Lomas pleased to get first win as Millwall boss against Dons

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

STEVE Lomas was pleased with Millwall's performance in their 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon but admitted his frustration at conceding a late goal.

Andy Keogh and Martyn Woolford struck in the second half to put the Lions in the driving seat before Luke Moore pulled one back in the 89th minute to set up a tense finish.

But the Lions saw out four minutes of stoppage time to progress to the second round of the Capital One Cup, with the draw for the second round taking place at 12.30pm on Thursday.

Lomas, who secured his first win in charge, said: "It's always pleasing to win, that's what it's all about – everything else is secondary. There were a lot of positives tonight but for a sloppy bit of defending on our part and maybe not being as clinical as we should have been.

"We passed the ball well, we moved it about and we created opportunities. Paul Robinson got 90 minutes for the first time in a long time, which was great for him because he has worked ever so hard in pre-season and it shows he is well on the way back to being the inspirational leader he has been for all these years.

"I thought the two full-backs did well – there wasn't a bad performance in the team tonight. It's just the little things, like seeing the game out and not making it so mad at the end, as well as taking a higher percentage of our chances.

"You have to pay Wimbledon credit because at 2-0 they could have caved it, but they kept going and forced the issue at the end.

"The application of the lads to do what I wanted was good. We have a bunch of motivated, honest boys that will give everything for the cause."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

37 thoughts on “Lomas pleased to get first win as Millwall boss against Dons

  • August 6, 2013 at 22:54
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    Couldn't of picked a better picture of lomas lols

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  • August 6, 2013 at 23:10
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    a wins a win a good confidence booster for saturday, against an ipswich side clearly not performing . if we can get an early goal the crowd will not be happy and they could crumble. since the middle of last season i've felt more confident in our away form than our home form.

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  • August 6, 2013 at 23:12
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    Saturday's game away to Ipswich will be the strongest test yet, get a result there and we can being to believe! I hope SL keeps faith in Easter, could be the teams best forward whilst the others get fit.
    Congratulations on first win SL may it be the first of very many.

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    • August 6, 2013 at 23:16
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      @Peckhamlad: I would like to see all the summer signings playing together at the same time. Isn't that why SL bought them - in his own words he only buys to strengthen the team.

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      • August 6, 2013 at 23:52
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        @Profiler4: That might not be a good idea, the best way is to get all the payers to blend together to make a strong united team, differentating between so called old and new players splits the team, surely the new players have been brought in to strengthen the side for a long season. Teams take a while to build.

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        • August 7, 2013 at 07:08
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          @Peckhamlad: Excellent point well made but you can't help noticing the names of Church at Charlton and Davies at Blackpool, both ex-targets of ours, both on the scoresheet on their debuts. Didn't take long for them to blend in.

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  • August 6, 2013 at 23:19
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    I was told tonight of Steve Lomas' first meeting with the players; apparently he walked in reeled of a load of facts and stats about Millwall and our history; he then pointed to a few of the players and said how much they were loved by us fans and how important they were to the club and that he hoped that they would help him achieve his aims at Millwall; he then pointed to another group of players and said that the fans don't reckon a lot of you; they hate me; ex west ham, ginger, pasty faced, ugly, irishman, I'm gonna make them love me; do you wanna do the same? According to Robbo, the players really rate him and he has got the place buzzing again. Early days, but I like what I've seen and heard so far.

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    • August 6, 2013 at 23:54
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      @Adsy77777: Sounds an interesting bloke, SL. I'm curious as to who was the leak in the dressing room, but then I know you have to protect your sources . . .

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      • August 7, 2013 at 00:03
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        @waterloolion: Not at all mate, not exactly a leak, someone I know who goes to all the club dinners and that asked Robbo what he thought of SL after Robbo's testimonial.

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        • August 7, 2013 at 01:06
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          @Adsy77777: could you find out about shorey then

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          • August 7, 2013 at 09:09
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            @thepromiselandbeckons: Fraid not mate. I wonder if there is something in the reports that there has been interest shown in Lowry by other clubs. With all the new players coming in, I can't believe some won't be going out. As good as Lowry is, maybe Lomas thinks it wouldn't significantly weaken the team to let him go and bring some money in, especially if Malone finds his feet again. Maybe he's waiting to see what happens with Shane before he brings in Shorey ? but that's just a guess!!!!!!!!!

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    • August 7, 2013 at 12:01
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      @Adsy77777: who is your source? I agree from what I've heard he's making all the right noises and probably the regime change we needed to push on...

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  • August 6, 2013 at 23:25
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    .......and also can anyone tell me why a professional footballer needs so much time to get fit at the start of the season. Surely the word professional means that it is their job so should be pretty fit most of the time. You wouldn.t get a brickie telling his new boss that it might take him several weeks to be able to carry bricks again because he's out of practice. There are half a dozen clubs who have signed new players who are up and running and scoring goals already. Please tell me if I have lost the plot.

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    • August 7, 2013 at 10:02
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      @Profiler4: Fully agree with your post. If you know that you will be playing football in the new season you would think that you would make sure you are ready. At this moment in time DNG has had more pitch time than McD. Have we signed another Tyson ? Bailey good as he is why hasn't he been able to manage a whole game. Why are we mollycoddling these so called highly paid Pro's. I realise that patience may be required but its like getting your new toys at Christmas and opening them to find there are no batteries included.

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      • August 7, 2013 at 11:53
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        @Sealion: Spot on, Sealion. I'm glad I haven't lost the plot after all.

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    • August 7, 2013 at 11:37
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      @Profiler4: A professional athlete can't maintain peak fitness for 12 months, they have to take a break. These days players are given a close season fitness programme to maintain their fitness levels ready for pre-season. It probably comes down to the players close season attitude, where they are in their contract (with or without club), their close season attitude and their overall fitness (injuries e.t.c.) at the end of the season. Like everything else, I'm sure some clubs do it better than others.

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  • August 6, 2013 at 23:44
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    I can see Easter getting a start if Keogh doesn't hit a run of form, from all accounts Easter was in sparkling form preseason.

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  • August 7, 2013 at 00:15
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    I thought Easter's touch and finishing were poor this evening...Bailey simply ran the midfield, sprayed the ball all over the pitch, getting stuck in, looks and plays like a midfield general should. Excellent performance and will get better.

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    • August 7, 2013 at 02:58
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      @TheDiceman: Bailey looks like he's always been a millwall player! How quick is he earning respect! I agree he's not a 100%, but love his fight?

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  • August 7, 2013 at 00:32
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    Great to see a win at home regardless of the opposition, i'm really pleased we signed Bailey as he's a typical Wall player and i've rated him since his Charlton days. Great to see new hair cut Keogh score and hopefully get some confidence with it. As much as i like Jimmy i'm afraid it's got to be Bailey and Chaplow in the middle for me just for the stability factor and the passing range offered by both. Easter is a hard worker with good positional knowledge and i think he'll work along side or just behind Morrison. The other new lads will need at least 4-5 games to be integrated in to right formation without upsetting the balance of the team along with minutes under their belts. I honestly think we can be a real force in this league once we have a good solid regular 11-16 players injury free week in week out. I like the look of Lomas and i'm backing him 100% as i feel he'll go on to great thing with us if we as fans back him like JB has. I urge us all to be patient and hopefully after 10 games we will start to see what SL is working on, and fingers crossed a decent league position after 10 games lol.

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  • August 7, 2013 at 00:44
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    Encouraging comments re Robbo, sounds like he wants him back in the first XI a.s.a.p.

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  • August 7, 2013 at 02:45
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    Couple of lucky goals but they all count and might be the change of luck we've been waiting for.

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  • August 7, 2013 at 07:41
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    Bailey superb again great to see Robbo getting back on form Bywater a little shakey but will get there and as much of a fan as I am of Josh & Jimmy sorry just not up to it roll on saterday onwards & upwards .......C O Y L

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  • August 7, 2013 at 08:34
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    Yes a win is a win and its his first in competion, but aganist a side 2 divs below and we were the home side and for the second game running the team could have been picked by KJ we would not have known the difference. with all the new boys he has brought in he still seems a bit reluctant to blood them all at the moment, if they are not fit or got an injury then please let us know.

    Saturday away wiil be a test as Ipswich have now lost 2 on the spin and Mick wont be happy, SL needs to sort out this continuing trend of letting a late goal which was a Jacket trate we need to close the game down when we are in front as this will again start to cost us points as it did last term.

    I as I think most of you would like to see a side at the weekend that had a couple more of the new signings because if he has brought them into our clube he must think they can improve the team, and if so the quicker they start to improve the side the better and the more happier I am sure we will all be.

    Saying all that well done for winning last night that can only do all of them good, have a good few days training and hopefully a bit more jelling and lest hope they get a result at portman Rd and get some points on the board, COYL!!!!

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  • August 7, 2013 at 08:43
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    Woolford may have scored but the guy was absolutely clueless last night ! he left Malone open at the back, and didn't give him much help going forward - Wimbledon left loads of room down the left side because Woolford must of forgot he was playing as a WINGER and didn't take up that space, and on the odd occasion hen he did manage to find the wing he failed to take anybody on or run towards the by line ! I really don't like him ! Our Midfield is looking our weakest at the moment, when Jimmy and Wright are playing there .... Leaving the defence wide open ! How long can we last without Bailey and either Trotter or Chaplow in the Middle together because the other championship club will rip our midfield apart without them

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  • August 7, 2013 at 08:47
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    Praise for the full backs that's Malone and Smith in his long term best team ?

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  • August 7, 2013 at 09:28
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    Two home games, defeat to relegation favourite and narrow win against poor League 2 team...
    Saturday is massive as games coming up look tough. Loss to tractor mob and season already looks like a car crash. Prove us wrong Lions and pick up the 3 points this weekend.
    COYL

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  • August 7, 2013 at 09:39
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    It's a bit embarrassing to have Woolford as joint top scorer

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  • August 7, 2013 at 09:51
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    have a feeling we are going to have charlton next

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  • August 7, 2013 at 11:11
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    I read QPR are trying to sign a £ 5 million striker from Colombia, money Millwall can only dream of and highlights the disparity between the financial inequalities of clubs at this level. However MFC have taken bigger scalps than QPR but it is teams like Ipswich which we have to beat. We need our first points. No reasons given for Shittu or Morison's absence last night, were they just rested to give others a chance?

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    • August 7, 2013 at 11:43
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      @Peckhamlad: From the comments above, I think SL has Robbo (when 100%) in his sights as No. 1 CH which means Shittu fighting for his place with Beevers. I'll say it again, we need another CH who can pass the ball. Hate to say it, but I think we'll get beat Saturday as the team/squad obviously needs a few games to find it's feet. On current form we are still in the relegation mire but it sounds like Bailey is stirring the place up and when the other newbies are in and established we'll move on, so those of you who backed us for top half should keep the faith. Promotion is a completely different expectation!

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      • August 7, 2013 at 12:14
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        @lion.ie: Hi Lion.ie I hope your prediction is wrong for Saturday as do you, but regarding who plays for the fisrt eleven and if he is a crowd favorite or if we dont want him near the side, all I want of what ever team SL names is that they play like we expect them to do when wearing the Millwall shirt and grow a pair.

        We need to win the ball in the middle but also use it wisely , defend well and tight and if need be put in row Z when in doubt put the f***** out, and when feeder the pair up front give them half a chancestop playing the long high ball when they have there back to the goals.

        Because if one of them is Scott McDonald there is no way he is going to much with the high ball, lets knock into feet or body so they can control and lay off or draw a foul from the defenders, with the ball played in they can then use the wings and move on for the return so they are facing the goals.

        Sounds simple but footbal if played right is simple, its just how good the players are who make it look simple, we do have some so maybe they can drag a few of the others up a bit in the skill factor, along with our coaches, who I thought would be working with our strikers as they werent bad strikers themself Bomber & Hartford.

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        • August 7, 2013 at 16:06
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          @Barnlion Cascarino or Claridge knew how to hold the ball up, masters at it.

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          • August 7, 2013 at 22:40
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            @WestKentLion: Teddy was the true master

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        • August 7, 2013 at 22:39
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          @Barnlion: Been saying for weeks that we won't know where we are until the end of September.

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    • August 7, 2013 at 12:04
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      @Peckhamlad:

      Think it was purely to give robbo and Easter a run out

      Think people need to take a step back and realise it will take a games to gel I have been very impressed with Malone always looking for the ball but it showed how much we need bailey and Chaplow on middle as once wright came on we lost the midfield and I am sorry but it's time to ship out jimmy and pretty boy

      Thought jack smith done well but doesn't really stand out for me

      Bywater bit shaky but enjoyed how soon as he had the ball was looking to throw out instead of punting it up field

      Think we will get a point Saturday and start moving up the table

      COYL

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  • August 8, 2013 at 21:49
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    We need to liven up!

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