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Lomas quickly turns his attention to Burnley
MILLWALL manager Steve Lomas hopes his charges build on a pair of recent strong displays when they host high flying Burnley this Saturday.
The Lions dominated large swathes of the game at Reading’s Madejski stadium at the weekend but looked to be heading to a harsh 1-0 defeat after Sean Morrison had given the Royals an early lead and Jimmy Abdou was sent off in the latter stages.
However, an injury time Liam Trotter penalty salvaged a deserved point in Berkshire, although in truth the visitors could easily have travelled home down the M4 with all three.
The Reading result came on the back of a 2-2 draw with QPR at The Den the previous week, a result again secured with a stoppage team equaliser.
Both opponents were Premier League teams five months ago and the confidence gained from two strong displays will provide a much needed boost once the table-topping Clarets arrive in south Bermondsey.
“We want to back it up,” stressed Lomas in the aftermath of the action packed Reading game.
“It is a good point now but a great point if we then go into a very tough game next week against Burnley, who are riding high.
“At home it’ll be great if we go and take three points but that won’t be easy.
“I’ve said to the lads when they play like that and go and pass the ball they are a decent footballing team.”
The Northern Irishman was full of praise for his players who more than matched their opponents on Saturday.
Millwall knocked the ball about well after conceding Morrison’s opener during a slow start, but were unlucky not to peg their opponents back before the dying seconds of the game when Totter struck from the spot.
When asked if it was his team’s best performance of thecampaign, Lomas could only agree.
“Football wise it was and at times we looked like the home team and we’re certainly providing entertainment and talking points,” he said.
“We asked the lads to back up a really good home performance against QPR with an away performance against a Reading team on the back of a 4-1 win (v Doncaster).
“The challenge for us was could we do it away from home without our great support willing us on and I thought we did that and more.”
Millwall will, however, now be without midfielder Abdou for the upcoming fixture with leaders Burnley after was shown a second yellow for a wild and needless lunge on Jobi McAnuff with five minutes remaining.
Lomas, who was never one to shirk a challenge himself, agreed his man had to go but called for more consistency across the board.
The Den chief said: “I saw a game last night (Middlesbrough v Doncaster) and I saw a horrendous challenge and the player wasn’t even booked.
“I can understand why he sent Jimmy off, he took a heavy touch.
“There was no malice in it, he was just diving in because he was disappointed in his touch.
“We have to look at ourselves as again, it is another sending off and it puts us up against it.”
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