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Boss bemoans 'poor showing'

1 October 2013

Lomas calls for response after Birmingham defeat

Millwall manager Steve Lomas says his side were below the standard he expects of them after Birmingham City ran out comfortable 4-0 winners at St Andrew's on Tuesday night.

The hosts went into the interval with a 2-0 lead courtesy of a brace from left-back David Murphy, and it could've been more were it not for David Forde's penalty save from Jesse Lingard.

Despite a sustained rally early in the second-half, further goals from Tom Adeyemi and Lingard late on in the game put any chance of a result well beyond Millwall's reach, and Lomas couldn't hide his disappointment at the final whistle.

"We knew that Birmingham were a high energy team and that we had to start quickly," he said. "But we didn't, and it was a very poor showing from us.

"We came into the game on the back of the three wins but you can't just turn it on in the Championship, you have to be at it 100% if you're to get results.

"I can accept losing a game if you have a real go at it but that wasn't the case tonight, and for that reason the performance was unacceptable.

"We have to dust ourselves down like we did after the Derby game, which I didn't expect would happen again. Saturday's trip to Bournemouth is a massive game for us."

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