Lomas: Millwall getting short end of the stick from referees

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STEVE Lomas felt his Millwall side were once again on the wrong end of some poor refereeing decisions during their 3-1 defeat at Bolton.

Lomas was unhappy that referee Graham Scott ignored a head injury sustained by Nicky Bailey in the build up to Rob Hall's opening goal in just the fifth minute of the match.

And he felt the visitors had two strong penalty claims dismissed.



But the Northern Irishman admits the Lions, who now have the joint-worst defensive record in the Championship, must tighten up at the back.

"I'm bitterly disappointed about the first goal," he said. "It is clearly a head injury and the fourth official said that into his mic five times, but the referee's earpiece wasn't working.

"But the referee saw the incident and still didn't call it. It is probably the first time this year I've seen play waved on when a player has a head injury.



"It's a key position for us because Nicky offers us some protection in front of our back four. We seem to be getting the short end of the stick more times than not when it comes to decisions.

"I spoke to the ref and he said his earpiece wasn't working, but that's irrelevant because he saw the incident and didn't think it was a head injury.

"We had a couple of penalty claims turned down as well.

"We had a handball claim where Justin Hoyte goes inside Alex Baptiste and it hits his hand – you maybe get them one week but the next week you don't.

"The challenge by Medo on Martyn Waghorn was definitely a penalty because he didn't win the ball and his foot was high. It's a free-kick in any other area of the pitch."

But Lomas said Millwall only had themselves to blame for losing the match, having hauled themselves level through Jermaine Easter's second goal of the season.

And he was particularly frustrated to concede a second goal before the interval.

He said: "We regrouped and showed courage and resilience to get back in the game – only to shoot ourselves in the foot. To get back to 1-1 with four minutes until half time, you've got to see it through.

"At 1-1, the second half would have been difficult for Bolton but they were able to sit deep and soak up pressure. We were growing into the game so we hurt ourselves. We can't keep coming back from behind.

"There was a lot of good stuff but we've got to get tighter at the back and stop conceding silly goals at crucial times. We have to give ourselves more of a chance in games.

"We're not far away but we're conceding poor goals at critical periods. We kept the ball well in the second half but we could have been a little bit more creative."

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58 thoughts on “Lomas: Millwall getting short end of the stick from referees

  • November 9, 2013 at 18:20
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    Where has the reports gone aldo or is it my phone ?

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  • November 9, 2013 at 18:22
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    Same old crock of s***

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  • November 9, 2013 at 18:23
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    Full of excuses Lomas. The squad is good enough to more than compete but the problem is we are making defensive mistakes almost every game. We cannot defend set pieces and players are being beaten and caught out all the time. These are mainly the players that were quite solid last season so why have we gone from being decent defensively and no cutting edge up front to useless in defence and creative up front? Can only be the Manager and/ or the coaching staff. Need to get a defensive coach with a good pedigree in or a more experienced manager/ assistant.

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  • November 9, 2013 at 18:29
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    45-21-23 before any nigerian scammers get excited that's not my sort code it's our sequence of goals against home and away over the last six games. Talking about nigerian scammers that reminds me that Danny needs to drop the tu from his surname...........Beevers GET WELL SOON !!!!

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  • November 9, 2013 at 18:31
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    By the way Stevie, just to let you know, Millwall not getting the rub of the green from referees is not really a new thing!

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  • November 9, 2013 at 18:37
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    Look guy's lets not lose faith here a lets be brutally honest, how many of us actually thought we'd win ? i personally would have taken a draw. Bolton beeat us for the first time since they got relegated so they were due a win against us just like we're due a ein next week against barnsley.
    Mcdonald picked up a slight knee injury so was not risked beevers was never going to start and hoyte made his debut. The odd's were not in our favour. The biggest shame is malone being injured as i believe the back line with him and hoyte will be much more organised and balanced which we havent had yet.
    I'm dissapointed today as we're desparate for three points i believe we'll spank barnsley next
    week and we're not far away from a consistant starting eleven.
    Is it really worth getting rid of lomas right now considering the whole club is in transition
    From senior squad to youth set up coaching staff and now the scouting set up. Yeah we lost and sitting rather uncomfortably above the bottom three but had we won we'd have sung sl's prsises, we didnt so we do the ptedictable.
    It will come good guys just turn up to the home games and back the boys and then the resst will folow.

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    • November 9, 2013 at 22:00
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      @lukesmithmfc: not necessarily losing the faith but it sooooo many games this year, our luck/performances are down to poor decisions by the man in the middle.

      It's never our defences or worse still SL'a fault.

      Same results - same excuses.

      And I personally am fed up with hearing it,

      Sorry Luke!

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    • November 10, 2013 at 08:46
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      @lukesmithmfc: losing faith?! Luke mate my faith went when we lead Bournemouth 2-0 and ended up losing 5-2 then went on to concede another 8/9 goals in a week!! (Sorry I lost count to be honest)

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    • November 10, 2013 at 08:48
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      @lukesmithmfc: @lukesmithmfc: losing faith?! Luke mate my faith went when we lead Bournemouth 2-0 and ended up losing 5-2 then went on to concede another 8/9 goals in a week!! (Sorry I lost count to be honest)

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  • November 9, 2013 at 18:39
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    Tomorrow, every fault is to be amended; but that tomorrow never comes.
    Benjamin Franklin or Steve Lomas?

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  • November 9, 2013 at 18:43
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    Blame the ref for poor defences,,,yeah of course it's easy really

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  • November 9, 2013 at 18:44
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    Same old excuses

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  • November 9, 2013 at 18:51
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    I need help with the Morrison situation, when we first signed him I thought he would be a great signing, back at Millwall and a proven goal scorer. It now seems that Waghorne and Mc Donald are first choice with Easter next. Ok he got Morrison first then the others become available and have proved a better bet. So where does Morrison stand, I would imagine he is one of our highest paid players, and they would normally be in the side, hence the high wages. So if he has slipped that far down the pecking order, is it time to move him on and spend the money elsewhere. That is if we can, can anyone explain his loan agreement to me. I like Morrison but something's not quite right with his situation does anyone know what's going on.

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    • November 9, 2013 at 18:56
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      @sups8892: I think we agreed a years loan upfront. So he's ours to the end of the season at least mate.

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    • November 9, 2013 at 18:57
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      @sups8892: He's the only player we've got that can score from anywhere, except the bench.

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      • November 9, 2013 at 19:17
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        @lion.ie:@lion.ie: Yes we did agree a years loan upfront (with no recall) but the problem is at the back not the front, we have only failed once to score since August 17 th I repeat my previous post..

        45-21-23 before any nigerian scammers get excited that's not my sort code it's our sequence of goals against home and away over the last six games. Talking about nigerian scammers that reminds me that Danny needs to drop the tu from his surname...........Beevers GET WELL SOON !!!!

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      • November 9, 2013 at 20:40
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        @lion.ie: I am also a fan of Morro he needs to play 90 minutes, he was a slow starter first time round. We need to play to his strengths. Start him and he will come good.

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        • November 9, 2013 at 22:54
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          @potty1: I agree and he needs to feed off of another striker in a duo. The system
          Doesn't fit him and doesn't make him a bad player.

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          • November 10, 2013 at 12:04
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            @bonnie1272: I would have loved to see him operate with Wood.

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    • November 9, 2013 at 23:36
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      @sups8892: Morison just hasn't been performing or working hard enough At least easter works his socks off and has scored two goals. Keep him in the team.

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      • November 10, 2013 at 18:10
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        @Peckhamlad: Morison scored a hat-trick in a reserve match so if he wasn't bothered wht did he put that shift in? But your obviously a big Easter fan so no point in discussing it.

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        • November 10, 2013 at 19:08
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          @lion.ie: Scoring 3 goals against Gillingham and Easter scored 2. Easter has not been given a full game yet and the last two times he has scored, Morison just isn't giving his best at moment. Either that is because of the formation SL is playing or he is not on form. East for me tries fasr harder and puts himself about a lot more , but nothing is static and it might change.

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          • November 10, 2013 at 21:07
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            @Peckhamlad: Exactly, three goals vs Gillingham in a behind the scenes match. He needn't have bothered but he did, kind of kills the just here for the money theory. Too many people on here looking for people to blame and missing the obvious.

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    • November 10, 2013 at 22:29
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      @sups8892: i would like him to show more of a good attitude and fight for his place morrison is not worth a cup of cold tea as far as i am concerned, wish we could get rid of him.he is one of the the worst professionals i have seen at millwall he wants it all his own way and wont fight for the team.just ask the norwich fans and why did leeds let him go,he has ability but wrong attitude get rid of him i say.

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  • November 9, 2013 at 19:07
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    Bemoaning your luck like this is fruitless .... It's a game, play the whistle and make you own luck, by scoring goals and a hatfull of them, then mistake wont matter. ...... Try harder next time (sounds like a school report I had years ago)

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  • November 9, 2013 at 19:22
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    SL there's 2 things that come with Millwall 1st we always get s*** refs it goes with territory, 2nd your not the right manager for the job your always looking to lay the blame elsewhere and yet again trying to deflect that the problem is You
    At this rate at the end of season our points tally will be a record low for the championship please Go !!!.

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    • November 9, 2013 at 19:37
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      @southstand: What lower points than Yeovil? Get real !!

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  • November 9, 2013 at 19:37
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    He will be blaming lurch next

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  • November 9, 2013 at 19:42
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    Blaming the ref just doesn't hold water I'm afraid.
    It's the same old, same old story. Total inconsistency that is evident like veins through marbled cheese.
    Change the right back. tweak this, tweak that. Everytime we change something, another leak appears. It's like a hose near the radiator. Put a new one in and it puts pressure on the others. Then, they leak too.
    Can't anyone see it's the centre halves that are the root of the troubles ?
    Goals from set plays. Not defending corners. How many games have we conceded 5 mins before half time ?
    How Shittu is classified as an asset is beyond me. Beevers back for whom ? Shittu or Robinson ?
    Martin for Woolford ?
    Morison for Waghorn ?
    442 or 4321 ?
    It's all a crock of s****.
    I want my Millwall back.

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    • November 9, 2013 at 20:01
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      @NICKOLA: Centre half, centre half, centre half! It's been staring him in the face since day one and he has done fk all to address it. I'm still neither Lomas In or Lomas Out, even at this stage, but the needle is definitely pushing firmly toward the red.

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  • November 9, 2013 at 19:44
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    Me i dont care what anyone says or likes WHEN we go down i for one will be very pleased,
    Steve Lomas will be sacked when that happens (i hope )
    and when we are in league 1 we will have the team to get us back,I have supported millwall for many years,thick and thin but the last two seasons enough is enough we need change from top to bottom CRAP managers only bring CRAP players some of the squad are ryunning around with thumbs up their arsenals thinking yhey are better then any other player.morison please please GO back to leeds you have no will to play for us your only here to treat it like a training session why ho why take jimmy off he was doing well for us,
    Anyway this my moan and how i feel what anyone else is up to them,

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      • November 11, 2013 at 20:17
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        @jim1222: this is just my moan and how I feel if you don't like tough.

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  • November 9, 2013 at 20:02
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    Has he gone yet?

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  • November 9, 2013 at 20:12
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    3 points next game or SL has to go

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    • November 9, 2013 at 20:45
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      @neil: Can't be too many teams that can count Barnsley at home as a critical game but the fact of the matter is if we can't beat them, we have to go back to late September for our last victory, I've waited longer for sex than that........

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  • November 9, 2013 at 20:38
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    I think we have lost the balance since malone got injured and we dont have no cover so i dont understand why lomas has wasted a wage on another right back. Barnsley is a massive game now.

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  • November 9, 2013 at 22:29
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    Excuses again. Somebody has to face facts and very soon. We do have the players to compete in this league but we don't have the manager (sorry, people of my age still call them managers not coaches) who can make them gel. SL, you're probably a decent bloke and were a decent player but you have been, are and will remain out of your depth at this point in your career. Sometimes you have to look in the mirror and be honest with yourself and being honest means saying 'I need to step aside'. If you can't do that then the board must say, thanks for trying but this hasn't worked, goodbye.

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    • November 10, 2013 at 11:12
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      @Chipplefuddywick: be careful what you wish for, rumour has it Warnock turned down The Stripey Nigels last week and is looking to get back into football management.

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  • November 9, 2013 at 22:42
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    Thing is even under jackett last season we were dropping like a stone and it just generally seems we deserve to be where we are i hate to say it is brutal truth. i think there is to much expectation on us. we are a heart and soul club that staying in the division is priority even by a point. as long as the effort is there i will be fully behind the team. scotty mcdonald and trotter are massive though deserve to be playing at this level.

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  • November 10, 2013 at 01:09
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    WE (the supporters) are getting the short end from YOU Mr Lomas. Enough bull****! Referees will always have a different agenda when officiating at our games. My concern is that here we are in the 2nd week of November and still there is no sign of attaining a consistent level of results or performance that motivates the fans, players and hierarchy at the club. 3-1 is a setback, particularly when you consider our recent efforts against the more 'fancied' teams. This coupled with your pre-season assertions that we would do well just doesn't stack up. What are you goinf

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  • November 10, 2013 at 09:15
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    With Shittu,Robinson and forde in the back 4,we are NOT good enough to keep teams from scoring for fun.
    I fear for SL if we do not beat Barnsley.

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  • November 10, 2013 at 10:26
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    For the first goal, Robinson missed an easy tackle, then nearly fell over trying to cut out the pass to the scorer because of lack of balance. Beckford then gets a chance - Robbo just watched Beckford receive a pass and nearly score, with Shittu nowhere to be seen, and Forde was left stranded out of position. On the second one, Shittu stands still while watching the ball go past him. For their third goal, the scored waltzes past Robinson, with Shittu about ten yards behind the ball. Shittu and Robinson were all over the place and need to be replaced by Lowry and Beevers NOW!

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    • November 10, 2013 at 11:09
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      @junkmale: I think Shittu is the problem, Robbo is covering a lot of his positioning errors and is catching flack as a result. Beevers and Robbo are by far our best CB pairing. What concerns me is the lack of quality cover. Osborne & Shittu are not up to it, or so it would seem.

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      • November 10, 2013 at 18:13
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        @glyngo: Spot on Glyngo, playing alongside Shittu with his dodgy GPS would make anybody look worse.

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  • November 10, 2013 at 13:20
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    can blame the f****** refs all day loooong it won't change the f****** results we need to play better simple as, if lomas can't get this f****** system to work , which obviously seems to be the case then it's back to basics the team clearly not comfortable playing this way , he has to go we need someone with knowledge at this level , the fact of the matter is you get what ya f****** pay for you go to primark you get primark quality you go to ralph lauren you get ralph lauren quality , you bring in lomas you get lomas quality , you bring in sean dyche or babbel you get F****** RESULTS . cheap n cheerful this is not!

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    • November 10, 2013 at 14:32
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      @steveomfc5: I don't think there is anything wrong with the system, although I'm not a great fan of zonal marking. The problem is our central defence.

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      • November 10, 2013 at 14:39
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        @junkmale: well something is drastically wrong and needs to be fixed quick time

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  • November 10, 2013 at 14:40
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    Can't keep conceding the number of goals we are at present. 17 goals in the last 6 games is ridiculous !
    Shittu and Robbo need dropping. Both of them look flat footed and out of their depth.
    They are also looking way past there best.
    With the international break coming up, this is the perfect opportunity to get a new defence in place.
    Let's see how Lowery and Beevers do as a central pairing with Hoyte and Malone in the full back positions.

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    • November 11, 2013 at 00:42
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      @Syd the Lion: @Syd the Lion:
      Not another poxy international break! No wonder we're struggling to get a run together.

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  • November 10, 2013 at 18:25
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    Time to go, let's have Colin Cooper

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  • November 10, 2013 at 18:49
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    Syd, don't post too often, but it is plainly obvious that Robbo and Shittu are not up to the task. Its very easy to get sentimental about past glories, but the reality is that along with Smith, Dunney, etc they just can't hack it at this level. the standard is much higher than it was a few seasons ago. Beavers + 1 might get us through until the Jan window, but if we intend to play football from the back we need to bring in some centre halves who are comfortable on the ball when they've got the beach ball at their feet.
    I have not been anti-Lomas like so many on this site, but I have to say that he is naive in persevering with his 4-3-2-1 system when most of the the players in his squad clearly aren't up to it. Its OK in the Prem with the high quality players available, but a bridge too far with our motley crew. Unless he gets his head around the fact that you've got to play a more basic system that gets the best out of the players available to you (which KJ was very good at) you're on a very slippery slope.

    I hope he is realistic enough to get his act together before its too late.

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    • November 10, 2013 at 21:14
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      @'wallDen: You might be right about Robbo but I'd be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt alongside somebody other than Shittu. The problem with Lomas for me is he cannot see the obvious deficiencies in the team and he has little or no humility.

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  • November 10, 2013 at 21:46
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    I would like you to take a bit more responsibility Lomas for performances and results. Man up.
    Beevers back in next time out with Mcdonald and I expect us to beat Barnsley.

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  • November 11, 2013 at 09:03
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    We're not far away? We're not far away from the drop!

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  • November 11, 2013 at 21:27
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    I think our next four games ,will be the end of mr lomas,barnsley,forest,and wigan all at home and Leicester away surely will prove to much,for his style of play,that the squad are playing.i am afraid that the writing was on the wall last season about where we stand in the league and this season will be no different if not worse.

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