For some clubs the international break was a nightmare, coming at the worst possible time due to good form, but for Millwall it came at the perfect time.
After successive drubbings away at Birmingham then Bournemouth, it gave the team and staff two weeks to reflect on recent events and maybe the fans needed this too.
After the break the Lions will start up the season again with games against QPR, Burnley and Reading. These three games will be make or break for Steve Lomas as to whether he keeps his job. If we play like we did in the first half at Bournemouth we might pick up some decent points – but play like we did in the second half, and we’ll have three rugby scores from those games.
There must be some good points as Lomas’s reign as manger, something must be going right somewhere, after all look at the performances against the likes of Leeds and Blackpool.
But to me, Lomas coming in to Millwall seems like a little kid getting his first play of “Football Manager”. He signs all the players he possibly can and then when the tactical side goes astray, tries to solve it by signing even more players.
Look at the signing of Paul Connolly – signed on a free transfer from Leeds until January. It’s been obvious that since Lomas came in he wanted a new right back but signing Connolly isn’t even a short term solution. We all know that Alan Dunne is a bit card happy, but what about Jack Smith? Comfortable player at this level but doesn’t get a look in.
Then there is the supposed signing of Stephen Hunt, rumoured to happen this week. Now this is an utterly pointless signing! If we needed to sign players, left wingers is nowhere near where we need to start. Plus he was rejected by Blackpool in the summer for massive wage demands and being unfit.
If Lomas is still here come January you can guess what’s going to happen. Lomas will want to sign even more players, but won’t have the wages to do it due to pointless signings like these. Why not save the money and make a real push to sign Martyn Waghorn in January?
We now move onto Saturdays game against QPR at the Den. A team high in form, but seem to only be winning games by small margins. These are the type of games where the crowd plays a massive part. Look at the last time QPR visited the Den, the crowd was electric that night.
To be honest, most fans are expecting a beating and a handsome one at that, but wouldn’t it be just typical Millwall to get three points out of it?