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Lomas impressed by Millwall's resolve against QPR
Liam Trotter goes down in the box under a challenge from Charlie Austin as referee Mike Dean looks on. PICTURES BY EDMUND BOYDEN.
STEVE Lomas backed his battling side's character after Jermaine Easter’s dramatic stoppage time equaliser earned the Lions a share of the spoils against big spenders QPR.
The Hoops led twice through Niko Kranjcar and Charlie Austin at The Den, but Millwall came back twice to deny their London rivals thanks to levellers from Scott McDonald and then Easter at the death.
However, it could have been all three points had a first half penalty been awarded for what looked a blatant foul on Liam Trotter by Austin moments before Kranjcar fired the Hoops ahead in stunning style.
Lomas said: “Us conceding the goal off the penalty incident was our fault, we should have dealt with it better but that being said for me it was a blatant penalty.
“Listen, Mike Dean is a very good referee and he gives what he sees but for me that’s a blatant body check, which is a free-kick in any other part of the pitch and he didn’t give it.
“I don’t know why but for me it is blatant.
“It was a great response considering, it was almost like a double whammy - they go up the other end and score, so at half-time we had to regroup and had to try and get the positives that we had.
“We had created chances against a very good team and you’ve got to expect with their quality at times they are going to keep the ball off you and they are going to have possession, but I thought we had three really good chances.”
The Den chief added: “Liam Trotter was unlucky with a couple of headers and they had a couple of blocks and it just didn’t fall for Liam again.
“We had to take the positives and the lads have came out in the second half, got at them and pushed on and got in their faces.
“Liam did excellently to dispossess Richard Dunne and slide it to Scotty McDonald for a great finish and we are up and running.
“But obviously we are always wary with their quality that they can open you up and they did with some great finishing, but that’s why they paid something like £5m for Charlie Austin – it was an emphatic finish.
“Then we are hanging on a little bit but David Forde made a great save at 2-1 to keep us in the game.
“We then sort of went for it and I think had four forwards on the pitch at the end.”
Lomas was particularly impressed by the way his side responded after two poor results going into the international break at Birmingham and Bournemouth against a side who are unbeaten this season and remain strong title favourites.
He said: “I thought it was no more than what the lads deserved considering the quality considering the quality QPR have.
“I think they’ve conceded two goals all season and it was a great finish from Jermaine.
“He came off the bench and executed it to probably put it probably the only place that beats Robert Green.
“It was a fantastic finish from him and I’m delighted for the lads to respond after two very hard to take results was great, but that being said that should be the bare minimum.
“It is gone now and we’ve got to regroup and go again for a very tough away game at Reading.”
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