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Progress not perfection

17 July 2013

Match minutes the priority says Steve

Steve Lomas will not push his players too far too quickly, insisting that progress rather than perfection is required during Millwall's pre-season.


The Lions have recorded one win and one defeat to date in friendlies against Crawley (2-0) and Brentford (0-3), with a visit to Gillingham this Saturday on the horizon (12.30pm).


Whilst everyone likes to win matches, at this stage of pre-season boss Steve insists that keeping his players injury-free and building up their match fitness is the priority.


 

"Primarily at this stage it's about getting minutes on the pitch; the players had 45 minutes on Saturday and then 60 at Brentford on Tuesday night. We'll be looking to increase that to around 70-80 minutes at Gillingham on Saturday," he told millwallfc.co.uk


"In pre-season you can pick up a little niggle or two such as Lee Martin, who is going to be out for a few days. It is part and parcel of pre-season which is why, perhaps, you sometimes bring in more trialists than you would like.


It's not easy for the boys on trial, but having said that they have to show enough and the second-half last night wasn't good enough."


There were some positives for the manager to take, including the return of Andy Keogh for his first outing of pre-season having arrived back from the summer break two weeks later than the rest of the squad following international duty with the Republic of Ireland.


"That was a plus to have Andy back in the fold for the second half," he added, "And Shane Lowry will also hopefully be coming back to training having missed the first two pre-season matches."


Winger Martin will miss Saturday's game with a slight knee knock but Paul Robinson is likely to come back into contention after being rested at Griffin Park as he continues his recovery from long-term injury.


Prices for Saturday's Priestfield Stadium match are - Adult £15, Senior Citizen £10 and Under 18s £5.

 

Millwall supporters will be situated in the uncovered Brian Moore stand behind the goal. Tickets will be available on the day CASH ONLY from the away turnstiles in Priestfield Road.


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