Pragmatism appeals to Millwall boss ahead of festive period

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

STEVE Lomas admits he is likely to take a more pragmatic approach to his team selection and tactics over a make-or-break run of games in Millwall's season.

The Lions' need for wins is greater than ever after they slipped to within three points of the relegation zone in midweek.

And Lomas knows that his side's results over the festive period are likely to determine whether or not the campaign descends into a battle against relegation in the New Year.



Having frequently played with one lone striker in previous matches, Millwall reverted to a traditional 4-4-2 formation against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday – with some success.

Lomas has been attempting to introduce a more possession-based style of play since his appointment in the summer but could now go back to basics in order to get results.

"Ultimately it is horses for courses and we have to be practical," he said. "The media get wrapped up in formations an awful lot but, unless you've got the players to execute them, systems mean very little.



"Of course I am looking at the league table so we need to get some wins over this Christmas period – two or three victories can really boost you – but that is easier said than done and talk is cheap.

"When we play on the front foot with intensity and passion, we are a good team. Whenever we are slow and hesitant, we're not a good team. For me it's as simple as that.

"A slow style of play has never really been associated with Millwall so we have got to play at a quick tempo regardless of which formation we are using.

"Moving the ball quickly and effectively, and not dwelling on it, is very important, but that doesn't mean we have to hoof it forward.

"When you go a bit more direct, the quality has to be good and you have got to have willing runners and chasers."

Lomas added: "We were playing one up front for a variety of reasons, the main one being that it suited our players.

"That set up was certainly getting the best out of Liam Trotter, who was scoring goals and making goals, so we can be flexible.

"We have created a lot of chances in most games this season, so I haven't got a problem with that side of our play – it is just cutting out our Achilles' heel of conceding sloppy goals, which hurt us against Forest."

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9 thoughts on “Pragmatism appeals to Millwall boss ahead of festive period

  • December 6, 2013 at 08:41
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    "Talk is cheap"

    Exactly.

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  • December 6, 2013 at 08:51
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    Can he spell and can he spell football manager??

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  • December 6, 2013 at 09:03
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    Don't anyone kid themselves here, we ARE ALREADY in a RELEGATION FIGHT!

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  • December 6, 2013 at 09:41
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    Finally, stick to 442 and play to our strengths.

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  • December 6, 2013 at 09:52
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    The jury is still out on you in my opinion Lomas (losing patience though),but one thing I'm sure of is that you don't arf talk some crap

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  • December 6, 2013 at 09:57
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    At the begining of the season, with all the new players that were arriving, people were talking about a top ten finish. What the hell has happened, now after 18 games, we have won four games have a goal difference of minus 15 and are fifth from bottom. Yet we still have a manager who is talking about changing the teams tactics yet again. Why not let the world know what tactics you are going to use, that way it will be a big surprise for the opposition. I am all for giving someone a chance, but come on, this is getting stupid. Despite moaning and no matter what happens to us, I will be there at every game, because I love my team. I just do not want to be there when we get relegated, due to a board who are prepared to sit back and watch us slide into league 1.

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  • December 6, 2013 at 10:01
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    What I would like to see lomas do is employ a very fast forward that could nick a few undeserved goals but a real crowd pleaser smilier to marvin Williams with potential, so we stay dangerous for the whole game, as to many teams in this league score the undeserved goals but occupy the top of the table.

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  • December 6, 2013 at 10:05
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    PRAGMATIC a matter of fact way of solving problems! I think we know the main problem (you lomas)

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  • December 6, 2013 at 12:16
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    Does Aldo use an app to generate these quotes? Choose from:
    a) We need to play high tempo football
    b) The players need to show passion and commitment
    c) The fans were great and stayed with the team
    d) We have not had much luck with injuries and suspensions
    e) Look, Liam Trotter is a good player, you know.
    f) Fordey is a great lad
    g) There's a good player there somewhere
    h) We are disappointed with that performance and need to bounce back
    i) Formation? F**k knows. It's not about formations. Is it? Bugger.

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