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Lomas reaction

9 November 2013

Manager rues goals conceded in Reebok reverse

Millwall boss Steve Lomas couldn't his disappointment with the manner in which his side conceded three goals against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

The hosts went 1-0 up within five minutes through Rob Hall, but the goal was scored in hugely controversial circumstances with play waved on despite Nicky Bailey picking up a head injury on the halfway line in the build up.

Jermaine Easter equalised with a neat turn and finish after Shane Lowry's pinpoint pass, but Jermaine Beckford restored Bolton's lead just minutes before the interval.

The Lions were much the better side in the second-half but were ultimately unable to break down a stubborn home defence, and Andre Moritz added a third for Dougie Freedman's men on the counter attack late on to condemn Millwall to defeat.

"It was a frustrating game all round," Lomas told "I said to the lads after the game that we can't keep conceding poor goals when we are playing well in games.

"Throughout the game there was a lot of effort, commitment and quality on show from us, and in the second-half we forced Bolton to sit back and soak up a lot of pressure.

"Their first goal is a difficult one for us to take because Nicky is down with a head injury but play is waved on. I've not seen that happen once this season.

"But overall the manner in which we conceded all three goals just wasn't good enough from a defensive point of view."

Striker Scott McDonald travelled up for the game but failed a late fitness test, but Lomas doesn't think his injury will keep him out for too long.

"Scott tweaked his hamstring in training on Thursday but we're hopeful that it isn't a bad one. We have the international break now and that allows players like Mark Beevers that extra time be ready to fight for a place for the Barnsley game."

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