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Boss pleased with 'proper' performance

3 December 2013

Steve says his players deserved more out of Forest draw

Lions manager Steve Lomas praised the efforts of his players after seeing his side draw 2-2 with Nottingham Forest at The Den on Tuesday night.

Millwall took the lead courtesy of Steve Morison's early stunner, but Billy Davies' side hit back with an equally brilliant strike from captain Andy Reid.

Morison flicked the ball on to Martyn Woolford to put The Lions back in front in the second-half, but Nathanial Chalobah ensured a share of the spoils with a header from Reid's pinpoint corner.

"That was a proper performance in terms of our passion and commitment," Lomas said after the game. "We're disappointed because we took the lead twice and didn't win, but there was still plenty to be pleased with against a good Forest team.

Lomas opted for a 4-4-2 formation from the start, a change to recent weeks, and fielded Steve Morison and Martyn Waghorn up front - a move which paid off, according to the manager.

"We thought that Steve and Martyn could put some pressure on the Forest defence and they did exactly that. We needed a platform to build off and play from, and that's what they provided.

"I'm pleased with Liam Trotter, too. He has barely trained coming into the game but we needed him and he showed why he is such a big player for us. I think maybe his contribution is overlooked a little bit at times because of his style, but his stats stand up to any midfielder you'll see."

The Lions now head into Saturday's game with Wigan looking to extend their unbeaten run at home to six games, and Lomas has called on his side to replicate the performance against the managerless Latics.

"I'm not too worried about Wigan as such because if the players can show the same kind of display as they did tonight than we can cause them problems. That's our challenge. We had good intensity and the fans really stuck with the lads throughout. With a bit more luck, particularly in terms of the two penalties which may have been awarded, we should be standing here talking about all three points."

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