Abdou: Players not manager to blame for defensive errors

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JIMMY Abdou insists Millwall's players – not manager Steve Lomas – should take the fall for their woeful defensive record.

The Lions' hopes of progressing this season have been undermined by the fact they have let in more goals than any other Championship side – 40 in just 20 games.

Millwall's frailties at the back have proved particularly costly on the road, conceding, on average, 2.5 goals in every single away game.



And given Lomas' side have only been scoring one-a-game on their travels, the statistics tell their own, damning story.

They scored twice at Blackburn Rovers last weekend but still went home empty handed after a 3-2 defeat.

Naturally supporters' frustration and criticism has been directed towards the dugout, but Abdou says Lomas only has so much control over what occurs on the pitch.



"The first thing people do is blame the manager, but he's not on the pitch and he's not the one making defensive errors," Abdou said.

"These are our mistakes and we are the ones conceding goals, so we are responsible.

"If you have made a mistake, you cannot blame anyone else. We are all adults so we must accept that we will be criticised when we do not perform."

The Lions will be looking to respond to their defeat at Ewood Park in Saturday's televised clash with Middlesbrough at The Den.

"Middlesbrough might not be on a good run at the minute but it's going to be tough again for us," Abdou added. "But we are unbeaten in our last seven at home and want to keep our form going. We're confident."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

18 thoughts on “Abdou: Players not manager to blame for defensive errors

  • December 20, 2013 at 12:16
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    If we manage to stay up, they will certainly give Lomas another year.....

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  • December 20, 2013 at 12:34
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    Let's keep that home form going Jimmy. We will need it to stay up.
    I am really looking forward to the game tomorrow although I have lost my voice so I will be the bloke on his feet in the East Upper waving his arms about with mouth wide open and nothing coming out. Still louder than an anorak or Nigel though. COYL.

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  • December 20, 2013 at 12:48
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    not entirely true when you look at a team like derby county who were s*** for the best part of the year leaking goals left , right and center they hire mclaren and are now solid at the back with 6 wins out of 6 and that's because they have a extremely experienced coach at this level and we don't . sorry but the manager HAS to take some of the responsibility ! yet again another supposed REAL millwall player thrown on to the site to defend him, this statements is pretty much word for word from one that was released 6 ish weeks ago by someone else , i can't remember the player but it goes to show we haven't got anywhere in that time ! stop talking all of ya we know what the f****** problems are we have been telling you b4 you have had chance to tell us .

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    • December 20, 2013 at 14:14
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      @steveomfc5: we cant afford any one of the calibre of mcclaren

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      • December 20, 2013 at 15:38
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        @jim1222: that's as maybe but we could have got someone with experience at this level .

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  • December 20, 2013 at 12:54
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    here we go again, this time its Jimmy who has had to put his name to the Lomas propaganda machine it will be interesting what they say about him when he finally goes. We know the players have to take responibilty for what the do while on the pitch, but he pickes the team tells you how he wants you to play and if it is going wrong he makes the changes to players and tatics.

    So unless all the players are not carrying out SL game plan then he and his coaching staff need to look at what they are asking the players to do, are the players not good enough to carry out his instructions or are the instructions easily overcome by the oposition when we play them and there is no plan B.

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  • December 20, 2013 at 13:06
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    At last a responsible post from a team member,saying that it is the the resposibility of the players for bad defending,so perhaps people will now lay off Lomas.Its a fact if the back four had not made so many school boy errors,we would be in a play off position and the anti Lomas brigade would be singing his praises.I make it 70% of goals against us are NOT down to bad tactics, but RANK BAD defending and as jimmy said you cant blame the manager for that,add to that the injuries and red cards lomas has had to do a lot of chopping and changing.So i want to remind the players that the first rule of defending a cross into the box, is to ATTACK THE BALL,and not wait for the opposing players to make their move first.As i have said before Lomas should get some videos of Kitchener to show them how it should be done,he was rarely beaten in the air from crosses at set pieces.

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    • December 20, 2013 at 13:13
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      @jim1222: Jim I know you share the same name but with a different spelling to Jimmy, but do you really think that he done this interview using sentances, the statistics tell there own daming story and more when his first tounge is not English.

      He may feel that these words reflect what he feels about the proformances but this is Club spin mate, SL may have some old Labour Party spin doctors on the pay roll, could be the fittness coach because he dont look too fit to me.

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      • December 20, 2013 at 14:07
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        @Barnlion: Maybe some Cameron spin doctors too, but Jimmy talks some sense about defensive errors however the mistakes at the back are not isolated but occur nearly every game which indicates that the back four are not good enough.

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      • December 20, 2013 at 14:16
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        @Barnlion: sorry barnlion but we have to take this as gospel.Why? becuase its the truth and we all know it.

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        • December 20, 2013 at 14:54
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          @jim1222: Jim, Not saying what is in the actical does not bear any truth in it but I am sure that Jimmy has not expressed these sentiments, it is to deflect critisisum of the manger by people who post on NAD and a wider Millwall public, so I would take it with a pinch of salt Jim. But as we all know the players do have to take some blame.
          Look at the centre backs but as always the manager/first team coach what ever his title is at Millwall, but lets hope we have a good show tomorrow and that will ease the pressure on both manager & players and leave us in a good mood until Boxing day comes around at least.

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  • December 20, 2013 at 15:21
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    COME ON YOU LIONS !!!!
    THIS IS YOU'RE BEST CROWD FOR AGES.............
    LETS MAKE SOME REAL NOISE..............
    HOLD THAT ONE - NOTE FOR A LONG , LONG TIME AND SHINE!!!!!
    " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
    STORMIN' NORMAN......................WANTS A 3 - 0 WIN

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  • December 20, 2013 at 16:37
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    @ jim1222. could not agree more about your comments regarding big kitch, your'e right, he hardley ever lost a heading duel , he attacked the ball 100% every time and yet he rarely was whistled up for fouling. these days there seems to be a lot of looking around, getting their arms draped either around someones shoulders or waist or sticking it in someones face, and by the time they've done all of that crap they never get around to actually jumping, so yes vidio's of kitch heading please, its simple really just jump f f s.

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  • December 20, 2013 at 19:00
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    Signing a decent CB should be the main focus for Lomas if he wants to stop this broken record of players and himself saying we need to cut out these silly defensive mistakes.

    I don't think we really need Waghorn that much, use McDonald that's why you signed him! Saved wages and any fee for Henry and anyone else we can flog should be able to fund a competent defender to fix our leaky defense.

    As many have said we do score quite a few so a defender who can jump and head a ball would go a long way to preventing our defensive frailties and see us move up the table.

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  • December 20, 2013 at 19:04
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    Now it's Jimmi's turn to play SL's ventriloquist's dummy. I'll stick my arm up your back and you mouth the words. Yes if mistakes are made during a game, then for most part it is the players fault. But if they keep making the same mistakes then it is then managers fault, because he either has to train them not to make the same mistakes over and over again, or he does not play them, he finds people that are good enough and do not make those mistakes. Simple really isn't it. Sorry, do i sound cynical, but i am p****d off to the back teeth of this B"""s""t

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    • December 21, 2013 at 02:51
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      @rikkiatwall: ON less than 10,000 crowds where are we getting the money from to buy these players or pay loanees wages if we cannot off load the rubbish defenders.

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  • December 20, 2013 at 21:25
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    Leave it alone Jim. Lomas already has a list of scapegoats!

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