Fan's Roar: Millwall's point against Forest sees Lomas dodge a bullet

By Rob Virtue on December 4, 2013 9:06 AM |


Ian Toal of Millwall Supporters Club

Steve Lomas managed to extend his tenure as Millwall manager with a better performance at home to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

A 2-2 draw was the least we deserved. We should have been awarded a penalty when we were 2-1 up.

When both the referee and his assistant waived away our claims, you wondered if would prove to be a key moment. Sadly it was.

Still a point was better than we expected before the game given our woeful performance up at Leicester on Saturday when we got thumped 3-0 and were lucky to get nil to be truthful!

Lomas rang the changes for the Forest match with the formation changed to go 4-4-2.

Steve Morison and Martyn Waghorn were given starts up front and Morison in particular had the bit between his teeth. He scored our opener with a thumping half-volley and got an assist for our second.

His man-of-the-match performance was probably his best of the season and it was like watching the Morison from his first spell with us.

If he can continue to play like that for the rest of the season we might just be able to get ourselves out of the mess that we find ourselves in.

Centre-midfield had a different pairing as well with Nicky Bailey injured and Guy Moussi not eligible to play against his parent club. Liam Trotter came back from injury and was paired with Jimmy Abdou.

Even despite this more encouraging performance, things are not all fine and dandy again.

Our defence let in two more goals that really should have been avoided. Andt the midfield needs to help out and provide a bit more protection to the back line.

Still it was marked improvement and that needs to be replicated against Wigan this Saturday for Lomas to keep his job with John Berylson over from the States ready to pull the trigger if we suffer another heavy defeat.

Sure it was a bad time to catch Leicester on Saturday who were second in the table with the same points as the top side.

But the way we succumbed there was a very bad sign indeed. To concede three goals is yet another poor showing by the team.

In reality if it was not for our keeper David Forde the scoreline might have been even worse.

If he didn't want to leave and join Celtic before the match, the defeat might have nudged him closer to doing that if the opportunity arises in the future.

The supporters are turning more and more against Lomas.

We were lucky in the previous match against Barnsley when we scraped a vital win. We knew that if we played as bad up at Leicester we would get a hammering and that we did. If you look at the stats of the game it will back up what a horrible performance we had.

They had three times as many efforts on goal than us, 13 shots on target versus just one, 61 per cent possession to just 39 per cent, 11 corners to seven.

All makes pretty grim reading.

Despite the improved showing against Forest, the manager and staff need to do a lot of work to turn us into a competitive team. And time is running out for them to do that.

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