Bleak, desperate, clueless – just some of the ways you could describe the start of the season for Steve Lomas and Millwall.
A 1-0 defeat at home to Huddersfield Town confided the Lions to the bottom of the table, the only team without a point in the division, but also the only team without a goal.
In all honestly, we could’ve been playing until Sunday and still not have scored, then Lomas had the audacity to say we created eight or nine chances in the game, what game was he watching? We created two or three clear cut chances, the rest were half chances.
It was just dire, it followed the same home theme of last season. Dominate the first 20 minutes, have one or two chances, then the away side assume control.
The Den used to be a place where away teams would know that they were in for a tough afternoon. It is now one of the easiest away-days in the league.
It’s dire at the moment, but it would help if Lomas would actually play players in their actual positions.
Like James Henry, a great right winger. So why play him on the left side of midfield? He does the same thing every-time, run down the wing, cut in, get tackled – and why play Richard Chaplow on the right wing?
Playing three centre mids in a four man midfield doesn’t work, we know this already from Jackett’s time here.
Lomas seems to already be growing desperate, making two subs as soon as Huddersfield scored, but taking off the best player in Jermaine Easter… The fans certainly let Lomas know what they thought of it. Steve Morison needed taking off, he seems to have gone back to the old Morison, the lazy one, he just doesn’t look interested.
Lomas doesn’t know his best team and that is obvious, but one player who really needs to be dropped now is Danny Shittu. Yes, he was THE man last season, but he’s even slower than last year.
He has the turning pace of a lorry, put a fast-paced striker on him and it’s game over.
Don’t get me wrong, he’s a brilliant in the air, and does put off some players just by his size, but the novelty is wearing off, less footballer at the moment and more circus act, I’d rather have Paul Robinson starting.
Then at full time, Lomas said this was our best performance under him. If that’s our best performance I can’t wait to see the worst!.
Lomas is going to have to turn the tide and quick, maybe it’s a blessing in disguise that the Lions do not have a home game until after the international break, but with away trips to Sheffield Wednesday and Brighton, plus a trip to Forest in the League Cup, it’s never easy to pick up results.
If we carry on in the same vain, and be pointless and goalless up to the international break. It could be bye to Lomas, and for a while at least “Super, Super Neil…”