Defensive frailties continue to be a real concern for Millwall

steve-lomas (1)

Some things never change…

Millwall change their formation and seem to be on the up, but the defensive frailties shine massively again, as the Lions lost 3-2 at Blackburn Rovers.

This was a game we could’ve got something from if it wasn’t for mistakes. Defenders slipping and failing to clear the ball was a theme of the 90 minutes.

It was always going to be a struggle as we don’t have a settled team. Scott Malone & Shane Lowry have both had the left back position, but Malone has won that battle for now.

Most of the season at centre back it has been who will partner Beevers, skipper Paul Robinson or Danny Shittu? Shittu isn’t good enough now, and maybe rose tinted glasses come into play for Robinson, yes he is the captain, but is he still good enough for this level?

We have played also four right backs this year and Lomas still doesn’t know who to play there.

But let’s be honest, this season was always going to be a transitional period, we need to keep our heads above water which is what we are doing at the moment, just.

The club will see it the same way, we could be slightly struggling and Lomas won’t go, there are three worst teams in the division for sure.

We still don’t know whether Lomas is good enough, and signs point to most likely not. But we knew how hard a job this was to take after the squad Kenny Jackett left us with last year and even with the signings and wage increases we still have one of the lowest budgets in the division.

Lomas has made mistakes both with tactics, team selections and formations, but he is learning from them, even if it isn’t as quickly as we would like.

He has sorted the frontline massively, but now it’s time to work on the defence, whether it’s with our players, or new blood. But then it’s down to Berylson and how much he’ll want to spend in January.

It seems that aslong as there are three teams below us, Lomas will keep his job.

Okay we are not in the best position at the moment, but we are showing we can compete against some of the big teams in the division, the likes of Blackburn and Forest.

Let’s hope the fine home form can carry on against Middlesborough on Saturday. We need a win to push us up the table while moving into the busy festive period which can make or break a season.

COYL