Millwall could bring in back-up for Bywater after Forde blow

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© Brian Tonks

STEVE Lomas could bring in reinforcements after David Forde's knee injury left Stephen Bywater as Millwall's only recognised senior goalkeeper.

Bywater made his Lions debut in a 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday evening, with young academy stopper Denzil Gerrar on the bench.

And Lomas will mull over whether to bring in some short-term cover. He said: "We'll have to look at that, definitely. We'll get onto Kevin Pressman and see what his contacts are like.



"We probably want back-up for Bywater but we've got other areas where we want to get people in, and hopefully Fordey won't be out for too long. He should be back in four weeks.

"Surgery was the best thing to do for David, and the team, because we have a duty of care to Fordey. When the surgeon went in, he said it definitely needed doing so it was the right call.

"We’ve had a bit of bad luck with Liam Trotter and Fordey, both have had little clean-ups and hopefully that's our bad luck out of the way for the season."

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18 thoughts on “Millwall could bring in back-up for Bywater after Forde blow

  • August 7, 2013 at 12:47
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    I'm afraid that is definitely not going to be the end of our bad luck Stevie boy - just wait for the dodgy refs to get going!

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  • August 7, 2013 at 12:57
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    i bet Bywater cant beleive his luck!!

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  • August 7, 2013 at 13:08
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    Who have they got in mind as it could be a long time before he is back once or physo's start working on him, no one is just out for a few days when they get anything wrong with them at Millwall.

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    • August 7, 2013 at 13:27
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      @Barnlion: Barn somebody mentioned Lee Camp, what do you think mate?

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      • August 7, 2013 at 13:40
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        @Strood Lion: Strood Mate good to hear from u yeah would seem ok but being in our position we take what we can get mate, the only thing is though its another wage they will have to fork out, making it even more urgent to jetison some of the dross that is still at our club drawing a wage.

        lets hope thay can do some good business and hope that irelands No 1 makes a speedy recovery inspite of the attentions of the physo department at the club mate.

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  • August 7, 2013 at 14:59
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    I think we need a keeper ASAP. Bywater looked very suspect to me. He dropped 1 or 2 routine catches and struggled to get his timing right when punching. Let's hope things upfront click very soon and we simply outscore teams.

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  • August 7, 2013 at 15:23
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    'but we've got other areas where we want to get people in'...........
    I now think that Lomas didn't/doesn't think a lot about our squad in the main. There are players he rates but most appear to be replaceable. He's not going to blood all the new signings first opportunity because some of them aren't fit and he's not going to risk having 3 or 4 injuries because he rushed them in. Probably going to be September until we see his first choice eleven and by then Trotter should be getting close.

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    • August 7, 2013 at 16:30
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      @NICKOLA: I don't see the need to panic at this stage of the season,okay we don't want to fall too far behind but what's the harm in throwing one or two youngsters in at the deep end, who knows what will turn up,
      Does anyone know what progress Liam Trotter is making ?.

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      • August 7, 2013 at 16:35
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        I'd say blood some youngsters when we're safely mid table. He's on record as saying he wants to loan these players out first.
        Lomas knows he's got to get some points on the board asap otherwise he's on a hiding to nothing from some supporters. Personally, I think once the dust has settled and he's satisfied with who he's got, then we're going to see an exodus.
        Trotter's original prognosis was to be fit 6 weeks after the op. which means he's 4 weeks away.

        @wandererwall:

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  • August 7, 2013 at 16:50
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    I remember someone mentioned that SL might be givign the old squad members a chance to prove they are worth it or to even watch them fail initially so he can bring in his signings without the baggage of last season's fiasco. There may be some truth in that, wait till his signings are really fit them start giving them a run in the team, he will only want his signings judged once he knows they can do both him and theselves credit.

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    • August 7, 2013 at 16:57
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      Let's hope the new signings gel, and are doing the business very soon because the back-ups aren't going to. Based on last season and what we've seen this season they're not.
      Les- I'm eating humble pie at the moment !!

      @glyngo:

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      • August 7, 2013 at 23:18
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        @NICKOLA: Keep the faith Nickola, give it time.

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  • August 7, 2013 at 16:55
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    Swindon are looking at DNG, can I issue a 'Come get me' plea on his behalf:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23600999

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  • August 7, 2013 at 17:06
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    The club website says "In the meantime Liam Trotter is progressing well and it looks likely he will rejoin the main training group next week if he comes through this week's rehab without any problems"
    I agree that the need for cover for Bywater is made all the more urgent by the fact that he did look very uncertain at times last night. While it's obviously not just down to the goalkeeper, the defending against corners was abysmal, But perhaps he was over-anxious (with some good reason, given the vitriolic abuse hurled at him - you West Ham c*** - when he dropped an easy cross in the first half) To be fair, his last minute save was brilliant, so we could all have been having a very different conversation this morning if Wimbledon had equalised! But I dare say, getting half decent goalkeepers to come in for a short loan may be quite tricky. Someone mentioned Lee Camp - good goalie, so I'd be more than happy if we got someone of his ability on loan.

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  • August 7, 2013 at 22:21
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    Why are the morons slagging off bywater already. His first game, bound to be a bit nervous and all these t****** shout is west ham c**t. We don't deserve to do better with this types of w****** supporting the players

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    • August 7, 2013 at 23:42
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      @beedoscores: Yes, I hope I didn't give the impression that I was slagging him off myself (even if I did say he looked a bit less than confident) . and of course it's really early days for him. I think Bywater is an experienced goalkeeper and I'm sure he'll settle. And that goes for all the new boys; I've seen people on this site having a go at McD - after 30 minutes of football - please . . . !

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  • August 8, 2013 at 18:28
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    Marshall is a good keeper

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