Lomas: Millwall punished for missed chances in Yeovil loss

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STEVE Lomas admitted Millwall "only had themselves to blame" for losing their opening game of the Championship season to Yeovil.

Ed Upson's 88th-minute winner stunned the new Lions boss as his first competitive match in charge ended in a disappointing defeat to the newly-promoted Glovers.

Lomas said: "It was very hard to take but we only have ourselves to blame. We had five decent chances and you've got to take them. Their goalkeeper made two very good saves, but with the standard of chances we created, we've got to take one.

"From our point of view, a shot from the edge of the area unopposed is not good enough.

"Once you don't take your chances, you're open to the sucker punch. There was one Andy Keogh slashed, where if he leaves it Steve Morison tucks in.

"Marek Stech made a good save from James Henry when he was through with probably the only bit of passing and movement in the first half."

Lomas was critical of his side's use of possession, particularly in the opening 45 minutes, but felt substitute Nicky Bailey made a positive impact on his debut.

"When Nicky came on he looked lively and wanted to get on the ball," Lomas said. "He hit an excellent through ball for Morison that led to Henry's chance, where he maybe could have slid it in but just lifted it over.

"We finally got the full backs joining in because we got our passing going in midfield, whereas first half we were winning the ball and giving it away. We didn't keep the ball well enough.

"There's a long way to go, we'll get better and we'll get the players that have come in late fitter. The lads were competitive but we were missing a bit of know-how at times.

"People need to get on the ball when the going gets tough. Anybody can smash into tackles but showing what you can do in the heat of battle shows real character. Are you going to be the one that wants to get on it?

"Whether we were so keen to do well in the first half that we forgot about the process [of scoring goals], I don't know."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

120 thoughts on “Lomas: Millwall punished for missed chances in Yeovil loss

  • August 3, 2013 at 18:12
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    As I said on the other thread,just one footballer today - Nicky Bailey.Just shows what a poor footballer Wright is.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 18:24
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      @Longfield Lion: your right , wright is a league one player not an championship player

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    • August 4, 2013 at 07:24
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      @Longfield Lion:

      Forde - good performance, great save in the first half. Full of confidence since being made Irelands No.1

      Dunne - solid show, dependable. Lacks pace and agility when going forward.

      Beavers - decent start, done his job well. Would like to see him partnered with Robbo

      Shittu - really struggled. Out of position many times, recovered with some last ditch blocks. Good control and first touch. Serious questions over his distribution at this level.

      Lowry - solid start, very slow in suport of midfield when pusing forward. Struggled as there was no width in the team.

      Henry - really poor performance, lacked desire, passion. Doesn't seem to have recovered from his injury last season

      Wright - watch him train last week, passes the ball for fun. Unfortunately doesn't make any impact on games at this level. Think his days are numbered.

      Jimi - works hard, runs all day....... doesn't seem to impact the game. Need to score many more goals from midfield if we want to push up this league.

      Chaplow - decent player. Has some good ideas, lacks pace and 1 v 1 skills to play wide midfield in my opinion.

      Morrisson - good in some good positions, one most route 1 flick ons. Frustrated with lack of service from wide areas.

      Keogh - tried hard as usual, very little impact on the game. Needs a bit more quality and avfew more goals this season.

      Subs

      Bailey - biggest positive of the match. When he came on he bossed the midfield for 15minutes. Kept the ball well and didnt lose possession once.

      Feeney - no impact, game time will help. Would pkay in front of henry at the moment.

      Mcdonald - need to see more, may be a good combo with Morrisson. Big man, little man. Only game time will tell.

      Team

      Overall, apart from 15 mins in the second half millwall looked like an average div 1 side. We lacked ideas and creativity. Long balls from both Forde and Shittu didn't help the cause. We need to settle and play through the thirds whilst keeping possession. We looked like the away team yesterday. We had a very narrow approach with hardly any impact from wide areas. Hopefully Lomas has started to get a clearer picture of the limitations of some of his squad.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 18:19
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    It was almost the same players who could not win a game for 5 months what did he expect

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  • August 3, 2013 at 18:19
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    come on Millwall you can do better you could have won that match.but dont worry youve still got a whole season left.COME ON.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 18:22
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    Sooner Trotter gets back the better alongside Bailey will strengthen the midfield up no end.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 18:26
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    Basically that performance was not good enough and it sounds like SL is making excuses. Yes their keeper did make 2 good saves but they were the only 2 he had to make in 90 mins, and at home to the team favs for the drop that is very poor. They wanted it more than us, that's the bottom line.

    So SL we do we go from here? Next up AFC Wombles at home, do we go big time charlie and field fringe players or put the 1st team in? Personally I would do the latter as a punishment for todays performance (or non performance). The acid test for a good manager is the bounce back ability factor. It's a long season so lets not get carried away, but SL has talked alot about commitment and how Millwall demend effort from their players, I didn't see too much this afternoon. You have talked the talk during the close season so lets see if you can walk the walk !!

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  • August 3, 2013 at 18:29
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    The reality of it was
    The first half was an absolute joke baring two players - Morison and chaplow.
    The second half improved when bailey came on for the useless wright but that's pretty much to do with the fact we played all the useless lot from last season.
    Our best players where chaplow and bailey
    can't wait for chappers to slot in the middle alongside bailey. Got to get the left mid sorted

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  • August 3, 2013 at 18:39
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    Let's not get too despondent - yet!
    Just take a look at these first three results from last season in the Championship:
    L 2-3,
    L 1-4,
    L 1-2,
    That's Crystal Palace, sorry to mention them, but the lesson has to be that nothing whatsoever is decided in August - or even September for that matter. Lomas has not yet had a proper chance to gauge his best side up against Championship opposition, all the friendlies in the world won't achieve that. Judging by today's starting XI it looks like he is giving Jackett's squad a chance - he may well be prepared to lose a couple just to prove a point to them - that they're no good!
    He was also up against a manager with more experience at this level, we were on a hiding to nothing against Yeovil who I'm pretty sure will soon be found out and struggle.
    Hopefully we'll be looking back at this result in the coming month's and laughing. Hopefully!

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    • August 3, 2013 at 18:45
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      @mervpayne: They may have lost their 1st 3 games Merv but they still scored 4 goals in 3 games, shear luxury.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 18:43
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    The last time we scored 2 goals in a match was March 16. It's a joke! Bomber teach Morison how to head the thing he was useless in the air today.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 18:48
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      @Henry.Fa: Did not win a thing,you are right.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 18:45
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    Seems as if Lomas is making excuses for such a poor performance,
    Personally I thought the best two players on the pitch today were beavers and shittu,
    Chaplow was decent and bailey was a real spark when he came on,

    Very disappointed with lomas today, the performance was terrible both halves and no difference in the type of football since jacket, long ball up to Morison as it were before he left for Norwich,

    Also the subs were poor, Henry was the poorest performer on the pitch today yet feeney was brought on for cha low not feeney?
    Also McDonald clearly didn't seem fit enough so why was he introduced over the likes of Easter/N'guessan?

    Behind Lomas all the way, lets hope he can sort it and and not aim to just please the fans with his cameo subs appearances

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    • August 3, 2013 at 19:39
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      @scabs: The radio commentator also said Shittu was Millwall's best player today. I also do not understand the reason for McDonald over Easter who is much fitter and sharper. At least N'Guessan cannot be blamed he was not even in the squad and he can be good on the left. Still I am confident Millwall will bounce back, but it is not going to be an easy ride.

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      • August 3, 2013 at 19:50
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        @Peckhamlad: McDonald needs match fitness so ofcourse he was going to come on and he'll start on Tuesday along with bailey who is in the same position (fitness) don't read to much into that as it was an obvious substation how else do you get match fit if your going to sit on the bench.

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        • August 3, 2013 at 20:01
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          @lukesmithmfc: sorry but do we not a cup game on tuesday for them to pick up fitness this is the championship not pre season anymore,

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          • August 3, 2013 at 21:12
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            @scabs: how long would you like them to take for match fitness
            Can't see what the problem was for McDonald coming on tbh but I guess hind sight is a marvellous thing we'd all be shouting his name from the roof tops if he scored but its all about opinions which bring up debate which is what makes this a great forum.

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      • August 3, 2013 at 20:00
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        @Peckhamlad: Im sure he will get them going but the championships a hard leagie and this was on paper a prime opportunity to pick up some momentum! Hopefully a win tuesday will restore a little confidence

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  • August 3, 2013 at 18:48
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    I'd also like to know why Lowery is still taking the free kicks and not Bailey who is much better ?

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    • August 3, 2013 at 18:52
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      @Sealion: Lowry has just got carried away that he will score again like against Charlton.You will not - get real.

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    • August 4, 2013 at 21:37
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      Coz lowry scored 1 good freekick and now every1 thinks he's ronaldo...

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      • August 4, 2013 at 21:50
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        @Millwall_97: Yeh I think lomas or Bailey will need to have a little word in his shell like !

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  • August 3, 2013 at 19:04
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    Best three players today: Chaplow, Bailey and Shittu, As for the rest well they need to get grip. We had several chances against a L1 team that weren't executed, and what was McDonald doing, he was useless and small....

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  • August 3, 2013 at 19:08
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    It was absolute utter crap, sorry. No change from last season. We had no clue, we launch it in the air (my personal pet hate, if I wanted that I would watch rugby), we can't pass the ball, we don't know what to do with the ball, we don't know how to create ANYTHING once in their third. We had no width, no presence, no NOTHING, like I said, same as last season, not seen much of his revolution on this evidence so far, hope it changes, or we'll be in trouble again. Fair play to Yeovil though, they came for 3 points, not 1 and we couldn't handle them, yes you read it righr, Yeovil !!!!

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    • August 3, 2013 at 20:13
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      @Marshlion: As long as you have Shittu and Beevers at CH we are going to use the long ball option too much, neither of them can use the ball unless they have a midfielder come and take it off them.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 19:13
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    Would like to see chappie and bailey in the middle with Martin on the left

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  • August 3, 2013 at 19:25
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    At least he didn't say 'we can build on this'

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  • August 3, 2013 at 19:30
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    Anyone remember a few seasons ago 1st game Norwich v Colchester? Away win scoring SEVEN goals! Yet Norwich turned it around and won the league in the end. Just goes to show ... 1st game of the season is NOT a benchmark. COYL's!

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  • August 3, 2013 at 19:34
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    JB wants bums on seats to cover the cost spent out,today 12,500 attendance approx,today's result and total lack of effort and performance nil SL couldn't get down the tunnel quick enough,no response from players to the crowd.
    Just wish I could get home as quickly as they all Disappeared a 2 hr journey home petrol food and entrance to watch that s***.Well JB I think you will be lucky to get 9000 for the next match,I think a poll on how long before SL gets sacked poor poor performance no idea AT all manager or players,so glad I didn't renew my season ticket, long time before I return at least Yeovil were up for it unlike us.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 20:01
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      After JB's call, the fans turned up;
      THE TEAM DIDN'T.
      Very,very disappointing

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    • August 3, 2013 at 20:09
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      @southstand: This is a massive problem imo everytime we get a decent crowd in (12.5k is not massive but it is holiday season for many families and I think 12.5k equates to 14-15k) the team give a mediocre performance that makes the fans who are on the fence and in two minds as to wether £50-£100 is worth shelling out again. Easier said than done here, but let's at least go
      out on our shields and lose by going for it and entertaining rather than scrappy losses that are borderline bearable.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 19:38
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    SL needs to treat the Wombles game seriously and put out hopefully a better first team. For christ sake surely we can bang in a few. If we struggle to win that convincingly then I shall be starting to think even JB will not be amused along with the mediocre four figure crowd. Gate money against Wombles will probably pay for the ball boys/girls.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 19:42
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    Lomas out? Lol

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    • August 3, 2013 at 20:14
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      @SE11 Lion: Where is he? I thought he would be all over this result?

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  • August 3, 2013 at 19:44
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    I think I was at a different game today , ourselves to blame ? Yeovil had the better possession , looked more comfortable on the ball and always seemed to have a man spare. We had a reasonable 20 minute spell in the 2nd half but that was about it. As far as chances goes , I don't remember many. did we ever put 4 or 5 consecutive passes together ? Poor performance , it can only get better !

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  • August 3, 2013 at 20:13
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    Compleatly agree Block 8. The only positive was Bailey. Why play Chaplow out of position with Feeney playing well in pre-season? Should never had started Wright. Keough looks like he needs a cuddle, he lookedfucking lost today. As for Morison, he needs to put a shift in, won 3 headers all game?! never broke a sweat. One win in 11 games at the Den!!! Bad statistic that!!! SL said that he wanted to change our form at home, I think he still has a lot of work to do. As you said Block 8, it can only get better.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 21:06
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      @millwall_baggers:
      I agree , nicky bailey did look the best of a bad bunch. we just seem to still lack any confidence.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 20:23
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    Players that did well today, Forde, Dunne, Beevers and Bailey. The rest had a shocker.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 20:44
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    I thought I had been transported back to March/April this year. The football was exactly the same, nothing had changed, little possession, awful passing and few shots, struggled against a side that had little skill, but fought for everything. There were two points in the game that had the crowd going, first half when a couple of neat passes lead to Henrys flick which their keeper just got a touch on, the other was a couple of minutes when Bailey came on. I watched Morrison, and only twice did he win a header during the whole game. Shittu is good in the air, but the ball can go anywhere, Lowry is the same, wins the ball, but has little idea about passing it to one of his own players. The midfield was all over the place. SL needs to put out a strong side Tuesday night and win convincingly, otherwise the crowds JB wants will not turn up. I realise that it is very early days, but the likes of QPR, Reading etc are not going to give us time to get up to speed, If it takes 10 games to get the team playing together as some have suggested, thats 30 points and we will be playing catch up again.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 20:51
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    After thought. SL always give the impression that he is a big man who takes things on the chin and accepts blame when things go wrong. He must have gone down the tunnel like whippet after the game, before anyone could discuus the games short comings with him.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 21:22
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    Jesus one competitive match and people are moaning! Lets give SL and the team a chance. I do agree though wright is s***.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 21:26
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    I thought both Abdou and Wright had no chance as the ball was being spread wide or headed over them tough to judge them when that is happening.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 21:28
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    I must have been at a different game! Dunne was shocking as was beevers. Chaplow is clearly a class player being played out of position. Put him in the middle! Wright and jimmy are just not good enough at this level. Bailey looked really good when he came on, strong and very comfortable on the ball which is something I've not seen in the middle of our midfield for a few years. Morrison was awful didn't win a header until the 92nd minute, and didn't look interested. Keogh wasn't the greatest but as least he worked!
    I also thought McDonald looked ok. He's obviously not gonna win the ball in the air but he does have the present of mind to get inbetween the defender and the ball and bring it down. Altho today was shocking I am hopeful that with Bailey and Chaplow in the middle and the 3 forwards on show today coming good we will be ok. As for James Henry I was very disappointed today, I'm a big fan of his but thought he looked as tho he didn't even care.

    Onwards and upwards.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 22:13
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      @no5tom: I've asked this question before on here. If Jimmy was our player of the season 2011/12 how is he now 'not good enough for this level'? Not a dig, just a genuine question.

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      • August 4, 2013 at 00:46
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        @lion.ie: Doesn't say a lot for the rest. A case of loyalty and Millwall support love a trier.

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      • August 4, 2013 at 08:42
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        @lion.ie: he's not good enough on the ball. No one can knock his work rate. But what is the point of running around trying to win the ball when all you do is give it away. He is very well liked by all the fans me included because of his work rate. But as said by many on NAD his ability on the ball lets him down.

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      • August 4, 2013 at 10:46
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        @lion.ie: Perhaps he was the best of a bad bunch. We all love a trier at the Den but each season the standards are improving in this division and in midfield if you can't pass a ball then you are of little use.

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        • August 4, 2013 at 13:52
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          @Sealion: Just looked back at the squad and you're probably right, nothing short of a miracle how KJ kept us up.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 21:28
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    Jimmy abou 100% effort and commitment but football ability 0. Obviously want players to be committed when they wear the shirt but leaving players on the pitch that can't control a ball let alone pass it is beyond me.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 21:44
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    Same 'ol, same 'ol, can't believe we lost at home to Yeovil. A good start is needed in this division so lets win the next one and move on. COYL

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  • August 3, 2013 at 21:46
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    The really frightening thing about all of this is that we cannot seem to put away the chances we create, despite all the huff n puff. I think we need to adopt a playing style similar to Swansea. Still think they were one of the most impressive teams to play at our gaff in recent years. I even applauded them off the pitch, such was their dominance. If there was any before there certainly isn't any room for sentiment now when it comes to 1st team selection!

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    • August 4, 2013 at 10:58
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      @NO1LIKESUS: And Swansea looked bloody classy the other night against Malmo.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 23:00
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    Chaplow was the only decent player in the first half and Bailey in the second half. They will make the difference for us when the ball is on the deck. Wright and sorry to say, jimmy are not good enough. Martin to come in at LW and chaps in Bailey in the middle..... Didn't like the way McDonald kept going down, but will hopefully to better that Keough in linking up with morrow, who was not at the races 2nd half..... Frustrating..... Coyl....!

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  • August 3, 2013 at 23:08
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    Need the new boys fit and then some of the old guard wont get a look in. SL said he will give them a chance and that is what he has done. Interesting that people have said that Malone had a good pre-season but didnt play?
    It must be 442 at home especially against the likes of yeovil with two out and out wingers. Chaplow must play CM,his best position. Sorry Lowry is not a LB.
    Dont be too despondent lads first game in. I can recall the first game of the season expectancy getting dashed numerous times at the den!

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  • August 3, 2013 at 23:12
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    Also think we are still 2-3 players short can't be greedy though.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 23:13
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    I must say very dissopinted it looked like a Kenny Jacket team 9 of the 11 were kj players only Chaplow & Morro we new boys but the same old preformance, Chaplow out wide when he plays in the middle Morrison did not seem to be indifferent Dunne was back playing the way he did before Adam Smith kept him out of the side.

    James Henry did not have a clue and neither did Wright or Jimmy, there was a big gap in the middle of the park that the west country boys filled and controled as did both there full backs, we had no answers to there game, which must be worrying for SL and the board, but with it only being the first game we can not judge on this preformace.

    I really do hope that Lomas can instill some pride in these players and get them looking like a team rather thsn a bunch of strangers, but Rome was not built in a day, but it was a poor show when all said and done.

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  • August 3, 2013 at 23:15
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    It beggars belief he played Chaplow wide midfield with Wright and Abdou in centre of midfield. Why do coaches these days try to be so f****** clever and make things complex. Put the players who can play in the positions where they play. Keep it simple and the rest will fall into place
    Thank god for Bailey today, the only one who made it come together.
    I hope Harford is still kicking Morison's a*** round the M25.

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    • August 4, 2013 at 09:51
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      @Windsor Lion: Windsor (your mage)Fully agree with your assement Morro looked like he was when he wanted to leave before, if thats going to be what we have to look forward too then Lomas needs to act now and as you said let Hartford onto him.

      There were too many players not at the races yesterday unlike Gary Johnstone's team were well up for it (did we get the wrong manager) time will tell, but they need to get into some of the players heads this week cos Micks side wont be a pushover on saturday

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    • August 4, 2013 at 10:56
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      @Windsor Lion: I remember Lomas stating in one of his earlier interviews that he did not believe in putting square pegs in round holes when referring to the players positions yet he did exactly that with Chaplow. We should be playing our new players in their favoured positions and juggle the squad players to accommodate them or why did we bring them here ?

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  • August 4, 2013 at 01:14
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    Centre midfield today was our weak link, until Bailey came on. Josh wright has had his day at Millwall, Batt is better than him ! Chaplow shouldn't be played on the left wing, put him in the middle, adopt a better formation if we don't have a left winger ! Morison needs to start winning balls lofted up to him in the air, it's not hard to jump ! McDonald, I have never seen a guy so nervous in all my life, what was he like in the champions league ! Granted he ain't fit, but come on he was s*** ! The players we brought in were meant to bring experience, Bailey and Chaplow maybe but not the other 2 ! Abou needs someone close to him to pick up the ball once he breaks up the oppositions play, WRight is not that someone ! I knew today wasn't going to be a walk over and I knew we needed to gel, but I never in my wildest dreams , expected today to be that bad !!!!!!! Lomas, you may now realise the task you have taken on ! Before KO I was disgusted that we were favourites to go down, after the game I now see why ! I don't see us winning on Tuesday night either

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    • August 4, 2013 at 01:23
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      @bleachy81: The sad thing is that Lomas has put himself under pressure from day one with the big talk and the longer it takes for him to get the results he needs the less likely he is to succeed. If we were to screw up on Tuesday, which I doubt, then the Ipswich game becomes massive for him and as I have said earlier the Huddersfield and Wednesday games suddenly already look that much tougher. The fans need to give him time but sadly this won't happen down The Den, although the Chairman probably will. All that said, a couple of wins and all looks rosy.

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  • August 4, 2013 at 01:14
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    Just seen the goal. Beevers clearance was shocking and both he and Shittu didn't react quickly enough to the shot. I think it was only Bailey(?) who was busting a gut to get a block in. Defending at left back wasn't too clever either. Wigan look a different class and IMO only their Europa League campaign or a mass exodus of players before the transfer window will stop them winning this division.

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  • August 4, 2013 at 02:04
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    S*** performance. Back 4 all looked suspect IMO. Shittu will get caught out a few times this season, I think Lowry is our best centre half he was quality there when we signed him. Beevers alongside him would be my choice. Chaplow isn't a stranger to playing wide, he did it for half a season the year Southampton got promoted. However his best position is centre mid, him and bailey (who looked class when he came on) will be an excellent pair. Henry needs to get fitter, but he has lost weight which is a plus. The forwards will come good. Weather lomas has the tactical ability to get us playing well as a team is another question.

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  • August 4, 2013 at 07:34
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    I couldn't get to the game but on reading everyone's comments it seems that Trotter, Bailey and Chaplow will be a good midfield but that we still need a striker that can cause problems in the air.. It seems that the common view is that Morison doesn't command the skies so shouldn't SL be looking for someone like Crouch (but not Crouch) who is going to cause defences aerial problems so that Moro and McD can start putting the ball away? Or am I going senile in my old age?

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  • August 4, 2013 at 08:22
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    I'm not quite sure what some people expected. I went to the game and did expect a better performance however I can see why not much has changed since last season. SL has only had a couple of months with the players, it will take a lot longer for him to implement his style of play on the players, it took Brendan Rogers a season to get Liverpool into playing the style he wanted. SL has already said he wants them to hold the ball more and keep hold of it. I sat right behind him yesterday and you could visibly see the frustations he had. And as far as the game went this may upset some people but i didnt think yeovil were any better apart from that goal which was a pretty good one IMO. The ball was spinning in the aur and the guy had to judge where it was gonna land and he adjusted well to it. Not sure what sort of chance Fordey had... On the other hand they were yeovil and i expected us to score but its only one game.

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  • August 4, 2013 at 08:34
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    I was sitting behind Theo foley and just before the game started he told the guy he was with that their 2 centre halves were good its a shame he isn't still on our coaching staff because we persisted with smashing the ball upto Morrison and keogh all afternoon, the level of performance was poor but the style of play was sickening, i hope it was just an aberration by the team because we looked like a poor mans stoke city. Apart from bailey nobody tried to pass the ball , i cant believe its all we have to offer, we were truly appalling

    stillplayed any football on show . I honestly have never been so gutted watching millwall i had a feeling that we might be getting ahead of ourselves before the game but i didnt expect to see such appalling long ball crap that we were served up, im

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    • August 4, 2013 at 11:08
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      @soccerstuart: @thecolumbusblock: sorry about the muffled message my iPhone blew up, maybe im still in shock about the goings on yesterday, somebody please tell me that was a one off , terrible horrible clueless long ball s***, we,ve got a few decent footballers at the moment , surely we can't waste it?

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  • August 4, 2013 at 08:59
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    Did anyone see the fitness coach at half time, not exactly a role model. The guy is huge!

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  • August 4, 2013 at 09:37
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    Yeah it is true that they reverted back to the long ball for most of the second half, that is a sign that the team ran out of ideas and had no faith in passing through the middle. We did creat chances but our style of play was very disappointing

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  • August 4, 2013 at 09:50
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    Forde - good performance, great save in the first half. Full of confidence since being made Irelands No.1Dunne - solid show, dependable. Lacks pace and agility when going forward.Beavers - decent start, done his job well. Would like to see him partnered with RobboShittu - really struggled. Out of position many times, recovered with some last ditch blocks. Good control and first touch. Serious questions over his distribution at this level.Lowry - solid start, very slow in suport of midfield when pusing forward. Struggled as there was no width in the team.Henry - really poor performance, lacked desire, passion. Doesn't seem to have recovered from his injury last seasonWright - watch him train last week, passes the ball for fun. Unfortunately doesn't make any impact on games at this level. Think his days are numbered.Jimi - works hard, runs all day....... doesn't seem to impact the game. Need to score many more goals from midfield if we want to push up this league.Chaplow - decent player. Has some good ideas, lacks pace and 1 v 1 skills to play wide midfield in my opinion.Morrisson - good in some good positions, one most route 1 flick ons. Frustrated with lack of service from wide areas.Keogh - tried hard as usual, very little impact on the game. Needs a bit more quality and avfew more goals this season.SubsBailey - biggest positive of the match. When he came on he bossed the midfield for 15minutes. Kept the ball well and didnt lose possession once.Feeney - no impact, game time will help. Would pkay in front of henry at the moment.Mcdonald - need to see more, may be a good combo with Morrisson. Big man, little man. Only game time will tell.TeamOverall, apart from 15 mins in the second half millwall looked like an average div 1 side. We lacked ideas and creativity. Long balls from both Forde and Shittu didn't help the cause. We need to settle and play through the thirds whilst keeping possession. We looked like the away team yesterday. We had a very narrow approach with hardly any impact from wide areas. Hopefully Lomas has started to get a clearer picture of the limitations of some of his squad.

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    • August 4, 2013 at 11:51
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      @soccerstuart: that's a pretty fair assessment in my opinion, I just think Dunne deserves a bit more credit as Henry really left him totally exposed and kept giving the ball away in front of him. He couldn't get forward in case Henry gave the ball away again. Also Shittu could not head the ball with any semblance of control, it either flew off the pitch or dropped in the middle without a target. Bailey showed how a team can keep possession by making sure every header was directed to a team mate and therefore diffused the danger straight away.

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  • August 4, 2013 at 11:01
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    There are some good comments on here, I never went to game but saw the Testimonial which confirmed to me the weakness in midfield and the ineffectiveness of Keogh at the moment. I hope the midfield will improve when Trotter is fit. I am sure he will do well with Bailey. We need two strikers that combine well together (Bridges/Posse-Sheringham/Cascarino) I thought Easter and N'Guessan had understanding the way they passed the ball to each other plus they were both fit.

    I cannot undertand the manager bringing on an unfit striker in McDonald when he had Easter there. Surely you get the players fit before putting them in a league game? The argument that it is the only way to get them fit is nonsense. Play them in reserve games until they are match fit -not in an important league game. Maybe Easter would have been the better choice? However it will take time before the manager gets used to the set up, his players and finds the right combinations. Time is of the essence but the important thing is not to panic.

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    • August 4, 2013 at 11:58
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      @Peckhamlad: I like Keogh a lot but he missed a sitter yesterday, 3 yardsout from goal and manages to put his volley well wide. Morro also had a easy header in first ten minutes in front of the goal and put it so far wide a defender would of been proud of the clearance!

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      • August 4, 2013 at 16:24
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        @glyngo: f*** me glyn the ball must have been coming at him about 80/90 mphr cascarino would have struggled with that

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  • August 4, 2013 at 12:04
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    I was quoted disappointed with Henry in all fairness I gave him the benefit of the doubt last season and in all fairness he hasn't been himself in a long while. Midfield was so bad the wingers ain't causing to much havoc like they should I can't remember the last time I saw a winger put a cross in and we have scored from it!! Abdou and Wright lack that creativity to feed the balls to the strikers. It'd be nice to see chaplow and bailey alongside each other and see how this Martin plays on the left and Henry needs a real big kick up the a*** because he use to pinpoint passesand skin defenders for a laugh... But after slagging them off I think if we give them some time to gel and build chemistry we will have a good season.

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    • August 4, 2013 at 12:50
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      @conor: As I have said elsewhere Trotter will be in the reckoning as soon as he is fit, he is young and a good passer of the ball, He might be just the right person wo work alongside bailey and creat chances for Morison and I think Easter who is also quick and holds the ball well. I agree about wingers where are they? Feeney can do a job if given half a chance.

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      • August 4, 2013 at 13:18
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        @Peckhamlad: yeah I saw you say it and I couldn't agree more. Hopefully after surgey he will be back to his old ways. It's going to be tough competetion between him and chaplow but I guess thats a good thing. I'm fond of feeney and I think he could nail down a place in the first 11 cos we lack that pace on the counter. We need someone he can run at the defence and not melt from it.

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  • August 4, 2013 at 12:06
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    Gents,
    We haven't won an opening day game for almost 10yrs (2004 I think) so there's no surprise there!
    What is disappointing is that despite the optimism of a new regime and the addition of what we presume to be decent ball passing players we still opt to play the same old hoof and hope football! Clearly SL needs time to properly assess the true abilities of his team and use the players best suited in the positions they adhere to, unfortunately the team he chose for yesterday's opener was just a slightly tinkered KJ eleven which in my opinion lets him down immensely.
    We obviously now have a pretty decent squad of Championship players ( with exception ) who need to get to know each others games somewhat rapidly, the trouble with players joining so late in the pre-season is obvious, and they will subsequently take a while to acclimatise, notwithstanding that SL needs to be bold and implement the change in football style which would all like to see, even if it does mean hurting the feelings of certain Den favourites.

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    • August 4, 2013 at 22:01
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      @Den man: we won the opening game on our return to championship. Bristol city , robbos hatrick I think.That was when we was good a set pieces.

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      • August 4, 2013 at 22:25
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        @conor: you are duly correct, my mistake, not great though is it one opening day win in 10yrs! as you point out, at least we could do set pieces then, all seems a distant memory!!

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  • August 4, 2013 at 12:27
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    My parrot just shat on my program. Didn't know he was there 🙂

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  • August 4, 2013 at 12:41
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    Read a lot of comments about 1st game etc can only get better,sorry to say 1st game,friendly kick about theres only one thing Play to Win, its that simple coming 2nd isnt an option so Wall get your act together or move on as a player/manager because we the fans can if you dont,we deserve better.

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  • August 4, 2013 at 12:47
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    although everyone is moaning about the midfield (and i also thought it was god awful), the defence did not help at all. Playing long balls and skipping the midfield out entirely meant we could not control the game, and we just handed them possession because morison didnt win a header all game. Questions asked about the defences distribution then, danny cant exactly put his foot on the ball and play, maybe lowry could, but the centre backs need to be better footballer before we put it down to the midfield entirely

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    • August 4, 2013 at 13:03
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      @mfc123: That's why we need to sign Shorey, better ability and footballing brain. Also an older and wiser head.

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      • August 4, 2013 at 13:17
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        @hants lion: Definitely agree there Hants I was just going to post that myself.

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      • August 4, 2013 at 13:29
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        @hants lion: I don't think we need Shorey , too much out of our pocket and left back isn't a priority. I look at Lowry and Malone sweet can't be too fussy theyre decent. I look at the right backs Dunne and Smith then ask myself .......championship level?

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        • August 4, 2013 at 16:08
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          @conor: But we could sell Lowry and buy a decent R.B.

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    • August 4, 2013 at 13:17
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      @mfc123: I totally agree, first half our defence pretty much negated the MF by hoofing the ball over their heads Wright can play and will be cover for our first 11 players but until the team gets used to playing the ball through the midfield you can expect the midfielders to control the game

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    • August 4, 2013 at 13:33
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      @mfc123: Well said. People underestimate the importance of the defence in attacking play. The advantages of having a defence that can keep possession and give the ball to the midfield are obvious. As I have said above, we have signed Bailey and Chaplow with Trotter to come back in, these are all footballers and need possession to be at their most effective. If we have Shittu with his anvil head and Beevers with his shank feet at the back we are going to keep losing the ball. Hopefully Robbo can get fully fit soon because he is better, but IMO we are crying out for a CH with real quality, probably from the Premiership U21 or from a European club.

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    • August 5, 2013 at 08:13
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      @mfc123: spot on mfc, neither full back showed for the ball from the keeper, surely forde must have been told to lump it, either that or it was a collective massive loss of bottle

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  • August 4, 2013 at 13:15
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    Looked exactly the same as the boring football jackett very disappointed and don't see many crowds like yesterday if that is the standard we should be expecting why should we spend hard earned money if we are NOT being entertained

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  • August 4, 2013 at 13:16
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    Just to clear up I'm not saying lomas out like a lot of numptys I'm just saying vast improvement is needed I give lomas 10 games he needs to win 6 of them to win the fans over

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    • August 4, 2013 at 13:37
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      @millwallhazza98: That's pretty unreasonable 98 if you look at previous seasons and six wins would almost certainly put us in the top three. A more reasonable expectation would be around 13 points from our first nine games. This would keep us in the play-off picture and clear of the bottom three. Anything else a bonus.

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  • August 4, 2013 at 13:58
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    By the way all - we were 2nd bottom after one game last season, so Lomas has already moved us up one place, progress. Ha ha ha (-:~

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  • August 4, 2013 at 14:11
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    Dont want to be on repeat but For me we have never replaced Danny schofield and Darren ward, the ability to keep hold of the ball for us was priceless, gives players like abdou a bit more time to recover.

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  • August 4, 2013 at 14:32
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    Gutted we didn't up our low bid of £350k for Steven Davies. Less than half a million to Blackpool, scores on debut, bargain.

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    • August 4, 2013 at 14:35
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      @WestKentLion: One swallow doesn't make a summer but he might just be the signing that keeps them up if Tom Ince goes.

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  • August 4, 2013 at 16:21
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    Little MacD looked tenacious, when fit he will be a handful but yesterday he struggled to match the pace of the game. Its one game and one bad performance, so let's not get too carried away even if we are dissapointed. This result just might reign peoples expectations in which is not necessarily bad.

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  • August 4, 2013 at 16:32
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    The large number of comments on this thread which are mostly constructive reflects the true concerns of Millwall's real supporters. Forget the anti-Hammer drivel from a minority but if JB wants big gates then the team has to produce the quality. I can remember going to the old den buying a packet of peanuts from the old bloke who used to throw them up to you and never miss and enjoying a really entertaining match whether the team lost or not and mostly they never lost. I can remember Millwalls two full backs Tony Hazell and Ray ? (name slips me) who used to fly down the line knocking in great crosses or scoring the odd great goal. Millwall today has lost that spirit and the formations are negative. We neeed wingers and full back who can motor and above all pass the ball. The gates will improve if the team and play does.

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      • August 4, 2013 at 16:40
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        @Peckhamlad: You were too quick,a bit like Evans.

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    • August 5, 2013 at 08:45
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      @Peckhamlad: yeh I remember the peanut man too, great character.
      Could do with the likes of Stuart Nethercott and Colin Cooper now with Evans and Dawes .Wow what a defence.

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  • August 4, 2013 at 18:00
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    I'm one of the most optimistic Millwall fans but I think something crucial has slipped SL's mind, GOALSCORING. In the back of my mind I knew yeovil were going to grab a late goal but that wasn't what I was worried about when I saw the scoreline. It's the fact that Millwall failed to score at home, against a newly promoted team in front of a healthy crowd. We will never move past being a championship side unless we get a top goalscorer and shift crap out like Wright and it pains me to say this but Abdou, they're league 1 players if that! I'll be at the Ipswich game this coming weekend, hopefully SL and the team buck their ideas up. We have a long way to go but the sooner we get our act together the sooner we get a sniff or prem life! COYL!

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  • August 4, 2013 at 18:17
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    Early days, but I think SL has learned a lot about some of the players out there yesterday. IMHO neither Henry nor Lowry looked fit and the midfield pairing of Wright and Abdou left us open in the middle. Chaplow and Bailey would make a good solid central midfield pair and Forde has to sort out his distribution...so slow! Morrison is wasted as a target man as his distribution isn't good enough. He's better running off the last defender with the ball on the floor (the same way Norwich and Leeds played him...as did we during his most successful spell).
    It's early days and I there is more to be positive about than negative. The back four looked pretty solid, despite the late goal and with a tighter, more aggressive midfield pair the late goal would have been closed down. Roll on Tuesday...time to stand up and show us all what you can do lads!

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  • August 4, 2013 at 18:33
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    A new manager coming inheriting a decent squad (like Coyle at Wigan) is one thing, so is an established manager at a club making wholesale changes for whatever reason, but we're faced with both scenarios in one. SL won't want to alienate the players he has inherited, not least because we can't afford to replace them all at once, I still think the fact that 10 of yesterday's starting 11 played under KJ was deliberate and that he will introduce his new signings gradually.

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  • August 4, 2013 at 19:22
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    Penultimately the Lions don't look like their usual selves. I wasn't at the game unfortunately but from what I can gather from this thread & commentary is that the team were a bit feeble, lethargic and quite frankly a few faces weren't hungry enough! Millwall is still Millwall without a doubt, but I think the team just need to grow a pair of b*******, dig deep and work hard! The championship is one of the toughest leagues in the world, we cannot afford to turn up to a game withe he wrong mindset. COYL!

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  • August 4, 2013 at 21:43
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    After 24 hours to mull over yesterday's match Lomas needs to strip the bench of everyone giving him advice ie Harris Breaker fitness coach goalie coach ect and make his own decisions. Everyone knew Wight had to be taken off Keogh was not up to it so come on Lomas live and die by your own view

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    • August 4, 2013 at 22:03
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      @markbrowns: yes yes..... I'm in b 32 just right of the dug out. SL seemed to be constantly turning to the bench for some reason. Hartford was continuously in Sl's ear....hope he finds his way and not a mix of what everyone else thinks. He seemed genuinely passionate but agree that I think he will gradually field his signings from the start soon. Chaps and Bailey look a different level.....

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      • August 4, 2013 at 22:26
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        @les the lion: got to agree with you both
        I was in block 33 and made a point of keeping an eye on lomas and the bench I wouldn't be too concerned with harford in his ear as that's what he gets paid to do I also remember gallon doing exactly that almost every game I went last season. But I also think its now time for lomas to stop the chit chat and get on with it
        What's happening with shorey and de ridder looks as though we could do with em.
        Just an after thought do you think lomas played that side deliberately to give the old guard one last chance and to see who he needs to let go as he's been told a couple will have to go if he wants anymore in ? I know a couple are not match fit yet but I can't help thinking that there was a hidden agender behind the line up and I also noticed no dng on the bench after all the talk about him this last week or two.
        What's your thoughts chaps

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        • August 4, 2013 at 22:50
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          @lukesmithmfc: think we'll see a much changed starting 11 for next saturday at Ipswich, forget Tuesday. I'd like us to start with Forde, j smith, Shittu, beavers, lowry, feeney, chaplow, Bailey, Martin, if fit, Morrison and McDonald...... Get em in and get match fit, it's the only way...... Coyl

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          • August 4, 2013 at 22:54
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            @les the lion: I would prefer Easter in the mix he has been playing well in pre season

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  • August 4, 2013 at 22:43
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    Was at the game yesterday, not a great game of football to say the least. Disappointing start but the season is long and I'd rather they make mistakes now then the end of the season. I did notice that Yeovil came out a lot earlier than we did to warm up and train, and when we did come out we focused more on fitness excises than passing drills. Maybe that was a reason why our touch was awful, and lack of movement limited. Agree with Wright not playing very well, noticed in the first half a massive space in opened in the middle where jimmy and josh were all over the place. But I think SL noticed that aswell and stuck bailey there and what a difference it made. You could see his situational awareness on/off the ball, good communication with the other players too and helping out shittu when he looked suspect(all the time!). Would of liked to of seen chaplow moved into the middle and feeney put outwide early in the 2nd.

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  • August 4, 2013 at 22:51
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    I'm sorry but did last season finish and this one begin??? There was a massive feeling of dejavu but that is why I playing a team recently promoted is always dangerous, in the last 10 minutes only one team looked like winning and they did.

    I was hoping with a change of manager the players would have a little bit more confidence but in my opinion after the Henry miss and the opening 15 minutes of the second half when I thought our crowd done a great job in lifting the players, both fans and players heads dropped and awaited the inevitable goal.

    Was just wondering if we could put a cheeky offer and get hulse in as he currently doesn't have a club. Obviously not as a striker but we do need a toilet attendant as the smoking does get on my tits.

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  • August 5, 2013 at 00:02
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    Why do I read these posts? I just get incredibly frustrated.
    I was at the game yesterday and sure, there was loads wrong with it overall. Henry's display wasn't great but to say he wasn't trying is just nonsense. Why wouldn't he be when there was such a feeling of optimism this season. At least he was in the right place to get three shots in on goal (yes, he should have got the last one on target) but the other two were decent efforts.
    Then there's the Danny Shittu comments - he will never be the most gifted of players in terms of distribution but the comments vary from what a great game he had to how awful he was. He had some good moments but, as with last season, he looks erratic and slow at times. That's Danny.
    At least we all agree that Nicky Bailey looked impressive when he came on - maybe he's not yet fully fit hence him not starting and possibly his influence faded in the last ten minutes too, but clearly on this evidence a good acquisition. With a fully fit Bailey alongside Chaplow and Trotter I think we have a pretty good midfield, then pick Feeney, Henry or Martin to play wide.
    Lowry didn't look particularly sharp to me but I do think he's a better centre half than full back. And I also agree that someone should tell him that the one free kick against Charlton last season should not be enough to allow him to carry on chipping the ball into the goalkeepers' arms as he has done several times since (one other near miss last season to be fair). Dunney played ok I thought - he's an 'ok' player.Yes, we could certainly find a better right back I dare say, but yesterday, at least, I don't think he should have come in for criticism.
    Up front . . . Morison's body language has been the same in all the years I've seen him. He doesn't particularly look like he's putting himself out. They thought that at Norwich too. But he will score goals (I hope) and I certainly thought he at least partly filled that huge vacuum that existed at the end of last season. Keogh is an enigma - he played well two seasons ago, and definitely tries hard, but I'm not sure where his head is. Easter has always looked a tidy player to me, so I'd prefer him to Keogh at the moment, but I can see the sense in blooding MacDonald. He looked to me like a skilful player who is far from match fit, and he did give the ball away a lot. But he's scored a lot of goals in his career so to knock him and even practically dismiss him on the basis of a 22 minute substitution spell is - again - bizarre.
    Yes, it would have been nice if everything had come together on the first day, but given that 9 of the side were playing last season that was perhaps just football fans' eternal optimism. Let the new players come in and gel.
    From what I can see of SL he has strong opinions - I wouldn't be too concerned that he's not going to be his own man!!
    One last general comment - how many times have first games of the season been really poor indicators of what happens come April/May. There are SO many examples, and yet fans get depressed and wanting heads to roll already - surely we can learn from history, and not just have a knee-jerk reaction. I'm not saying it definitely WILL all come right, but I am saying we don't know if it will so give the team, Steve Lomas, and your own mental health a chance!! COYL!!!!!

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  • August 5, 2013 at 02:28
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    is shorey or de ridder still training with the squad, would love to see a true left back playing ahead of lowry and malone, and de ridder adds more competition so that henry has to work to keep his place in the side.

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  • August 5, 2013 at 06:58
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    The high balls into morrisons head didn't work all game, get the ball into his feet and play football, wright was poor, chaplow and bailey in middle for me,henry needs to up his game, poor show on the right,

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  • August 6, 2013 at 17:33
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    What was lomas playing at playing shittu at left back...

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