Report: Millwall 2-1 Wigan Athletic

JERMAINE Easter struck his third goal of the season as Millwall claimed a vital win over Wigan Athletic at The Den.

The Lions went in front after just one minute and 32 seconds when Steve Morison scored for the second time this week following Martyn Waghorn's corner.

The home side repelled wave after wave of Latics attacks before substitute Easter doubled the lead on the counter attack with a cool finish.



James McArthur drilled past David Forde almost straight from the restart to set up a nervy finale, but the visitors were unable to find a leveller in four additional minutes.

Millwall's starting line up showed just one change from the midweek draw with Nottingham Forest as Liam Feeney came in for Lee Martin on the right wing.

Feeney was straight into the thick of the action and was appealing for a penalty inside the first minute when he appeared to be dragged back in the area.



But the Lions went in front moments later when Waghorn's corner caused havoc in the area and Morison eventually squeezed a shot inside the post and into the roof of the net.

David Forde, out to impress watching Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill, made his first save of the afternoon when he beat away James McClean's 20-yard drive.

His second stop, to tip over Emmerson Boyce's close-range effort in the tenth minute, was certainly befitting an international goalkeeper.

Alan Dunne teed up Feeney for a right-wing cross at the other end but Martyn Woolford's looping header did not trouble Scott Carson.

Forde then made a comfortable save to again deny McClean when the winger opted to shoot from an acute angle with teammates better placed in the area, before Carson sprinted off his line to deny Woolford.

But Carson was rooted to the spot as Woolford, having slalomed past three defenders, bore down on goal in the 34th minute, but the visiting keeper was saved by the inside of his post as a golden chance went begging for Steve Lomas' side.

Manchester United loanee Nick Powell had his head in his hands shortly before the break after he failed to connect with Boyce's teasing cross from the right wing.

In the 54th minute, Morison worked a yard of space for himself on the edge of the area but slipped as he went to shoot and the ball drifted harmlessly wide of the post.

Carson fumbled a Waghorn free kick before Ben Watson blazed over and Grant Holt headed wide from McClean's cross as Wigan began to turn the screw.

Morison's opportunistic half-volley nearly caught out Carson in the 67th minute but, with the keeper at full stretch, the striker's effort zipped past the far post.

Waghorn fluffed his lines in the area following good work by Liam Trotter and Morison before Leon Barnett nearly scored an own goal when he headed Alan Dunne's cross past Carson, who scrambled back to clear.

But Easter made it 2-0 when he latched onto Trotter's sublime pass and slid the ball under Carson.

McArthur's arrowed drive into the far corner cut the Lions' lead in half and it took a stunning save from Forde to keep out Barnett's goal-bound header at the death.

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73 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 2-1 Wigan Athletic

  • December 7, 2013 at 17:09
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    I love you Easter!! personally our best striker. GET IN LAD!!!!

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  • December 7, 2013 at 17:14
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    Morison is getting his mojo back

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    • December 8, 2013 at 10:11
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      @benzo:
      NOTHING WRONG NOW WITH THE ATTACK AND MIDFIELD.
      [ INFACT THEY ARE CLOSE TO BRILIANT............. ]
      MILLWALL FANS BRILIANT..........
      NOW LETS KEEP THIS UP !!!!

      " NO ONE LIKES US , WE DON'T CARE "
      THE STORM

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  • December 7, 2013 at 17:16
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    Great response from the crowd today, everyone give themselves a pat on the back.#COYL

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  • December 7, 2013 at 17:19
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    Bout time we done those c**ts over. Well done lads.

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  • December 7, 2013 at 17:21
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    Really happy that we won today and look what has happened since we gone back too 2 strikers up front should of beat Forrest and won today all us millwall fans know where a 4-4-2 team and this has proved it still don't trust lomas cos it wasn't rocket science to go back to basics but happy anyways come on you lions let's get our season going finally !!!!

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  • December 7, 2013 at 17:22
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    Well done all!
    Now Mr.Lomas, can we have your Assurance that you won't revert back to 4 3 2 1 or 4 3 1.5 1.5 1 or whatever is was you were playing before. Once it's mathematically impossible for us to get relegated then start tinkering. 442 me old cocker !!

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  • December 7, 2013 at 17:38
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    is this seven at home without losing,5pts clear of relegation,17th in table, could this be when we are turning the corner.
    Wait i hear the anti lomas brigade calling,"we only won by one goal","we didnt keep a clean sheet","we were lucky","the team were made up mainly of jackets players".
    Well for most of last season with these players jacket could'nt win with these players not even by one goal ,couldnt keep a clean sheet and was not lucky,not getting relegated because peterboro messed up.
    THREE CHEERS FOR LOMAS.

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    • December 7, 2013 at 17:41
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      @jim1222: I hear the pro lomas platers want COYL to stand for COME ON YOU LOMAS.

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      • December 7, 2013 at 18:21
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        @jim1222: a win is a win.

        We played with heart today and we looked like we wanted it and we played with a 442 formation.

        Not my favourite but credit goes to feeney who had a vary good game.

        Some quality saves from Forde at very important times makes him my MOM.

        And, I have slated lomas prior to today, as you know, but his celebration if the second goal was wonderful to see.

        However, he is not out of the woods.

        At times Wigan were allowed to play as we weren't in their faces for long periods. If you couple that with their very poor finishing, it could have been very different tonight.

        Maybe the corner has been turned.

        maybe it's just another false dawn,

        Time will tell but for the moment I will settle for three points.

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    • December 7, 2013 at 18:34
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      @jim1222:
      I find it amazing that you knock Kenny Jacket who achieved and done so much for this club and yet always have a dig at people who knock Lomas who has not achieved anything yet. The table never lies apparently so Kenny keeping us up with a weaker squad is an even better achievement. Kenny Jackett. Millwall legend. I hope Lomas does well but he has big shoes to fill.

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      • December 7, 2013 at 19:31
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        @wall2wall: Well said wall2wall, Waghorn was the only player today that never played under kj, I also believe a better side than wigan would have carved us up, The midfield was non existant at times today, good to see moro back to his old self, keogh put a shift in when he came on and Easter looks a threat when he plays. Onwards and upwards.

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      • December 8, 2013 at 09:57
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        @wall2wall: Great to see somebody else other than me coming out and defending Jackett. Lomas has a long way to go to be even close to achieving what KJ did in his time here.

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      • December 8, 2013 at 16:02
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        @wall2wall: Look jacket has gone,he left us in the mire ok i agree he helped put millwall on firmer foundation,yes we went to wembley a couple of times,but its where and how he left us, wiped out all the good work he may have done.
        funny thing is when jacket was manager i would not let any one just s*** him off for, the sake of it,i supported him the same way as i get behind lomas,the reason is simple really he is the manager and to keep slagging him off just undermines the team,
        also i find it hard to believe the wolves job was'nt in the pipe line before kj left us.

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        • December 8, 2013 at 19:22
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          @jim1222:
          I disagree. You have got it back to front in my opinion. We was in the mire when he took over and he turned our fortunes around completely and left us in a much better position than when he arrived.
          Of course the second half of last season was disapointing but we are still a Championship club.
          I personally think there were a few reasons that he left and I do agree with Lion i.e that the Wembley violence may of been a deciding factor amongst others. I also think the Wood saga has not been fully explained and I think that the clubs lack of ambition in that particular situation gave him something to think about because he is obviously and rightly so ambitious himself.
          It's all about opinions Jim. I just happen to think that it's harsh of people to just now refer to him with the statements like he left us in the muck and ran out on us. I dont think that's fair to his legacy.
          Kenny Jackett was a class act and I feel he deserves our respect for evermore. I wish him nothing but success and look forward to the day that he returns to the Den whoever it's with and I will be on my feet singing his name as loud as ever. He gave me some magical memories of the club that I love dearly and for that he will always be a Millwall legend in my eyes.

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    • December 7, 2013 at 21:12
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      @jim1222:Jim dont forget Fa cup semi finalists and beat a premier team along the way.

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    • December 8, 2013 at 08:53
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      @jim1222: how come we only win when JB over here so let see in the coming weeks our we do

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  • December 7, 2013 at 17:42
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    Glad morrison is getting a run of games he dont pull up any trees but if we are gonna get a half consistent scorer this season it will be him. losing waghorn is going to be a massive blow. i dont care where we finish this season as long as we stay up as lets all face it lomas wont be sacked. ive said on here beforei do think lomas will come good over time. i may be wrong and he ends up one worst millwall managers ever. at least we are scoring most weeks now instead boring 0-0s

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    • December 7, 2013 at 18:04
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      @SLloyd23: your saying what i have been saying for a long time,and i dont think you are wrong,as i dont think he will be our worst manager,in fact i think he will be a success,as for morrison i have been very critical of him but i really do hope he makes me eat my words.

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  • December 7, 2013 at 17:43
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    Well done Lomas.We are much better with 4 4 2. and at least he is not too stuborn to change and realise even if it did take him too long to realise. Shows he can admit that what he was trying was not totally suiting us and did something about it. It was dfficult today but 3 precious points. Biggest well done to the players and fans. Onwards and upwards.

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  • December 7, 2013 at 17:43
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    The fact that at last we have won after a torrid few games is great, and well done Millwall! Nice to see Morison on the score sheet again and Easter who should start alongside Moro from now on.
    Hopefully this will settle the side and bring smiles to everyone's faces. The defence has to tighten up still and that ought to be SL priority.

    A little drink tonight to celebrate!

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    • December 7, 2013 at 18:30
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      @Peckhamlad: A drink and a joke..............

      The judge says to a double-homicide defendant, "You're charged with beating your wife to death with a hammer."

      A voice at the back of the courtroom yells out, "You b******!"

      The judge says, "You're also charged with beating your mother-in-law to death with a hammer."

      The voice in the back of the courtroom yells out, "You rotten b******!”

      The judge stops and says to Paddy in the back of the courtroom: "Sir, I can understand your anger and frustration at these crimes, but no more outbursts from you, or I'll charge you with contempt. Is that understood?"

      Paddy stands up and says, "I'm sorry, Your Honour, but for fifteen years I've lived next door to that a******, and every time I asked to borrow a hammer, he said he didn't have one."

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      • December 7, 2013 at 18:58
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        Did you hear that Tampax are going to replace the cord with a piece of tinsel in two weeks time?
        Just for the Christmas period though.

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        • December 7, 2013 at 19:04
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          @NICKOLA:

          A guy drops off a coffin at a car showroom in Johannesburg. The showroom manager rushes out and says, 'what the f*** are you doing' ?
          We did not order this.

          The delivery guy replies, 'I was told it was for Nissan Main Dealer'

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        • December 7, 2013 at 19:36
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          @NICKOLA: Phone rings, woman answers.

          The Pervert, with heavy breathing, says, "I bet you have a tight a*** with
          no hair?"

          Woman replies, "Yes, he's watching the Olympics - who shall I say is
          calling?"

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  • December 7, 2013 at 17:54
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    Master stroke by Lomas to bring Easter on for the off form Waghorn , that won us the game. A real battling performance by all and a few very good saves from Fordey.
    As I've said all along , give SL time and we'll be fine.

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    • December 7, 2013 at 18:10
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      @Block 8: Block you are so right about giving lomas time,trouble is we have to many fans who blow hot and cold match by match,i know that we had a few bad results getting beat by big scores, but then so did we last year watford and peterboro come to mind,lets hope we have now turned the corner.

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      • December 7, 2013 at 18:22
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        @jim1222: Think we are slowly putting our heads over the top Jim, think it will come right......gotta be optimistic,no other choice

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        • December 7, 2013 at 18:30
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          @jim1222 everyone cant see that no millwall manager had really tried to change millwall style completely and id pity any manager trying as we ent used to it! new to our route one players! playing pump it up football every single game wont do anything to us may aswell try do what other teams are doing.

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      • December 7, 2013 at 19:51
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        @jim1222: Jim when we loose 5-1 and 5-2 i am entitled to blow cold when we scrape a win i will blow hot .Its the nature of the beast.Its a bit harsh of you to s*** of fans who pay good money and are entitled to an opinion. We were 2 nil up against Bournemouth and should not be loosing games from that position. Im negative at times after a poor performance or a loss but like most wall fans im back the next week paying my money and supporting the team.

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        • December 8, 2013 at 18:38
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          @Eightieswall: eighties i dont s*** off fans for being critical and giving good alternatives as to what lomas should be doing,its the people who continually s*** him off for being ex west ham or calling him a ginger c***,unfortunatly other posters whos intentions are good get caught up in the banter.After all we knew lomas was a gamble coming from spl with no championship experience when JB appointed him,yes he has been nieve but he is, as we all know still learning and added to that injuries and bans have stopped him picking a settled side.and remember he himself said it would be a big challenge coming to the championship.so i just dont see the point in some people keep slagging him off,i know i go over the top in defending him at times but its millwall im defending. Iwill go on defending him untill JB decides if and when lomas should go,then i will then defend who so ever replaces him in the same way.I dont know if that makes sense,but thats me.

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      • December 8, 2013 at 10:26
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        @jim1222: The difference being Jim is that we had a Manager who was well established and had proven time and time again that he could get a team to bounce straight back from these kind of defeats. Lomas has done this once so far, our best performance against Blackpool. I'll only really start believing in Lomas as and when he is able to put together the kind of runs that KJ could, such as the 13 unbeaten last season that ultimately kept us up.

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        • December 8, 2013 at 18:41
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          @lion.ie: yes 13 unbeaten and nearly relegated to boot and if we did not have woods we would have got relegated,you tell me if im wrong.

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          • December 9, 2013 at 18:36
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            @jim1222: Who signed Wood? Jackett, am I wrong?

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  • December 7, 2013 at 18:33
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    Every one plating Lomas because we have scrounged a win at home??? Bringing Easter on is by no means tactical genius anyone in the stands could make that call.... Wave after wave of Wigan attacks....

    Great news we have three points though and Morrison is getting busy and a run in the team, but lets not all start singing "he's a jolly good fellow" because if we get another drubbing you lot will be calling for his head again....

    1 win means nothing to me... we still do not look like a championship side... we have a great squad and that wally cant get us playing....

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    • December 7, 2013 at 18:57
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      @JONO: completely right - we were outclassed and very lucky winners - if we play like that with no composure on the ball we won't beat many more teams - we give away passion far too easily - Abdou must be replaced if we are ever to play with any cohesion through the middle - we are playing just like jackett used to with some better forwards

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  • December 7, 2013 at 18:34
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    And out come the deluded mugs. Lomas will never be a success at Millwall; he'll never be accepted. Being vermin is massive, it can't be played down. But mostly because he picks the team out of a hat. He picks the wrong team without fail. He's landed on 442 by pure chance which is what we should have been playing from the start of the season. The amount of dough he's wasted is a disgrace. When we go bust I know who to blame. Lomas & Berylson = disaster.

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    • December 7, 2013 at 18:36
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      @LomasOut: Your right.... He also stumbled across Malone and Woolford due to injuries and Bans they guy is a grade a helmet

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      • December 8, 2013 at 18:46
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        @JONO: Wrong jonjo he didnt stumble on those two, lomas told the players they all started afresh ,and woolford and malone impressed and made those positions their own,why didnt jacket get the best out of them after all he had them for a long time.

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    • December 7, 2013 at 18:53
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      @LomasOut: total nonsense - what would we do without berylson on 9000 crowds - Lomas has a lot to prove but you could say that about the whole bottom half of the division

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      • December 7, 2013 at 19:32
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        @timchimes: I couldn't give a f*** about the bottom half other than us. We will go bust within the next few years and it'll be Berylson's fault. He'll blame the fans for not turning up after telling us to do one after appointing Lomas.

        Regardless, we've always had low crowds; quality not quantity. The quality is on the wane too mind.

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        • December 7, 2013 at 23:24
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          @LomasOut: Talking out of your a***!

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    • December 7, 2013 at 19:10
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      @LomasOut: Millwall win and still not good enough, give the guy some credit and get behind the team. I had and still have my doubts but obviously the team want to win and am going to give Lomas and the team credit for a good result.

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      • December 7, 2013 at 22:43
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        @Peckhamlad: MILLWALL winning is good enough but its annoying to see so many people so far up Lomas back side after a lucky win.... Maybe the "kick it up the other end" fansare happy but it will take much more and quick to convince me!!...

        And yes i have heard hundreds of fans at the den scream out "kick it up there" we loose then they scream Lomas out.... I was behind him until Barnsley last week....

        People will be bemused by that as we won against them and also won today but that proves i am not a hot or cold supporter i gave him time and a couple of "Lucky" wins will not win me over....

        I will always back the players on effort not just end product.... But i certainly wont be plating bum crack and switching sides every two weeks....

        As for JB he has kept us running and also invested a lot into wages this season i always respect chairman most of the time they are the only losers in this game as most of them hardly ever see a return on their investments and if they do they get slated....

        I hope i'm proved wrong but lets see how the Lomas bandits feel after a couple more drubbings...

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      • December 7, 2013 at 22:43
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        @Sealion: why b*****?? Because we won a game?

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      • December 7, 2013 at 23:26
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        @Sealion: Agree with you 100%. Absolute nonsense!

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    • December 8, 2013 at 12:52
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      @LomasOut: you talk a lot of s*** 🙂

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  • December 7, 2013 at 18:41
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    well done to the boys today , great workrate against a good side , good to see morro get 90 min again , quality saves in first half from forde , would like to see easter play longer with morro , as we will losewaghorn , great ball from trotter he was trying that ball all game , must give him a new contract , now we need to go blackburn and be solid COYL

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  • December 7, 2013 at 18:44
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    credit where its due well done lions and steve lomas and tom daly for disclosing that he is a whu fan.

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  • December 7, 2013 at 18:46
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    To many serious people on here just enjoy it when we win! stop being so negative and just get on with wanting us to win. id rather support dodgey ups and downs millwall than boring 3 points tourist fans chelsea

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    • December 7, 2013 at 18:54
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      @SLloyd23: Yeah right mate, Millwall's only a hobby after all. Chillax or whatever it is the new breed say.

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      • December 7, 2013 at 19:32
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        @LomasOut:
        Might be a hobby for you but it's a way of life for me and plenty of others.

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    • December 7, 2013 at 19:27
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      @SLloyd23:
      Or even worse you could support Coventry who unbelievably have not finished in the top 6 in any division for the last 40 seasons. What they would give to swap with us for our last 10 years. Ups and downs indeed. Enjoy the ride.

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    • December 7, 2013 at 20:56
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      @SLloyd23: please don't mention those twats from s.w. London on this site.

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  • December 7, 2013 at 19:12
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    It cannot go unnoticed the difference Trotter makes to the side when he plays, he must stay.

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    • December 7, 2013 at 19:55
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      @Peckhamlad: Agreed, that was a blinding ball for easter to latch on to and a great finish as well . I would like to see easter and moro start some games to see if they gel.

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      • December 7, 2013 at 20:36
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        @Eightieswall: The ball Trotter played through to Easter was without doubt a fabulous pass, and I would love to see more of Easter, but other than that one pass what did Trotter do during the game other than perpetually give the ball away? For me Trotter needs to liven up and get involved far more. His performance today was no more than average at best.

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        • December 7, 2013 at 21:25
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          @Den man: Thats the thing with Trotter, he has one good game then one not so good and still sets up a goal. If he was consistent he would probably be playing for a mid table premier team,so maybe his lazy games have cost him a big move and we benefit from it.

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        • December 7, 2013 at 23:28
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          @Den man: Best player on the pitch!

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          • December 8, 2013 at 10:32
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            @Adsy77777: He probably wasn't 'winning enough headers' for some people Adsy?
            Lomas answered the 'lazy' questioned last week by saying that his performance stats stand up with the rest of the team (except Abdou), but some people will only see what they want to see.

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          • December 8, 2013 at 12:30
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            @Adsy77777: Not in my opinion, however that's all it is, my opinion.
            For me it was great to get the win we so much needed, but as far as individuals go; Morison is, always has been and always will continue to be a laboured striker who could work so much harder and achieve so much more.
            Trotter, again in my opinion is a fantastic player who appears to amble through games with no real direction. He does without doubt have the ability (sometimes) to play at a significantly higher level, but his inability to provide consistent performances demeans his overall appeal. In short they both need to do what they do, better and more consistently.
            Lastly, can it be complete coincidence that Easter has come off the bench to score 2 important goals as well as the Bolton goal ( even though we lost)

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  • December 7, 2013 at 21:41
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    Play offs!!!!!!!! ?

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  • December 8, 2013 at 10:20
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    Good to see that 'lazy' Trotter and 'lazy', 'not interested' 'only here for the money ' (at Millwall, seriously?) Morison are getting some credit on here. Oh and not forgetting the two world class saves from our often maligned (on here) 'keeper.
    As for Lomas, we win a game, at home, and all his fans come out to play. This fella has made so many mistakes in his short time here that it has exposed him as the inexperienced coach/manager that he is. The sooner everybody excepts this fact the more understanding there will be from Lomas and non Lomas fans re our current situation. Lomas isn't going to take us down, nor is he going to have us up at the play-offs by May. Accept mid-table mediocrity for this season and then it's up to Lomas & Berylson to show us what our ambition for 2014/15 is during the summer.
    On another note,145 away fans for a team that was in the Premiership last year is a disgrace.

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    • December 8, 2013 at 14:03
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      @lion.ie: I think support for Trotter has generally been slit 50/50 on this site. Same for Morison, I think the frustration comes from us all knowing how much potential both players have and they don't often live up to it. Finally both seem to be getting back in form, and that might just save SL his job.

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  • December 8, 2013 at 11:10
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    Watched the very edited highlights on TV last night, I thought there was a lot of conviction in the side, good goals especially Jermaines. I thought Forde might have been unsighted for their goal he was a bit slow to react. Nevertheless he pulled off some brilliant saves. We need a run of good results now to climb the table... and a good run in the FA cup.

    On another subject the Man Utd fans are bad losers thousands walking out before the end of the match and booing theiur side after their defeat against Newcastle. After all the success they have had over the years it seems they cannot take the rough with the smooth. I remember when Man U got relegated from the old 1st division and came down the Den, there was a massive crowd I think around 24,000/27000 they never beat Millwall home or away both were drawn.

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    • December 8, 2013 at 12:59
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      @Peckhamlad: they've got too use to winning. A season of failure will do them good (and amuse the rest of us).

      Excellent performance from Forde, would have lost that match without him.

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      • December 8, 2013 at 15:02
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        @MFC Lion:100% agree and love the fact that Man U are struggling, it's like an early Xmas present watching them whinge and whine.
        Forde was outstanding yesterday as you say, and if you analyse pitch minutes per player, Easter comes out shining. Why does Lomas not give him a start?

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  • December 8, 2013 at 14:26
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    I actually have never seen Liam Trotter work so hard! He did a lot of chasing back, but unfortunately he's not the strongest in the tackle so he'll never be Ya Ya Toure. Overall he had an average game, but what a ball for the goal - sheer class and that's why we should be pleased to have him. I thought waghorn had a better game than on Tuesday but I don't think he's pulled up any trees so maybe it won't be a massive loss if he goes - Keogh looked up for it when he came on as of course did Easter. And then there's MacDonald.
    Can anyone tell me what all the booing was about for McLean their no 11? I must have missed whatever he did!

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    • December 8, 2013 at 15:02
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      @waterloolion: nothing in this game, refused to wear a poppy a few weeks ago, Irish you know.

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    • December 8, 2013 at 15:05
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      @waterloolion: yeh was wondering that myself. I missed the 1st min so did he do something truly awful that I missed?

      Or maybe we've started a pick a random opposition player and give him dogs abuse to get him rattled.

      Preferably the later, good to make the den as hostile as possible for away teams IMO.

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