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4 December 2013

What The Papers Said

London 24

Mum's the word for Millwall boss after referee controversy during Nottingham Forest draw

Millwall manager Steve Lomas refused to answer questions on referee Dean Whitestone after his side drew 2-2 with Nottingham Forest.

The Lions led twice after goals from Steve Morison and Martyn Woolford but Andy Reid and Nathaniel Chalobah pegged them back.

Millwall fans appealed for two penalties but both were denied including a stonewall one when Martyn Waghorn was hauled down in the box.

Lomas said: "I don't want to talk about the referee tonight. Can I just leave it tonight?"

Despite the controversy of the officials, Lomas took positives from the result, coming three days after a 3-0 loss at Leicester.

"There were a lot of positives tonight," he added. "A lot of energy, a lot of passion. Two well worked goals so to concede from a set play in the middle of our box was disappointing."

Lomas switched from his 4-3-3 formation to a 4-4-2 but he believes formations are secondary.

"It was more of a diamond," the Lions boss explained. "You talk about formations but for me it's about players, formations are secondary. Players winning individual battles. There are a lot of positives tonight."

Morison gave Millwall the lead in the first 10 minutes as he formed a strong partnership with Waghorn and Lomas was delighted with the constant pressing.

Lomas said: "I think they put the Forest back four under pressure and ask questions of them they did do. Steve is coming back to the player we know he can be. To keep him fit and firing."

After Morison gave Millwall the lead, Reid levelled the scores with a surprising shot from 25 yards that deceived everyone including goalkeeper David Forde.

"I don't know (what happened)," he explained. "I've not really seen that. Fordey has been in absolutely superb form. Reid has done that for many years. Fordey is an honest lad. He's been superb for me."

Woolford ended a goal drought running back to the end of September when he scored the second goal.

"Martyn has probably slackened off the last four-five games," Lomas said. "He'll give you everything even when he doesn’t play well. You need people not on form to keep grafting."

The result means Millwall have been unbeaten in six games at The Den – a far cry from recent form where they struggled to win at home.

"You want to give your home support plenty to shout about," Lomas said. "We've got to transfer that away from home."

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