Millwall boss fears Malone has suffered serious knee injury

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STEVE Lomas fears Scott Malone suffered a serious knee injury against Burnley.

The left back had to be substituted seven minutes into Saturday's 2-2 draw after landing awkwardly and later returned to the bench on crutches and wearing a protective boot.

"We're a little bit worried about Scott to be honest," Lomas said. "It's a knee injury but we won't know the extent of it until Monday.



"He's on crutches and we're genuinely concerned that it might be a bad one."

Goals from Scott McDonald and Danny Shittu had given the Lions an early lead at The Den, but the league leaders replied through Sam Vokes' header and Shane Lowry's own goal.

"When you go 2-0 up it's a delicate scoreline," Lomas said. "We wanted to get to half time at 2-0 but their goal was a little bit of misfortune – the cross cannons of Shane's shoulder and pops up for Vokes to score from three yards. I can't blame anyone for that.



"The second goal was poor. We needed to defend better, we didn't and paid the price for it. The lads xanax were all disappointed but the level of performances in the last three games have been very good but for small margins, a little bit of luck and a few decisions going our way, but we're not far away.

"I pay credit to the lads because Burnley are a good team and their front two are a handful. We hung in there. At 2-1 up maybe we need to take one of the half-chances we had and kill the game off, but it was another entertaining game for the fans. Performances have been a lot better and we are fighting and scrapping for each other."

Asked whether Millwall's league position does not accurately reflect their recent displays, Lomas added: "We are where we are. All managers will say the same – do I think we should have more points? Yeah, it is beyond doubt that we should be further up the league.

"We've played three of the top teams recently and competed with every one of them, so now we need to two or three wins to shoot us up the table because it's so tight."

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31 thoughts on “Millwall boss fears Malone has suffered serious knee injury

  • November 2, 2013 at 18:24
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    That's a shame. If there is any serious damage done, then I wish Scott Malone a quick and full recovery. COYL!!!

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  • November 2, 2013 at 20:09
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    Will be a big loss, Lowry was very poor when he came on and looks out of his depth and lacking confidence

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    • November 3, 2013 at 09:33
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      @Davey: agree Davey.

      He looked worse than I remember last season and looked very uncomfortable in that position.

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  • November 2, 2013 at 20:11
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    Will be a big loss as has made a big difference since he has come into the side. Let's hope it's not as bad as they think. Lowry was very poor when he came on and looks out of his depth and lacking confidence

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  • November 2, 2013 at 20:12
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    Will be a big loss as has made a big difference since he has come into the side. Let's hope it's not as bad as they think.

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  • November 2, 2013 at 20:26
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    Heroes all.

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  • November 2, 2013 at 20:29
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    'small margins' like the lucky rebound for Easter's equaliser against QPR or when Le Fondre hit the post when he should have put Reading two up, or the post saving us today after being two up. I'd worry more about the bigger margins Steve like our goals conceded column or your failure to recognise, despite 'knowing all about our squad', that we needed a new centre half at the start of the season instead of another crocked midfielder and a loan signing who's seen better days offloaded by Our 'Arry.

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  • November 2, 2013 at 20:41
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    Derry was awful today....Trotter seemed to be struggling at the end ..shittu was suspect at the back and gor turned too many times....beavers is close to returning ..the sooner the better...and poor Malone our player of the year so far..it looked serious and seems so ..wishing you a speedy recovery mate. Steve some work needs to be done quickly..and getcrid of morison....he just aint interested in anything! !!

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  • November 2, 2013 at 20:50
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    Here we go again! Player hits a purple patch then bang, he's out injured. Really can't believe our luck at times coupled with so many bad officials. One thing is for sure though - Lowry certainly knows where the goal is!

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    • November 3, 2013 at 09:35
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      @NO1LIKESUS: if only he could tech Morison. Lol

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  • November 2, 2013 at 20:58
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    Have started praying to the good man above it's not a bad one, as you are the main mAn Scotty at left back, Lowry not a patch on you!!

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  • November 3, 2013 at 08:39
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    Malone was really starting to deliver on his potential so this is a setback. Lowry is an adequate replacement, but he is a better centre half. Looks like we will be getting a loan player in again at left back. Beevers can't come back soon enough but my reservations about Robinson remain. If we get through the season OK I can see Lomas looking to get in quite a few defenders next summer. Morison should be sent back to Leeds. I can't see how he fits in to the style of play Lomas is developing and with Keogh and Easter on the bench why do we need him anyway? Even if he was bothered to put a shift in, Morison must be taking up a large chunk of the wages budget.

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  • November 3, 2013 at 09:04
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    Just a point .....a few on this site have said we won't go down because of the dross below us.....errr time to wake up because that dross are starting to pick up 3 points instead if one. ..Sheffield Wednesday for one have been in the loan market. ..in Connor Wickham whos hungry for first team action...andcwe haveca lazy git called morison...Come on SL find someone like that please orcwexwill become embroiled in that dross stvthe bottom

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    • November 4, 2013 at 08:38
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      @millwallphil: Doncaster, Barnsley and Yeovil are dross, but you're right, we finish below one of those and we are down.

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  • November 3, 2013 at 09:14
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    Shame but I thought Lowry put in his best performance of the season when he came on. He is more defensively minded than Malone so plays a very different game. Trotter was good and I think the loss af domination in MF came when Derry came off. Not that he was particularly great but the balance of the side changed. Same again when Feeney came on. Half of his crosses went out of play.

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    • November 3, 2013 at 09:43
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      @glyngo: although I would have taken a draw before the start, the end result was disappointing.
      Lowry couldn't distribute and looked like a fish out of water and as you say feeney was poor when he came on and upset the balance of the team. He never delivered a first time cross and just seemed to want to take too many touches.
      Having said that, there were some good performances from robbo, smith, trotter, macdonald and waghorn.
      A good result all in all and I think maybe a springboard to better results.
      Wish Malone a very speedy recovery and let's hope beevers gets back soon to replace shittu. He looked ok in the air but somewhat off the pace of the whole game.

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      • November 3, 2013 at 11:38
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        @bonnie1272: Can't argue with that point about Shittu, he had a poor game and kept falling over. It was only luck that stopped his immobility giving away a goal, and totally agree that Waghorn/MacD/Robbo/Smith/Bailey and Trotter did well. I noticed that no one is mentioningWoolwford, whoa again put in a manful shift and really adds some bite to the midfield as well as builds good attacks. I woudld only want to see him crossing more but his position always brings him inside.

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  • November 3, 2013 at 09:16
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    A draw against Burnley and strong performance is still a good result though. We now need to get points from lower teams, although you can only class Barnsley ad that in our next three games.

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  • November 3, 2013 at 09:19
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    All the lads played to their own limitations yesterday,we know that some of them are not the best on the ball or at creating chances,but they gave the best and that's all we can ask for, Trotter was by far the best player on the pitch, what worries me is that it is the support is not anywhere near what is needed,
    Super Scott
    Super Scott
    Super Scott McDonald .

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    • November 3, 2013 at 13:04
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      @wandererwall:
      Trotter was fantastic I agree. The whole team seemed to centre around him. He had a great game

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  • November 3, 2013 at 10:52
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    At least progress is being made, now lets start winning a few. Now is a better time than ever with Bolton being our next victims. COYL!!!

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  • November 3, 2013 at 12:09
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    Sometimes I just think there are a few people who however well the team plays have to try to pick on a few players they do not like, no matter how ell they do play. Millwall have picked up points against Reading, QPR and Burnley all at the top at the time, a few weeks ago we were struggling, slowly but surely the team is beginning to play football again, losing Scott Malone will be a blow no doubt and hopefully he will recover sooner than later.
    Shittu takes the advantage of a shot at goal and scores via a deflection, he works hard and is strong, at the moment he is needed in the side and he is doing a good job. Feeney returns comes on as a sub and is immediatley castigated for failing to put in a few good crosses. Maybe next week he will.

    If any player has not perforned to his ability it is Morison, and I would much rather see Easter who works hard and causes problems in the box.
    The team are coming together under SL's guidance get behind them rather than being negative.

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    • November 3, 2013 at 13:46
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      @Peckhamlad: no one deliberately wants to be negative, and we are all entitled to our opinions. But is human nature - or at least Millwall nature - to look for positives and negatives.
      So there in lies the answer to your point. It would be a poor forum if all anyone did was offer just praise or negativity surely?

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    • November 3, 2013 at 13:59
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      @Peckhamlad: By Sean Dyche's own admission, Burnley didn't turn up for the first 40 minutes yesterday so this point might not be as solid as we all like to think given the events of the second half. We scraped a draw against QPR and got a deserved point in the injury time against Reading although we could've been two down but for Le Fondre's glaring miss. Squad player Easter will never be a better option than proven goalscorer Morison IMO and Shittu is the cause rather than the solution to a lot of our defensive problems. So it's fair to say that I don't share your optimism PL. The only thing that will start to change my point of view will be getting a few wins on the board between now and Xmas. Bolton away won't be easy but if we fail to beat Barnsley at home then all of this optimism will look pretty falsely placed.
      I want Lomas to succeed, of course, but his schoolboy pre and post match comments and his inability to sort out our defensive problems give me grave doubts at this stage.
      At the moment we are just as likely to be in the bottom three at Xmas as we are to be sitting in mid-table mediocrity.

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      • November 3, 2013 at 21:27
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        @lion.ie: I see in your recent posts you keep focussing on our pieces of luck, the times the opposition have hit the post bla bla bla, but you conveniently forget all the s*** luck we have had to put up with game after game season after season. The rubbish officials who seem to have an agenda against us the blatant penalties the goals missed from 3 yrds out, the fat b****** who runs 60yds and dies of exhaustion in the area with no one within 6ft and gets a penalty.
        So rather than be negative about how lucky we were, rejoice and savour cos its about bloody time.

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        • November 4, 2013 at 08:45
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          @Sealion: @Sealion: That's not the point, I'm talking about the last three games and about Lomas' comments regarding them. He is the one that focuses on our bad luck I'm just being the ying to his yang. Like you say, there are two sides to the coin. There's no point blaming the officials at Millwall, twas always the same and thinking about it, Robbo got away with one on Saturday.

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      • November 4, 2013 at 12:10
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        @lion.ie: burnley didnt turn because millwall played better football and didnt allow them to play there own game,so praise to millwall thats how i saw it.

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  • November 3, 2013 at 13:02
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    We need to loan a very experienced left back very quickly. It's a specialist position proved by the fact Lowry who's a centre back can't play effectively at that position. We aint had a good left back for years. Tried Frampton there , hes a centre back. Tried Craig there , centre back. Scott Barron.. enough said.
    Fingers crossed on Malone's injury.

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    • November 3, 2013 at 13:40
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      @Block 8: Maybe we should play Shittu out there? He seems to think he belongs out there and I'm losing count of the times he's stuck out on the toes of the full backs when a cross goes into the box for a goal. Same again for the first yesterday. How the fk the defensive coaching staff are failing to address this is beyond me.

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  • November 3, 2013 at 21:51
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    Malone's injury is now a great blow to us, Shittu's lost the plot and is not a left sided CB, play Lowry there it may make Shittu reaise he is replaceable, and Lowry is left footed, it helps, but he looked very nervous and made many mistakes, Morison is a complete waste of time, Derry trying! was a little too slow, Fenney on as sub played like he wanted to stay at bolton, this is what it's like playing against the officals and burnley with seven players, who wanted to try, ----- we're not far off of dropping back into the religation zone, playing like we did post our two goals, it woke burnley up and we drifted into a slumberland ---- Oh how it hurts as a supporter for just on sixty years now to see us struggle so much

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  • November 4, 2013 at 07:41
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    Malone's injury was self inflicted, a rush of blood to the head - a stupid tackle in a part of the pitch where he didn't need to lunge in.....a real shame because he has been one of the 'bright lights' so far this year!

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