Jackett refuses to blame officials after Reading defeat

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KENNY Jackett refused to blame the the officials after Millwall's 2-1 defeat to Reading.

Adam Le Fondre struck a controversial winner in the 76th minute of a tight encounter to consign the Lions to a third straight defeat at The Den.

And while the former Rotherham striker appeared to be offside in the build-up to the goal, Jackett believes the 25-year-old was definitely onside by the time he converted Jason Roberts' square pass.

"I can't see it as being offside," he told the club's official website. "As long as the secondary man doesn't go for the first ball, and he's not offside when the ball comes across the box, it's a legitimate goal. I wouldn't blame the officials.

"They haven't created many chances against us but have scored two. They were both poor goals against us in a tight game. It was the type of game where you have to grind it out, especially with the way the pitch is at the moment. A point today would have been a good result.

"I understand that Reading will be happy with both of their goals but they've created very little and it's poor from our point of view not to get anything out of the game. Against a very in-form side we have to do the basics. You can talk about individual players, but our defending and communication right the way through needs to be better and was key today.

"We given away goals this season that we haven't done in the last few years. They've cost us points and cost us confidence."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

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