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Jackett grateful for reception on "surreal" Millwall return

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

KENNY Jackett admitted that returning to Millwall as an opposition manager for the first time on Saturday was a "surreal" experience.

Jackett's Wolves side led 3-0 at The Den before Ricardo Fuller's double inspired a dramatic Lions fightback.

The ex-Watford stalwart bossed over 300 games in nearly six years in charge of Millwall and was greeted with a standing ovation when he appeared on the touchline.

"It was surreal day," Jackett said.

"Time has gone quickly since I left – two summers have gone by very quickly. I was very appreciative of the reception that I got from the supporters and staff alike.

"I worked with some of the people here for many years and I got a terrific reception which I really do appreciate."

Asked whether, since his departure, he had noticed an evolution in the Lions' style of play under Ian Holloway, Jackett added:

"I saw a side that put a lot of pressure on us with diagonal balls and we needed to win the first header right the way across our back line.

"Ian is a very experienced manager and will make any game difficult in the Championship because he has the ability to see the game very, very clearly.

"I've seen Fuller do that for many years at Stoke in the Premier League where he wouldn't start games but he would consistently influence them off the bench.

"He did that again by getting two very good goals.

"Millwall have a fantastic team spirit and when it does get going well, the fans really do get behind the team and you could see that quite clearly in the second half.

"Those qualities are still there from my time at the club as they look to move themselves up the division and, like all of us, have a crack at getting into the Premier League."

Jackett, however, was unhappy with the circumstances of Millwall's third goal.

"We're disappointed not to win," he said. "We're obviously in a good position at 3-0 up and frustrated to turn three points into one. We have to capitalise on such a good position.

"Having said that, for the third goal the ref didn't allow the substitute (Richard Stearman) to get in position, which is a very unusual situation.

"The player quite clearly should have been allowed to get on the pitch.

"Even so, if you give three goals away you won't consistently pick up points. You have to get your details right and we didn't do that in the last half an hour."

Staff

(@NewsAtDen)

11 thoughts on “Jackett grateful for reception on "surreal" Millwall return

  • October 19, 2014 at 19:04
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    Watching subs stroll off when subbed and watching the ones coming on ,taking forever just to kill time and run down the clock,can you not wonder that the ref let millwall get on with it. Managers can't have it all their own way, he was only wasting time. The ref had already cheated us out of a stonewall penalty , he gave us nothing all afternoon. FFS

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    • October 19, 2014 at 19:23
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      @bordersarebest0170: That penalty was one of the most blatant penalties I have ever seen and I was right in line with it. Typical ref C******

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    • October 20, 2014 at 10:44
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      @bordersarebest0170: Absolutely Correct border arrest. ! No good complaining when time is being wasted with a slow walk - off. ( NOLU WDC ).

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  • October 19, 2014 at 19:20
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    It was strange seeing KJ in the other dugout the mans a proper gent imo. Over the moon Martin is back we really missed his work rate last month. Like I've said time and time again Fuller is an impact player, bring him on in the last half hour and he will be a menace. I would like to see Malone start LW Tuesday Woolford has been a bit to quiet for my liking and when Williams is back push him further up the pitch and he will pick the passes out for Gregory all day long. Forde needs to switch on. The lads really need to learn how to mark up its basic mistakes which are costing us but we will get there eventually the problems are getting ironed out and mid table finish looks more than achievable for us this year. Note to fans 'NEVER LEAVE EARLY HAVE FAITH'. NOLU WDC

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  • October 19, 2014 at 19:33
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    You are a real gent Kenny, and got our club on the move again with some great Wembley trips
    thrown in, but come on....It ain't Subbuteo, where every one stands around while you line
    your players up and put them into position.....

    Great comeback yesterday with a real good time feeling leaving the ground.
    Yep, sort out these stupid mistakes.

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  • October 19, 2014 at 20:57
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    One kenny jacket good luck mate with us for six years enough said

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  • October 19, 2014 at 22:34
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    Just saw the goals on youtube and they were class, on te way home at 3-0 down i heard jeff stelling on soccer saturday say "could this be the amazing comeback for Millwall?!" Then i heard it was 3-3 i was buzzing. I knew we were gonna come back from 3-0 down once i had left lol, maybe i should do that everytime haha. It was nice sseing Kenny back at the Den

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  • October 19, 2014 at 22:36
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    Theres only one Kenny Jackett, theres only one Kenny Jaackett!!!

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  • October 19, 2014 at 23:48
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    Jackett 3-0 and you f***** it up .thats the only reason your whinging..

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    • October 20, 2014 at 10:47
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      @Jim28: Yes, we were singing that as well , LOL. ( NOLU, WDC ).

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  • October 21, 2014 at 13:23
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    If he was grateful, why didn't he at least raise a hand to the fans to acknowledge us? Lost respect for him after that.

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