Millwall boss rues missed chances at Forest

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MILLWALL boss Kenny Jackett lamented his side's wastefulness in front of goal after they were beaten 3-1 at Nottingham Forest.

The Lions manager was equally critical of his defence, who he believed were guilty of giving away soft goals.

There were claims that both Alan Dunne and then Darren Ward were fouled in the build-up to Gareth McCleary's opening goal for the home side, but Jackett refused to make excuses.

"I haven't got a strong opinion on that one," he told the club's official website. "To leave McCleary as wide open as we did is poor defending, whether there was a push or not.

"We had a lot of chances today, even in the second half. They were clear-cut. Obviously we hit the woodwork twice in the first half and I would estimate now that we had far more chances than Forest did.

"They had around five chances and took three – we had about nine and didn't make the most of them. That was the nature of the game. Apart from Andy Reid's goal, which I didn't think we could do too much about, the first two against us were poor and that's where we can improve.

"Three goals against is poor – it has to be zeros and ones  if you want to pick up points."

Darius Henderson's 18th goal of the season briefly gave Millwall hope as they tried to battle back from 2-0 down, and while winger Reid ultimately put the game to bed with a third goal for Forest, Jackett took some comfort from his side's creativity – if not their profligacy.

He added: "The positive is that we created chances when we came forward.

"In Kane, Keogh and Henderson we have some partnerships and creativity up front, and enough crossing and shooting ability from Hamer Bouazza and James Henry.

"With those guys on the pitch you think we can get back into the game. But soft goals against us was the big disappointment today.

"We've got a lot of the top teams to play – Southampton next week, and then Leeds and Cardiff. We need to keep punching above our weight."



2 thoughts on “Millwall boss rues missed chances at Forest

  • March 10, 2012 at 18:30

    Well done Jacket. Changes a winning team and is surprised when we loose. Jack Smith played a blinder last week, then once again Jackets brilliant tactics come to the fore. What message does he give out ? Have a good game and get dropped. Yeah i know we hit the woodwork twice,but the bottom line is,he dropped a good defensive player and we conceded three. In my opinion Jacket will take us down.

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