Millwall assistant calls for togetherness in face of adversity

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

MICK Harford is confident Millwall will turn their season around as long as they stick together and continue to work hard.

The Lions host seventh-placed Nottingham Forest at The Den on Tuesday night looking to bounce back from a dispiriting 3-0 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday.

Assistant boss Harford, who watched the Reds lose 3-2 to Reading over the weekend, says remaining unified in the face of adversity will be crucial in the weeks to come.



And he believes there is light at the end of the tunnel.

"It's a big game," he said. "We know all about Forest – their strengths, weaknesses and how they play – and we will approach them in the right manner.

"As a club we've got to be strong and stick together. We know times are tough and results are not as we would like them to be, but we'll keep working hard, doing the right things on a daily basis and giving the players the right information, which they can use to get results.



"This job was never going to be an easy – and it hasn't been – but the whole coaching staff will keep grafting and hopefully we will turn the corner soon. I honestly believe we will be fine, results will start to pick up and we will climb the table."

Manager Steve Lomas, whose side are unbeaten in their last five at home, added: "We have got to bounce back for the sake of the fans who spent their hard-earned money to go up to Leicester – we have to put on a show for them in particular.

"We have got two home games this week to try and get some points on the board and eradicate a poor day at the office. The players know that they need to produce a hard-working performance to get the fans on side.

"Our home form has been decent of late so we should be confident coming back to The Den. It is vital we start on the front foot.

"Forest lost on Friday so they will be looking to respond as well. We know they are a good side but we are more than capable of getting a result against them. It is a winnable game."

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38 thoughts on “Millwall assistant calls for togetherness in face of adversity

  • December 3, 2013 at 09:21
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    Ok Mick perhaps you could put on a pair of boots! Come on you lions!!!

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    • December 3, 2013 at 11:06
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      @333lions: Or maybe the stricking coach can start earning his cornand get the front boys doing the business, cos he should know what is expected of a Millwall player from the paying fans.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 09:36
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    The trouble is consistency. We could pull off a performance like we did against Blackpool or Leeds, but it's likely another run of big defeats will follow.

    Lomas would get the support of fans if we thought we were heading in the right direction, but there's no sign of a settled team developing. He can't just keep throwing new players at the problem.

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    • December 3, 2013 at 11:50
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      @Micky Lions: Micky, I think that you have hit the nail on the head. I've only been once this season (Derby of all games!) but, the fact that we are 17 games into the season and Lomas still doesn't seem to know what is his best team. I also don't get some of these loan signings. Irrespective of their relative abilities, a number of these loanees haven't played for a while, are clearly not match fit so what do they add to the team? I'm thinking particularly of Connelly who hadn't played for about 9 months, yet was still thrown in against Derby. Ditto Moussi recently from what I hear.

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    • December 3, 2013 at 12:09
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      @Micky Lions: micky you are so right,but when i posted a simuler post all i got in answer was blackpool had an off day,leeds my granny could get us up to beat leeds,brighton oh we always draw with brighton,and so on with the good results we have had.Personally i think the defense needs a big kick up the backside with no punches pulled.
      as for the settled team,just look at the four stupid red cards,baily picked up a ban for his yellows,and then the injuries,we lose trotter at the beginning of the season he comes back playing well then injured again.with the forwards morrison is a waste of space as far as im concerned missed a good chance against barnsley,then missed a great chance against liecester ,not that it would have helped if he did score.at the end of the day we were left with some bad defenders on long contracts and we have no option but to go with them because no club will want thm and we cant afford to buy more players.so lomas i have supported you against the anti lomas brigade now do us all a favoure and get that defense in the dressing give them what for as they have been dire in some matches,and show them some old film of harry cripps,not the greatest left back in the world,could say a bit of a cart horse but %100 trier who did not know when he was beaten,also its no crime to get beat but it is a crime when we fold like a load of school kids.

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      • December 3, 2013 at 16:03
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        @jim1222:
        As it goes I didn't think Trotter was playing all that well - but at least he is capable of passing to his team mates on a regular basis and potentially gives us more options, unlike the numerous identikit out of contract and surplus to requirements semi-fit old stagers that Mr Lomas has been collecting.

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        • December 3, 2013 at 18:22
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          @The Humble One:
          WELL SAID THAT MAN !!!!!
          BRING BACK SHITTU ........................
          HEY! DOES ANYBODY LISTEN..............
          I'VE BENN BANGING THE DRUM FOR DANNY FOR AGES !
          PS. MICK H WILL HAVE TO VISIT WEIGHT - WATCHERS AS WELL
          WITH MY MATE DANNY BOY.
          ======================
          " NO ONE LIKES US , WE DON'T CARE "
          THE STORM

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      • December 3, 2013 at 17:15
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        @jim1222: Jim it would have been nice if you had answered me personally instead if referring to it above.

        You never gave me your views on the miserable defeats I asked you about.

        Also you state that we were left with poor defenders on long contracts last season by none other than Kenny jacket whom we know you dislike.

        Even more f****** reason that your god, Lomas, should have properly assessed the squad he inherited instead of just wasting money on, how many is it, 9,10,11 so called Millwall players. Most of whom are midfielders, right backs or strikers vying for one starting place.

        In his defence, macdonald and bailey look as if they fit. The rest the jury is out on.

        So whilst it's alright for you to slate KJ no one is allowed to criticise the mighty Lomas whom let's face it, has fecked this club up good and proper.

        I hope you stay up late tonight, cos I got a sneaky feeling another negative result is coming to bite you and your positivity up the rse. If I'm wrong, I'll still be here.

        LOMAS OUT

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  • December 3, 2013 at 10:20
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    A lot of individual reteric springing up on a daily basis, which is much of a muchness.
    Where is the "WE ARE" not " we've got to ".
    'We are' has more team spirit in it, rather than 'we must do better'.
    Come Millwall more togetherness not individuality, which our format at the moment, and that seems to everyone within the club

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    • December 3, 2013 at 12:18
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      @aeojt: aeojt i agree ,but lomas has to get the defense sitting down and in no uncertain terms,tell them WE ARE IN THE MIRE and they more than any one have got to do better just analyse all the goals against and %70 are rank bad defending or schoolboy errors and we cant keep blaming lomas for that.even if we got a new manager that defense wont change they just aint good enough.its time to give them a rollerkin they wont forget.

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      • December 3, 2013 at 16:07
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        @jim1222:
        Not that I'm about to defend the defence Jim but the midfield and attack have been just as clueless.

        For that matter the midfield have to shoulder part of the blame for our record at the back - we have countless holding midfielders but hardly any of them seem capable of holding the ball, holding off attackers or holding much by way of a thought in their heads.

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      • December 3, 2013 at 17:20
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        @jim1222: Jim, I blame the manager (as you know), I also lay blame on the players and coaching staff.

        However, they are trying to play to the Lomas master plan. Which is about as flimsy as a soggy paper bag.

        and this is the constructive part

        LOMAS OUT

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    • December 3, 2013 at 16:02
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      @aeojt: @aeojt: @aeojt: you are right , the rhetoric from the club is designed to show that they care and have addressed the problems - but they haven't - it is cynical - it is creating a defeatist attitude amongst both fans who are attending and those who aren't - I think it is making things worse - we should accept to some degree that we will struggle in this league - we have to be united as fans at home or we have no chance

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  • December 3, 2013 at 11:19
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    Talk is cheap.
    I think that we have management that are saying what they think we want to hear when actually we would like you all to man up and take responsiblity for the teams performances and results and sort it out.
    I have nearly lost all faith in them and I dont blame anyone else who lost it ages ago.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 11:28
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    Steve Coppell hass stepped down from his role at Crawley, he would be a fantatsic Asst to Lomas, he could teach him a hell of a lot.....yes of course I know the connection with Palarse, but I honestly couldn't give a damn.

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    • December 3, 2013 at 12:21
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      @glyngo: glyngo like you i couldnt give a damn where any player or manager came from, or who he has played for in the past,but unfortunatly many fans at millwall do

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  • December 3, 2013 at 11:40
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    LOMAS RUNS OUT OF EXCUSES, SO NOW WERE HEARING IT FROM HARTFORD NEXT IT WILL BE ROBBO ALL GETTING BORING .. JUST PUT AS MUCH EFFORT INTO WHAT ALL YOU PLAYERS AND STAFF DO MOANING ALL THE TIME AN MAKING EXCUSES AND IM SURE WERE GET A WIN AGAINST FOREST!!

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  • December 3, 2013 at 11:51
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    1. you would be calling for togetherness , you wanna keep ya job!
    2. we knew all about leicesters strengths n weaknesses , look where that got us!
    3. repetitive talk and no action is frustrating us more, better to just s.t.f.u !
    4. lomas sending everyone else out to do the talking , speaks volumes in it's self!
    5. there will be a protest tonight to get lomas out, 3 months too late if ya ask me!

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    • December 3, 2013 at 12:23
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      @steveomfc5: hold on steve lomas does his bit of talking,what we need is the defense to start defending.

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      • December 3, 2013 at 12:27
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        @jim1222: we do but , we also need a manager that can get the best out of this team and one they respect! im telling ya now he has lost the dressing room . bring in butcher with rae as his number 2 or rae and hariss as his number to and get millwall back to being millwall asap.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 12:15
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    Harford says the job hasnt been easy, maybe its because you and lomas are not up to it and you are both out of your depth. Do the decent thing and sling your hook.

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    • December 3, 2013 at 12:33
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      @Eightieswall: eighties as you kow im a so called lomas plater,but answer this if we get a new manager is he going to get this poor defense that lomas inherited to play as they should, as i said before %70 of goals against are due to bad defending and schoolboy errors.
      where i am critical of lomas he has been unable to do anything about it,but then can he sell these players on when they are sitting with nice long contracts given by the previous managment,i cant see another club wanting to buy them,be honest can you.

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      • December 3, 2013 at 12:49
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        @jim1222: I dont believe our defense is that poor, i believe we have a good squad with talented players they are being managed and set up wrong, A decent manager will find his best eleven and stick with it. A manager worth his salt will iron out the mistakes and show the players where they are going wrong and put it right. All lomas seems to do is drop players and chop and change for the sake of it. He must have seen enough of us now to know who's who and whats what. This is (barring a couple of players) his team now, there is no excuse anymore.

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      • December 3, 2013 at 12:58
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        @jim1222: I cant see what selling unwanted players has to do with our current form, All he has to do is pick and manage a team which he believes has best chance of getting a result and sticking with it. By bringing in more loan players is not the answer it just papers over the cracks and brings us back to square one when they leave.

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        • December 3, 2013 at 13:37
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          @Eightieswall: lomas has given the defenders a chance to secure the shirt for them selves,dunny sent off twice lowry stupid high tackle got sent off,bad defending for own goal against burnley, ,shittu cant get his feet off the ground to head the ball,beavers injured gave malone his chance and we all liked malone charging forward,but when lomas said malone needs to work on his defending crosses people on this site slagged lomas off saying he was doing the boys confidence no good.imo dunny only has himself to blame for not being first choice,if shittu plays we are worried if their forwards are gonna get a free header at goal because he is not getting off the ground,i can see lomas giving lowry the left back shirt back but how long will he last before getting a red card,robbo and beavers are the only two millwall defenders {not loanees] i have any confidence in,im sure lomas must have worked on the other defenders, and i have had a pop at lomas before about the defence.BUT WITH SOME OF OUR DEFENDERS SILK PURSE SOWS EAR COMES TO MIND

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          • December 3, 2013 at 14:35
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            @jim1222: You could be right jim but is hoyte any better than dunne ? is connoly any better than malone? Is it because we keep giving the ball away which puts pressure on our back four? Does all the chopping and changing help to create a settled team ? Lomas has brought in a centre mid on loan a right back on loan and a 2 strikers on loan. He obviously thinks centre half is not a problem, he has been given money and time and its a mess who's fault is that.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 12:50
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    I think it is true to say without being disrespectful to SL that he has little or hardly any knowledge of the English leagues, and the Championship in particular. What he does have (one would hope) is a good knowledge of the Scottish league. Therefore there must be some young hungry players sitting it out at Celtic, Aberdeen and other Scottish clubs to get on loan rather than loaning 2nd rate, unwanted players from our own league. When you get loan players in they are meant to improve the squad, we have had Harry Kane and Andros Townsend from Spurs and Chris Woods from WBA in the past. The results will work themselves out and we will be safe come the end of the season, but I think JB will lose patience with SL if he keeps spending the clubs money on players who are no better than what we have. It just not working throwing new players on the pitch hoping they are going to be your saviors I am sure the squad we have, if used correctly and played in their right positions, will save the club and your job Mr L.

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    • December 3, 2013 at 13:18
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      @CavanLion: i agree with you about the loan players,but to me the big problem is our defece not good enough imo.

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      • December 3, 2013 at 17:25
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        @jim1222: didn't lomas say in a recent interview (and boy, he's held a few) that when he signed Moussi, and I quote, we are not looking at our central defence.

        Shame cos every other manager in our league is looking at them.

        Jim surely that shows you his inadequacies?

        LOMAS OUT

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  • December 3, 2013 at 15:37
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    I'm sick of everyone at wall talking it up either deliver on the pitch or P*** off

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    • December 3, 2013 at 15:52
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      @southstand: yes - all this togetherness nonsense - togetherness is a given, or should be - we are talking lack of quality on the pitch - you can be as together and play with as much determination as you like , but if you don't play intelligently as a team you won't win in this division

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  • December 3, 2013 at 15:42
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    eighties in answer to your last post the difference between dunne and hoyte is the red cards although to be honest im not a great fan of dunne,also to be fair i think a lot of the chopping and changing has been forced by injuries and suspensions.one good thing at the moment is that the banter and insults between posters has stopped,it shows we are all worried about the situation we are in.I believe the managment and players do read these post,s,so perhaps they might take heed of our worries and focus hard on our problems.

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    • December 3, 2013 at 15:53
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      @jim1222: and we need to stop hurling insults at lomas for the sake of it,else they just dismiss any criticsm out of hand,telling him {lomas]where we think he is going wrong is the best way to get things tightened up.i know that might sound a bit tarty but its true

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    • December 3, 2013 at 16:13
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      @jim1222:
      Hoyte is probably better as a straight full-back - and less likely to get endlessly drawn into the middle.

      However Dunne has the instincts needed for a wing-back which is what Lomas' set-up calls for. Unfortunately he is also not very good at it.

      Connelly doesn't strike me as much cop either way.

      So basically either the personnel or the system has to change.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 15:52
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    Jim i love the banter not keen on the name calling, as you know you need a sense of humour being a wall supporter thats what keeps us going at times like this. Enjoy the game.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 16:11
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    mick hatford chief scout sitting at a desk playing championship manager looking at stats. lets stick together what a muppet. millwall fans know what they expect , we don't expect to win every week, but the style and manner of our play at time is nots what is acceptable. lomas is paid good money to be the manager and has brought his little group of players in. so stop making boring excuses and pick and play a team that will show some balls in the millwall tradition. the fans will back the team but only if they show a will to fight to the end not hope to get something out of a game . ATTACK! ATTACK! ATTACK!

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