Jackett: Millwall lacked "bite and desire" in Burnley defeat

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© Michael Langdon

KENNY Jackett criticised Millwall's lack of "bite and desire" in their 2-0 loss to Burnley at The Den on Saturday.

The Lions were second-best against the Clarets throughout and goals from Sam Vokes and Danny Ings either side of half-time consigned them to a deserved defeat.

And Jackett said: "I don't think we did enough to get anything out of the game. They showed more hunger and desire than we did and that's disappointing.



"We started poorly and they got in behind us too easily in the wide positions and got crosses in. The first goal was a prime example of that where the winger went past James Henry and Adam Smith.

"We didn't defend well. We didn't defend with everything we've got. We didn't defend for our lives. Ultimately, we showed a lack of bite and a lack of desire.

"At the start of the second-half we put four or five excellent balls across the face of goal and didn't get on the end of them. We couldn't find any kind of combination that was going to open them.



"I changed formation in the last half an hour to free up Henry and Liam Trotter, who got on the ball more, but we couldn't do enough.

"Burnley were in defensive mode by that stage and we couldn't move the ball well enough to get in behind them and score the goals we needed."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

34 thoughts on “Jackett: Millwall lacked "bite and desire" in Burnley defeat

  • January 19, 2013 at 18:31
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    One of the most inept, gutless displays in a long time. A few people need to have a good look in the mirror tonight and ask themselves if they were good enough today.

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  • January 19, 2013 at 18:58
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    I know were not about a one man team, but still we haven't been the same since the loss of Wood, we need another one of those kind of players, someone who will actually get the others playing well again. i don't think Tyson is as bad as everyone thinks give him a few games to mesh and I think he'll be alright. I have no doubt that KJ still has some tricks up his sleeve in the form of signings, he knows what he's doing. So I think we need to be backing the team as much as we can until we can get those signings in. THIS IS OUR YEAR. COYL!

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  • January 19, 2013 at 20:31
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    We could have had Marco Van Basten up front today and we still would not have scored as we failed to do the simple things like pass to our team mates and control the ball with one touch. Not to mention our midfield failed to assert any domination in posession and we failed to defend with any conviction. Keogh and N Guessen did not cover themselves in glory either but the service was appalling too often relying on hopeful punts upfirld with no intended target. Least said about Fordey's lack of control the better.

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  • January 19, 2013 at 20:48
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    I get what your saying, but the players that we have arnt actually bad. They are good when they actually want to play, but since Wood left they've been missing that push, that drive. We need someone who can bring that back and I think filling in the gap that Wood left is a huge piece of the puzzle. Keep in mind that KJ is one of the most under rated managers in English football. Even with our budget he can pull out a good team. I think someone up front, like the classic Millwall strikers from the past, very similar to Woods playing style, will fair us well. Some one whos constantly after the ball and is hungry for goals. This is what we need, and to be honest, to forget Wood. Someone better will come along.

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  • January 19, 2013 at 21:17
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    Kenny mate Dyche has got the better of you again you knew he would do this and yet our team came out like a bunch of 7 stone weaklings .... You substitutions where strange ...... You won't play Racon even when our midfield don't get a kick and yet you put him on the bench ?????? Why ?????

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  • January 19, 2013 at 21:47
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    Or alternatively a more solid midfield by playing Tam in front of the back four freeing Trotter up. Just although....

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  • January 19, 2013 at 22:09
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    Valid point about Racon LL Jimmi and Trotter looked lacklustre today. Why put Racon on the bench if you are never going to play him. Bigger problem however is N'Guessan. He can't head or hold the ball up so isn't a target man. The only person in the current squad who can play that role is Henderson and Lord knows what is happening to him. Keogh, probably our most skilful player needs a partner to play off and his game is deteriorating as at the moment he hasn't got a partner on his level

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  • January 19, 2013 at 22:13
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    It shows how far we have come that with one of the smallest gates in the league we are complaining when our beloved Lions (have admittedly had an off day today but) have actually just dropped from 7th - 9th and are in good shape with an exciting Premier League cup tie ahead. We would have snapped off the nearest hand for this a few years ago - One Kenny Jackett!

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  • January 19, 2013 at 22:18
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    In 5 years Kenny has taken us from a side battling relegation from league 1, to play off prospects in the championship, all in 5 years, that is something to boast about!

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  • January 19, 2013 at 22:19
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    But yeah i'm a big fan of Keoghs, he needs a partner of his level so we can get back in the race. But in KJ we trust COYL!

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  • January 19, 2013 at 23:22
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    Does anyone have any thoughts on why Hendo was not even on the bench today? Are we selling him with only 4 months left on his contract???

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    • January 20, 2013 at 14:53
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      the rumour going rnd harry's bar yesterday was he's going to forest! make of that what you will.
      I know he is prone to injury be he scores goals when fit, in my opinion we shld give him another contract, link him up top with marquis and play keogh just behind and get shot of the waste of space that is suppose to be our playmaker "trotter", spend the 1million that we were going to spend on chris wood on a quality centre m'fielder who will give us leadership and a bit of nasty, which is what all other teams in this league seem to have apart from us!!

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  • January 20, 2013 at 09:52
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    KJ says on LionsPlayer that Hendo had a foot problem, maybe he inserted it in his mouth again?.....

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  • January 20, 2013 at 10:54
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    Wood leaves.... We fall down the table! Tyson can't possibly be considered his replacement! KJ has done well in 5 years but yesterday's performance was unacceptable not one player had a good game! Jack smith isn't fit to wear the shirt! Burnley aren't a better team than us we made them look like Barcelona! Our work rate was so low and defending was poor! I hope he's made them all train this morning the lazy f****rs!!!

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  • January 20, 2013 at 12:44
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    One bad game does not a bad manager make, (Yoda quote) in KJ we trust he will turn it round and make sure that doesn't happen again.

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    • January 20, 2013 at 13:13
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      We never seem able to cope against a half-decent team playing 5 in midfield!

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  • January 20, 2013 at 14:22
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    I think KJ is doing a good job. But he must be getting frustrated with what the chairman and board are offering in terms of talent & players. The fact of the matter is, there are first team players there atm which shouldn't even be in this league. If only we stopped selling or losing out on real talent/goalscorers we would have the chance to catapult into promotion/play-offs and change the club into premiership contender. If the powers that be weren't so blind sighted and gave it the chance it deserved then it would make way for a better change. All comes down to money. These 'dragons' need to stop lining there own pockets and give the club the chance it deserves..

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    • January 20, 2013 at 14:34
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      What planet are you on? If Berylson wasn't around we would not even have a team to moan about! About time some realism was brought into the equation. We will only be a mid championship team at best with current structure. 12 years ago we were getting an average crowd of 15k at this level. Now we struggle to get 9k. Fair enough y'days performance won't help but when we were flying we didn't get higher crowds.

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      • January 20, 2013 at 14:50
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        Berylson is alright, would you rather we had another money stealing a**hole like theo paphitis?

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  • January 20, 2013 at 14:50
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    JB and the board invest heavily in this club, and us maybe one day they do plan to sell the club in a stronger position andare a bit of money, no crime there i say. Without the investment and with our lack of youth development plus our low gates we would be a league 1 club. Wake up Millwall and face facts that we must shop smart and not expect to be signing established stars who ddon't like playing for us as they don't get the easy ride and adoration they think they deserve.

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  • January 20, 2013 at 14:51
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    theres plenty of quality young players who would love to play for a club like wall, we just have to find them!

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  • January 20, 2013 at 17:38
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    This interpretation of accepting a reality where we are lucky to be where we are is living in the past. I'm amazed you feel JB couldn't extend his support further. If MFC supporters made protest to the fact that players slide in & out too easily and 'when' we do establish young talent we then sell for a profit which is not reinvested into covering the void left behind. I'm sick of hearing fans praise us for no longer being in league 1. That was a dark patch in the clubs history, but if you step back and look further we do not have to settle with being where we are now. More can be done..

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    • January 20, 2013 at 17:56
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      Mate dont get me wrong I feel the same. We should have better, and keep players rather than sell for quick money. TBH we need to set up the development and improve it further. Personally I think trotter can go because hes lost all heart now. From the cash we should get a quality midfielder who can pump some heart into midfield. We need to cement a team who will actually play with real heart week in week out, the Millwall way, and of course money will help that.

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      • January 20, 2013 at 18:38
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        Spot on. Having aspirations for the club does not mean delusion. Whether it comes from corporate sponsorship, investment, JB digging a little deeper, the club needs to shake this content philosophy. If we were premiership contenders the crowds would come. Can you imagine if we made it into the premiership, there would not be an empty seat in the house. That would alter the clubs dynamic tenfold. The 'reality' is a large percentage of fans do not want to go and watch Millwall fight for mid flight.
        If you spend it, they will come....

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  • January 20, 2013 at 18:54
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    I agree with the above invest an the crowds will come if we kept Chris wood we would have a higher hate no one wants to watch n'guessan mid control yet another pass or David forde attempt to go round the striker! Get rid of that lazy waste of space trotter and invest in a couple of decent players

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  • January 20, 2013 at 22:41
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    I'm sorry, and I know this is all about opinions, but some of you are living in cloud cuckoo land. JB and KJ are doing wonders for this club. There are clubs with bigger gates and better finances than Millwall who are nowhere near us, either in league position or club stability - Wolves, Blackburn, Leeds - practically all the teams we are competing against and usually beating. Wood came in, along with Adam Smith, cause KJ saw a weakness and improved it, supported by a Chairman who funds our losses year on year. So JB has got to spend even more of his money in the hope that the fans who seem to know the way to Wembley but don't seem to know where SE16 is start turning up? Good affordable players are hard to find either to buy or borrow - every club is looking for them!!! I remember at the start of the season when we were struggling some people on here were saying KJ had to go; when we started playing well, those same people were saying buy Wood and promotion was a formality. Wood chose leicester purely because he thought he would get to the premiership quicker, and sad tho it is, he's probably right. The club could do no more. Nigel Pearson didn't spot the potential of Wood, KJ did and now he's getting slagged off because a richer club outbid him! The truth of the matter is we are punching far above our weight due to having one of the best young managers in the league (even my mates who support other teams rate him) who is supported by the best chairman we've ever had. Saturday's performance was awful but we have the best men at the helm to keep moving this club forward - in Kenny and John I still trust!!!! We are Millwall!!!!

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  • January 21, 2013 at 00:24
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    Some good points raised here! Personally I expected this season to be a relegation dog fight for us at best so I'm delirious with of current standing BUT I think given where we are in January it's a real opportunity to push on really go for it right now! We missed out on Wood fair enough the lads likely to go up (and be back to square one in a prem reserve team) he hasn't been replaced and that's disappointing considering JB was willing to put the money down! KJ is definitely the right man to take us forward but not filling that void will see us miss a great opportunity to make the play offs! Investment and ultimately Promotion would generate a massive increased income but then again we don't want to be the next Portsmouth!! KJ and JB have my backing! Come on wall!!

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    • January 21, 2013 at 00:34
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      I'm sure if KJ finds the right player JB will loosen the purse strings - don't forget, his best chance of a return on his investment is if we reach the premiership or at least compete at the top of the championship so he wants it as much as any of us. Even a million doesn't guarantee you a top championship striker - look at the bums some of our richer rivals have forked out for! And it's not only the fees, it's the wages and with Fifa's financial fair play rules coming in to force we need to keep our house in order.

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    • January 21, 2013 at 05:10
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      Hey mate

      No point spending the money 'just for the sake of it'. It's got to be for the right player!!

      JB opened the chequebook for KJ because Wood was the right player, at the right time. Kenny would've moved heaven and earth to find + fund the right player after we missed out of Wood, but couldn't find/get him.

      Credit to Kenny for not simply spending the cash "just because it was there".

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      • January 21, 2013 at 15:15
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        That's the point I was making - if the right player comes along JB has proved he's willing to back Kenny - and out of his own pocket!

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  • January 21, 2013 at 02:11
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    Agree with adsy77777. It was a bad day at the office, we still have the players
    Please get over the Woods thing, he"s gone
    He didn't want to stay so that's that.
    COYL

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  • January 21, 2013 at 18:46
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    All I was saying whilst we are in our best position in years financially and on the pitch we need to take advantage of the situation because if we don't invest like other clubs are we will be looking at struggling next year!! Again only invest in the right players and I don't think Tyson is the right player, didn't want I know us a few years back now he's struggling and injured he wants to know!! Not a millwall player at heart

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