Millwall boss pleased with side's response against Forest

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© Keith Gillard

STEVE Lomas praised Millwall's "energy, passion and commitment" after their 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest.

The Lions twice took the lead against the play-off-chasing Reds but goals from Steve Morison and Martyn Woolford were cancelled out by Andy Reid and Nathaniel Chalobah.

And while Lomas admitted the night was "tinged with regret", he claimed his players had produced a stirring response to their 3-0 defeat to Leicester City last weekend.



"There were a lot of positives," he said. We bounced back, there was a lot of energy, passion and we scored two great goals.

"There was a higher level of passion, commitment and quality, players were winning individual battles and units were working really well together.

"Our defence and midfield worked extremely hard and the front two I thought were excellent. There is a tinge of regret because we should have had three points.



"The crowd were excellent – they stuck with the lads and could see the energy in their performance. That is six unbeaten at home and we've put down a marker here.

"We will be a game for anybody is we play like that away.

"We want to give our home support plenty to shout about. They want teams to fear coming here but we've got to transfer our home form into our away form to shoot us up the table."

Lomas, who refused to discuss referee Dean Whitestone twice dismissing Millwall penalty claims, did not think goalkeeper David Forde was at fault for Reid's goal.

The Ireland international was beaten by the midfielder's long-range strike at his near post.

"I've not really seen that," he said. "Fordey has been in absolutely superb form and the lad Reid has got quality – he's done that through the years – so I'd have to see it again.

"But Fordey is an honest lad and he will say whether he thought he should have got it or not, but he's been superb for me."

The Lions boss was thrilled with his front pairing of Martyn Waghorn and Morison, whose ninth-minute goal was worthy of winning any match.

"They put the Forest back four under pressure and asked questions of them, which is what we wanted," Lomas said. "Stevie took his goal brilliantly well and there were signs of him being the player we know he can be.

"Keeping him fit and firing for the rest of the season will be massive for us."

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54 thoughts on “Millwall boss pleased with side's response against Forest

  • December 3, 2013 at 23:14
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    You're an idiot.

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    • December 3, 2013 at 23:45
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      @NICKOLA: same old s**** from his mouth again.

      What a complete plank.

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      • December 4, 2013 at 13:07
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        @bonnie1272:
        THATS BEING POLITE !!!!
        WE WATCHED THE SAME GAME, AND WE SHOULD HAVE CLOSED UP THE GAME
        TWICE, WHEN WE WERE IN THE LEAD [ 1- 0 ... 2- 1 ]
        THAT DEFENCE IS "TERRIBLE" ......................
        THE ONLY WAY IS BRING BACK " DAN THE MAN " [ Shittu ]
        AND JACK SMITH TO PLAY ALONGSIDE HIM.................
        =============
        NO ONE LIKES US , WE DON'T CARE
        THE STORM

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        • December 5, 2013 at 14:15
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          Don't you talk rubbish Sir!
          New management, players, time to gel, played the so called top teams and held our own. It's just not consistent, we've has referee's who could have cost us results! Injuries, cards. Mr Lomas, I believe has his finger on the pulse, it will take time, please be patient, calling for the managers head, doesn't help. Mr Lomas should at least be given a season!
          Comes back to the same thing, FUNDS, buy your shares while there cheap, peps said we'd never get in Europe! Time...........@bermlion:

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  • December 3, 2013 at 23:15
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    Pathetic, he should be livid with his team for letting a home lead slip twice, he never gets it right either pre or post match.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 23:17
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    Not quite as I predicted but the fact that we seem content with trying hard and being committed whilst playing as the away side at home and seemingly seeing that as something for the fans to shout about is setting a bad president for me.

    Not lost in 6 at home???? Not won many and we are getting tonked away. Hmmmmmmm

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  • December 3, 2013 at 23:17
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    "Stevie took his goal brilliantly well and there were signs of him being the player we know he can be."
    Rather than the bench warmer you've been using him as Steve?

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  • December 3, 2013 at 23:18
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    Off to bed feeling p***** off again.
    Disaster night. Couldn't win at home and bottom three all won.
    B******* b******* b*******.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 23:27
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    Just one point... How can we expect our team to show passion when this idiot can't? Where is this tough, no nonsense manager? He should have proper laid into the team several times this season but he doesn't have the stones to do it. If he can't then we need someone that can... Can put a rocket up their a*** and stop massaging their egos.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 23:31
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    Village idiot!! Nether gets it right pre match or post match!!

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  • December 3, 2013 at 23:34
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    Two points dropped. If we're going to roll over away from home we need to win more at the Den. Reminded me of Blackpool, a very small crowd finally making some noise, but not quite the outcome we needed.

    With his back to the wall he reverted to our 442 addiction, brought back Dunney and called for an old-fashioned Millwall performance, but I think this'll only work in the short term. In the first half Forest moved it around better, used the whole of the pitch and at times we seemed to be chasing shadows, other teams look more flexible. Trotter is our playmaker and we looked better with him but I think he plays that role even better if there are 2 water carriers behind him.

    Morison showed what he can do, felt sorry for him as the disgraceful ref was allowing their no. 15 to molest him all night. He isn't going to find form sitting on the bench every week and I presume we didn't sign him to sit him on the bench. If we'd really gone for the kill and got 2 goals ahead we would have been clear. At 2-1 I really thought we were going to do it, they were leaving massive gaps at the back, so it was bitterly disappointing to let that second goal in from a free header. We had a good go at them in the final stages but could have got in their faces a little more earlier in the game. When everything was in the balance, his decision to put on Keogh ahead of McDonald or Easter was frankly surreal.

    Wigan becomes even bigger now. The teams who've changed manager will get an artificial spike and we may slip into the bottom 3, but they'll have played their trump card before Christmas.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 23:44
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    Is this man ever critical about us... We shouldn't be letting two leads slip at home regardless of who it is... We have now become a team where if we DRAW it's a job well done in Lomas' eyes....

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    • December 4, 2013 at 08:26
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      @CrawleyLion: next positive will be only losing away games by a single goal.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 23:50
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    Positives -
    What feckin positives?

    FFS please.

    It's taken til December to realise that we needed to play 442. And will we have the same side out in Saturday - I'd lay money on no.

    Clueless C*NT

    LOMAS OUT

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  • December 4, 2013 at 00:00
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    If ginger denies us the chance to play the team he supports next season he will go down as one of the biggest c**ts this club has ever employed.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 00:11
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    Yes we played with a bit more passion and chased around a lot. But the standard of the football was pretty dire, 90% of the time we hoofed the ball up to the front men, who only won about 30% of the headers. Very little of our game was played on the ground. Morrison took his goal well, but did little else. Their first goal was a free header, no challenge at all, the second Forde stood both feet on the ground and watched it fly by(But he was brilliant on saturday, so everyone makes mistakes). The Subs were ridiculous, neither Keogh or Feeney did anything when they came on and McDonald had 4 minutes to try and win the game. What is happening, is that SL is papering over the cracks, the real problems are not being addressed, we are just stumbling along and with the other results going against us, it will not be long before we are in a relegation fight. The team lacks direction, tactics and leadership, IMO SL is way out of his depth and all this nonsense that comes out of his mouth only goes to prove my point, that he really does not have a clue about Millwall football club.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 00:32
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      @rikkiatwall: Exactly. He has had the benefit of the doubt!!! Time to go if we lose Saturday.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 07:50
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      @rikkiatwall: The first goal was a strike from outside the area? The second a quality ball and poor marking from Beevers. Morison was MoM for us according to Lions Player. A goal and an assist on his first start in ages and he very nearly snatched a winner. He can do some more of that 'little else' on Saturday hopefully, but knowing Lomas he'll be warming the bench again for 'tactical reasons' and he'll persist with Waghorn, a player who won't be here in two weeks.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 10:07
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      My apologies, I have got their two goals the wrong way round. It takes me two and a half hours to get home from a game, so a bit tired. Also agree perhaps a little harsh on Morrison, but if we want to stay in this league, we have to play a lot better than this, no doubt about the commitment or passion, but we must play football on the ground and our passing game has to improve. Hopefully on saturday with Bailey back we will get a good result against Wigan COYL

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    • December 4, 2013 at 12:30
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      @rikkiatwall: You said "it will not be long before we are in a relegation fight." Think you'll find we've been in one for about the last 40 matches now.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 00:21
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    JB keeps harping on about the need for the fans to turn up in order for us to remain or become sustainable which is obvious, yet we have a boss who settles for draws at home and even losses as long as we tried..... No that will not attract fans. Play expansive football, tackle hard, give it a go, entertain and perhaps lose. Be prepared to be unpopular... We thrive on it!!!! Counter attack at home and then say we did well because it's better than the last thumping.... NO!

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  • December 4, 2013 at 00:55
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    Bunch of melts on here honestly, it was a good game, we should have won , what do you expect they gave 100 percent , this is Millwall. It's never been any different ( oh appart from about 18 months in our 127 year history)

    Robbo is past it he's got to go.
    Keogh I is pure rubbish
    Feeney can go back to Bolton
    Lomas can shut up and sort out that defence

    Appart from that it's all peachy, and the loyal 7,500 ( it was never 9k) created an excellent atmosphere.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 03:06
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      @Lincolnshire Lion: I could'nt get there tonight but from your post,i could not agree more,except for the attendance bit as i was'nt there.
      Iv supported lomas to the hilt but he must sort that defence out.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 08:20
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      @Lincolnshire Lion: First 20 mins we were the better team, by half time 1:1 was about reflective of the game till that point. The secodn half showed that Forest were a better passing team than ours, but we still looked competitive and capable of winning the game. for me, the biggest error in the game was whoever let Chalobah run form the edge of the area to the back post completely unmarked to head in the corner. REALLY poor goal, but with 4-4-2 we looked comfortable at the back and our front two gave them plenty of problems. Centre Midfield was an issue in the second half, they seemed to be getting caught out of position and Martin kept exposing Dunne to ried and their LB, but generally a decent performance.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 09:35
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      @Lincolnshire Lion: Eff me Lincoln, this is a first. I actually agree with everything you've said here. I will however, add that I thought our Jimmy was rubbish - can't pass and gets pushed off the ball too easily. Also, I think Fordey was more to blame for both goals more than any of the defense. I think he's over-rated and if he goes in the summer then good riddance.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 12:11
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      @Lincolnshire Lion: I wish it was all peachy, but the attendances and league-table tell a different story. They did show a bit more fight last night, but I can't help feeling we're sleepwalking towards relegation this year.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 01:00
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    simply not good enough . and also helps neo dodge another bullet ! we should of been playing 4-4-2 from 8 weeks ago when we all knew the 5 in midfield thing or the narrow 3 at the front weren't working apart from lomas seemingly ? morro should get a start now and maccy should partner him no excuses what so ever? do you see liverpool dropping sturridge or suarez to accommodate other places on the pitch when they play away from home .....no!!! the fact is by doing that you show no faith in the teams ability hence why we look shaky at the back all the time stop tinkering with the 11 and the formation go back to basics while you're here because you and the players are not capable of doing what the likes of arsenal are doing we're millwall we play well the old school way . we need a manager that can get the best out of a brilliant squad coz at the moment that's what we have they're just being misguided imho!!! lomas OUT!!!

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  • December 4, 2013 at 05:31
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    As I've said before, 4-4-2 is the way forwards, bit of pace on the wing, little an large up front, one defensive player alongside one attacking player in the middle. Ok we never won, but we never got thumped either. Stick with that side, maybe swap McDonald with waghorn, and we will be alright.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 06:18
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    His had his chance but blew it, (Lomas p*** off)
    Yeah that might not help his confidence but how long do we hold out before saying it? Until we're relegated

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  • December 4, 2013 at 07:40
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    Forde was at fault for both goals and all robbo does is clump the ball aimlessly, anywhere, under pressure or not..... We are starting to play some half decent stuff, but can't build on. A lead cos of some many defensive errors. Forest ran the midfield all night bar the first 10. Trotter was walking most of the game. Yeah I know he ain't the quickest and and with the ball but, god he was off it last night.... And what the f*** did he bring keogh band feeney on for...? They were toilet..... Pluses were morro, worked hard and clearly needs to start with someone playing off him. Goal will get his chin up a bit too. Beevers was excellent, makes robbo look even worse though..... Come on Millwall... 3 points needed Saturday.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 07:44
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      @les the lion: Forde was at fault for both goals and Beevers was excellent? Forde should've done better with the first but Beevers totally to blame for losing his man for the second, nothing Forde could do with the quality of ball Reid put in.

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      • December 4, 2013 at 10:12
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        @lion.ie: no way.... Forde was arsing about in the box beforehand, pushing and shoving and basically list concentration when the ball came in. Rooted to the spot.... The six yard area is his to command. Basics I'm afraid.

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        • December 4, 2013 at 20:29
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          @les the lion: We have a six foot several centre half who didn't even jump. Basics I'm afraid.

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        • December 5, 2013 at 13:44
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          Les -Sorry mate you cant say that on here - Forde is God!! In all my 50 years with MFC I have never see a player fool so many people for so long. Every Mananger loves him and everyone on here never seems to see what I see - a bloke who cant maintain his concentration, is slow on his distribution and cant find a blue shirt, cant command his 6 yard box, seems flat footed on shots outside the box - doesn't know when to stay on his line and if he comes out nine times out of ten the ball goes through his legs. He has been like that since day 1, except that now the defence is s**** that makes the last man even more important and so his failures are costing us key goals. Yes he makes saves, but I just want to see one that gets us the win or the draw and not when we are 3-0 down. The problem is that there has never been a credible no 2 and so he knows he is safe and any old rubbish will do. He has costs us at least 6 points already this season and I guarantee that if we go down he will be off!

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  • December 4, 2013 at 08:03
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    Wigan H Blackburn A Middlesbrough H Watford A Doncaster A left in 2013.
    All winnable games but at the moment I reckon about five to seven points at the very most?
    23 to 25 points at the halfway point. Probably just about on target to stay up by the skin of our teeth.
    Lomas will need a good start to 2014 though, if, as is likely, he's still here.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 08:07
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    Berylson, if you were still a marine would you tolerate such consistent under performance from your troops? I doubt it. So why as fans should we have to? It is time for a no bars held explanation as to why our leaders are not leading this club forward. Big & small investors will come & go; the OB will always TELL us when & where we play our games; we will ALWAYS be appointed officials that make our climb up the table seem like a game of snakes & ladders BUT our fans are the best in the country and we deserve to be treated with the same honesty, integrity & respect that we afford to others. It's time.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 08:31
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    Look, all you doubters will be singing SL's name soon, I have faith in Millwall the board and the manager, we need to get get behind them and the team because this is all we're going to get, so stop moaning and get on with it!!!

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    • December 4, 2013 at 09:01
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      @leemark: yeh singing 'Lomas out' or are we about to go on a 10 match unbeaten run?

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      • December 5, 2013 at 01:22
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        @MFC Lion: milwal a lot of people are popping at lomas again.
        Was it his fault that again two mistakes led to the goals,forde should have got the first,getting beat from that distance is not on.The second three of our defenders never got off the ground leaving them a free header,again,how many times that happened this season,oh must be lomas's fault he should run on the pitch and lift the players up to head the ball.
        IMO our defence has let lomas down so far not lomas being totally inept as a lot of posters are saying

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  • December 4, 2013 at 08:37
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    Mr Lomas couldn't organize a p** up in a brewery

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    • December 5, 2013 at 01:30
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      @harrythelion: sorry harry that is a rubbish post where were those goals his fault,stop keep knocking lomas for the sake of it,I make it the players mistakes and schoolboy defending are responsible for %70 of goals against, dig them out not lomas.OK he might get his tactics wrong so dig him on that but this game we should have won and the fact we did not was not lomas.s fault.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 08:55
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    We will have played exactly half of our games by the new year so I feel lomas has got the next 5 games to prove he can turn our season around.

    It's looking increasingly likely we will be in the drop zone by the new year as our goal difference is worse than Yeovil. I think that says it all.

    At the very least I want us to go that 5 games without conceding 4+ goals in a game.

    Any chance whoever runs this site could put up a poll asking the fans what we actually want regarding the manager?

    You probably won't like the response from us but the ground will be empty soon and if we manage to get relegated with these players there is no f****** way I'm going to continue spending my money to watch Lomas fail in league one.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 08:59
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      @MFC Lion: Why don't you put up a questionnaire yourself ? News at Den would have to come over as being neutral in this otherwise Alex isn't going to get any more exclusives.

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      • December 4, 2013 at 09:03
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        @NICKOLA: can we actually post our own articles? Don't really want to put a poll stuck in the middle of an article.

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        • December 4, 2013 at 09:07
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          @MFC Lion: Why not ? There isn't going to be much news between now and Saturday and anyway, most people check back to read the reports. Go for it !

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  • December 4, 2013 at 09:24
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    Lomas f**k off
    I don't like the 1st division
    You MUG!!!!

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  • December 4, 2013 at 09:42
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    We'll I got my wish wags & morro up top with 2 wingers. Just wish the FA would stop sending useless f****** refs. Then all all my wishes would come true.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 10:50
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    AS Waghorn is going back to Leicester soon Morison and McDonald should definitely be starting up front in a 4-4-2 formation. It might be that McDonald isn't 100% fit yet but putting on Keogh rather than Easter was stupid. Bailey in for Abdou when fit and keep this formation barring injuries and see if playing a settled team for the next few games will make a difference. Send all the loanees back in the New Year except for Morison but the defence still needs working on. We need a new right back as none of the 4 we have are good enough. Sign another centre back to play alongside Beevers as Robbo and Shittu are past it. Malone has got to improve his defensive play. If we aren't going to play Lowry at left back , centre back, or even put him on the bench rather than Shittu then shift him out altogether in January if we aren't going to offer him a new contract in the Summer.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 10:56
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    Lomas talks the good talk, just like Cameron who talks up the economy as if everything is going well.
    Millwall moved up one place but only because Charlton lost..if the likes of Yeovil can turnaround their fortunes surely Millwall can. But does the manager know how?

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  • December 4, 2013 at 11:15
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    I am not one who berates referees, I think its a poxy job. But the ref last night was totally not up to the job. Right from the start he made his intentions clear, I am in charge dont talk to me. After one minute, Woolford was nearly through, someone pulled him back, definetly a yellow card, nothing happens. Straight away they break, Beavers brings down one of there players, he rolls around, Beavers gets yellow. , Morrison was constantly being held, throwings were never taken from the right place etc. etc. Managers have to be careful in criticising referees, but l really do think he cost us the game. The first penalty would have taken it to 2-0 , gives us a bit of leeway, confidence building. The second could of taken us to 3-1 same thing. So yes maybe 2 bad goals, but the man in black played his part in it. And by the way to show l am not bias, Martin attempted to stamp on one of there players, and probably should have walked, but he bottled that. I am afraid SL cant do anything about the men in black !

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  • December 4, 2013 at 15:31
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    At least we can laugh at that picture of him!

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  • December 4, 2013 at 17:35
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    sorry mr lomas , wrong choices again , it seems when all goes wrong bring back dunn , WHO SHOULD BE PLAYING IN MY MIND, subs where shocking once again , bringing feeney on instead of easter or macdonald is foolish , the only positive is morro got 90 min , the club tell us they are losing money , then why are they letting him get all these waste of space loan players, without trotter in the side we look very very poor , forest always looked like scoring , THE BOARD MUST ACT FAST , SAID IT IN SEP , LOMAS AND HIS STAFF ARE OUT OF THERE DEPTH

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    • December 4, 2013 at 18:59
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      @munson68: Can't argue with that, but interesting that Forest unloaded a deadbeat player from their wage bill, who hasn't played a game since last May so they can use the cash to get a loan player in from Premiership side Chelsea, a very good move by Billy Davies. I wonder what dipstick took Moussi in on loan. Oh it was Lomarse we took their unwanted player surely there must have been a better choice out there. I heard he is looking at a player at Orient, he's name is Josh Wright. Lomas seems to think he could be a good prospect for Millwall. He has to take a really good look at what we have before he loans any more dead beats.

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      • December 4, 2013 at 20:42
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        @CavanLion: Exactly, can't remember how many times I put up the names of some of the young Chelsea lads on here over the summer, Chalobah was one of 'em. Not just Chelsea, plenty of young and gifted players kicking around in the Premiership U-21s itching for a chance at proper football. But we end up loaning the likes of 'training ground just around the corner from my house' Derry. Nathan Ake and Patrick Bamford should be at the top of Lomas' loan list for January, but now that Bamford has played for the England U-21s that ship has probably sailed.
        Credit where credit is due though he got Waghorn in....and then plays him out of position for the duration of his loan.

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