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Lomas left disappointed after late Seagulls equaliser
12:05pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in Sport
By Sam Brown, Lions Live presenter
LEONARDO Ulloa’s 89th minute goal denied Milwall their first win of the Championship campaign after Alan Dunne was sent off in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Brighton.
Martyn Woolford scored the opener from a Richard Chaplow pass to put the visitors in front after 51 minutes.
The Lions, who picked up their first point last weekend at Sheffield Wednesday, looked set to claim their first win until Ulloa’s dramatic late intervention.
Neither side created much in the first half, although Millwall looked the more composed and dominated until defender Dunne was dismissed after picking up his second yellow card 15 minutes from time.
Dunne was initially cautioned for time wasting and manager Steve Lomas revealed afterwards he could see the sending off coming. The Den chief said: “I might have to do the lottery tonight because I could see it coming.
“It was a very cheap booking.
“I said to the fourth official ‘I can see what’s going to happen here, he’ll get sent off in the second half’.
“I’m very disappointed, it was the key turning point in the game.
“We were very comfortable.
“In the past we can blame ourselves for certain mistakes, but I think the blame lies elsewhere today.
“I blame myself as well because we only had one defender on the bench.
“I wanted to be attacking, but when Dunney was sent off we could have used an extra defender.
“The sending off was definitely the key part of the game and the turning point, as we were comfortable.”
Millwall could not hold on to the lead which would have seen them climb of the Championship bottom three.
Ulloa had seen the referee disallow an earlier effort for a push, but made sure he clinched a point for the Seagulls in the final minute. Lomas said: “We set up to nullify Brighton, who we gave due respect to after they won their previous two games.
“We deserved our goal and to come away with a draw is disappointing really because the players were superb.
“We started very well in the second half and scored a fantastically well-worked goal.
“We’re trying to get the ball down and pass it in the right manner and our goal typified that.”
The manager added: “I thought my players were magnificent again today, they showed the right attitude and the fans could see that.
“We had great support from nearly two thousand fans.
"Brighton were coming on strong, we were a man down, throwing bodies in there and getting our blocks in.
“You saw the commitment of the players to the cause.”
Steve Lomas will now head into the international break without a win and may look to strengthen the squad and bring in some fresh blood with 12 hours left to sign new players.
“If we are to really, truly take this great club forward we need some fresh blood and there needs to be an injection of new faces,” he said.
“Too many players have become stale.
“Hopefully we can shift a few on and be creative.”
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