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Lomas praises Millwall fans for support in Blackpool triumph
MILLWALL manager Steve Lomas thanked The Den crowd for cheering his side to their first league win of the season over Blackpool tonight.
The under-fire boss was under serious pressure going into the game against the leaders after Saturday’s 5-1 mauling by Derby County.
It was a familiar story after a bright start when they fell behind to Tom Ince’s 16th minute strike and then Martyn Woolford’s header hit the post.
But a Liam Trotter penalty in first half stoppage time made it all square and then second half goals from Nicky Bailey and Steve Morison sent The Den into a relieved sense of ecstasy.
Lomas said: “Wooly had a great header off the inside of the post and the players could have been forgiven for going it is not going to be our night, but I thought they stuck at it.
“The crowd were fantastic, they stuck with the team because they could see the commitment, the effort and the application to try and play football in the right way.
“It was a little bit nervy at times in the first half but that is probably to be expected.”
When asked if Trotter’s spot-kick equaliser had changed his half-time team talk, Lomas replied: “It certainly helped, it is no more I thought than we deserved.
“The difference tonight is we’ve taken our chances, and probably harder chances than the ones we’ve missed.
“I’m delighted for the lads, you can apologise all you want but talk is cheap.
“That’s where you apologise out there on the back of a bad performance.
“I’ve said to the lads everybody is entitled to a bad performance, it is how you bounce back.”
He added: “The pride the lads have got in themselves was hurt and you could see that in the lads that they weren’t going to give this game up.
“I’m delighted with some positives – Liam coming back for his first start and Stevie Morison back as well.
“I thought the lads who weren’t even in the squad were fully behind everybody and I thought that was great.”
Lomas also took the opportunity to thank chairman John Berylson and his significant other, who were both watching in the stands tonight having travelled over from the States.
“I thought he was the lucky charm but I think it was his lovely wife!” the Lions chief laughed.
“I said the chairman doesn’t have to come next week but his wife does.
“It was great for him because obviously he took some criticism for appointing me and the longer it goes on without a win the pressure builds on him so I’m delighted for him.
“I’m delighted for Andy Ambler as well.
“They are good people who have got Millwall’s best interests at heart but I’m delighted for the players as well.
“We probably should be sitting on more points but we’re not so the longer it goes on it is like anything, wins breed confidence.
“No matter what you do that is the only thing that really breeds deep confidence.
“We’ve got to back it up on Saturday and go again.
“Back-to-back wins would be lovely but we know that it is going to be very, very tough.”
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