Jackett: Millwall can scrap their way to survival

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KENNY Jackett has called on his players to 'scrap it out' at Peterborough tonight as Millwall enter the final 12 games of the season.

The Lions travel to London Road on the back of a disappointing home defeat to Reading, and Jackett admits he is no longer concerned about the quality of his side's performances – as long as the Lions start picking up points.

"We have to look positively at the last 12 games and stop giving soft goals away, we really do," he told the club's official website.

"We need to scrap it out, because to some degree that's the stage of the season we're at now. It may be windy, it may be wet and the pitches may not be perfect, but you have to grind results out, be professional and do the job.

"If you can play good football – fantastic. But these are tense games and you've got to come out as winners.

"We played well in parts and certainly weren't outclassed by Reading on Saturday, but we didn't get a result and let at least a point slip through our fingers. We've done that too many times this season and it's left us at the wrong end of the table.

"I do feel that we've improved in some of our forward positions. James Henry coming back to form is good, I feel Hamer Bouazza has made a positive contribution in the last couple of games and Andy Keogh has obviously added to Harry Kane and Darius Henderson in the mix up front.

"We have missed Liam Trotter in midfield but the performances of Jimmy Abdou and Josh Wright have been okay as well. It's at the back now where we really need to stop giving soft goals away and work hard as a side to defend."

Whilst this evening's opponents Peterborough have won just one of their last 10 league matches, Jackett is more than aware of the dangers Darren Ferguson's side will pose.

"They have some firepower," he said. "They've just taken Tyrone Barnett from Crawley for £1.1million, and they have George Boyd there as well.

"Like a lot of sides in the Championship, their better players are their forwards, and Peterborough certainly have a good forward line. It's about handling that but as giving their defence some problems too.

"We're at the stage of the season now where we can get our job done with a couple of good wins."



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