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Lomas demands repeat of Blackpool display at Charlton
STEVE Lomas has demanded his Millwall players prove Tuesday’s stunning 3-1 win over high-flying Blackpool was no fluke ahead of Saturday’s derby at Charlton.
The Lions went into Tuesday’s game with the then league leaders rock bottom of the table following a 5-1 home defeat at the hands of Derby, but picked up a first win under new manager Lomas with an accomplished display.
Millwall make the short trip to SE7 this weekend to take on Chris Powell’s Addicks with their tails up, but the gaffer knows only a repeat of the Tangerines display will suffice if his side are to get a positive result.
Lomas told Lions Player: “We’ve got to go there and prove that it wasn’t just one performance.
“We’ve got to prove that again and the two away performances against Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday have been very good.
“We’ve got to go and provide a similar performance.
“Hopefully that confidence they’ve taken from the game on Tuesday night they can take into Saturday.
“It will be a very tough game.
“They were very unlucky Charlton against Huddersfield to lose 2-1. They are doing alright and will be a tough team.
“Chris Powell, an old team-mate of mine, will have them well and truly up for the local derby.”
There were six changes to the Millwall side which started against Blackpool and Lomas was more than happy to see his gamble pay off.
“We were delighted with the response of the lads who came in,” he said.
“They provided a bit of freshness after the disappointment of Saturday.
“What we’ve got to get across, and I think the players know this, is the bragging rights (v Charlton) and the emphasis for the fans.
“ It is a local derby, a south London derby, the fans are up for it.
“There will be good support like we have taken away from home.
“One thing the players were talking about afterwards was how well the fans had stuck with them on Tuesday night.
“We know we’ve got to repay that again with another away performance that matches that.
“Whenever you go away from home you want to keep their crowd quiet, maybe get that first goal and then it puts a bit more emphasis on them to attack and then hopefully we can exploit the spaces that they leave.”
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