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Millwall boss wants side to emulate Burnley
2:44pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
STEVE Lomas admits Burnley are a side Millwall should look to emulate ahead of this weekend’s Den encounter with the Championship leaders.
The Lancashire side have surprised many this season after losing prolific striker Charlie Austin to QPR by scoring for fun and setting the pace at the head of affairs.
Last week they beat Austin’s Hoops 2-0, a sixth straight Championship success, and will arrive in London looking to strengthen their advantage in pole position at the top of the table.
But they take on a Millwall side whose home form has improved recently and Lomas feels his charges are more than capable of not only matching their opponents on the day but also in the long-term.
The Den boss said: “I’ve been very impressed by Burnley this season, they’ve been excellent.
“Sean Dyche, his staff and the players have got to take a lot of credit because a lot of people wouldn’t have thought they’d be up there.
“They are up there on merit because of their work-rate, commitment, and effort, and obviously they are scoring goals.
“Burnley are the inspiration for us to look at as a team which can get organised, get a team spirit and a system that works.
“Charlie Austin has gone in the summer but the two people up front have certainly stepped up, Danny Ings and Sam Vokes.”
Lomas added: “We asked the boys to bounce back after two pretty poor results at Birmingham and Bournemouth and they’ve done that.
“The challenge now for the lads is can they make Reading a great point by winning against the team who are top of the shop.”
Millwall’s biggest injury headache concerns striker Martyn Waghorn, whose chances Lomas describes as 50-50.
Paul Connolly is definitely out with a groin injury, Jimmy Abdou serves his one-game suspension after being sent off in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Reading but Alan Dunne is available again after completing his ban for the red card picked up at Bournemouth.
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