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Lomas sees half-time Leeds talk reap rewards
MILLWALL manager Steve Lomas’ half-time team talk paid dividends as the Lions turned on the style after the break to see off Leeds United 2-0.
Visitors Leeds looked the more likely in the opening 45 minutes but went in level at the midway point, giving Lomas the chance to gee up his troops and go again.
And the Ulsterman’s words of wisdom did the trick as second half goals from Martyn Woolford and Scott Malone booked a third straight win for Millwall to lift them into the relative safety of mid-table after a disastrous start to the new manager’s reign.
Lomas said: “I’m delighted for the lads with their attitude to the game.
“They were a little bit disappointed at half-time but I think this is what this Championship is all about.
“We said to them at half-time: ‘This is what it is all about. In these tough, tight games have you got the winning mentality to grind it out and turn an OK performance into a win?’
“I thought they did and the two goals that we scored were worthy of winning any game so I’m delighted.
“We hit the post a few times as well so I thought we thoroughly deserved it overall.”
The Den chief added: “Another clean sheet, which is a positive, and the lads did brilliant again.
“I think sometimes the lads under-rate themselves, I think they are good players and I believe in them.
“If I thought they couldn’t pass and play I’d just put two up front and I’d lump it, but we are playing 4-3-3 and the two goals will probably be as good as passing moves as you will see in a game in the Championship this week.
“From that point of view I’m delighted but I’m delighted with the clean sheet as well.
“If you get them, and you get a team working as hard for each other – and that includes the squad as well – you can see that togetherness between the lads to go that extra mile you need to do in the Championship.
“Because if you don’t have people working hard as a team, you get found out so I was delighted with the collective effort today.”
Lomas also revealed his delight at having picked up another maximum return on the back of the recent victories over Blackpool and Charlton.
However, the gaffer is refusing to get complacent ahead of tricky away games at Birmingham and Bournemouth before the upcoming international break.
He said: “To get three wins in any league, not just the Championship, is very tough.
“We’ve got a chance now to make it a really good week. It will be tough at Birmingham because it is never an easy place to go.
“We’ve got two away games and we can make it a really good week before we have that little break again.”
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