Lomas: Millwall deserved luck in scrappy win over Barnsley

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

STEVE Lomas admitted luck was on Millwall's side after the Lions beat Barnsley at The Den courtesy of a fortuitous own goal.

Scott Wiseman nodded a deflected Liam Feeney cross beyond his own goalkeeper to settle a scrappy encounter between two sides at the wrong end of the table.

But Lomas felt what his team lacked in quality they made up for in endeavour.



He said: "It is nice to win ugly. We've probably played better and lost this season. We hoped that we'd get an early goal and get on the front foot, but that didn't happen.

"We had to dig in there and scrap and fight. I thought the crowd were superb – they stuck with us even though it was a bit of a fragmented game. They were excellent.

"When you are not playing at your best, you've got to hang in there, work to get that clean sheet and hopefully something will fall for you.



"We thought we had missed our chance when the 'keeper made a great save from Steve Morison so we didn't think it was going to be our day.

"We got a bit of luck with the own goal but I thought we deserved it. It was important to keep a clean sheet. Barnsley had been on a decent little run of form so we're delighted.

"It was all about the result today."

Millwall lost Liam Trotter and Jimmy Abdou to injuries in the week but Lomas hailed the display of fellow midfielder Nicky Bailey, who battled tireless throughout.

"Nicky was immense today," Lomas said. "He's really, truly getting fit and it showed because his energy levels were superb. His closing down and work rate to nullify Barnsley was vital.

"The only downside was that Nicky got booked and is banned now.

"Liam tweaked a groin and Jimmy had a little bang on his knee, just an impact one, and we are hoping he'll be back maybe Tuesday or Wednesday next week."

Victory over the Tykes came at the end of a week which had begun with national newspaper reports of unrest in the Lions' dressing room.

"It was poor journalism to put that in the paper and not phone somebody up beforehand for a quote," Lomas said. "To attribute something to an insider normally means someone has a vendetta.

"At every club there are unhappy players because they are not playing. It won't be any different in 100 years. But our players have responded in the right way and shown there's a good unity about them.

"The fans stuck with us because of the lads' work rate and commitment."

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33 thoughts on “Lomas: Millwall deserved luck in scrappy win over Barnsley

  • November 23, 2013 at 18:23
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    Which national newspaper was it that printed the 'unrest' story?

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      • November 23, 2013 at 18:36
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        @Peckhamlad: Thanks. Surprised they bothered - usually only the posh papers have stories below the Premiership.

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  • November 23, 2013 at 18:36
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    Scummy rag anyway, always looks to get a cheap shot at us. Never bought it and never will. Look forward to seeing it close down.

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    • November 24, 2013 at 10:55
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      @glyngo: Agree 100% rubbish rag.

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  • November 23, 2013 at 19:16
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    Scrappy! It wasn't even that. Nicky Bailey MOM please. Malone looked rusty. Lomas is uninspiring.

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  • November 23, 2013 at 19:29
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    Not keen on Hoyte and Moussi , they don't improve the team IMO. Robbo and Beevers looked good together. Chaplow not fit at all , Malone needs another game or 2 to get sharp. Bailey MOTM. Even Morison was ok when he came on. I'd think about a change from Woolford , he's gone off the boil a bit.

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    • November 23, 2013 at 21:39
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      @Block 8: Totally agree Block 8, we have better at the club so why get loanees in. Dunne is better than Hoyte any day not wanted at Middlesboro so why did we get him, and I think Wright is far better than Moussi. Did SL give Josh Wright a chance? First game of the season is hardly a run out, they were all rusty against Yeovil, hope he don't recall him as well, will be a right numpty if he does.

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    • November 24, 2013 at 02:18
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      @Block 8: i cant agree about morrison he did not win one header,had no movement,i thought he was well below par.as for moussi tell me what did he do wrong for a player who only joined on monday and was playing his first game for us,he made some good clearences and won some good headers when we wer under pressure,and of all the passes that went astray i cant recall one of his that did not find his man.come be fair to the man.

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      • November 24, 2013 at 09:45
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        @jim1222:
        Hello mate.
        Not so much what Moussi did wrong , it was what I saw from him. He was OK on the ball , nothing spectacular. However , his obvious lack of pace worried me. If I had a choice between him and Abdou , it's Jimmy all day for me. The same goes for Dunney over Hoyte.
        I thought Morison was ok , as he tried to link play with Feeney and a good Butland save denied him a goal.

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    • November 24, 2013 at 10:58
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      @Block 8: You cannit judge these players on their very first game for us. I can think of dozens of players who on first appearance never looked promising, but came to be great and some that did look promising but never made it. Give them time to settle.

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      • November 24, 2013 at 13:00
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        @Peckhamlad:
        Just an opinion on what I saw based on the 1st time I've seen them. I may be wrong , I may not. I know it's early , but that's the point of these forums , to post about a topic you feel you can contribute with.
        But I do fully agree with what you're saying.
        After the next game , I'm sure there'll be another opinion to share based on what was witnessed 1st hand.

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  • November 23, 2013 at 21:08
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    About time we had a bit of luck the ref will b giving their player a right b*********.

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  • November 24, 2013 at 00:13
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    Do you know something I've followed us through thick and thin but I didn't go today because I'm more sure now then ever lomas is not for us. Do you think under jacket with the money that lomas has spent would we of struggled against a poor Barnsley team? More to the point we will probably get relegated on goal difference mark my words

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    • November 24, 2013 at 00:38
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      @mfcmike: not sure about the relegation bit mike, but the rest is very valid IMO

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    • November 24, 2013 at 02:27
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      @mfcmike: whats all the doom and gloom, you and others keep blaming lomas,but 80% of goals against us have been down to bad defending and schoolboy errors.and you cant blame lomas for that.
      so you supported millwall through thick and thin,so when are you going to start attending matches again,if its when lomas leaves or is sacked i think your going to be away for along time

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    • November 24, 2013 at 02:31
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      @mfcmike: yes we struggled today but we also completely outplayed burnley for the first half the other week.

      No doubt we are woefully inconsistent but despite disappointing and underperforming on many occasions so far this season we are only 3 pts off mid table.

      Do you really think we are going to get relegated? surely you don't think Lomas will achieve worse results now he's close to a settled team capable of playing some decent stuff.

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      • November 24, 2013 at 09:04
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        @MFC Lion: not sure we are that close to a settled team. Next game bailey is suspended. Trotter will be out for a few more weeks but jimmy will be back in contention. Can't see chaplow getting an extended run either. Put that together with moussi, waghorn, Hoyte all with loans ending shortly and the inevitable training ground injuries that seem endless and it doesn't add up to settled at all.

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        • November 24, 2013 at 10:19
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          Wright and Osborne would pay for Hoyte and Moussi.
          Waghorn is going to cost us a transfer fee but hopefully that's coming from Henry and Feeney. Bailey will only miss one game and Trotter will be back soon enough.
          There are others in the current squad that appear surplus, Keogh for example, and he'll be on his way in January to release more funds.

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          • November 24, 2013 at 10:43
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            @NICKOLA: that's a lot of luck Nik!
            We are Millwall after all.

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  • November 24, 2013 at 11:01
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    It was evident how much the side missed Trotter, he has to be Millwall's priority to sign a new contract.

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    • November 24, 2013 at 20:22
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      @Peckhamlad: if trotter had played we would have won the game more easily,we did not have any one to get the ball down,and make that final telling pass,i thought their blond midfielder had a good game,we had no one able to contain him at times we seemed set up with a defensive mid field needed trotter very much so.

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  • November 24, 2013 at 11:17
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    On paper this looks a much better squad of players than KJ had.So why are they performing so poor,even against very poor opposition?Is it the Manager not getting the best out of the players?Is the Managers way of playing and formation all wrong?Take yesterday,I thought we looked a bit more dangerous in the second half when Feeney came on.Yet Lomas does not like to play wingers.It is all a mystery and very disappointing.
    Oh and to finish look at the crowd yesterday,just over 9,000,so less than that when you take of the Barnsley supporters.Southend had about the same crowd and they are League 2.

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    • November 24, 2013 at 13:31
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      @Longfield Lion: Southend where doing £5 tickets so that probably bumped the crowd up a bit, I agree with the rest of what you say. It didnt feel like we won yesterday the crowd was very quiet and not many smiling faces at the final whistle.That was difficult to watch and wont get the fans back through the gates.

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      • November 24, 2013 at 14:25
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        @Eightieswall: I thought it was something like that at Southend to get a bumper crowd,FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

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  • November 24, 2013 at 15:12
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    Morison & waghorn up front. Mousse trotter & abdou In the midfield beevers& Robinson at the bk looking good nearly there

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    • November 24, 2013 at 16:56
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      @block 28:IMO Moro needs to start and persist with him. I am sure he will get the goals. He did not get him from weeds to sit on bench surely.

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      • November 24, 2013 at 22:16
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        @potty1: Rather see Jermaine Easter than Morison, he has a habit of scoring rather than missing.

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  • November 24, 2013 at 16:56
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    I couldn't care less HOW we won. WE WON. 3 points for Millwall and Barnsley went home crying. Job well done

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  • November 24, 2013 at 19:26
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    That was winning very ugly indeed.....moussi reminded me of Ray Wilkins ...he didn't want to pass the forward. ...boy did we miss trotter. ..roll on Saturday and another 3 points against Leicester. .COYL

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  • November 24, 2013 at 21:44
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    Why is it... we take 50, 000 to Wembley, and we struggle like yesterday it felt like a Tuesday night raining! If you supposedly support your club get down there ... your team needs u!

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  • November 25, 2013 at 06:57
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    Without trying to stir up the wrath of most on here..... I think we look much better in a 4 3 3.... When we went 4 4 2 on sat we looked light in midfield. Waggy and morro were just standing on the half way line and the wingers weren't getting back leaving the defence exposed. 433 for me with morro up the middle with waggy and mcdonald either side tracking back when we haven't got the ball, is the way forward for me...... More options for short and long ball to the front men...... 3 massive games coming up, Leicester forest and Wigan.....not sure how we nick some points outta from those if we play like we did on sat.....we need to fight like we did against Leeds am Blackpool.... Come on you lions.....!!

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  • November 25, 2013 at 08:41
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    Anybody happy with anything other than three points needs their head seeing to. There are currently three teams worse than us in this division and this was one of them. A narrow victory by an own goal doesn't say much for where we are under Lomas after nearly five months with him in charge. He needs a couple of big performances and no more excuses in three very tough games coming up to show us that we really are moving forward. Or maybe our climb up the table is just around this never ending corner as the eternal optimists would have you believe. Those saying that the goals conceded are not his fault cannot be serious, his team, his training, his tactics, his team talks, his management and therefore his fault.

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