Lomas unlikely to make sweeping changes for Dons clash

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

STEVE Lomas says the bulk of Millwall's first team will be on show against AFC Wimbledon in the first round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

But the Lions boss has admitted he may use the tie as an opportunity to give a select few of his fringe players some match minutes. Summer signings Nicky Bailey and Scott McDonald, who started on the bench against Yeovil last weekend, could also be given longer run-outs.

Lomas said: "It gives us a chance to maybe get a few people who need football some minutes, but on the other hand the ruling is you've got to have six players in the team who are going to start against Ipswich on Saturday, so we've got to keep that in mind. We can't change the whole team.

"If we're mentally on it, we should win the game whoever we put out. I am a firm believer that you go out to win every game. Every game is equally important and we'll certainly take that approach going into tonight."

Winger Lee Martin is another who is likely to feature – albeit from the bench.

"Lee's looked better and has got some training days behind him," Lomas said. "But you can't miss a lot of training and then hope to play straight away. It would be mismanagement from us to throw him in when he's not fully prepared."

The Dons, now managed by former Millwall defender Neal Ardley, kicked-off their 2013-14 campaign with a 1-1 draw away at Torquay United.

"We have had a couple of people watching them over the course of pre-season, so we know what they are about," Lomas said. "I played against Neal and he was a very competitive player. His team will come here fancying their chances and looking to cause a shock."

Lomas has had time to review the Lions' opening-day defeat to the Glovers and feels that his side's over-eagerness led to a disjointed performance.

He said: "In the first half we were probably trying too hard. It was the first game of the season and everyone was looking to impress. There was a big crowd, a new manager and the chairman was there, so everyone was anxious to do well.

"That came across in the first half. In the second half we settled down a wee bit, we finally got passing it and created some chances. The crowd got behind us – 13,000 sounded like 25,000, so it's up to us to get that positive play going to get the crowd fully up for it.

"The onus is on the players. If it isn't going well, the fans aren't going to be jumping and howling from their seats. The supporters fully backed the players so it's up to us to provide better days for them in future."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

8 thoughts on “Lomas unlikely to make sweeping changes for Dons clash

  • August 6, 2013 at 10:57
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    SL seems to know what the wall faithful want and require from the team, he wants to please us and make our visits to the den worthwhile. I just wished that the players shared that sentiment. Long way to go I know so we will just have to see which team shows up tonight.

    COYL!!!!!!

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    • August 6, 2013 at 12:15
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      @mfc1rob:I dont want them to share his sentiment, just carry out the tatics that he has given them to play too, and also show some passion and look like they actually cared about winning the game.

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  • August 6, 2013 at 11:38
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    Most of Saturday's team was last season's end of season team...and played like it. No difference from March & April whatsoever. It's clear that SL can't improve them or change the way they play so he needs to sign and field a team of at least 8 new players for us to survive.

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  • August 6, 2013 at 12:06
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    I wonder what Steve Morison will turn up tonight? A first round midweek tie against the Wombles is a far cry from where he was this time last year. He didn't look bothered on Saturday. Hopefully a brace or more tonight will get him going and treat his 2nd stay as more than just a years holiday!? Bad news about Fordie though. I hope Bywater is up to it! I still think we're a couple of players short and need to off load a few. Time will tell of course. SL is still talking a good game, just how long we'll be able to stomach it if things go wonky remains to be seen. Good luck tonight Millwall. NOLU

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  • August 6, 2013 at 13:01
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    SL says all the right things.. but actions are louder than words !
    Lets all hope the strategy works out over the next few months, the new players get settled & gel and we show enough desire for at least a play-off spot.. plus another little Cup run.
    COYL !!!!!!!!!!

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  • August 6, 2013 at 13:08
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    This is the perfect opportunity to play Bailey, McDonald, Martin etc. The old guard needs a rest & I don't think many 'wall gives a t*** about this cup. Football teams & players are all about confidence & our team certainly needs a dose of that right now.

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  • August 6, 2013 at 13:32
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    A competitive game against a lower div side - no excuses. Can't be viewed as a training/fitness session.

    We must score at least 3. If we don't - then there's a problem.

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  • August 6, 2013 at 13:47
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    i really hope Mac n Moris start up front to see how they do also hope Bywater is up to the task now that Fordey is injured, in midfield don't want to see Wright and Abdou in the middle hope SL puts Chaplow and Bailey in the middle to get better passes to the strikers . At least a 3-0 win will do my day COYLLLLLLLLLL.

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