Lomas deflated by Millwall's second-half collapse at Ipswich

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

STEVE Lomas admitted he was disappointed with the way Millwall capitulated after going a goal behind against Ipswich Town on Saturday.

The Lions fell apart after Shane Lowry's own goal broke the deadlock at Portman Road and went on to lose 3-0. New Zealand international Tommy Smith added a second goal with a towering header before Paul Anderson's cross deflected in off Mark Beevers.

Lomas said: "Once you concede one you have to keep it 1-0 for as long as possible, but we didn't do that and we didn't give ourselves a chance to get back in the game.



"The second goal came from a needless free-kick and a free header inside our box. That was disappointing. If you keep it 1-0, the worst case scenario is that it finishes like that but you still give yourselves a chance. Once you concede two it’s an uphill task.

"It was pretty even first half, I didn’t think there was really much in the game. We knew that Ipswich were going to come out of the traps – it was Sir Bobby Robson day and they’ve had two defeats, so our target was to get to half time with a clean sheet, which we did.

"We asked the boys for more in the second half and we started on the front foot. We had a couple of chances; Richard Chaplow’s at the near post and James Henry had a shout for a penalty, when he was quite clearly pulled back and nothing was given.



"The first goal was a mistake from our point of view and a very poor one to concede out of nothing when we seemed to have things under control – Jack Smith knows he should have just kicked it out for a corner, he doesn’t need me to tell him that.

"That being said, it should have been our throw in and there was another chance when Chaplow was clean through, at least two yards onside, and he was given offside.

"I’ve been into see the officials and had a nice conversation with them, but those basic decisions have got to be right. If they can’t get throw-ins right, what do you do?”

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70 thoughts on “Lomas deflated by Millwall's second-half collapse at Ipswich

  • August 10, 2013 at 18:38
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    Me too , in respnse to the headline.......

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  • August 10, 2013 at 18:42
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    As for the officials, get used to it Steve its what we get week in week out. Welcome to Millwall.

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  • August 10, 2013 at 18:51
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    Ooops- No Jack Smith or Shittu next Saturday then.

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    • August 10, 2013 at 20:49
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      @NICKOLA: never should have dropped Dunney, he has done nothing wrong from what I saw. KJ was the same, they drop him but when the s*** hits the fan they will bring him back in the side to stabilise the defence.

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      • August 10, 2013 at 21:38
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        Well, iId rather have Dunne than Jack Smith at right back any day of the week but in all truth, neither one is good enough.

        @glyngo:

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      • August 11, 2013 at 01:16
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        @glyngo:
        Exactly what I was going to say glyngo. He'll be back in next week Dunne is the better option for me.

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  • August 10, 2013 at 18:54
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    Just got home I would like to ask who recommend bringing Morrison back. Your long ball tactics are rubbish if he does not win the ball. You cannot play to his feet as his touch is poor,he strolls about blaming everyone else. He is just there for the money what a shame to waste so much on a non trier

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    • August 10, 2013 at 19:01
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      Don't think Lomas is going to have any problems dropping Morrison and Keogh. McDonald and Easter to start-I think DNG will have gone before Huddersfield.

      @markbrowns:

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    • August 10, 2013 at 19:08
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      Morrison looks unfit and uninterested, can see why Leeds do t want him

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      • August 10, 2013 at 21:22
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        @jdt1885: More interested in his greyhounds no doubt. He should be a farrier not a bloody supposed goalscorer!

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  • August 10, 2013 at 19:11
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    Rather have DNG for Morrison at the moment at least he works hard. But it is no good SL starting to blame the officials and bad decisions that is copping out. He has to get his tactics right and get a setteld team, not keep chopping and changing. SL is the manager and this is a stiff test for him we will have to give him some slack and see if he is up to the challenges ahead.

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  • August 10, 2013 at 19:14
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    I've said it once, and repeated it over and over again......all the time we play f***cking rugby and hoof the b***stard ball up in the air, we will fail and get relegated...mark my words and remember this post. We can't do it, it doesn't work for us...it failed last season and it will fail again. ALL of our best football and results last season came from simple passing football, ON THE GROUND..it inspires confidence in our team and squad of AVERAGE quality players...some of them can actually pass the bass 20 yards to their team-mates, that's why the simple method works...we have no Glenn Hoddle players who can hoof the ball 80 yards with precision to a team-mate and we have not got 10 outfield players who are all 6ft 11 like wimbledon of old...so stick with the simple passing football, NOT hoof-in-the-air-rugby-ball or we will be doomed....you read it here !

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    • August 10, 2013 at 19:53
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      @Marshlion: why can't both the manager and the players not see this? In a particularly dire first half, we were only playing down one side, with the other winger tucked in, hoofing it into the melee, never getting a cross in, just awful. They might be different players, but the style is the same. It doesn't matter who is centre forward if the ball is not played along the ground to them.

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    • August 10, 2013 at 20:29
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      @Marshlion: totally right marshlion and its s*** to watch .

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    • August 10, 2013 at 21:03
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      @Marshlion: Marsh I agree with your assesment of this awful display, but wasent that what he brought Derry in for and all the other midfielders, when what we really need is both a settled team and another couple of full backs.

      Hate to be the one to say, but could he be anther Jimmy Nicoll, he has brought a lot of his own men in although some are still not ready to start a game yet?? how long will it be before we start to start worrying and the board who have really backed him from the start.

      There is still 3 weeks left in the transfere window so he can still get a few more bodies in ( that's what I am as well) before it closes, next Saturday will be interestering anyone think we will be near the 15,000 that JB is looking for.

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  • August 10, 2013 at 19:22
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    Shittu out, robbo in. Smith, dunne out, new player in

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    • August 10, 2013 at 19:38
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      @dpendet: hasty actions like that solve nothing Shittu cannot be held responsible for todays defeat. His commitment cannot be faulted.

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      • August 10, 2013 at 20:51
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        @Peckhamlad: his distribution can be faulted, would be interesting to know how many passes he actually completes.

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      • August 11, 2013 at 13:01
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        He can be held responsible, as he's the captain! He may be commited, but that doesn't give him a right to be in the first team. Also no one more commited to mfc than Paul Robinson?

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  • August 10, 2013 at 19:24
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    Russian revolution 2 ,remember the first players being signed like we had unlimited funds well more midfielders than we know what to with,no forwards worthy of being able to score, lost 1st game to a promoted team ,scraped past a div 2 team that avoided relegation to conference by skin of there teeth,yep SL getting us ready for league 1 as the previous revolution, JB wants 15k gates dream on after 12,500 1st game poor results since next gate 9000 who wants to see has beens we need to be building a team not plugging up the flood gates .
    SL your days are numbered poor appointment by Millwall not enough experience to pass on on to players sad bad days ahead.

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    • August 10, 2013 at 19:45
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      @southstand: Bit hasty mate! SL needs time to sort out our best starting 11 and when he has they need time to gel. Not the start we al hoped for. I, and from their posts at the time, most others, were pleased with the signings we have made. Given time, and a few tweaks, I still think that we have got a better team than last year.

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      • August 10, 2013 at 20:33
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        @Adsy77777: It is still early days, but after last season and all JB's talk, we thought we were in for something better this time round. Despite JB's rhetoric, we've still mainly taken on free transfers and loans that other clubs at our level didn't want.

        Likewise, Lomas hasn't yet backed-up all his talk where it really matters - on the pitch. I think he deserves a fair bit more time, but another few bad results and the pressure will really grow. I'm afraid I can see his appointment by the board seriously coming into question.

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  • August 10, 2013 at 19:25
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    We need to find our best team and stick with it for a few games without constant chopping and changing and keep playing players out of position. SL seems to have caught the Jackett habit with this and also he has already started blaming the officials for the problems. That's something he will have to live with.When are Martin and McDonald going to be fit enough to start a game? I still think the goals would come if we played 4-4-2 with Henry, Feeney or Martin as the wide players to put in the crosses to a combination of Morison/McDonald/Easter/Keogh up front. Use Bailey and Chaplow as the two central Midfielders and not waste Chaplow out wide left. I know SL and the new players need time to gel but it is the manner of the defeats in the first 2 league games.SO MUCH FOR THE BREATH OF FRESH AIR!!!!

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    • August 10, 2013 at 19:46
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      We do need to find our best eleven and stick with it. Currently we have a possible midfield of Henry,Bailey,Derry,Chaplow, Martin- Well, they would be my choices.
      That midfield plays in their correct positions but unfortunately that means a 451 formation, and that's without Trotter coming into the equation. The longer we leave it to find a settled team the worst it's going to get. We've got enough midfielders. Let's get the defence sorted.

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    • August 11, 2013 at 00:40
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      @denslions: finding our best eleven will involve chopping and changing. 2 games in let's not panic. I've lost none if my optimism. The existing squad are being taught new ideas and then add the new players to the mix with varying fitness levels through being free or under another regime. 2 games!

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  • August 10, 2013 at 19:25
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    Josh Wright seen at the Charlton game by quite a few people today could be one out of the door

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    • August 10, 2013 at 19:46
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      @deano22: See, there is some good news!

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    • August 10, 2013 at 19:49
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      @deano22: Hope its a revolving door for the rest as well.

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    • August 10, 2013 at 20:53
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      @deano22: was a Charlton youth player so maybe nothing to that rumour as he may just be visiting friends.

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      • August 10, 2013 at 21:00
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        @glyngo: You had to spoil it for me didn't you Glyngo - please tell me he's leaving, and if it was to charlton for money a bad day could have a happy ending!

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        • August 11, 2013 at 12:43
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          @Adsy77777: yeah sorry Adsy but I can't see him going to the Anoraks as he probably isn't playing well enough at the moment to justify their interest.

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  • August 10, 2013 at 19:27
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    Not as deflated as me a lifelong lion and season ticket holder! Sort it out ginge! Shittu, smith and dunne out

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  • August 10, 2013 at 19:40
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    The worse thing is I bet every single person here thought we were going down this season before the new signings brought false hope but wots the point of signing all these strikers if all ya gona do is hoof the ball up to em we need pace pace is wot hurts defences in this league we have none come on sl jb get some pace in and f*** kjs lot out the door

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    • August 10, 2013 at 20:36
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      @exiledlion: nope, not every single person. We won't go down or up. Much the same as last year but hopefully with a touch more comfort.

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  • August 10, 2013 at 19:53
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    Come let see Robinson back

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  • August 10, 2013 at 19:55
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    Shittu got beaten easily in the air for goal number two. I've said it before and I'll say it again, he is not good enough. Sure he's difficult to go around or through but can't touch the ball without falling down. Today he started appealing for a foul after he was beaten in the air. Personally every time the ball goes near him it makes me panic as he seems to let it bounce or be looking for the free kick. All these signings made me optimistic about the season but there's so much dead wood at the club who seem to get picked week after week @Exiledlion is spot on. Get rid of them and bring in some players who can actually play football rather than the rugby we've been watching of late. I don't want to judge SL too harshly or too early as two games is not really long enough but two games, two defeats and no goals scored in the league is quite a worrying statistic.

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    • August 11, 2013 at 14:57
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      @southlondon1885:
      Does everyone forget..Shittu Player of the year last season...I didnt vote for him..all he can do is head a ball.
      2 games people. .just 2 games
      Transfer window not shut. # don't panic mr mainwaring.

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  • August 10, 2013 at 19:55
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    Pace hurts teams.We do not have any.End of story.

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    • August 10, 2013 at 20:07
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      @Longfield Lion: I showed more pace getting back to Ipswich station!

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      • August 10, 2013 at 20:10
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        @'wallDen: Classic,got back quick ?

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  • August 10, 2013 at 20:13
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    We now have (potentially) a decent footballing midfield. But with defenders who panic, there's absolutely no point passing back to keep the ball as they just lose it or put another player under pressure. We need more than just pace, we need defenders (particularly full backs) who can pass and move and join in the attack. Can't believe it, playing poor and not getting any luck either! Still, won't stop me supporting the best team in London -oh! The best team of all!!!!!!

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    • August 10, 2013 at 21:16
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      @sketchybean: Agree sketchey ffsake sign Shorey thats his forte.While at it SL sign Sharp

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  • August 10, 2013 at 20:38
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    I see the penny's dropped re Shittu with a lot of people.

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  • August 10, 2013 at 20:54
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    Today's result was seriously hard to take, I hear everyone giving the players stick and people calling for their heads ie DS, JH and Morrison. Lets face it DS single handily rescued us at times last season, JH in my opinion is technically one of our best players( when he wants to be) and Morrison is a proven scorer. I think the squad is good enough not to be struggling. To me having watched the games so far this season our issues are our tactics or lack of!!. We are playing without absolute clue or direction the midfield is completely bypassed by the long ball played up to a front two who can neither win a header or that are so far apart they have to communicate via phone to even win the flick on. Need to stay calm put the foot on the ball and inject some effing craft. Shocking thus far and Tuesday's game was for ,e one of the worst iv ever seen at the den

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    • August 11, 2013 at 15:09
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      @seanmfc:
      Lost 3-0 there last season.
      Too many new players, not enough minutes on the pitch. ..only gonna start one way
      Morison was god first time around..why all the criticism now..fickle or what. COYL

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  • August 10, 2013 at 21:34
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    The bloke I really feel sorry for in all this is JB. He's thrown everything into this & increased his financial outlay considerably. I really hope he isn't let down by the very person he thought was 'impressive' at interview.

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  • August 10, 2013 at 21:51
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    You're deflated Lomas, how do you think us 12000 life long Millwall supporters feel?
    Sorry but if no wins by mid September get him out JB.

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  • August 10, 2013 at 22:00
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    Same old f*****g millwall losing as usual. Get lomas out, we simply can't win

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  • August 10, 2013 at 22:06
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    a bad start to the season , fear for lomas he is all ready started chopping and changing players , looking at henry his head seems elsewhere , and morro is just plain lazy the first time he was with us he was closing down defenders , but aint seen that yet , i still think lowry as a fullback is just wrong, we need to
    put robbo back in the side , we need to play malone at leftback , and just keep dunn at right , i would drop henry and morro , at the moment its a team of individuals and not a team , and this as we all know will win us nothing . i fear that a few more results like this will give the lomas haters to vent there anger , jb has backed him more then jackett with some high earning players , hope lomas and his coaching staff aint out of there depth , it could be very costly to the club , hope i am wrong , but i have a jimmy nicholl feeling about this .

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  • August 10, 2013 at 22:08
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    Winning is a habit but then so is losing.
    the couple games I've seen us play is starting to worry me somewhat.
    I know we have to give it a good arf a dozen games or so but why are we so unfit ? And what happens when we are 100 % fit.
    What's the purpose behind Derry for a month?
    If Martin's a starter against Huddersfield next week where does that leave chappers ? Robbo should now get his place back in the side as shittu does not look 100% fit. What's going on with shorey ? He has to be a better left back than Lowry. Credit to dunne and smith last season but we need a real right back.
    Again we seem to look like strangers who are scared to make a pass. No one of the old guard has the balls to take responsibility.
    Maybe I'm deluded and expecting steak and chips every week instead of the £2 happy meal we seem to always get.
    Huddersfield now looks a very big game as we really need to get going or risk being left behind. No more soft excuses and as a few above have mentioned we always have s**** officials. Get it sorted stevie lo we won't be patient forever and some will be on your case big time on Saturday if the performance level remains the same.
    So far there may be change of personnel but there's absolutely no change in performance and results.
    I think we'll still have over 10000 next week but if there's no change then mr berylson if your worrying about ffp now then you'd really better start s******* yourself cause you'll be lucky to get 8000 every home game.
    Get it sorted sharpish mr lomas, Please.

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    • August 11, 2013 at 14:14
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      @lukesmithmfc: why are the players not fit.have you seen the fitness coach he is a big unfit looking lump.who cant lead by example so should not be there

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  • August 10, 2013 at 22:24
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    Get rid of shittu and paul robinson. Love the guys but time for change. New two need wing back and beevers and lowry. Really weak at the back no rumours over our defensive issues which is sad. Dont like this 442 and we should play to our strengths and not match others. Ive seen no real change since lomas come in apart from few new faces. Same team basically just different man in front seat. Plays jacketts tactics and he resigned because he felt he cant take team further. Not gna happen if he dont changr system.

    WAKE UP MILLWALL

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  • August 10, 2013 at 23:19
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    There are enough football "managers" on this board to manage the whole league. (I incliude myself as well) I think nearly every player in the side someone at some time has said must be let go. Today it's Shittu, Dunne, Smith a few weeks ago it was N'Guessan and Jimmy. We won't have a team left! Afraid it does not work like that, there can be no instance success, it takes patient hard work to build a new side and miracles will not happen overnight. Once Millwall have a forward line that is well supported by the midfield and can score goals it will take pressure off the defence and change the team. Two of the teams best players are still out injured, Trotter and Forde. There return will make a difference.
    Emotions run high after a dissappointing result, myself included but after a drink or two and time to reflect I think as the season goes on the side will improve including a few of the players being castagated at the moment. Not doing my nerves any good though.

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  • August 10, 2013 at 23:43
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    We are a small club in a very competitive league ! We struggle to get the gates equivelant to other clubs in our division ! The board have decided to bring in a new manager to shake up the team that struggled last season ! Very much a gamble, more a financial gamble as this season the owner has invested more than any season before ! But Lomas is young, inexperianced he has brought in players that other Championships teams didn't want and has so far been in charged for 3 games ! The one thing I always admired from the old regime was that Jackett planned his season in games of 10 ! So far (leaguue) we have played 2 ! New manager, new players and to be brutally honest in a league we should of been relegated from last season ! I love my team, I bring all my kids to as many games as I can and I will always do that ! It don't matter who manages us or who plays for us I support my team ! Its football, yes, right now the ticket prices don't reflect the performances but that's not for board trying ! 2 games in, a whole season infront of us ! Let's start judging at christmas, the usual time our team deflats ! Miiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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    • August 11, 2013 at 00:06
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      @bleachy81: we should have been relegated? What with 56 points? Do make me laugh. You shouldn't judge a team at christmas either, by then you've played half your games and could be as much as 10 points off safety, at this rate that's not an impossibility.

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  • August 10, 2013 at 23:46
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    Bring back Robbo! Remember how he used to boss games and Forde got 2nd most clean sheets? Thanks to Robbo. A leader who has the club running through his veins. Whilst Shittu is a good captain, he is too slow and now Robbo's back, we need him to get some clean sheets and with it some confidence. Beevers > Shittu. Also Wright has to go along with n'Guessan and maybe Osborne (anyone remember him, he's the last Millwall player to score in the league, let that sink in.)

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  • August 11, 2013 at 00:36
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    I still have faith in Lomas but playing Jack Smith tells me he might not no what he's doing.

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  • August 11, 2013 at 04:36
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    Any football team that ain't scorin goals has a defence that will panic cos they know one goal & you're done. Morrison was clearly lazy towards the end of his first spell, gave excuses about his kid & slagged us off in the press & yet we hailed him comin back. Leeds are welcome to him. Start scorin & the rest will come together which is easier said than done but we've gotta give SL time cos we don't wanna end up like Blackburn or Wolves. I am wonderin where the f*** are these so called professionals that are bein paid but ain't fit enough to play? Is that why they were free?

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    • August 11, 2013 at 12:46
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      @LionsGoForth: I agree that the fitness excuse is running a bit thin now but it is true that the only way to get match fitness is to play. Time to start some of these new boys till they run out of steam, then bring on the second choice players.

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  • August 11, 2013 at 12:47
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    Didn't go yesterday gutted about the result surely McDonald needs to start against udders field maybe with Morrison?

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  • August 11, 2013 at 13:18
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    so many on here want smith out and because of that i watch him more closely than any of the others and i cant agree with any of you, i rate him, again yesterday he was the only one in that back four comfotable on the ball who actually passed it to a team mate,i just do not see a problem with him,now shittu who so many of you seem to rate looks very dodgy to me,crude,slow,dos'nt pass it, lowrey is another a lot of you rate is the same description as shittu but add persistant needless fouling,beevers is a big stopper but again cant pass it out, like shittu and lowrey just gives it 40 or 50 yards.critcs single smith out for whatever reason yet he would be the only one i'd be happy to see in the back four, funny that eh just my oppinion

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    • August 11, 2013 at 13:42
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      @bordersarebest0170: I like him Borders! I think he's tidy without being spectacular. Ok, he slipped for the first goal. I'm not saying there aren't better right backs out there but I don't think he's the problem. In a team that plays football he can hold his own. IMO Henry is more of a problem in front of him, he gives the ball away far too easily for my liking. He might be good on his day technically, but his footballing brain amazes me; if you see your fullback bombing on ahead of you, you release the ball quickly, not try and take on the player between you and the fullback leaving everyone out of position.

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  • August 11, 2013 at 14:19
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    We're looking for sparkling diamonds in our team but I'm afraid all we'll ever have is scruffy gemstones. I just didn't realise that out of all the players we now have in our squad there really isn't any talent. I feel like I've been hoodwinked. Sound familiar?

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  • August 11, 2013 at 14:26
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    Well Steve me old son sort out the full back positions and get Robbo back in and those mistakes won't happen - all 3 goals were extremely poor and created by ourselves - Why jack smith even has a squad number is beyond me!

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  • August 11, 2013 at 17:18
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    Such a shame. We had the game on a plate. Ipswich's support was utter s***, their team was s***, I still can't get over how we lost. it's going to be one long season if we can't beat the likes of yeovil and Ipswich who we are going to be fighting at the bottom of the league. Moro needs a kick up the ass, but I am chuffed with Chaplow & Easter, they look dangerous. I know it's early on but time is of the essence, the sooner we start getting wins under our belt, the sooner we can start pushing for play off places. Palace had a s*** start to the season last year, so it can be done.

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  • August 11, 2013 at 19:37
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    As I posted above, its nothing to do with the players, its the system we are playing...ASIDE FROM A FEW NEW FACES, THIS IS THE SAME SQUAD AND TEAM THAT HAD AN UNBEATEN RUN OF 12 OR 13 GAMES LAST SEASON AND WERE ROLLING TEAMS OVER FOR FUN, INCLUDING ASTON VILLA !!!!! Dont start singling out individual players for a good slagging now we've lost a couple under new management. We have virtually the same team, so keep the faith in the players...Lomas has to rechip these same players to keep the damn ball on the floor, and not to panic and launch the ball into space....for some unknown reason, the last third of last season and the beginning of this season we have caught some crazy disease of lumping the ball into the air when the same bloody players do actually know how to pass it to a team-mate in a blue shirt. They're panicking for some reason and giving the ball away.....he needs to get that message through them, keep the ball on the deck, AND QUICK !!!!!

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  • August 11, 2013 at 21:28
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    We have to play to our strengths which is not launching it up top. Our problems seem to be full backs and wingers so maybe try a 3-5-2, not my favoured formation, but then you can have 3 of Shittu, Robbo, Beevers, Lowry at the back and then have Bailey, Chaplow and Derry in the middle with Morison, McDonald, Keogh or Easter up top leaving Henry, Feeney, Martin, Dunne or Malone as wing backs. It might even encourage us to play through the ranks instead of going route. Just a suggestion.

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