First goal key says Millwall boss ahead of Huddersfield test

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© Brian Tonks

BOSS Steve Lomas has stressed the importance of scoring the first goal ahead of Millwall's match against Huddersfield Town at The Den on Saturday.

The Lions welcome Mark Robins' Terriers to SE16 still searching for their first league points of the 2013-14 season. And Lomas says his side must start on the front foot – and capitalise on their dominant spells.

He said: "We want to give the fans something to shout about. We Are disappointed by the Ipswich result and performance, but I feel if we had got the first goal we'd have gone on to win that game. Those are the small margins.



"Whoever gets the first goal in the Championship normally goes onto win. In the two games so far, we've conceded the first goal when we've been on top and looking like the team that was going to take the lead.

"We had two or three great opportunities but did not capitalise on them before Ipswich scored, and that's something we've got to start doing.

"There effort has been there, we just need a little bit more know-how in terms of how to get up the pitch.  You've got to slug it out in the Championship and take your chances when they present themselves.

"Once you get a goal it changes the context of the game. The first goal is so important."

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34 thoughts on “First goal key says Millwall boss ahead of Huddersfield test

  • August 16, 2013 at 14:29
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    SL Yes it is important so is keeping a clean sheet, and if you go behind the ability to get back on terms as soon as possible, as far as having great opptunities in front goal thats what we want see goals and not read about excusses any more.

    Lets get this season up and running tomorrow and give us something to shout about so that the players "do" get motovated when they hear us COYL!!!!

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    • August 16, 2013 at 14:49
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      @Barnlion:
      i`ve seen the team set up at the training ground today, dunne & easter in for smith & keogh, lets stop hooving the ball to morison all the time & start playing it out from the back, we don`t wanna be called the new wimbledon of the 80`s mr lomas !!!, ps if this formation doesn`t work its got to be robbo mcdonald & martin in the team as from next week no queations asked.

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      • August 16, 2013 at 15:28
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        @mfcjon: We won't be called the new Wimbledon, because they were successful.

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      • August 16, 2013 at 15:34
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        @mfcjon: mfcjon, I agree with your sentments about hoffing the ball up, but on the other hand the Wimbledon of the 80's ending up in the top flight and won the FA Cup, I am not advocating that style of play, but expressing a wish for some amount of successthis season.

        That being playing a reasonable amount of decent football and to finish somewhere further away from last seasons finish which we could all agree was an improvement and something to build on for the next season, I can only hope for it at the moment as we look nothing like that (but still early doors).

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      • August 16, 2013 at 21:36
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        @mfcjon: The difference with Wimbledon was they had the Fash up front who's a big guy that could win it and we haven't got that.

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    • August 16, 2013 at 23:24
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      I think people should give lomas a chance and give him some time to get it right get behind him and we will do well coyl

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  • August 16, 2013 at 14:34
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    Has SL copied and pasted a quip from Jacketts old posts ! Whenever Jackett used to say that we used to concede the 1st goal and lose anyway.

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  • August 16, 2013 at 15:03
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    SL Winning is the only option,no more talk by you or the players start to deliver.

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  • August 16, 2013 at 15:35
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    First goal isn't key if you score it and lose 10 - 1 is it Steve. I'd say the winning goal is key. More silly talk from our manager who appears to me is becoming more bonkers by the minute - but then he is Irish. Please get a grip Mr Lomas and put a side out that plays in a manner to take full advantage of it's own talents and then we'll see some goals and victories especially at home. It would make a welcome change. Stop all this chit chat and tactics discussing with cub reporters and leave them to their speculation whilst getting on with your own job.

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    • August 16, 2013 at 16:51
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      @Old_Les: Les, I'm sorry mate but I have to agree with the gaffer. The first goal "is" key if you know anything about sports phsycology! It motivates the players making them feel like they are on top of the game and in control thus producing the motivation to score again and rational decision making on the field of play. Once you conceed its almost becomes an uphill struggle! Its all about controlling the game and I think we may see a difference tomorrow. I'm also confident that if we don't......then it will come. Good luck boys!

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      • August 16, 2013 at 17:07
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        @kempo_123: Sports phsycology - a fancy poncy modern expression for basic s*** we've known for years but know we have all these clever people stealing a living "teaching" it and worse still mugs that listen to them. How does scoring the rist goal being "key" sit with all the results that go against sides that score first. By your strange logic (and Lomas's) the side that scores first must win. Modern b***** from dim people who need to make a simple game complicated so they can feel clever. A bit like the "professionals" who consider the man in the stand knows nothing.

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        • August 16, 2013 at 17:56
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          @Old_Les: OK Les, didn't mean to upset anyone! Last time I checked this was a section of the website designed for discussion of the topic above, you disagree with the gaffer's comments where as I agree with him! Simple as that mate! Chill!

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          • August 16, 2013 at 18:09
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            @kempo_123: Chill??? F*** me we've grown another yuppie

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        • August 16, 2013 at 19:53
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          @Old_Les: u love winding em up don't ya!!

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          • August 16, 2013 at 20:34
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            @bonnie1272: Ya?? Speak English please you're not David Cameron's lovechild from Chipping Sodbury

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          • August 16, 2013 at 21:16
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            @old les. How do you know?

            I might be the love child of edwina currie and John major.

            However that would make me a proper caaaannttt wouldn't it!

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      • August 17, 2013 at 08:45
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        @kempo_123:

        So if, God forbid, we go behind how exactly does droning on about the importance of scoring first help players believe they can still turn things round. As for SL's comments about the game being over once we went two down last week - just how helpful was that? That's when I expect players to show a bit of grit - not give up the ghost and concede completely.

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    • August 16, 2013 at 22:46
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      @Old_Les: More silly talk from Les. Let me call you some new age names.... T***, Tool, Belmarsh, Cantankerous Old Tit.

      You let yourself down at each and every juncture Lesbian. Being Old school obviously suggests you have to enter regressive evolution to qualify. I will stay NEW school and remain more evolved than you.

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      • August 16, 2013 at 23:12
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        @JonnyBanks: Oh dear ,dear, dear f****** dear. What an utter 24 carat plonker you sound. I'd guess your a Liberal Democrat with little education and less skills.

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  • August 16, 2013 at 15:41
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    Millwall have not got to "slug it out" they have to play quality football, keep possession of the ball, be decisive, create the chances with good passing and hit the target. A win will be a confidence boosting tonic.

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    • August 16, 2013 at 15:58
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      @Peckhamlad: Peckham, we can only wish for this, but if this does happen I think all the post on this site will hopefully be very upbeat, but it would be great to see some football played by us tomorrow, we do have some players more than capable of doing it as well. Providing they they have the belife and confidence to do it

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  • August 16, 2013 at 15:50
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    SL, let's just try and score 'a' goal.

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  • August 16, 2013 at 16:08
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    @Longfield Lion: Wonder if JB pays a league win bonus, don't suppose anyone can remember that far back. 😉

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  • August 16, 2013 at 18:25
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    More importantly, our heads must not drop if we go a goal down!? COYL

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  • August 16, 2013 at 18:58
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    "First goal key says Millwall boss" lol no s***.

    What's next from Lomas: "More goals key says Millwall boss"

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  • August 16, 2013 at 19:07
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    Long time reader, first time poster 🙂 I think that with some of the stick Lomas has been given for our first two results, anything less than a win tomorrow will be hard to get over... It's all good and well saying it's ''only'' the start of the season, but there has to be a point when we say right, this is not good enough. We lost at home to virtually a league 1 side (bar two additions I think) and away to a team that, taking into consideration our new signings, on paper, we should of beat. Only two games in and we've already dropped 6 points against 2 of the ''lesser'' teams in the division, god help us when we meet the QPR s and Wigan's... COYL!!

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  • August 16, 2013 at 19:34
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    I would like a win, not at all costs, but a win, my confidence is low, so I'll watch with trepidation.
    Where has the determination to do well to win gone, the players dont have in my book the yearning.
    I'll sorry but I feel we might scrape a draw, Oh how I'd love to be wrong

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  • August 16, 2013 at 20:44
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    I gotta us down for a 2-0 win season kicks on from tomorrow , is that English enough for you les .

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    • August 16, 2013 at 21:54
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      @spanner41: no full stop, comma in the wrong position!!
      U know he will moan!!
      Lol

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  • August 16, 2013 at 23:31
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    Coyl get behind lomas tomra boys

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  • August 17, 2013 at 01:19
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    Honestly more of you people should listen to old les,he talk's and write's sense.we should all remember the team we grew up and loved it ain't this load of s*** already you can see thie ginger p**** will stick with that load of f**** and the new overage s***.Millwall used to be a team that was feared.we ain't got that now,especially with all these tree huggers that follows us

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    • August 17, 2013 at 08:40
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      @battersealion: tree huggers? Well there's a first for everything!

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