did there was nobody pushing on from midfield to win the second ball. He ended up trying to trap the ball every time.
    He was decent in his own game, worked hard, closed down, and made good runs, but he was up against two or three defenders all day.

    Subs
    Bailey : 7
    Promising, had a few decent tackles and neat passes, but didn't actually do a lot. His appearance started our best spell of possession.
    Feeney : 6
    Typical Feeney sub appearance, first couple minutes he looked lost, then out of no where he breaks down the wing, beats two men and whips in a great cross.
    McDonald : 5
    Looked of the pace, and no link up with Morison to speak of, I'm certain he will get better over time.

    Lomas : 4
    The starting formation was a mistake for this opposition. He didn't make any tactical changes until after Yeovil had scored, when he put Beevers up front.
    Constantly telling Chaplow and Henry to push further inside, when it was clear that lack of width was an issue.
    Instructed Forde to deliver the ball long quickly to the front two, despite them not winning many headers all day, and being out numberd 3 to 1 most of the time, seemed very odd.

    Final thoughts, most of the players did themselves justice, but the formation didn't let them play to full potential.
    Crowd was very quiet first half, better once we started playing in the second half, but then very angry at the end.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 18:52
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      @Garrick: Henry a 7, were you watching the same game. Shittu and Forde were our best players by a long way

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      • August 3, 2013 at 19:53
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        @Henry.Fa:
        I was impressed by nicky bailey to be honest. when he's match fit , he'll be an asset. Everyone else ranged from what's expected of then to poor in my opinion.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 19:05
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      @Garrick: Henry 7? I would have struggled to give him 4. No threat, no crosses and constantly gave away possession. In my view the worst player on the pitch, but probably one of the most gifted. Frustration!!

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      • August 3, 2013 at 19:37
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        @the ref: beevers better than shittu ?
        Dunne 7 ? Henry 7 ? JOSH WRIGHT 5 ? Most done themselves justice ? Come on fella I'd say forde beevers shittu chaplow bailey and Morison for 70 odd mins done themselves justice the rest absolute s**** all the same old problems exist only one player with any bite and he was a sub. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
        I now feel like I wasn't really there today and must have dreamt it. But it's your honest opinion and I guess we don't all see what the next man does.
        What about the officials ? I'd mark the ref with 4 the lino's 5 maybe 6 at a push

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        • August 3, 2013 at 21:13
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          @lukesmithmfc: was that reply to me or Garrick? Would agree with you entirely.

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          • August 3, 2013 at 21:45
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            @the ref: sorry ref I didn't mean pls don't send me off lol.
            No it was meant for Garrick

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          • August 3, 2013 at 21:55
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            @the ref:
            You have to look at what he was being asked to do by Lomas.
            He was Never going to be putting in crosses from the position he was asked to play today, so you can't knock him for that. His delivery from set pieces was good.
            Similarly you can't say he gave away possession, when they supply into him was so terrible, he never got the ball to feet once today, until bailey came on.
            Agree he lost possession a couple times, but only when he was running into two or three defenders, with no support from Wright or Abdou to play an easy pass, so he had to try to force a few things, some worked, others didn't. But again that was a result of the Formation, and the players around him, not the player himself.
            Henry worked hard, and far harder defensively than we have a right to expect from him and was the only one out their actually moving for the ball at throw ins (How can we be so poor at throw ins?)

            He had a decent game, but just not in the area of the game we wanted and needed him to be influential, or that we have come to expect of him, but that wasn't his fault, he tried to do what Lomas wanted.

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        • August 3, 2013 at 22:16
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          @lukesmithmfc:

          Officials were terrible, Ref made three or four big mistakes today (not including running into our players!). Lino's didn't help him though. Typically inconsistent and always trying to show they are not intimidated by the Lions Den.

          As for Shittu, felt he really flattered to deceive today, he won some headers in the second half against Ngoo, and had that one run down the wing which showed his spirit more than his talent ;), and the crowd enjoyed that, but for the larger part of the game he was getting caught well out of position and Beevers was having to cover for him. Especially in the first half.
          He dwelt on the ball a few times each half and lost possession on the edge of our box. Didn't really cost us today, but against a better team would be punished you have to think.

          But the bigger concern is how easily he was being beaten to the ball at corners, that's his bread and butter and to see him struggling there against Yeovil, is a concern. Our organisation seemed poor at set pieces today though, they got their CB a free run on the ball 4 or 5 times, just by getting into the box late, and we still didn't adjust to pick him up, very lucky he didn't score a couple.

          Not sure why he wasn't going forward for more of our corners either, Lomas asked him to but he waved it of a couple times ??? fitness issue maybe???

          I'm sure Shittu will play a lot better this season.

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          • August 3, 2013 at 22:23
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            @Garrick: That's a worrying synopsis of Shittu's performance. I've noted concerns about his positioning and distribution many times but if he's not dominating in the air and at set pieces then he is of no use to us. We really need a footballing centre half to get the team playing from the back. There was no point signing quality footballers like Chaplow and Bailey otherwise.

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          • August 4, 2013 at 14:47
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            @Garrick: would have to agree with most of that Garrick and like you I found it odd that we allowed shittu to be last man as he's not the quickest and the run he done down our right side in front of me in the west stand is becoming a little party peice of his as I recall on a number of times last season.
            Cause of his lack of speed he usually makes up for it with his positioning but like you I'm beggining to worry about him although he made a little improvement from robbo's testimonial. He's looking really top heavy but it's early doors and lets not forget Yeovil did out play us for long periods and are becoming a bit of a bogey team for us.
            Time will tell I just hope not too much time though.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 19:06
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    Poor start for SL. Wright/Abdou in CM didn't work under KJ and it certainly didn't work today. Yeovil were no more than a workmanlike side who were there for the taking. They would have caved-in if put under pressure, but couldn't believe their luck when Millwall continually stood off allowing them too much room all over the pitch. Our passing was shocking at times and we only looked a cohesive unit for 20 mins or so when Bailey came on and started to put in some decent tackles and passes.
    I expected a few of the recent signings to be a couple of weeks away from full match fitness, but the whole team looked lethargic, slow and unfit compared to their opponents. Fitness coach, what fitness coach!!
    Forde needs to release the ball quicker when a pass is on and Keogh and Henry should stick to the basics and wait until we are a few goals up before starting their circus tricks............. or sign up for Billy Smarts.
    Early day yet but its definitely a "Welcome to the Championship" wake up call for SL. Today was definitely the beginning of the changeover from the old guard to the new so we've got to give the new players and style of play time to bed in. I reckon Trotter and Bailey could prove to be a good CM partnership in the longer term.
    Tuesday will be a good chance to implement the lessons learnt from today, and to improve on fitness and stamina.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 19:50
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    I just hope that, come April this game doesn't turn out to have been a SIX POINTER !!!!!

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  • August 3, 2013 at 21:12
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    Think the line-up was slightly disappointing today. Wanted Malone to start ahead of Lowry for a change, and might not have been a bad shout in hindsight seeing as Lowry played poorly today IMO. Chaplow should've played CM today, which would've allowed him to control play from the middle and Feeney should've been given a run-out at LM seeing as he seemed to be playing well in pre-season.

    Bailey, from what I saw of him today and in the past, seems to be a better tackler than Abdou and a better and more composed passer of the ball than Wright. Once he is fully fit, SL should definitely start him in CM and drop Wright/Abdou. As for Trotter, don't know what the situation was with him today but would've liked to have seen him play.

    Service to the two strikers needs to improve, if we had that today we would've scored as I think Morison and Keogh looked sharp enough. Lumping balls up top to Morison isn't the way to get him playing and scoring goals, he needs to be picking the ball up from deep(ish) and running at defenders. Don't know what to make of McDonald, he wasn't on long enough to make a judgement.

    Beevers and Shittu both had solid games at the back, and Dunney didn't really do much wrong. Fordey looked confident between the sticks, but needed to throw the ball out wide more often to the wide players.

    Henry was poor, looked lethargic which he shouldn't have been considering it was the first game of the season. Looked uninterested whenever he lost the ball, never bothered to try and win the ball back. Didn't play wide enough for me today, kept drifting inside.

    As for the Yeovil goal, the guy got a considerable amount of luck. He chested the ball down to his right, quite far from his body, then the ball took a huge bounce back towards him?! If the ball didn't take the dodgy bounce, I don't think Yeovil would have scored. But that's irrelevant, we should have scored before then anyway.

    I don't really think much of the result today, as it's still early doors. We need to give the side time to gel and the new signings time to get their match-fitness back. As for the 'fans' who were shouting 'Lomas Out' behind me today, don't bother turning up... 🙂

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    • August 3, 2013 at 21:20
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      @jamesmartinmfc: James I must say that's probably the best report we'll get from today's game. Good honest stuff and I couldn't agree more.
      Good stuff James ; )

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    • August 3, 2013 at 22:12
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      @jamesmartinmfc:
      The thing is - Henry pretty obviously was doing precisely what Lomas was asking him - ie play much more inside than a traditional wide midfielder thus supposedly giving more support to Wright and later Bailey as the advanced midfielder and being available to get up with the two attackers. Chaplow was doing precisely the same thing - only Chaplow was slightly better at it. This is unsurprising cos the bloke is basically a central midfielder - unlike Henry who I would have thought KJ had established over and over again isn't a supporting striker. The advantage in theory is that this gives more room for the full-backs to overlap. Our full backs are Lowry and Dunne. I think the fact that Lomas didn't think twice about the whole idea if only on that basis is ever so slightly worrying!

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  • August 3, 2013 at 21:31
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    Dazi - What I meant to say was that Bailey and McDonald weren't in the starting eleven. Nine of the players who started were part of last season's squad. When Bailey did come on he certainly improved the midfield but McDonald didn't look match fit and isn't likely to be for a few games yet. As others have said Chaplow needs to play in central midfield with Bailey and Martin, Feeney or even N'Guessan played wide left to give us some width

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  • August 4, 2013 at 00:12
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    Shittu won the headers often today but how many times did his header stay on the pitch or go to one of our players. For me Shittu was very wasteful in possession whereas Beevers tries to find a pass. Henry was awfuk giving the ball away and not taking on a very ordinary LB. DUNNE did well considering how exposed the formation left him.

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  • August 4, 2013 at 09:32
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    no passion, no heart it pains me to say it but we were dire. the fact their keeper had nothing to do apart from henrys save in first half says it all.

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  • August 4, 2013 at 10:02
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    Shows just how much we miss Trotter. Love him or loathe him, he adds quality and a goal threat from midfield. Wright is League 1 quality at best and Jimmy is not the same player KJ brought in. A centre back who can pick a pass would be nice too.
    I'll take mid table consolidation all day long in this division. Too much expectation puts undue pressure on the team in what is a bloody hard league.
    Round pegs in round holes, 4-4-2 with wingers and strikers who can finish, its not rocket science.
    COYL

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  • August 4, 2013 at 12:02
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    Why all the talk about Portsmouth fc? Who gives a t*** about them!!! We are millwall!!! Super millwall

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  • August 4, 2013 at 18:38
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    Am I glad I have a cocessions season ticket, works out about 9sobs a game, fell sorry for those who paid full wack for that load o'crap yesterday.
    Another long, long road of dispare I fear

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  • August 4, 2013 at 21:23
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    Bailey was the only1 who showed sme signs of promise yesterday. Shittu can't handle a player with the slightest pace as 4 wright...

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