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."