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29 August 2013

Lomas calls for tougher defending

Millwall boss Steve Lomas expressed his frustration with his side's recent difficulties in defending set-pieces after The Lions exited the Capital One Cup following a 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest after extra-time.

Andy Keogh diverted Liam Feeney's strike into the back of the net late on to send the Second Round tie into an extra 30 minutes, but Jamaal Lascelles' 94th minute header condemned Millwall to Cup elimination, and Lomas was disappointed that the two goals conceded came from corners.

"Our achilles' heel is that we're conceding poor goals," he admitted. "Set plays are a massive part of the game and we have to get meaner with them.

"I couldn't fault the effort or quality from the players. The fans who came will have gone home scratching their heads as to how we didn't win the game, and when you're the away team - and you have 16 shots on goal - you're entitled to think you should have got something from the game."

The Lions have endured a difficult start to the season and go into Saturday's trip to Brighton & Hove Albion seeking their first League victory of the campaign, but Lomas believes a change in fortunes isn't far away.

"The lads are working hard. I'll have at least 40 clips of good play to show them from the Forest game. We've just got to cut out the mistakes.

"But I'm loving it and have no regrets. This is a great club with a fantastic fan base and a good nucleus of players."

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