Jackett pleased with Millwall's response to Keogh injury

© Nicky Hayes
© Nicky Hayes

KENNY Jackett praised Andy Keogh's honesty after the striker decided he was not fit enough to take part in Millwall's match against Brighton.

Keogh was initially named in the Lions' starting line-up ahead of their 2-2 draw with the Seagulls but was replaced in the side by Jack Smith just 15 minutes before kick-off.

The striker broke his toe in a 1-0 victory at Wolves last month and has been playing through the injury in recent weeks, but looked to have been given the green light to play at the Amex Stadium.

However, Jackett was forced into a reshuffle and brought Smith into midfield in a 4-3-3 formation, which the Millwall boss felt worked well in the first-half.

"We were going to inject Andy's toe but there was a mix up and it couldn't happen," he said. "These things do happen at the last minute so you have to adapt your thinking and your squad.

"We put the team sheet in but Andy felt he wasn't good enough to play, which was very honest of him. It saved me a substitute which obviously could have been important later in the game.

Jackett added: "I thought Jack played very, very well. It was his first game for a long time and he put on an excellent performance.

"Going with the third midfielder actually caused them problems – it wasn't in the plan but you have to adapt. I was pleased with the response of the players."



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