Jackett happy with a point after "rearguard action" at Bolton

© Nicky Hayes
© Nicky Hayes

KENNY Jackett praised his side's defensive resilience after Millwall battled to a hard-earned point against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.

Andy Keogh marked his return to the starting line-up with a ninth-minute penalty to put the Lions in front, but the Trotters hit back through a spot-kick of their own, scored by Keith Andrews.

The visitors had to withstand intense pressure after the break and striker Dany N'Guessan made a crucial clearance off the line to prevent Kevin Davies from grabbing a late winner.

"We battled very well and defended when we needed to," Jackett said. "We played well in the first-half and caused Bolton a lot of problems.

"After half-time it was a real rearguard action, particularly for 20 minutes or so, then we seemed to come through it only to fall away again.

"It was a hard-earned point. There were a lot of free-kicks in the game that stopped the flow. Players were going down after any sort of touch.

"We defended those situations well and provided a threat on the break. Counter-attacking football is of a high standard in this league and we had that in the second-half.

"Overall, we've taken four points out of six against Bolton, who were in the Premier League last season. That's a good return and in terms of the table, we're still in there."

Jackett handed a debut to new signing Martyn Woolford and the Millwall boss was pleased with his impact. He said:  "We've needed a left-footer for a little while."

"I was pleased with his debut. He gave us balance on the left-hand side and had a great strike in the first-half where he nearly scored."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

7 thoughts on “Jackett happy with a point after "rearguard action" at Bolton

  • January 12, 2013 at 18:24
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    now lowrys suspended malone wont be playing left midfield against villa i reckon we will struggle down the left side with the likes of gabby agbonglahor, any ideas mine is malone left back and n'guessean left midfield not the best but this is the game for malone to show his potential, woolfords cup tied by the way

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  • January 12, 2013 at 18:45
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    The Villa game will be interesting as they play the 2nd leg of their cup semi final against Bradford on the Tuesday, 3 - 1 down before playing us on the Friday night. Now I'm sure they will want to get to Wembley so will put out a strong team against Bradford to try and get through. With certain teams not taking the FA Cup seriously and with a real chance of Villa being relegated out of the prem it makes you wonder what sort of team Villa will put out against us as they will want to do all they can to stay in the premshit

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  • January 12, 2013 at 19:34
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    Nguessan left wing for the villa game then. If not jack smith could probably do a job there!

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  • January 12, 2013 at 20:36
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    Doesn't really mater it's the cup we can just have a go Smith at LB and Malone a LMF I recon we will still have enough to have a good go at em

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  • January 12, 2013 at 21:55
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    Against villa:Forde dunne(a.smith back to spurs) shittu beevers malone henry abdou trotter n'guessan keogh wilkinson(show what hes got)

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  • January 13, 2013 at 19:24
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    Freddie sears 400k from colchester i proniseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this is true my dads mate works at the club, nahki wells isnt going to millwall no more(leeds,wolves,sheffield wednesday)

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  • January 14, 2013 at 00:52
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    Sears is absolute rubbish - and an ex hamster!!!!!! He's not worth 400 pence!!!!!! And as for Dunne at right back!!!!!!!!

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