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7 December 2013

Lomas hails players after Wigan win

Millwall boss Steve Lomas believed his side were more than deserving of Saturday's 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic at The Den.

Steve Morison gave The Lions the lead after just 90 seconds and it was substitute Jermaine Easter who doubled the advantage on 83 minutes, only for Latics midfielder James McArthur to pull one back for the visitors within a minute.

Wigan pushed for a late leveller but a stunning save from David Forde from Leon Barnett's looping header denied them a share of the spoils, and Lomas was full of praise for his goalkeeper.

"It was a big save from a big player," he said. "That's what Fordey is capable of. He's in terrific form and earlier in the game he pulled of another great save to keep it at 1-0.

"Overall we played very well and could maybe have had a couple more goals. We really dug in, held out, and were good on the counter attack.

"Wigan are a good team but we showed a bucket-full of character and commitment. Our challenge now is to repeat that kind of performance away from home. We have to keep showing that same intensity week-in, week-out. We have put down a marker."

The boss also paid credit to the performance of Liam Trotter, who set up Easter for Millwall's second with a superb crossfield pass.

"Liam is just getting better and better every week. The pass was absolutely brilliant but we see that in training every day. He's a fantastic player for us and a key man in our midfield."

Lomas dedicated the win to first team analyst Dan McLoone, whose father sadly passed away this week.

"That was all for Dan. The players wanted to win it for him and knowing Dan like we do he would have been gutted not have been here. He's Millwall through and through but it is important that he's at home with his family at what is a difficult time. The thoughts of everybody at the club are with him."

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