NIL POINTS BUT STEVE’S STILL SMIL­ING

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Niall Kelly

NO WINS and no goals in the league usu­ally means a ter­ri­ble time for a new man­ager, but Mill­wall boss Steve Lo­mas in­sists he is en­joy­ing him­self at his new club.

A sec­ond-half goal from James Vaughan earned Hud­der­s­field their first win at The Den since 2007, while con­demn­ing Mill­wall to one of their worst league starts.

But de­spite a dif­fi­cult start to life as a Cham­pi­onship man­ager fol­low­ing a sum­mer move from St John­stone, Lo­mas claims he’s hav­ing a good time in south Lon­don.

“I am en­joy­ing my time here,” said Lo­mas. “I could’ve stayed up in Scot­land and set­tled there.

“But I wanted to come here and test my­self and this is a real test. I am en­joy­ing it, as per­verse as that may seem, but you have to take stock when things aren’t go­ing well.

“I thought we kept go­ing right to the very end, it gives me heart that the lads are go­ing ev­ery step of the way. I’m sure if we keep per­form­ing like we did we’ll get our re­wards.

“I thought that’s the best we’ve played this sea­son. We had a good week’s train­ing and we started on the front foot with Hud­der­s­field be­ing camped in.

“Through­out the game we had eight de­cent chances and you have to con­vert one of them. But to con­cede a sloppy goal from a set­play is bit­terly dis­ap­point­ing and that sort of us put us on the back foot.”

Mill­wall dom­i­nated the open­ing pe­riod, cre­at­ing chances with Steve Mori­son hav­ing a hat­ful of chances but con­vert­ing none.

Hud­der­s­field nearly grabbed the lead just be­fore the half-hour mark. A long ball for­ward from Adam Ham­mill was met by Vaughan, who got be­tween the Mill­wall de­fence but saw his at­tempted chip stopped by Stephen By­wa­ter.

Mill­wall re­sponded with a chance of their own soon af­ter, with Mori­son fail­ing to head Alan Dunne’s cross on tar­get.

Just un­der five min­utes into the sec­ond half and Mill­wall had an­other chance, but Henry’s shot ag­o­nis­ingly flashed across the face of goal.

How­ever ten min­utes later the away side went ahead. A cor­ner from Ham­mill was headed in bril­liantly by Vaughan for his fourth goal of the sea­son.

Lo­mas’ side be­gan to chase the game there­after, but not one of the chances cre­ated by the home side could be con­verted - adding to the frus­tra­tion build­ing around the New Den.

Ter­ri­ers’ boss Mark Robins praised his goal scorer’s ef­forts, hail­ing his im­pact on the club since he signed per­ma­nently from Nor­wich over the sum­mer for an undis­closed fee.

Vaughan was on loan last term and scored 14 goals in 37 ap­pear­ances, which prompted Robins to snap him up this sum­mer.

“He was the best loan sign­ing the club’s ever had and one of the all-time loan sign­ings,” said the Hud­der­s­field man­ager.

“That prompted us to the busi­ness we did this sum­mer.

“We paid money for James, we paid money for Jonathan Hogg and apart from that it’s been free trans­fers and they’ve good ac­qui­si­tions so far.

“We’re not get­ting car­ried away, it’s still very early days. It’s good to get the points on the board as it gives us con­fi­dence.

“It was a de­cent per­for­mance. We with­stood ev­ery­thing Mill­wall threw at us and it’s not an easy place to come.

“I think they’re hav­ing a dif­fi­cult time at the minute with a new man­ager who’s try­ing to im­pose his ideas on the play­ers.

“I think he’s find­ing it dif­fi­cult and he needs sup­port.

“I think Steve needs the fans help to get a bit of sta­bil­ity as they have a good squad and they play some de­cent stuff.” To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

MAIN MAN: James Vaughan cel­e­brates his goal. Inset: Vaughan scores

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