Lomas has no complaints with fan reaction to Boro result

News Shopper: The pressure is on for Millwall boss Steve Lomas. PICTURE BY EDMUND BOYDEN. The pressure is on for Millwall boss Steve Lomas. PICTURE BY EDMUND BOYDEN.

STEVE Lomas admitted that he understands supporters’ frustrations, but has vowed to fight on as Millwall manager following Saturday’s loss to Middlesbrough.

The Den crowd turned on Kenny Jackett’s successor after Albert Adomah sealed the points for the visitors in the final minute, with thousands of supporters calling for the manager to be sacked.

Emmanuel Ledesma had earlier given Boro a second half lead and the full-time whistle was met with a chorus of boos, which was followed by a 300-strong protest by fans.

But despite the opposition to his position, the Lions boss insists he is determined to bounce back from his latest setback.

Lomas said: “You have got be a strong person to come and work and play at this club.

“You’ve got accept the praise when you win, and equally the criticism when you lose.

“All I can do is try to do the job to the best of my ability and stay positive with the lads.

“We had been on a good run at home, let’s not lose sight of that fact.

“I completely understand the fans’ frustration, they want to win games of football.”

He added: “We’ve have been on a good run at home.

“But the reason we’re not further up the table is because our away home hasn’t been great and has probably hammered us.

“We would probably be sitting with seven or eight more points if our away form has been half decent.

“We have got to push forward now and we have bounced back on numerous occasions this season.

“Now we have to get ready for Watford to try and turn around our away form.

“Things can turn very quickly, if we can go and two wins in our next two games then things will look a lot prettier.

“That is the challenge we as a group have to accept and rise to.

“I am the manager of this football team, so I have to front up and accept it (criticism).

“Ultimately the buck stops with me.”

Admittedly, Lomas’ team were not helped on Saturday by the terrible weather as The Den was hit with driving rain, strong wind, freezing temperatures and hailstone showers.

And the Millwall boss believes the conditions had affected his side’s performance.

He explained: “It was very difficult to play out there.

“We knew that the way the weather was that the first goal was going to be crucial.

“The swirling wind made it very tough to get the ball down and pass it and I think we lacked a bit of penetration and creativity in the final third we have had a home.

“We had a couple of half chances with Steve Morison and Liam Trotter but it just wasn’t to be.

“And to concede it from our attacking situation was like a double whammy.”

Lomas added: “They got a quick break and it was a good finish, but we should be getting people back and recovering.

“The game was very fragmented, that is why that first goal was going to be critical and it proved to be the case.”

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10:56am Mon 23 Dec 13

zampa says...

“The swirling wind made it very tough to get the ball down and pass it and I think we lacked a bit of penetration and creativity in the final third we have had a home. What cr** it was the same for Boro, several players just couldn't be bothered as usual. No wonder the crowds didn't turn up, what a waste of money, it would of been.
“The swirling wind made it very tough to get the ball down and pass it and I think we lacked a bit of penetration and creativity in the final third we have had a home. What cr** it was the same for Boro, several players just couldn't be bothered as usual. No wonder the crowds didn't turn up, what a waste of money, it would of been. zampa

6:43am Tue 24 Dec 13

Fred Kent says...

Time to pause - Clearly Mr Lomas is not yet equipped to effectively manage a Football Team at this level of expectation. His past connections have little to do with support. Who would deny that if Millwall was now battling for promotion and not against relegation that he would be a hero? The blame for the Club's dilemma lies fairly and squarely with the Chairman who's lack of knowledge and experience both of football and Millwall led him to this appointment. I know not the arrangements that protect Mr Lomas but ASAP he should withdraw and allow a new period of optimism to prevail.
Time to pause - Clearly Mr Lomas is not yet equipped to effectively manage a Football Team at this level of expectation. His past connections have little to do with support. Who would deny that if Millwall was now battling for promotion and not against relegation that he would be a hero? The blame for the Club's dilemma lies fairly and squarely with the Chairman who's lack of knowledge and experience both of football and Millwall led him to this appointment. I know not the arrangements that protect Mr Lomas but ASAP he should withdraw and allow a new period of optimism to prevail. Fred Kent

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