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A lack of desire

14 December 2013

The manager reflects on Blackburn defeat

Millwall boss Steve Lomas says his side 'lacked desire' in their own box as Blackburn ran out 3-2 winners at Ewood Park.

Jordan Rhodes handed the hosts a first-half lead before Martyn Waghorn's equaliser on 42 minutes restored parity, only for Rovers to regain and then further their lead with headers from Ben Marshall and substitute David Dunn. Steve Morison's late tap-in ensured a tense finish for Rovers but a second leveller wasn't to come, and Lomas couldn't hide his disappointment with the way his side had defended.

"We are masters of our own downfall at the moment, and that is a concern," he said. "You couldn't even say that the three goals we conceded were 'schoolboy'. We have got to be nastier in our own box and we have to win those second balls. I'm so disappointed with the goals we've conceded.

"Going forward we look a real threat but it is the goals we are letting in which is the reason why we're not further up the table. You can work on defensive things in training all day, every day, but it all comes down to having the desire to win balls in the box. We've made it too easy for Blackburn to score three goals."

Lomas also confirmed that defender Alan Dunne, stretchered off in the second-half, is 'OK' and but has suffered bad gash on his knee.

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