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Notts Forest 2-1 Millwall (aet)
7:24pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
By Sam Brown, Lions Live presenter
MILLWALL were beaten by Jamaal Lascelles’ extra-time winner for Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup last night.
The youth team graduate scored with a header just before half-time in extra-time after an exhausting 90 minutes of regulation play finished 1-1.
Matt Derbyshire opened the scoring for the home side just after the hour mark when he headed home Djamel Abdoun’s cross.
The Lions had gone very close to going behind after a similar incident in the first half where they were caught napping, but this time Derbyshire made sure the Londoners were punished from yet another set piece.
Substitute Ishmael Miller missed two chances to double Forest’s lead before the Lions, who recorded 16 shots on goal, finally equalised in the 86th minute as Andy Keogh diverted a low cross from Liam Feeney into the net.
But for manager Steve Lomas, the final outcome was an all too familiar story.
He said: “Well, I think when you’re the away team and you have 16 shots on goal, you’re entitled to think you are going to get something from the game.
“A lot of positives again but we are conceding poor goals from set plays and it’s hurting us really badly.
“I wouldn’t mind if teams were smacking them in from 30 yards and maybe dribbling and taking on a few players and scoring, or a free flowing move.
“Then you would have to hold up your hands and accept it.
“Our stats from defending free-kicks and corners isn’t good enough and it is something we need to rectify.”
Lomas admitted his side’s inability to take their chances had once again returned to haunt them at the City Ground.
He said: “We are trying to give them belief that they are good players and we can pass the ball and we can create chances.
“If we really analyse the games we have had, we haven’t been outplayed and we have created chances and we haven’t taken enough of that as well.
“When you look at percentages, 16 chances and you think you’re entitled to score more than one goal.
“The Achilles heel is being the master of our down full in many of the games on top at Ipswich and we can concede a poor goal, same at Huddersfield.”
Lomas added: “It’s very frustrating, I just want the lads to believe they are good players.
“They have shown it in between the boxes, but it’s the set plays which are a massive part of the game.
“For all the good play - and I keep coming in saying the same things - I can’t fault the players’ effort and commitment tonight.
“Hopefully we have had our season’s worth of errors and we just need to keep believing.
“I believe in them.
“The loyal fans that came up tonight would see the chances and the endeavours and will be scratching their heads thinking ‘how did we not win this game of football?’ ”
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