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Lomas urges fans to keep faith after Rams humiliation
MILLWALL manager Steve Lomas has pleaded with supporters to stick with the team.
Countless anti-Lomas chants and boos were heard from the stands as the Lions suffered a humiliating 5-1 home defeat to Derby County on Saturday.
Lomas agrees with supporters his side’s performance was nowhere near good enough and also understands why he will be the first person to be criticised.
But the under-fire has urged fans not to turn on their team.
“I am the manager and the buck stops with me,” he said.
“Of course I am not shirking my responsibility but as a group we have to stick together, the players and the staff.
“If I was a fan here paying for that, I wouldn’t have been happy.
“I can understand their response but it isn’t them and us, we have to stick together.
“When things are not going right we need to stick together.”
The tense atmosphere at The Den boiled over on numerous occasions with coins and bottles thrown towards visiting players and a pitch invader getting to grips with Derby boss Nigel Clough.
The constant chants referring to Lomas’ time at West Ham and calls for him to be sacked will have been tough to take for 39-year-old, who is now battling to save his job after a terrible start to his reign as Kenny Jackett’s successor.
“They want to see winning football,” Lomas said.
“Not just in my time but probably from Christmas they have suffered.
“They have had a long drawn out misery and I can fully understand it.
“Now it is up to me and the players to understand the responsibility they have got.
“It is a privilege to play for this club and maybe one or two have been here too long and become a little bit stale and taking this club for granted.”
After two impressive draws on the road against Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday, expectations were high Millwall could grab their first win of the season on Saturday.
Not many, including Lomas, could have seen that dreadful performance coming and the Lions boss admitted a number of his players fell apart after going behind.
“It really wasn’t what I was expecting after the two weeks we have had,” he said.
“I just didn’t see it coming to be honest.
“We have worked on the back of two good points away from home.
“Once we conceded the goal it was like they were nervous.
“It takes a certain sort of player to play here at home.
“But once that first goal went in, a few of the lads crumbled and didn’t want to take the responsibility of changing things around.
“Maybe boys who have been here a while need to have a turn.”
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