What a difference a couple of weeks can make.
After a humiliating 5-1 defeat at the hands of Derby County, the Lions were bottom. Who would’ve thought two weeks later would see Millwall win the next three games, and Lomas outlasts Clough as Derby’s manager was sacked.
Saturdays 2-0 win against Leeds United saw ‘Wall push up comfortably towards mid table.
Games in the past have seen defeats, but you could see what Lomas was trying to do, trying to build a passing, slick, moving team, it was very frustrating to watch earlier on in the season but it seems to have started to come together, anyone who has seen the goals from Saturday can see that.
The ball to play in Martyn Woolford for the first goal was sublime and the play between Scott Malone and Liam Trotter for Malone’s goal wouldn’t look out at place at the Emirates or at Old Trafford.
This weekend really showed that Steve Lomas is making this team his own, a prime example of this is the 2 goal scorers.
Scott Malone was only signed last year, but was slung out into the footballing wilderness by Kenny Jackett. It would be a few games out, then maybe a game or two out of position, repeat, until the end of the season.
But since Lomas has come in he looks a different player, maybe a bit of confidence and belief in him is exactly what he needed.
Martyn Woolford likewise. He barely got a run in the team after signing in January, mainly due to being cup-tied and ‘Wall getting to the semi-final of the FA Cup, and after all the new signings coming in during the summer he was expected by some fans to leave and make room for others.
But he stayed, worked hard, fought for his place, and would on his current form be on of the first names on the team sheet.
Plus this weekend saw the departure of James Henry to Wolves on loan, seeing Jackett sign Henry for the fourth time in his management career.
In the last couple years Henry has been one of the main players at the club. But maybe it was time for change, he said he wanted to leave so why keep him? Plus him not being in the team lately, why keep a player who doesn’t want to fight for his place?
In the system Lomas now plays, a right winger is somewhat redundant. It seems to be the best deal for all parties but because of his contract running out next summer it means we’ll only receive a small fee if he makes the move permanent.
And this could happen again with major players such as Forde,Keogh,Dunne and Trotter also having contracts up in the summer…
A heavy defeat at Birmingham cannot be ignored but we are certainly in a better place than this time last month, making Saturday a huge game once again.