Millwall boss Jackett explains tactical changes against Hull

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© Edmund Boyden

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."

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10 thoughts on “Millwall boss Jackett explains tactical changes against Hull

  • February 4, 2013 at 13:33
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    So we didn't need two experienced strikers from the start then..... Or Hulse up front on his own....... We weren't all born yesterday Kenny..... Big boo boo mate

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  • February 4, 2013 at 13:47
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    Surely the away team should worry about the home team not the home team change formation to match the away team

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  • February 4, 2013 at 14:06
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    "Liam Trotter running from midfield" - Have a word with him then Kenny because he is a goalscoring midfielder playing FAR too deep each week! Trotts needs to be in the hole behind a front two... We are struggling for goals since Wood and Hendo have gone, players like Liam need to step up and work on getting in positions further up the pitch.

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  • February 4, 2013 at 15:28
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    In theory Kenny's system can work with the correct players in the team. However, he started with the wrong striker if he wanted the ball to be held up to give the midfield runners time to join the attack or latch onto second ball knock downs. You cannot knock Marquis for his effort (a lad who understands the effort the fans like to see), but he is not ready at this stage of his career to lead the line on his own (maybe in Division 1, but definitely not in the Championship against decent opposition). We have bought in an experienced target man in Hulse and whether you rate him or not he can definitely do a job in this type of system.
    The two wide players would normally be the main runners trying to get onto flick ons, but whilst they have plenty of running in them, Henry seems happier with the ball at his feet and taking players on from wide positions and Woolford just looks totally bereft of any confidence at the moment which is a shame as he has always looked so dangerous playing against us?
    With the two holding midfield players in the centre it should give Trotter the freedom in the hole behind the striker to join the attack late and at pace. FFS, what centre midfielder wants to be chasing a 6ft 2, 14 stone player back towards their own goal? Unfortunately for us Trotter just does not seem to have it in him to inject any energy into his performances even when in effect he has been given a role with little defensive duties..... If there is one player that infuriates me more than anyone in the whole Millwall squad at the moment it is Trotter (so much talent and ability, but so so wasted)?

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    • February 4, 2013 at 15:42
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      Agree with you 100% Lions Den. JM is committed to Millwall but he's not yet ready to do the job he's being asked to do, should have started with Hulse, definitely know his way around; Woolford and Keogh look completely out of form and confidence. Trotter is becoming infuriating. I think we are missing Taylor more than we thought. I am still a big fan of KJ and think that it is ridiculous to talk of replacing him given what he's done and where we are, but my mates and me thought it was a funny starting 11 on Saturday. We didn't look as good as we have but thought we were unlucky not to get something out of the game. Spot on LD!

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  • February 4, 2013 at 16:48
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    I like kenny, but I'm sorry u got it wrong, we shouldn't be accomdating our formation for teams that come to the den,not even against cardiff, so def not against hull, marquis aint experienced enough to play up front on his own,if anything start hulse and if he can't finish a game bring marquis on for him, better impact player then a lone striker, as for "trotter running from midfield" I think ur watchin a dif game kenny,he's not running for nothing and is playing like he's not bothered anymore(since wood left this started),feel sorry for mark beevers,but has been a great player this year for us so all should be forgotten,hoping things get better for us, COYL!!!!!

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  • February 5, 2013 at 09:53
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    I liked the formation in the first half, whilst Liam Trotter was off on holiday (somewehere, but not in SE10) Josh Wright was dong a good job of marshalling the midfield and getting passing movements across the park. At half time I thought we were the better team and looked more likely to go on and win. I would have only brought Hulse on for Marquis and the formation should have stayed the same....hindsight I know!

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  • February 5, 2013 at 12:27
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    I'm sorry Kenny, your tactics cannot be defended!! You put a youngster up against season pro's on his own! Why were your tactics used in the first place? Surely if they put 5 in midfield why not put 3 up front and make them change their tactics, after all we were the home team!!!! I like Josh Wright he is a good player, but needs to get a bit more muscle, to play him and Trotter in the same team, I'm not so sure?

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  • February 6, 2013 at 16:19
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    no problem leemark, lets have trotter warming the bench,someone else's preferably

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