Millwall boss hopes fans stick with players after losing start

© Brian Tonks
© Brian Tonks

STEVE Lomas is hoping Millwall fans will stay patient with his players after they lost their first two Championship games of the new season.

The Lions were jeered off by 935 travelling supporters after losing 3-0 to Ipswich Town on Saturday, a week after newly-promoted Yeovil Town left The Den with three points.

But Lomas does not think anyone should be hitting the panic button yet. He said:  "As long as the fans are patient with the players, and it doesn't affect them on the pitch, that's all I'm concerned about.



"It is early doors; we've played three games and lost two, which is disappointing but it's a long season. It's not the end of the world. We are disappointed about certain aspects and we'll look at those during the week."

Asked whether it will take time for his squad to gel, Lomas added: "I think it will take time to get everyone up to full fitness – that's what happens when you're bringing people in on free transfers who are at various stages with their fitness.

"We've had a little bit of bad luck with Liam Trotter and David Forde needing surgery, so we've been tested. But that's the job and I knew it would take time. The lads are a decent set who want to work hard and put it right.



"We've got a friendly game against Brentford in midweek for some boys to get minutes and, when you're not winning, there are places up for grabs.

"Lee Martin will get 90 minutes and so will a few others, like Scott McDonald who came on against Ipswich and looked sharp. We would have loved for them all to be involved in the first week but that hasn't been possible."

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29 thoughts on “Millwall boss hopes fans stick with players after losing start

  • August 12, 2013 at 07:29
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    Jury is out. But I'm still optimistic.

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    • August 12, 2013 at 07:32
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      A verdict of not guilty except for the players who recently signed and aren't fit-No excuses for that. Get them on the pitch for Saturday !!
      Bywater
      ? Robinson Beevers Malone
      Henry Bailey Chaplow Martin
      McDonald Morison
      @NO1LIKESUS:

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      • August 12, 2013 at 07:41
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        @NICKOLA: Problem Lomas has got is how to instil confidence into a side already showing the early stages of fear? Why the strikers can't score; why defenders choose to hoof instead of controlling it & passing; and more worringly, why aren't we communicating with each other on the pitch?

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        • August 12, 2013 at 08:29
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          @NO1LIKESUS: I thought his CV showed him to be a tough manager who tool no b******* from anyone as he did when playing, he has now had 3 real games and we dont look like a team even with the wombles win, He has brought and still trying to bring players nearly a new starting 11in fact , but as I have said before how come there are still a few who are still not NOT MATCH FIT after all these weeks, what are the coach's doing with them.

          SL does not seem to have a co-herant plan to put a team on the field and keep a clean sheet, the goals will come once we think that one goal will do, I must say that what I have seen there does not seem that we are getting there at the moment, as it looks like the end of KJ time at the den to me.

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          • August 12, 2013 at 10:09
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            @Barnlion: I think their wages should be stopped until they are match fit. Watch them work their b******* off then.

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      • August 12, 2013 at 08:45
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        @NICKOLA: Looks a good team on paper. Would like to see Easter given a chance instead of Morison if he isn't cutting it. After all if he isn't performing there is no point showing loyalty to loanees above your contracted players!
        Any news on Shorey or has he given up on us. He must have squatters rights at the training ground by now.

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      • August 12, 2013 at 12:41
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        @NICKOLA:
        3-4-2? Really? That's a very poor idea IMO our defenders are not strong enough to play in a three at the back.

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        • August 12, 2013 at 12:52
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          ? equals a new player or Dunne

          @benzo:

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  • August 12, 2013 at 07:53
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    Behide the senses What Mr Lomas is saying is I want to get rid of the favourites but I can't until they fail on the pitch, and he is looking for all rounders not just stamina freaks that jackett preferred, employ a 3 5 2 and match most of the other teams !

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  • August 12, 2013 at 08:32
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    why another poxy friendly against a team we played the other week. the team wont gel with constant changing. we are being linked with players every other day that has an unsettling effect on the players. us 935 fans were right to jeer them, it was shocking defensively and up front we were no better. concentrate on getting rid of dead wood to free up the wage budget. he obviously dont rate the scottish league we aint been linked with anyone. get em in training working together not playing brentford, another injury beckons no doubt.

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  • August 12, 2013 at 08:57
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    How can lack of fitness be an excuse for the pile of s*** we have been seeing? All the players we got in over summer are supposed 'proffesional footballers' and fitness should not be non existent come the first game of the season! Also its not just the new signings that look out of shape, half of the team looks out of energy come half time (not to mention shittu who looks about 2 stone overweight) and some of these players have had a full preseason and three games under there belt!

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  • August 12, 2013 at 09:00
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    It's all very well having a good team on paper but unfortunatly, it's on the pitch that counts. The defence sounds bad but two own goals sounds more like bad luck to me. Surely, IF the bloody attack started scoring goals I'm sure the posts on here would be so much different. What's worrying to me is the fact that what I've seen and what I've heard is that we don't really look like scoring even when Henry missed yet another open goal the chances were that he was more likely to miss than to score.

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  • August 12, 2013 at 09:02
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    The states say Ipswich had 58% possession, Millwall did not have one shot on target. The forwards cannot retain the ball up front with a a midfield that cannot retian possession either. At least Danny ShittU has held his hands up by admitting he was responsible for the second goal and the defence is culpable. I think SL has brought in too many players at once, He should have brought them in gradually when ready. He should have kept faith with Feeney, Easter and even N'Guessan up front because they were fit and very eager to prove themselves. It appears to me that Morison is not pulling his weight.

    I see KJ is ready to sign a 19 year old player from Blackburn who wants away from there. Millwall are looking at 35 year olds.

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  • August 12, 2013 at 09:15
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    we havent scored in the league since osbourne against rovers. one goal is never enouh for us in my eyes. i always fancy our opponents to score and for the fourth game in a row including derby we have conceded in last ten mins. six league games without a goal and one clean sheet against palace tells you where the problem lies.

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  • August 12, 2013 at 09:23
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    It does not matter how fit or unfit the players are just booting the ball up in the air is crap any one can do that show us that you can try to play football I was there Saturday if we got beat playing properly and showing some heart you would not have been booed off then to come out and blame the ref is laughable he does not make the team have no bottle

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  • August 12, 2013 at 09:29
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    @peckhamlad cos danny shittu holds his hands up for the second goal does that mean its ok? He has a mistake in him every game he plays! The real millwall captain Paul Robinson to replace him against Huddersfield!

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    • August 12, 2013 at 11:21
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      @dpendet: But at least he is honest enough to admit it, do the forwards admit to missing open goals? Its not good to keep blaming the defence when the team cannot even score a goal.

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      • August 12, 2013 at 13:10
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        @Peckhamlad: We shipped three extremely bad goals. Who else is to blame but the defence for Saturday? There was no bad luck, it was an absolute shambles at the back for all three goals. The Yeovil goal was also poor. Four conceded and not a gem amongst them. I can't remember seeing a centre half caught out of position as much as Shittu is. I said this about him last season when everybody else was buying the tee-shirts and voting him player of the season. Beevers will only get worse playing alongside him and the full backs must be sick of seeing him on their toes. Robbo needs to come in and steady the ship.

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    • August 12, 2013 at 11:27
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      @dpendet: dpenndet you are right as far as the defence goes and because Danny holds his hands up does not mean he gets away with it, but we are desparate for someone out of all the forwards at his disposal someone to put the ball in the f****** net.

      Yes we need to stop conceding goals but we are woeful up front and its not just the lack of goals its also the lack of chances and attempts on the goal that are making us look like a load of s*** the only consulation is that the anoraks are in a similar position to us, but thats sad in its self taking comfort from that.

      With all the actifity SL has been doing with players coming in and very few leaving, no one knows if there in or out of his first 11he needs to sort this out fast as we will start to lose ground on teams that we should be in front of by now, Saturday is a massive game for us and we need to get a big result (win by a few and a clean sheet) COYLS!!!!

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  • August 12, 2013 at 09:34
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    Didn't go to the Ipswich game so can't comment on that, but feel we have a real lack of 'Leaders' in our squad and also on the pitch. For to long now, we've been letting teams come to the Den and take the pi$$.
    SL, you need to inject some passion and commitment into our players. If you do that, the fans will support you and the team.

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  • August 12, 2013 at 09:38
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    Please just drop shittu,henry and morison. Watching henry get in mcdonalds way and then blazing it over was the final straw for me, feeney deserves a chance and so does mcdonald.

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  • August 12, 2013 at 09:51
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    Henry, Morison and Lowry was terrible on sat Why his dropped Malone after his good pre season and performance on Tues is beyond me Henry gets the ball looks like he hasn't got a clue what to do with it and im not sure if I feel a bit sorry for Morison all he had to him wad a hoof from defence but still he didn't win 1 ball.

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    • August 12, 2013 at 11:22
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      @payback: He has to play Easter and Feeney or at least give them a chance. They do try and give 100%

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  • August 12, 2013 at 11:51
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    One of the biggest problems I've noticed towards the end of last season and the start of this season is the wingers and midfield can't make that killer pass to the forwards. It seems that they are fed the ball into space and start to run but there's no desire to get past their opponent or at least try and take them on to drive towards the line. I'd rather see Henry chappers or Feeney attempt to go round someone and lose out to a throw in or maybe a corner. They must push forward to the line and look for a cross rather than doing all this silly crossing from nearer the halfway line. If you've noticed most defenders don't like someone running at them. Look at Dunne Smith Lowry Shittu. When they are being run at they back off and back off and don't challenge. Its the same for opposition defenders. They wont want to see Henry and co bombing down the wing towards the area or the line but we don't exploit it. All to often they have the ball but dwell too long and don't see the pass we can from the stands. All it takes is an injection of confidence and getting that ball forward more quickly rather than the current system where they find themselves with the ball in space but knock it back to the defence who in turn hoof it to the opposing centre backs. When Mcd came on against Yeovil he actually got in good positions but the delivery wasn't there. Morison does look lazy but none of our strikers will scors until they gwt the delivery they need. Always hit the byline to look for a cross. Worse case you'll get a corner. Keep the faith lions, early days. COYL.

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  • August 12, 2013 at 12:11
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    Ah well two down and two losses no wonder the fans are disgruntled, expectations are high due to the incoming of new faces ---- But the new faces cant get into championship sides except Millwall's, therefore they cant be that good, unwanted ..... from what I saw last week was enough to say the old deadwood are still here and we've got the deadwood from elsewhere. I make that we're going to be this years deadwood of the championship.
    I'd love to think I'm wrong but I dont see any improvement from last year, last week was Dire in my eyes, reading the comments and reports from Saturdays game the only word they didn't use was Dire but they ment it

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  • August 12, 2013 at 12:55
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    F××k me we all sound like spurs fans on here . Its a work in progress we're only 2 games in , I was dragged up to believe we don't turn on our own . It'll come eventually (once we remember where the goal is ) we moan when we don't get no signings then we moan when we do . Poor jb can't win with us . COYL

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  • August 12, 2013 at 14:01
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    Keep the faith!

    JUSTICE FOR GINGERS!!!

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  • August 12, 2013 at 18:34
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    Lomas should be more concerned with the fans loosing patience with him not the players,they are only following his instructions. Im sure the ball will be passed on the floor if he tells them so, if he lets them hoof it forward they will time after time.

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  • August 13, 2013 at 14:56
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    I definitely think Scott Malone should get a chance against Huddersfield on Saturday.

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