Jackett demands Millwall response against Middlesbrough

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© Edmund Boyden

KENNY Jackett says Millwall have "drawn a line" under their 5-1 loss to Peterborough but has demanded a "big response" from his players against Middlesbrough.

Jackett admits the Lions have done some soul-searching in the wake of their midweek-thrashing at the hands of Darren Ferguson's side as they prepare to head to the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.

But he says it is crucial Millwall do not get bogged down in the negativity surrounding their defeat to Posh and put that result to the back of their minds as quickly as possible.

"We need a big response from all of us," Jackett told NewsAtDen.  "It's about picking the players up – to some degree there's frustration and with other players it's to do with confidence.

"There is a thin dividing line between telling the players a few home truths in order to get the best out of them and knocking their confidence. It is very easy to be constantly critical of them.

"Somewhere along the line you have to assess things and tell the truth, but very quickly you have to draw a line in the sand and move on, otherwise one performance can run onto another.

"We talked about the Peterborough game a lot and I thought our defensive awareness was poor – we were dominated by George Boyd in our right-back area in both halves.

"Although there were spells in the first-half where, had certain chances gone in, we looked like we could go on to win the game, Peterborough picked us off on the counter-attack very well.

"They had goals in them and looked like scoring every time they went forward. I think their first four shots were all goals – their finishing was clinical and of a high quality. We looked very open.

"The more we started chasing the game, the more we looked open at the back. That culminated in a poor performance, a poor result and one we want to put right.

"We have to draw a line under Tuesday and look towards the Middlesbrough game – thankfully that comes around for us very quickly. That's what we have done – we are looking ahead positively.

"It is good that this is a big game against a big club that is live on the television – it is an opportunity for us to rediscover our league form, which has been poor while our FA Cup form has been good.

"The two have run almost in parallel to each other and to some degree that is frustrating, but it is what it is. The sooner we get ourselves out of it the better.

"The only thing we can do about it is put on a good performance and win against Middlesbrough on Saturday. That's what we are looking to do."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

21 thoughts on “Jackett demands Millwall response against Middlesbrough

  • February 22, 2013 at 10:45
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    Stating the obvious...........we are all watching this weekend no hiding place for any of you . You where lucky there was only actually 6,500 in on Tuesday the other ST holders didn't turn up . You where An absolute disgrace ....... You all owe us big time , now get your fingers out.

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  • February 22, 2013 at 11:29
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    Certain players need dropping & KJ knows who they are so let's see this "freshen things up" quote he used when allowing Hendo to leave straight after losing Wood.

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  • February 22, 2013 at 11:47
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    Wright in, Trotter out. Afobe up front with Hulse, drop Keogh, give him the weekend off. Pace and experience up top with a bit of creativity and a desire to win a regular starting place behind them. A quiet reminder in Smiths ear to reign him back a bit.

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    • February 22, 2013 at 11:50
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      It's easy this manager lark. I don't see what all the fuss is about. Lol

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  • February 22, 2013 at 11:53
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    Tam is back with us & fit again so maybe he'll get a runout. I've been impressed with Nguessan when he's come on and I would play him ahead of Feeney but then Woolford's back too, so that'll be good. Who knows, with a good hard kick up their backsides, 'wall could well come away with a point tomorrow.

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  • February 22, 2013 at 12:14
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    Our performance on Saturday is going to be down to the Manager as much as the players. KJ says "We need to put in a good performance and win against Middlesborough. This is what we are aiming to do" We won't do that unless he uses players in their proper positions and drops players who are out of form. However I suspect he will use a defensive formation of a 5 man midfield and 1 up front giving us no chance of winning the game and we will be lucky to get a draw bearing in mind that Middlesborough are also in a bad run at the moment.

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  • February 22, 2013 at 12:57
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    4-2-3-1 with forde, a smith,shittu, beavers, Malone.
    wright and jimmy holding
    Henry keoghe and afobe mixing it up behind hulse. Trotter Tyson feeney to come off the bench to offer something different.

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  • February 22, 2013 at 13:01
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    dont know if anybody else has noticed but the more we s*** a player off on here the more jackett seems to back him. Maybe we should all be praising the players we know are not pulling their weight and jackett will probably drop them like he did with wright when he was playing well

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  • February 22, 2013 at 13:20
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    Always assuming that Shittu has recovered from the flu. I would like to see Keogh playing in the hole behind the strikers rather than up front.

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  • February 22, 2013 at 13:37
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    Shut up KJ you're getting boring!! The only person I expect to see a response from is KJ himself.... Peterborough battered us due to KJ's extremely poor decisions on the night!! Sort it out Kenny - we know you can!!!

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  • February 22, 2013 at 14:20
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    Ok KJ, lets draw a line blah blah. Your team, your selection but if there's no "response" then the bucks gotta stop with you. Lets hope "this game can't come soon enough" isn't too soon!!!! Because another abysmal performance and the natives will be more than restless. There'll be NO hiding place!!!

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  • February 22, 2013 at 14:52
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    In the picture above, what is Ian Holloway doing creeping in to the bottom corner!!!!

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  • February 22, 2013 at 14:55
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    Following some harsh words after the game on Tuesday evening, I’ve drawn a line under the loss to Peterborough. Admittedly my confidence has been knocked, given the negativity surrounding the defeat but, as the 12th man, I’m looking for the players to get behind me and pick me up so I can put that result to the back of my mind as quickly as possible.
    The only thing I can do about it is watch the game on the TV and put on a good performance supporting the lads as we look to beat Middlesborough on Saturday. That’s what I’m looking to do.

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  • February 22, 2013 at 16:49
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    Dont let our FA Cup form shield this - we have only beaten a League 1 side, a non league side and a very poor premiership side (who were also beaten by Bradford this season)

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  • February 22, 2013 at 20:17
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    Slightly off topic but having a cheeky beer in Bromley earlier and came to this -

    Now don't s*** off your not mill wall cause you wanna dump these players but I had a little think about what the wage bill is now and what we could look to release in summer some is out of contract and some is gonna need shifting but if you look at what I believe they are on it staggering some ie Henderson have left but this is what is possibly off the bill come summer

    Mildenhall 2000 per week
    M. Taylor 2000 per week
    Racon 3000 per week
    Tam 3000 per week
    Batt 3000 per week
    Dunne 5000 per week
    N,guessen 4000 per week
    Tyson 4000 per week
    Hulse 10000 per week
    Afobe 2000 per week
    Henderson 15000 per week

    52 grand per week better off with maybe five additions on decent championship wages does anyone not think we can strengthen without putting club at risk - how many of them players are near first team squad ??

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    • February 23, 2013 at 20:30
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      To be fair hendos dough is already accounted for with afobe And hulse. Also we will need a second keeper so that money has to be respent. And I would rather see the wasted money in trotters wage packet gone instead of tams.

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  • February 22, 2013 at 20:58
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    I reckon you are a million miles from the actual wages. You've been playing too much football manager mate. As for jackett, bad selection Tuesday , only 1 player out of position but it clearly contributed to their first 2 goals. Play a normal team Saturday with everyone in their right positions. Forde smith Beevers shittu malone Henry Abdou wright feeney then trotter just behind Keogh. F*** hulse, f*** afobe we have to stick by Keogh he's had a s*** year on and Off the pitch but lets not forget how much we all loved him last season.

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  • February 22, 2013 at 21:00
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    So what do you think we are paying them then peanuts ??? Why are we losing 4 million a year , didn't get that off championship manager either !!

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  • February 23, 2013 at 00:09
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    I think some of them you have been to low in estimation. Nathan Tyson defo on more hulse defo on more, your right we are losin money and your guess is a good as mine on that one.

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  • February 23, 2013 at 01:24
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    I know for a fact nobody is on over 10k pw. Harris(7k) and Hendo were our biggest paid at the club. We have a very strict wage structure at the Den. Some of the loans will probably be on more namely Hulse and Tyson but we will only be paying a percentage of their wage. Most of the senior players will be on around 5k.

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  • February 23, 2013 at 04:25
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    Forgot Morison who was on more than Harris, but i get your point. Reckon Tyson is on 9-10k but that is only because he's not ours, hulse must b 12-13k easily maybe more as he'd have been given a wage rise for promotion and being a prem player

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