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17 September 2013

Lomas praises players' response in Blackpool win

Millwall boss Steve Lomas heaped praise on his players after The Lions secured their first win of the season as goals from Liam Trotter (pen), Nicky Bailey and Steve Morison secured a 3-1 victory over League leaders Blackpool.

The visitors took the lead through Tom Ince with 16 minutes on the clock, but Trotter equalised from the penalty spot right on the stroke of half-time to send the two sides into the break all-square.

And Millwall, in front of an raucous Den crowd, turned the game on its head in a dominant second-half as Bailey scored his first goal for the club before Morison smashed home a stunning third, his first strike since re-joining in the summer, to end Blackpool's unbeaten start to the season.

"It was no more than we deserved," Lomas said. "The difference tonight was that we took our chances, and funnily enough the chances we did have were probably more difficult than some that have come our way in other games.

"We went a goal down but the players stuck at it and the crowd were fantastic. They stayed with the team throughout because they could see the effort and application of the players.

"Winning breeds confidence and we have to build on this on Saturday. The only way this is a great result is if we go and get something against Charlton."

Lomas also took the time to pay tribute to Millwall Chairman John Berylson, who was in attendance at The Den.

"The Chairman took some criticism in appointing me, and the longer the first won took to come along the worse it got. I'm delighted for him, and for Andy Ambler who works so hard behind the scenes.

"This is a transitional period, not just with me, but the coaching staff and the new players who have come in."

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