Lomas urges Millwall to reproduce Den heroics on the road

News Shopper: Steve Morison turns away to celebrate after opening the scoring. PICTURE BY EDMUND BOYDEN. Steve Morison turns away to celebrate after opening the scoring. PICTURE BY EDMUND BOYDEN.

STEVE Lomas has challenged his Millwall side to reproduce their home form on their travels following Saturday’s 2-1 Den win over Wigan.

Goals from Steve Morison and Jermaine Easter were enough to give the hosts all three points despite a nervy last few minutes following James McArthur’s late consolation strike.

The Lions have earned just six of their 21 points away from The Den this season, losing five of nine games on the road, a stat Lomas wants to rectify.

He said: “It’s now seven unbeaten at home and the challenge now for the lads is to reproduce that away from home.

“We looked at the stats last year and our away form was a lot better than the home form.

“It’s a bit like role reversal this year, so we have got to address it and accept that it is a challenge.”

Lomas added: “It’s a tough, tough league and you only have to look at some of the results through the week and even today.

“It is so unpredictable but I have always said to the lads that if they put in the performance it normally looks after the result.

“It didn’t on Tuesday night against Forest, which was probably through other factors which can happen in a game.

“But if you look after your performance both individually and collectively, you have always got a better chance.

“I was delighted to be able to back up our performance from Tuesday night.”

Millwall were put under a lot of pressure in the last five minutes, as Wigan tried grab a point and make an instant impression on new boss Uwe Rosler, who was sitting in the stands.

The Latics brought on Ryan Shotton late on as they tried to force more balls into the box for former Norwich striker Grant Holt to feed off.

But Millwall survived to collect all three points, thanks in no small part to a stunning late save from David Forde to prevent Leon Barnett grabbing what looked a certain equaliser.

Lomas said: “We rode our luck at the end but that is always going to happen.

“When they get a goal back we are always going to be backs to the wall and they have players to bring on.

“They threw on big Shotton, who can throw the ball about 500 yards, so they are always going to get it in and around the box to test you.

“In the end you just have to hope that you can keep going and hold on.

“And thankfully Forde comes up with a decent save and a couple of blocks and there were headers and clearances away, but that is the Championship and that is what it is all about.”

The manager added: “You are never going to dominate a game for 90 minutes.

“You will always come under some sort of pressure and it is about when you do come under pressure and accepting it.

“You accept that it's part of the game and you show your resilience and put your body on the line and I think the boys did that really well today.”

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