KENNY Jackett defended his decision to play five in midfield in Millwall's 1-0 defeat to Hull City on Saturday – despite reverting to a 4-4-2 formation at half-time.
Jackett dropped Andy Keogh from his startling line-up to leave youngster John Marquis ploughing a lone furrow up front as he matched the Tigers man-for-man in the middle of the park.
The Lions fell behind just 37 seconds into the match when David Meyler pounced on Mark Beevers' backpass to score what proved to be the winner.
But Jackett believed his tactical change had worked to a degree and said it had been more offensive than defensive.
He said: "It was a 4-3-3 with James Henry and Martyn Woolford pushed further forward and Liam Trotter running from midfield.
"Funnily enough we caused them problems early in the game but they put away the one chance that they had and it was a very good finish.
"But we were winning the ball back in and around the box and perhaps you just need something to fall for you sometimes."
Trailing 1-0 at the break, Jackett introduced Rob Hulse and Keogh from the bench in an attempt to get back into the game.
He explained: "Because of the nature of the scoreline at half-time, I had it in my mind to bring on two experienced strikers.
"Hulse and Keogh are a pair and I wanted to see if they could take us forward. Andy couldn't quite find the finish on a couple of occasions and I thought Rob had a good 45 minutes.
"He won a lot of headers and showed some experience up there – we just have to make sure we get the right runners off him and be around him.
"He knocks a lot of balls down in the box which we need to be getting on to."