Lomas calls on Millwall to be more clinical against Ipswich

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© Brian Tonks

STEVE Lomas wants to see an improvement in Millwall's finishing when his side take on Ipswich Town in the Championship this Saturday.

Lomas believes the Lions need to convert a higher percentage of their chances than they did in the first two games of the season again Yeovil and AFC Wimbledon.

The Millwall boss was frustrated that Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Dons was not more comfortable and is hoping his attackers make more of their opportunities at Portman Road.



He said: "There are small margins we can analyse but ultimately it is about who can take their chances. We need to be more clinical and kill teams off.

"We conceded a sloppy goal on Tuesday but the game should have been long out of sight. Whenever you have got your foot on the opponent's throat, you don't take it off, you have to be ruthless and keep it down because football has a habit of coming back to haunt you, and that was a case in point.

"At 2-0 up we were cruising, but we should have scored four or five and been really enjoying the game, so that's something we can get better at. Any time you play against a Mick McCarthy team, it will be organised and workman-like."



Lomas saw a marked improvement in Millwall's performance in midweek and admits some of the squad players on show forced their way into his thinking for Saturday.

"They all showed an appetite to get into the team and to do what we asked of them," Lomas said. "We wanted them to pass it a bit more and we did, and that's why we created more.

"You've got to mix it up between playing short and playing it long, otherwise you become predictable. If you play it short all the time that can slow you down, and going long can turn the game into a bit of a fight.

"It's about recognising the two sides of the game and I thought we did that well."

The Lions boss could be tempted to unleash winger Lee Martin against his former club now that he has recovered from a knee injury, but Lomas won't be taking any fitness risks.

He said: "Playing out wide is a little bit different to play centre-back or centre-midfield – it is very explosive, it's high demand and there's a lot of intense running.

"We've got to take that into consideration because the last thing we want to do is push Lee too hard and lose him for two months, but he's looking fitter and so is Scott McDonald."

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27 thoughts on “Lomas calls on Millwall to be more clinical against Ipswich

  • August 9, 2013 at 10:21
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    come on Millwall you can beat ipswich

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  • August 9, 2013 at 10:32
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    We will beat ipswich. 3pts.

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  • August 9, 2013 at 10:58
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    SL's attitude is great, just the ruthless streak Millwall needs and fans love. Hope it rubs off on the players.
    I fancy a result at Ipswich.

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  • August 9, 2013 at 11:05
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    Good breakdown on left winger Olivier Kapo's record, playing ability and skill here

    http://sofifa.com/en/fifa13/player/145350-olivier-kapo

    He would be a good aquisition if Lomas rates him.

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    • August 9, 2013 at 11:30
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      @Peckhamlad: I don't want to get all ageist but he's 33. We won't be the Lions any more, more like Dads Army. haha

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    • August 9, 2013 at 16:05
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      @Peckhamlad: with respect, I don't think you should use a football games stats and compare them to real life.

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  • August 9, 2013 at 11:05
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    So Steve, what have we been over the last two games then with your long ball from the keeper predictable maybe that is how Yoevil picked us off and the wombels made us work for our win, I think you have a big enough squad now that even with a few injuries you should still be able to get a decent side on the feild.

    So if that is true whats the problem is it your tatics or the players not understanding what you want from them because IMO that's what it looks like either one or the other, there has not been too many good displays Bailey yes and chaplow even though he played out wide it was not tht bad.

    We all hope that it comes together tomorrow afternoon as we need to get something out of these games to build confidence for both the team and all of us we dont want another season like the last one (in the league) no thank you.

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  • August 9, 2013 at 11:19
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    These games against Yeovil Ipswich, Huddersfield, Sheff Wed etc are basically 6 pointers even this early in the season because these are who we will be battling against to stay up if things don't work out too well.
    So it is important that we start as we mean to go on. I know it is a long season but we have to get the points off the other suspected strugglers while we can and deprive them of precious points. Anything we can get off the big boys is then a bonus. Last season all the strugglers beat us, thus making the nervy ending.
    So come on SL and you Lions cos we need to hit the ground running.

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  • August 9, 2013 at 11:19
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    Ipswich are there for the taking, these are the games that we must be winning if we are to do anything this season, one nil to the mighty Lions COYL

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  • August 9, 2013 at 11:19
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    Lomas has got to put a strengthened side tomorrow or risk losing again. For me Bailey and Chaplow / Derry in the centre is a must, Henry and Feeney (If Martin is not fit enough) on the opposite side as he's been through pre season and allow the wingers to swap sides if need be. McDonald should be close but i'd go with Morrison on his own and Easter just behind if 1 is up front is his tactics. He's certainly got his work cut out for selection but i feel 3 points is a must to help build his and the squads confidence and to stop any rot setting in early into the season.

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    • August 9, 2013 at 12:18
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      I think that the team tomorrow will be.
      Bywater
      Dunne Robinson Beevers Malone
      Henry Bailey Derry Chaplow
      Easter Morrison
      I don't think McDonald or Martin are going to be risked for 90 minutes but will make the subs bench along with Marshall, Lowry, Shittu, Wright, and Keogh.
      I'm assuming Robinson has had no setbacks, otherwise Shittu starts. Some way from our strongest eleven in my opinion but I'm optimistic that once Trotter, Martin and McDonald are fully fit things will improve. Does anyone know the latest with Lowry ? He was injured but is he fit now ?
      @Fozzielion1976:

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      • August 9, 2013 at 13:01
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        @NICKOLA: just been at the training ground, lowry was training, at the end lomas took 13 players to one side & practiced free kicks set pieces etc for tomoorows game, the 13 were...bywater, shittu, dunne, beevers, lowry, chaplow, bailey, henry, feeney, derry, easter, morison, keogh... no taylor abdou martin mcdonald robbo smith n`guessen they practiced their finishing with chopper, lookes like lomas might be getting closer to his strongest team, we wait n see ????

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      • August 9, 2013 at 13:05
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        @NICKOLA: I think you are right with the 11 but i think SL will only play 1 striker . Lowry is still recovering and i have heard that celtic want him .

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      • August 9, 2013 at 14:20
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        @NICKOLA: That's pretty much as i see it for selection wise, would like to see McDonald get 45 mins at least to see what he can do as 20 minute sub appearances will do him and us no favours as it takes time to get up to the pace of play.

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  • August 9, 2013 at 11:23
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    I've gone for the rather pessimistic scoreline of 2-1 Ipswich in the predictions league. Hope I'm proven wrong.

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  • August 9, 2013 at 11:40
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    I have gone for 1-1 and hopefully much better performance than Yeovil.

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  • August 9, 2013 at 11:51
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    Mr Lomas, I have a compiled a complex list of guaranteed solutions to all of Millwall's problems:

    1) Don't play Josh Wright ever again.
    2) Sell Josh Wright to a rival club, no scrap that, any club.
    3) Terminate Josh Wright's contract.

    Any of these will do nicely.

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    • August 9, 2013 at 11:56
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      @icemark100: I take it that your not a fan of Josh then, but he is one of a few have have not produced for the team this term or last season, I bet Trotter is glad he is out injured other wise if he had played and the results were the same he would also be getting it big time.

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    • August 9, 2013 at 12:07
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      @icemark100: And Mr Lomas never sign anyone called Josh again.
      That other muppet from Bournemouth cost us an arm and a leg (McQuoid).

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  • August 9, 2013 at 12:06
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    SL makes it sound as if we have created bucket loads of clear cut chances, we have not. Finding the right pass or cross to a player holding an intelligent position will create more opportunities to find the back of the net. Ability and skill is very important too. I'd be happy with a draw at Portman Road to get the league campaign up and running.
    COYL

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    • August 9, 2013 at 14:04
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      @>WestKentLion:
      I agree with you , let's be realistic. Yeovil were not the weakest of the 2 teams on Saturday and we made hard work of it Tuesday. An away draw at Ipswich will be a fantastic point.

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  • August 9, 2013 at 14:40
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    Dads Army hahaha!!

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  • August 10, 2013 at 05:24
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    If points were awarded for sound bites and stating the kin obvious Lomas would have us promoted by Xmas. He's been on a people management course or two.

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    • August 10, 2013 at 10:53
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      @lion.ie: what do people expect him to say? He was probably asked the question about how we can improve and he answered. It's a long season, and at any time a few wins in this league makes all the difference.

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