Millwall boss won't point the finger amid defensive woes

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

STEVE Lomas insists Millwall have to defend better as a unit – and that it would be unfair to single out his back four for conceding so many goals.

The 3-1 loss at Bolton left the Lions with the joint-worst defensive record in the division along with Barnsley, who are the next opponents at The Den after the international break.

But Lomas says it will take a collective improvement to keep clean sheets.



He said: "At the start of the season we were conceding goals because of individual errors in terms of people getting done from set pieces and mistakes around our box. At the moment we need to tighten up as a team.

"It is not just the back four, it is the whole unit. It wasn't just the back four who kept a clean sheet against Charlton, so to start pointing fingers would be wrong."

And the Millwall boss says injuries have played a major part in his side's defensive record.



"What does not help is having to make change upon change to your defence, because that is the one area where you really want a bit of continuity," Lomas said. "You want to have a bit familiarity there.

"We were starting to get a settled team and then Scott Malone and Mark Beevers get injured, and it's not like they were short-term things. Beeves was out for six weeks and, although Scotty's isn't as bad, it still causes disruption.

"If you look at Burnley, I wonder how many times they have had to change their back four? We've certainly had more than our fair share of injuries. But like I said, I don't want that to be used as an excuse.

"Regardless of who plays, we have got to get better defensively. A lot of our play is to be admired because we're certainly knocking the ball around better and creating more chances but that all counts for nothing when we concede poor goals.

"If you can keep it to zeroes and ones in the against column, you have got half a chance.

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23 thoughts on “Millwall boss won't point the finger amid defensive woes

  • November 13, 2013 at 12:04
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    Not pro Lomas or against Lomas. The fact of the matter is the goals against column is a huge concern, I still think it will come good for us as Lomas said himself with a settled back four which we haven't had all season. Malone, Beevers, Robbo and Hoyte when match fit for me. Offers width with Bailey sitting in front of the two center halfs and allows the two forward men on the flanks to cut in and support McDonald up top. The formation Lomas wants to use will work but only with the right players playing in them positons! The first half display against Burnley barr the last 5 minutes was superb, absorbing the pressure and being direct with the ball when we had it.

    Barnsley is a must win for me! COYL!

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  • November 13, 2013 at 12:05
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    Point it at yourself for picking danny shittu week in week out!

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  • November 13, 2013 at 12:15
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    Omer we need to do it throughout the game not just the first 40 minutes mate, also thats big of him not pointing the finger look in the mirror Lomas first, you can point as many fingers as you want but it all comes to the same person YOU! right or wrong the manager/coach is responsible for results.

    We are a third of the way through the season and we are not in a good place, you have moved players on and you have brought new players in, the new ones should by now be match fit and intergrated into the team and your style of playing, but from the stands a lot of the time it does not seem that way.

    If you want to be mentioned in the same breath as some of our previous mangers "Spackman Nichol" to name but a few carry on in the same vein mate and you will enter the hall of SHAME!

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    • November 13, 2013 at 13:39
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      @Barnlion: Add ANDERSON and PETCHEY to that list mate!

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      • November 13, 2013 at 16:39
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        @robsep2b: Rob I will start again then, as there are a few more, but you get the general idea mate eh.

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  • November 13, 2013 at 12:17
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    Just lower your head that's got a point on it.

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  • November 13, 2013 at 12:56
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    Sorry, Robo at fault for two goals, he is looking weak, only 1st division standard for me!! And with Shittu not at his best, well we need another Beavers with a right foot!!!

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  • November 13, 2013 at 13:09
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    HE IS RIGHT...IT WAS THE REFS FAULT...RECALL LAST WEEKS PATHETIC STATEMENT

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  • November 13, 2013 at 13:10
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    Hmm SL the buck stops with you pal.
    You rightly say you'll not point fingers at the back four but worryingly it dont look like being sorted any time soon.
    I hope the goals against will not come back to bite us in the a*** cause more times than not the teams with the worst goals against go down. I'd like to think we're good enough to stsy up but we certainly have no right to. Wolves were one of the best teams i see at home last season - although we were absolute s*** - and went down with a good expensive squad.
    Time to step up mr Lomas and show your metal.
    Barnsley a long over due and must win.
    Sort it out asap.

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  • November 13, 2013 at 13:47
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    The way football goes, you'd think that the Barnsley match will be a high scoring affair, what with both team's defences leakier than a Swiss Cheese rowing boat. Therefore don't be that surprised if it ends up 0-0 or 1-0!

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  • November 13, 2013 at 13:51
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    I think we can safely say that we're in the relegation battle and thats where we'll remain 3 wins out of 15 is a disgrace for the squad we have!! I can't understand how SL has managed to turn one of the best defences in the league in to the worst!! The SPL is about his level - I'll remain behind the manager and the team but I dont think Lomas will turn it around sadly!!

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  • November 13, 2013 at 14:39
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    Regardless if Lomas wants to point the finger or not there is 10000 people who know the score and if the players are true to themselves they know who f***** up and who has let the side down anyway so i don't give a s*** what Lomas says.

    I appreciate that he doesn't want to have a team that is demotivated and pointing the finger would probably do that. However, players need to start taking responsibility for how they have performed and Lomas needs to take responsibility for not picking our only consistent CB. Nuff said!!

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  • November 13, 2013 at 15:45
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    Three wins in 15, a 20% win percentage, three points outside the dropzone and the second worst goal difference in the division, the ‘Lomas Effect’. Say no more!

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  • November 13, 2013 at 15:46
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    Three wins in 15, a 20% win percentage, three points outside the dropzone and the second worst goal difference in the division, the ‘Lomas Effect’.

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    • November 13, 2013 at 16:40
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      @chunn1976: Copyright FootballFanCast

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  • November 13, 2013 at 16:53
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    I wouldn't read into this article too much. No manager with half a brain would ever publically criticise a player or players. That's our ( the fans ) job to do that. Keep the faith , we're gonna be ok. I said it the other day , we will batter Barnsley next week , no problem. 4.1 is my guess.

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  • November 13, 2013 at 17:27
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    At this rate we'll have conceded 95 by the end of the season! So what is the price for a 0-0 against leaky Barnsley?

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  • November 13, 2013 at 17:54
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    Barnsley is already a 'six- pointer'.............but then, so was Yeovil ! Sorry !

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  • November 13, 2013 at 18:08
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    Steve lomas is a useless clueless c*** who won't take the blame for his mistakes he's the 1 who picks shittu every week what other club has 3 right backs 4 if you count jack smith if we don't beat Barnsley he's got to go

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  • November 13, 2013 at 18:44
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    So referees are to blame and or injuries to key players at key times.

    We'll it wasn't injuries that caused SL to play 25 players this season was it.

    And I can count on no finger the amount of times the referees have selected the team.

    More lame excuses trying to cover up the ineptitude of himself.

    Yes we do need a consistent back four. But add to that midfield and strikers, which week in week out have changed unless we were victorious in the previous game.

    How are the defence supposed to know what the person in front of them is doing if they change every week as well.

    FFS last week he changed the back four again and not through injury but because he thought he could get a better right back.

    Stop tinkering and start working out your best eleven. Once done you will realise that you have made mistakes with several of your purchases and loans.

    Get rid of the scattergun approach and educate those you have to the way you want them to play.

    Then and only then will results come.

    If you can't do that then f*** off.

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  • November 13, 2013 at 19:37
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    Oh dear!

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  • November 13, 2013 at 19:55
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    "If you can keep it to zeroes and ones in the against column, you have got half a chance."

    KJ quote is it not?

    Ambler signed Shittu but have no faith in SL in choosing him. Lowry and Beevers may be the best pairing but even with injuries the squad depth needs quality and if those stepping in for injurys aren't good enough then who is to blame for that. Build from the back and the team do need to defend as a unit but the players don't seem to know what to do. All we seem to read on here with SL is 'referree' this and 'need to do better' that. Wish he would give us something to be happy with because pretty passing doesn't equal points as Rioch found out. I just think the players don't have much time for him and probably secretly don't give him much time either. If that's the case, would they really put in 100% every game?

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  • November 14, 2013 at 19:08
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    Dunne Robbo Beevers Malone
    Should be the first choice back four when they are all fit and not suspended.
    In my humble opinion it is the right balance.

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