Jackett launches tactical revolution at Millwall

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KENNY Jackett says he intends to oversee a tactical revolution at The Den between now and the end of the season.

The Millwall boss believes the key to turning the Lions' fortunes around is to develop a counter-attacking, passing brand of football – and he is confident that this new approach will produce results sooner rather than later.

"Sometimes I think we're too eager with the ball and put crosses into the box too early," he told the club's official website.



"We can be anxious and start shooting on our wrong foot from long range when the shot just isn't on. We need to be patient, shift back fours around and draw the opposition out. We need to play a more modern game.

"If you look at Bolton on Saturday, they retreated behind the ball and then pressed. They wait for an opportunity. Okay, they're good enough to do that but we have to wait for better quality opportunities to come along and be selective.

"Years ago, the sheer volume of balls you put onto the penalty spot would get you a goal, but it's not like that now. It's a different type of game but one that I feel we're adapting to, and in the last third of the season we want to nail it and get a good balance of clean sheets, possession and goals."



Millwall face Middlesbrough tonight knowing that victory would take them nine points clear of third-from-bottom Portsmouth, and Jackett has called on his players to take the game to Tony Mowbray's side.

"It's a very good opportunity and one we're really keen to take," he said. "As important as Saturday's game against Bolton was, this one is much bigger.

"Middlesbrough are a side going for the top six. They've had a good season so far and will want to come here and win.

"Games between Millwall and Middlesbrough are usually very good ones. They beat us at The Den last season by the odd goal and that was a fantastic game, so I'm sure it'll be another cracking match with both sides going for it.

"I don't think the fact we played at the weekend and Boro didn't will count for anything. It certainly won't be an excuse from our end. The squad at the moment is fit and competitive and we'll need fresh energy coming off the bench. How we play and how we take the game to the opposition will be the key factors.

"We're frustrated at the moment because we've had a lot of possession in recent home matches without converting that into goals. We've been doing okay away from home and we've managed to score. But at home we've had several excellent passages of play – the best we've produced for some time – without making it count. I'm looking for the same type of quality of play tonight."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

7 thoughts on “Jackett launches tactical revolution at Millwall

  • February 21, 2012 at 13:53
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    Am I the only one that thinks we haven't been scoring at home is because we are set up too negatively. Counter Attacking works away from home when the home team are pressing on going for the win but when we're at home and people come and defend, how are you supposed to counter attack? Opposing teams leave all their players behind the ball and you can't counter attack against that!

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  • February 21, 2012 at 20:53
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    Tactical revolution? I never realised Jackett possessed such a keen sense of humour

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  • February 21, 2012 at 21:03
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    Sack KJ and get in a new manager, that would be a far better tactical revolution down the den....

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  • February 21, 2012 at 22:07
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    IF YOU LOVE MILLWALL, JACKETT IN, KENNY

    It's a form of decline that seems almost preordained, when the inevitable relagation takes on a dynamic all of its own. This is the position Kenny Jackett has Millwall and (to reverse an opinion held on here by his many apologists) it will be suicide to retain him as manager.

    Yes, he has served the club well during his tenure, few would dispute that. But now he is bereft of ideas and is out of time. The table doesn't lie; we've hovered around that 20th spot all season. For me Jackett doesn't have the tactical nous for this division. Team after team have played us off the park at home this season and not just the top sides, but the Bristols and Peterboros. It has taken three quarters of the season for Jackett to decide, now we are staring relegation in the eye, that a passing side is needed to thrive in the Championship. But for that you need Championship players and the heart of this team is still full of Dvision One players: Forde, Dunne, Barron, Smith, Ward, Abdou.

    Jackett has squandered what could be called the Morison legacy: the money we got for him has been wasted on players not up to it.

    Clearly, Jackett hasn't got the ability to handle, inspire or get the best out of players who, though possibly difficult to handle, might have done a job for us. His answer is to ship them out or leave them on the bench and rely on untested loan players.

    My concern is that Jackett will take us down and Berylson will still retain him. Recent history has shown us that the loss of revenue that comes with relegation means it takes us ages to get out again. On average about four seasons. In an era when the league rules are chnaging and which penalise smaller clubs, we have to stay in this divison.

    So Kenny, do the decent thing, son. Fall on your sword. You're out of time, out of luck and out of those pained and painful excuses.

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  • February 22, 2012 at 08:44
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    I agree with Eddie Grace. By tactical revolution do you mean playing forwards and defenders in midfield sitting far too deep then lumping it forward to Henderson for him to win but nobody to pass to? To KJ tactics are those small mints you buy at a petrol station

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  • May 14, 2012 at 18:55
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    Well done you lot who posted on this topic, got it spot on lol! Mugs. Probably been going since wembley and don't no what it means to be a Millwall fan! If you didn't like last season then u better re think next season because this is what Millwall is all about. Sack jackett! You must have been having a laugh! CLUELESS the lot of ya

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