Striker Easter desperate for starting berth in Millwall side

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

JERMAINE Easter has revealed that he may seek a move away from The Den in January unless he is given a run of starts in the Millwall side.

Easter has scored three goals in his last four appearances for the Lions but has mainly been used as an impact substitute by manager Steve Lomas.

And Easter, who was the subject of an enquiry from Bristol City last month, is desperate to prove his worth over the course of a whole 90 minutes.



"If the manager gives me a run in the team and I don't perform, then I have no reason to complain if I'm dropped, but I just want that chance," he said.

"City's head of recruitment made contact and was told 'no' straight away, which is fine because I'm happy to stay at the club and enjoy myself here.

"But there does come a point when my lack of game time becomes an issue and I have to start thinking about finding another option.



"That is not what I want to do because there is a great set of lads here and the club has a fantastic fan base, but at the end of the day I'm 31 and have to think about my career."

Easter will be hoping his goal against Wigan last weekend will have been enough to earn him a start against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

"All I can do is keep training hard every day and ensure that I am in the right physical state for when I am called upon," he said.

"We have got a few winnable games coming up – Blackburn, Middlesbrough, Watford and Doncaster – and the lads are feeling confident off the back of four points last week.

"There is no better time than now to go to Ewood Park and start rectifying our away record, which hasn't been great.

"If we can back up the Wigan win with another three points, the table starts to look a lot different. Stringing a few results together at this time of year can make such a difference."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

38 thoughts on “Striker Easter desperate for starting berth in Millwall side

  • December 11, 2013 at 12:22
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    Love Easters attitude deserves to start always puts a shift in a can score think him and Morison can form a good partnership.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 12:28
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    Its a no brainer, Moro ad Easter to start.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 12:35
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    With Waghorne going back to Leicester shortly, gives Lomas an opportunity to see what Easter has to offer. Think he deserves to be given that chance.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 12:37
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    When he was put through by Trotts against Wigan, I just knew he would score. I don't get that feeling of confidence with Woolford or Waghorn or even Martin (when he’s playing). How many times does this poor sod have to prove himself? It’s all very well being a ‘super-sub’ but his ability in front of goal and his attitude and work rate on the pitch is superb and an excellent example to others. Surely, he's got to start playing from the start especially now Waghorn's on his way back tup north.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 12:48
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    Gotta start Saturday with moro,like his attitude.GO BAG A HATRICK MY SON!

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  • December 11, 2013 at 12:50
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    Cant really argue with any of that. Does deserve a chance in my opinion. Whilst maybe be not our most technical gifted striker, possibly the best goal scorer at the club.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 12:55
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    Easter will play best in a 4-4-2 formation as he will thrive off the scraps provided by his partner, in this case Moro. If we are to go 4-4-2 then he is as good a option as we have got and he can finish. Def worth a start for the next three games although that is tough on Waghorn.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 13:04
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    Easter is a natural goal poacher. He has great awareness off the ball and knows where to be right time right place to get a goal scoring opportunity. He is a cool finisher so provides composure in front of goal, which is exactly what we need and just like Morison (in 4-4-2) you feel they going to score when they running toward the goal regardless of the opposition around them. Deserves the full ninety start no question. McDonald and Keogh on the bench provides very good options if required late in the game.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 13:13
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    play 4-4-2 away as well lomas there is no reason why not ! the lonbe striker b******* is a waste of time we have all seen that home and away . get him to form a paertnership with morro , the sooner the better coz i think he's a better goal scorer than waghorn anyway . if he does form a partnership with morro then it will be mcdonald struggling to get a game though 🙁 hard to keep everyone happy really . and keogh is more than likely gonna go tbh but no great loss there imo

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  • December 11, 2013 at 13:22
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    Easter is probably our most lethal finisher - why would he not start if we're going 4-4-2?!? Think SL needs to be careful with him because out of our strikers he's the only one who is ours (not on loan) that is always fit and is scoring!

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    • December 11, 2013 at 14:12
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: totally agree i think we should keep him he could well turn out to be a 15 - 20 goal striker a season same with morro and i think mcdonald could partner up with either of em when one needs a rest or injured . i'd like to keep waghorn in a way but now i think about it more i don't think he would be that much of a major loss same with keogh tbh but with morro,easter and mcdonald there could be 50 goals between em easily this season , which will put us right up the table .

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    • December 11, 2013 at 16:39
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: Totally agree Bomber. It drives me mad when we consistently play loan players in front of own team. I know we've got what some consider to be dead wood and agree that they need to be set adrift, but when we've got a player who is definitely ours, who wants to play for us and appears to do the job when he does get time on the pitch, why do we insist on playing loan players instead? Do we have some agreement with the parent clubs that we will keep their match fitness up at the expense of our own team?

      Personally, I'd like to see Easter and McDonald start. Despite his talent when he feels like it, I just don't trust Morrison, I haven't forgotten the last game he played for us when he was in the permanent squad, getting himself sent off because he couldn't be bothered. Ultimately, he's on a year's loan and Leeds do not have to release him to us at the end of it, so he should be a back up plan, not a main part of the team.

      But then, what do I know???

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      • December 11, 2013 at 16:57
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        @crossenoughtogrowl: I think most loans will have a clause in them whereby the player has to play a certain amount! othwerwise they could end up rotting in our reserves which defeats the point of loaning them BUT we have Waghorn going back and Morsion (with the exception of the last 2 games) has been woeful!

        I do think we need a Morison typle player because Easter and Mcdonald I dont think have the necessary strength and power, yes we're trying to play football but the center halves of the championship need to know they've been in a game with the 'Wall and I think we need a bigger, stronger lad up top with either Easter or Mcdonald - lets face it we need at least 3 strikers in the squad if not 4 with our injuries etc

        I read this week that we have used more players this season than any other side in the championship something like 33 different players and we're only in December - could be a factor as to why we are where we are! I remember the season KJ took over we had an injury crisis and used 44 players that season - lets hope we're over the worst of our injury's this year!!

        COYL

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    • December 11, 2013 at 17:50
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: really , Mac Donald is our for 3 years, Woolford is ours Keogh is ours ( unfortunately)

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      • December 11, 2013 at 18:57
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        @Lincolnshire Lion: and...? Are you suggesting they're all more accomished finishers than Easter? McDonald you can argue but Woolford and Keogh...? Nah surely not!

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  • December 11, 2013 at 13:36
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    Hard worker, with pace and it seems does not moan about not getting in the side, and he seems to have an eye for the goal, worth him been given a prolonged run in the side, as none of the forwards are doing anything better at the moment.

    What is really required as a settled side, which is hard with all thes injuries we keep getting when the player is out of the side, but if he can get a couple of wins in a row we all will get a lift from that, so COYL!!!!!

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  • December 11, 2013 at 14:00
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    yeah easter defo for me, not like the others , crashing and bashing and scuffing it all over the place at the sign of a chance, this boy pings em with either foot( right foot v qpr, bolton, left foot wigan) picks his spot, real class, should start every game. spose cos he's paying mc donald a fortune in wages he gets priority. as for waghorn,he already stated in an earlier interview that he would have to consider other options come the end of this loan if he doesn't play down the middle,well he hasn't so he won't be back. i remember the first away match this season(ipswich) was really impressed with easter,coming short,comfortable in possetion, was very quick,, passing it off,the rest were total crap,so who got subbed- easter, maybe this manager just don't like him...... straaaaaaange

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    • December 11, 2013 at 15:25
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      Not saying I disagree with you, but just correcting you on the wage thing. Yes, McDonald is on £30'000 a week for two years, but Middlesborough are paying for the first year, so we aren't giving him a penny. I think Easter has been very good this season and should be given the chance he deserves, but so has McDonald. He has a great first touch and has been scoring some important goals. If Lomas can find a way to make both of them happy then great. I just don't want the same to happen to McDonald.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 14:06
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    Can understand his frustration and McDonald must feel the same seeing as they've both scored more goals than wag horn.
    I think wag horn is a but overrated myself. His reputation exeeds him.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 16:17
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    11 clubs in 12 years and a one in four game league strike rate tells its own story. He's a good squad player for us surely and maybe deserves a chance on recent performances, but 'best finisher at the club' and 'natural goalscorer', do me a favour!

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    • December 11, 2013 at 16:43
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      @lion.ie: I couldn't understand why the club bought him - especially whilst we had no manager. Yes, he's scored some important goals this year, but he didn't set the world a light on loan last year. Not bad to come on as sub, but at best he's just a squad player at this level.

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    • December 11, 2013 at 17:25
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      @lion.ie: He's scored more goals this seaon than Keogh, Waghorn and the same amount as Morison yet he's played a quarter of the minutes the latter 2 have.... he's clearly our best goal scorer at the moment!! Form is temporary however and thats probably why he's so desperate to be starting but to dispute he's a natural goal scorer is ludicrous baring in mind since 2007/2008 he hasnt been first choice wherever he has been - he's certainly more of a goal threat than Keogh and Waghorn

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  • December 11, 2013 at 16:44
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    Easter should have been a first choice player ages ago, we might not have suffered so many defeats and won instead of drawing a few. He is a natural goal scorer and a menace to the opposition in the box. Lomas has been wrong to leave him on the bench. The more he plays the better he will become, we cannot afford to lose him or Trotter come the January window and the manager and board must do everything to keep them at the club. Feeney too is showing his worth and has to start regularly.

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    • December 11, 2013 at 17:27
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      @Peckhamlad: PL, can you define 'natural goalscorer' for me then? His record doesn't suggest that this is the case. As for the 'more he plays the better he will become', he's 31 years old and his career as a striker can only go one way now.
      Millwall need to start investing in youth to supplement this squad, otherwise we will find ourselves in trouble a couple of seasons down the line as we will have a squad with little or no sell on value and let's face it, none of our established younger players are going to bank roll squad reinvestment.
      Easter seems like an honest player to me but he's not the answer. Morison is the same, I'm a big fan, but for this season only unless we can get him free in the summer.

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      • December 11, 2013 at 19:00
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        @lion.ie: 3 goals in 4 games mostly coming on as sub says it all, age has nothing to do with it as long as he is fit and eager to make his mark.

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        • December 12, 2013 at 08:07
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          @Peckhamlad: His recent record hardly 'says it all'.Three goals in four games as sub or 77 in 314 or 12 in his last 65. If you take the 32 goals in two seasons at Wycombe and MK Dons out of the equation then it becomes 45 goals in 240 appearances. Hardly the stats of a 'natural finisher'. He's on a super sub streak and probably deserves a start in the short term but he's not the answer.
          We have four players in our squad under the age of 25 and one of those is Aiden O'Brien. Trotter, at 25, is arguably our only real potential asset. If Berylson and Lomas don't address this we will have an aging squad with no sell on value in a couple of years. We might have a couple of youngsters coming through, but realistically how many? So age definitely does come into it. Malone, Lowry and Beevers are all Jackett signings so it'll be interesting to see where Lomas goes should he have any money in January. IMO, he'd be mad not to get a couple of promising youngsters in from somewhere. Because of the poor quality of the bottom of this league this season we won't go down and he has a free pass to blood these players in readiness for next season.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 17:49
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    He's certainly making a lot of noise and i read this article in the SLP yesterday.
    I agree he deserves a chance and i agree with a couple posts that he is too similar to mcdonald who i believe to be the best striker we have.
    But we now have moro picking up some much needed form.
    I also believe it'll be damned if he (lomas) does and damned if he doesnt as mcdonald can come out and say exactly the same thing.
    Both have a shout for starts but wont start together as most certainly waghorn will get the nod - i'm going on recent results. Very interesting to see what SL decides, shame a player has to come out and air his washing in public especially as SL os under pressure if he gives on to easter and he flops and we get no results then we're deaper in the brown stuff.
    Big talk jermain i hope you deliver if you get your wish but i cant help thinking your a much better impact player probably the best one at the club.

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    • December 11, 2013 at 19:00
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      @lukesmithmfc: we can't get much deeper luke and our strikers (McDonald aside) are pony! He deserves a chance on form alone I think

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      • December 11, 2013 at 22:02
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        @TheBermondseyBomber: Moro is starting to hit some decent form both scoring and off the ball.

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        • December 12, 2013 at 08:16
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          @glyngo: I still don't get this constant and continued criticism of Morison Glyngo, maybe you can enlighten me mate? He's obviously a confidence player who needs a run of games and since his injury he has played bit parts at best. From what I've seen he was instrumental in at least three of our goals leading up to his first start in ages against Forest. He scores against Forest and makes the other then scores against Wigan. People question his attitude and commitment but as I questioned a few weeks back, this did not seem to be lacking in the behind closed doors friendly vs Gillingham when he scored a hat-trick. Hardly the performance of a big time Charlie. He's the only forward we've got who can score from anywhere and his threat alone gives defences something to think about. If an oppo centre half sees Morison on our team sheet it'll make them sit up and take notice, would they do the same for Easter or Keogh?

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  • December 11, 2013 at 19:54
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    ..to be absolutely honest,as long as we score more than the opposition every game,i don't care who scores.but I do like easter and morro starting up front.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 20:34
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    Anyone going up Saturday, well done. But please do me and the club a favour, if a certain DJ Campbell is playing don't boo him. You know full well that some c**t will misinterpret it as a racist chant and it'll be all over our wonderfully informed and non biased press over the weekend.

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    • December 12, 2013 at 08:19
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      @SE11 Lion: He won't be playing, you can bet on that! (-:~

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    • December 12, 2013 at 09:01
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      @SE11 Lion: From what I understand he's desperate to play in the 1-1 draw!

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  • December 12, 2013 at 09:05
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    Nice problem to have, makes a change from the bare bones scenario.

    Yes he deserves a run, hungry fighters throw the most punches!

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    • December 12, 2013 at 09:17
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      @wongo:

      SEEN EASTER PLAY THE WHOLE MATCH, HE TIRES WHEN HE PLAYS
      THE WHOLE 90MINS....................
      ALWAYS SEEMS TO PLAY WELL COMING ON FOR THE LAST 15MINS.............
      REASON IS : THE REST OF THE PLAYERS HAVE ALREADY PLAYED 75MINS, SO
      COMING IN FRESH, HE HAS MORE ENERGY, AND CAN USUALLY OUT RUN THE
      OPPONENTS IN A QUICK DASH FOR THE BALL, IF PUT THROUGH FOR GOALS.
      ===============
      " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
      STORMIN' NORMAN....................WATCHING THE FINESS OF PLAYERS !!

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      • December 12, 2013 at 09:19
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        @bermlion:

        SORRY, STORMIN' NORMAN................
        WATCHING THE "FITNESS"....OF PLAYERS !!!!

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  • December 12, 2013 at 16:01
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    I think Easter should have kept quiet until Waghorn has gone back to Leicester and see who Lomas plays up front then. However, Morison and McDonald are our 2 proven scorers yet have only started a few games together and I think they should be given a chance leaving Easter to come off the bench as an impact player. If he is not happy with that then let him go with Keogh and bring in 2 more strikers not loan signings. We will have a problem at the end of the season anyway because Morison will go back to Leeds and Easter will be out of contract if they are still here.

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