Jackett: Millwall need 53 points to stay in the Championship

© Kieran Galvin
© Kieran Galvin

KENNY Jackett believes Millwall need at least three wins to secure their Championship status for next season after a miserable run of form.

The Lions have been in freefall in the league since the turn of the year and a 2-0 defeat to Wolves on Tuesday night left them just six points above the relegation zone.

And Jackett admits there will have to be a drastic improvement on that performance in the coming months if his side are to remain in the second tier for another campaign.



He said: "You'd probably say we need 53 points. I would think that would be enough, but that's an estimate – it is always hard to tell.

"On Tuesday's performance, we need to do a lot. What I would say is there are more than enough games to do it, we know that. There are 11 more games. But we were sub-standard against Wolves."

Jackett was infuriated by Millwall's lack of fight against Wolves and claimed the Lions had rolled over and accepted defeat on too many occasions this season.



"If you have a bad first 20 minutes, you have to bounce back," he said. "If you go a goal behind, you don't fall away and you come back – it's only 1-0.

"And it was only 2-0 going into the last 15 minutes – naturally Wolves were going to be nervous, they had to be given the position they are in at the moment.

"If we have a run at them and get one back, why can't we win a game 3-2 from a poor position? Too many times we just fall away and we did that again."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

30 thoughts on “Jackett: Millwall need 53 points to stay in the Championship

  • March 6, 2013 at 11:06
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    i dont think 53 points will be enough,we will need at least 57 or 60 to be sure i will be glad when the F.A cup is over and done with the players seem to understand league first cup second

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  • March 6, 2013 at 11:17
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    I'm surprised that Jackett is questioning why we can't come back when we go behind. It's obvious to everyone that there are no goals in the side. While it's 0-0 we've got a chance. As soon as we go behind, everyone from the players to the fans know that we don't have two goals in us. Heads drop as the result is almost a forgone conclusion.
    Right now, getting one goal is proving difficult enough let alone two

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    • March 6, 2013 at 12:43
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      How right you are ChrisR, how right you are.

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  • March 6, 2013 at 11:23
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    I am not sure why KJ is taking time to talk to people so as the above can be passsed on to us. Is he not aware that we are know about " Only one goal down, come straight back" or "Had a bad 20 minutes, bounce back" We are the poor sods that sat and watched the Peterborough and Wolves games, we already know all this. Perhaps he should try telling the players, not us. Perhaps he should try getting the players to play the way he wants them to, if they don't its his job to deal with them. As for a "drastic improvement required" KJ obviously has a degree in stating the obvious, again his job to get the players to make that improvement. He brought most of the players to the club, so at one time he obviously thought they were good enough to play at this level.

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  • March 6, 2013 at 11:44
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    I know that this is probably not the right place for this note, but I just thought I would share something I have just read. Liverpool have taken an 18 year on trial, who has scored 23 goals in 23 games for Dulwich Hamlet. How does Liverpool know about such a player and a club that is right on the doorstep not.

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  • March 6, 2013 at 11:47
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    Not many teamn sgo down with a minimum of 52 points, imo, and we should manage to get the 8-9 points we need to stay up. But once again, cup run asie, another disappointing end to the season.

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    • March 6, 2013 at 13:03
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      From my earlier post:

      Just some crumbs of comfort for those of you who think we'll go down this year:
      Since 04/05 season:
      1. The highest place team after 36 games to be relegated were Leicester who were in 19th on 36 points.
      2. Only 4 teams in the bottom 3 at this stage of the season have survived.
      3. The lowest final league position of the 15th placed team at this stage of the season was 19th, 06/07 Leicester, 53 points.
      4. The lowest final league position of a team on 44 points at this stage of the season was 20th, 04/05 Brighton, 51 points.

      Not saying it can't happen but it'd have to be a freak season.

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  • March 6, 2013 at 12:47
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    Maybe our scouts have gotten lazy! @ Rikkiatwall

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  • March 6, 2013 at 13:13
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    We won't go down & the players know that. However, they're taking the p*** & should pay back the equivalent gate money stolen from the fans from their wages & donated to local charities. Once this cup run is over, we'll see the old 'wall at home again & we'll finish the season with a flourish to leave us thinking that maybe next year we will be good enough.

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  • March 6, 2013 at 13:45
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    I think kenny is being outwitted by other managers when it comes to tactics, other teams seem to have a system and play to their strenths, I feel he doesn't know his best team and picks the wrong players, also something seems wrong at the moment, it might be confidence or just players not good enough? But as a supporter for 55years the one thing that we always had and don't anymore is passion and the will to have a go and put away teams under pressure, they used to be scared to come to the Den!!!!!!

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  • March 6, 2013 at 14:33
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    We have the likes of spurs Chelsea arsenal west ham and even man utd who all have soccer schools in our region, they poach 6-8 yr olds off local clubs so we have no chance there, and what with this new youth system in place we'll have even less chance. They even nick our kids off us. Don't even wind yourself up with that rikki.
    Back to the original post.
    What's the fuss about ? KJ talking to press about what we need and sometimes states the obvious, who cares if he feels the need to tell us, he's trying to be honest about where we're at at the moment, some of us just want to dig him out too much, that attitude stops players from coming to us, makes players leave us and in the end it will make KJ leave us. I know it's opinion, but we're in a bad place right now and all the man what's is a bit of genuine support, he's paid to do a job that he feels fit to do, there's a wide range of opinion on this site alone so who the hell should he listen to and which one if us are right ?

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  • March 6, 2013 at 15:08
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    Considering where we were before xmas - where we are now is nothing short of a disgrace! Not sure how KJ can sleep at night!! When we replaced Wood and Hendo with Tyson and Hulse I came on here and said it was a travesty - we'd score very few goals and ultimatley fly down the table! I was absolutely ribbed for it and got all kinds of comments and rants thrown at me! 2 months on and all of a sudden all the 'Wall fans are with me!! Frankly Kenny's constant comments to the press about wanting a response etc are boring and have little or no effect!! I'm fully behind the team and the manager but somethings gotta give! The Den used to be a fortress feared by all.... now it's only Millwall fans that fear us playing at home!!!

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    • March 6, 2013 at 17:05
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      One year on......

      https://www.newsatden.co.uk/1643-millwalls-home-form-has-been-average-for-years.html

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  • March 6, 2013 at 16:13
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    Apart from wood, we have the same team we had beginning of the season, when we was on a good run,there's no goals in the side now,would like to see just 1 striker play 90 minutes at the moment,instead of 45, there's no heart or pride in the team, henry is gonna be a massive loss by looks of the other night, no creativity in the side now, I hope we don't but it looks like its gonna be a scrap fighting off relegation this season now, and they have only got themselves to blame..

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    • March 6, 2013 at 16:31
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      Woolford, Tyson, hulse and afobe in.
      Henderson out.
      Marquis return from injury since then.
      Taylor was out injured, keoghe was out injured and lost a baby, trotter, well we won't go there, Lowry out of position but has had 3 suspensions, shittu has been injured, Tyson has been injured, hulse out injured, smith dropped a bit of form, all of this in the same time as our bad run.

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  • March 6, 2013 at 17:03
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    I think we will stay up by the skin of out teeth.
    KJ has the ability to be a great manager, he has the knowledge of who to bring in, i.e woods and Kane, we need to be buying these players from the time they are identified,
    It seems there is more going on than we will know but also the likes of Trotter who is probably our best player needs to get a grip or leave, the later seems more likely because he has lost interest, seeing the likes of Woods leave shows we can't attract quality and must be soul destroying, a big clear out and investment for next season a must, the board have told us enough times how they matched Leicester for Woods so the money must be there, so put up or shut up, can't afford another season like the last two.

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  • March 6, 2013 at 19:24
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    When we had chris wood, we were dangerous. The players knew it, the fans knew it. With him we looked like a top 10 side at least. Confidence was up and we were playing teams off the park. Reading other teams forums a good few fans including ones from Blackburn, wolves, all said we were the best side they had played so far and to be fair we were fire and I seriously for a few weeks thought we had a chance of the play offs. I never once thought I would say this in my whole life but 1 player has changed our whole season, never thought by losing 1 player it would have such a bad impact all round. What it proves is that we need a goal scorer badly and we haven't got one. And the players no this therefore they are bound to have lost confidence.

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  • March 6, 2013 at 19:54
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    If that's true about Liverpool finding the dulwich hamlet player before us when they're on our doorstep, our scouts are f****** s***! ... Still, you get what you pay for I spose.

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    • March 6, 2013 at 21:43
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      benzo, dont get wrapped up in that one it goes for every club club in the country,
      and to be honest its been like it for yrs.

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  • March 6, 2013 at 20:30
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    I have always said that the loan system is s*** for us and we should just nurture our own and buy the half decent players who are busting a gut to pull on the wall shirt. All we do is make these young loanies marketable

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    • March 6, 2013 at 22:17
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      try and forget the bad run for a minute and look at some of our squad in no particular order.
      james henry, shane lowry, mark beevers, andy keoghe, liam trotter are all players we would start, as i said please forget the bad run, they've all been as good as they are bad at the moment and they all came to us on loan. it probably looks like im a right old brown tongue lately with my posts but ive never given our club this much thought in all my life. im in the opinion that we cant attract the player we need right now, so toying with the loan market is probably the safest thing we can do right now given the situation we find ourselves in. i for one did not think it would be this much of a struggle but you only need to realise the huge teams around and bellow us in the league. birmingham are massive so are wolves, forrest are only now finding form after yet more money but they do nothing yr after yr but they are one of the biggest clubs in the country let alone the biggest in the champship. there is a huge amount of money in our division to compete against. lets stay up and the do the same next season then we can say we have established ourselves in this division. by that time we'd have got rid of league one players and we'd have a better squad to compete. i agree about the loans not mentioned cuase we have had some bad ones, tyson and hulse i did not want and think they're only here for the money.

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  • March 6, 2013 at 20:45
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    It's time to dig in and except we are on a bad run, I'm sure we will stay up and we will we start winning again James H is out for the rest of the season but still think we will be ok, we just need to get behind the team, we go on a good run start of the season and we expect the title to be ours Comon this is Millwall we have one of the lowest budgets in the league I'm proud to be wall and always will be we will be ok enough said !!! COYL

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  • March 6, 2013 at 21:25
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    When is he going to finally admit to bringing in a load of sub standard s*** who belong in league one? . .

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  • March 6, 2013 at 21:31
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    lukesmith has a point, we havent been very lucky. I said from the begging that we need to get another goalscorer. Wood leaving didnt just effect our ability to score, but massively lowered morale in the team - bar shittu, forde, henry and jimmy. Keogh situation with the baby hasnt helped I admit. Hendo leaving isnt a big deal - he was appalling - a waste of wage money. When things were going well, the team was said to be 'brilliant' and kenny was a saint, now things arnt everyones digging at KJ. Its the same team bar wood and useless hendo. The loans brought in were meant to help - i originally thought they would be ok. Hulse has been alright, he can hold the ball and imo is better then hendo. Tyson, even though hes only really had 2 proper games, dosent look great. Benik on his day is great as we saw at Middlesborough. The ability is there so were not crap. What is missing is the spirit. Wood leaving had a massive effect on the players - most players started to play bad after wood left e.g. trotter. For me its not bringing in 'quality' players coz we to some extent have them (although tht would be great), we need a massive morale boast and if tht comes with a quality sticker then so be it. Keogh needs BIG backing, its not easy to loss a kid, and ontop of tht come to fans tht want the best out of the team week in week out. But wht I dont like is when some fans through strops even though from the performances they deserve to. We should be backing the team and giving whole hearted support like we did when we were on the run and in a real lions way. Players we have, spirit at the moment we dont.

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  • March 6, 2013 at 23:39
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    Agree with my new mate Smithy, players losing form or interest or getting injured is something you can't allow for. Fordey, playing great now , s*** last year, Adam Smith, looks like he's lost all confidence from the player he was when he first arrived, Lowry, distribution like a dishonest e-bayer, Beevers, ok but losing confidence, Shittu, is Shittu, Henry, best player this year, out for the rest of the season, Trotter, heard from coaching staff last night, head not right, Jimmy is Jimmy, Taylor - thought he was one of VERY few positives last night, Woolford, doesn't look good enough, Wright - and I usually respect other peoples opinions, is absolute s***, can't run, can't head, can't tackle, absolute rubbish, can't even stand in the right place - sorry folks TOWISL - The only way is Sunday League (you're sub this week Josh, bring something warm, can you run the line?)! Feeney, Malone (who he?), Racon (who?), Dunne (nuff said), Jack Smith (honest pro). Keogh - less confidence than a eunuch waiting to go on stage in a big knob contest, Afobe, injured, Marquis - loves Millwall and tries hard - but then so do and would I and I wouldn't start me either. Hulse: injured; N'guessan??? Batt??? It doesn't look good chaps. But win Sunday, we are at Wembley for the third time in 5 years, win 3 more games and we are in the second division in the best league in the world. Sign a great player on loan OR even better permanently and all is good in the world again, KJ is a messiah. I love being a Millwall fan, DON'T YOU??????

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  • March 7, 2013 at 08:09
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    The thing is Kenny, we are going backwards and teams below us are improving and fighting for survival!!!!! What the hell are we doing going backwards? I think all loyal supporters have seen this before, LACK OF AMBITION, from the top to the bottom!!!!! We should have invested in Wood, and if necessary sell him for a profit if we didn't get into the play off's, we certainly had that option when he was banging in the goals and had a great partnership with Keogh etc!!!! Same old Millwall i've been a supporter for 55years nothing's changed.

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    • March 7, 2013 at 09:43
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      Leemark, we did try and the Board were willing to pay upto a certain amount which we did offer, but he chose not to. The board then said they're willing to offer the same providing the same standard player becomes available please tell me if I'm wrong but I can't see the same standard player available
      It's a very tough situation I've done 33 yrs so your a little older than me, so why did we as supporters who've seen it all before, allow ourselves to believe all the hype and jump on the band wagon ? Shouldn't we know better leemark ?

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  • March 7, 2013 at 09:36
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    55 years eh? Well you should be used to it by now then so stop f****** moaning.

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  • March 7, 2013 at 09:49
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    There are loadsa teams with smaller budgets than us in this league. We pay good wages. It's not the budget that's the problem it's the fact that we are now paying championship wages to a lot of players that aren't even good enough for league 1. Dunne jack smith Malone feeney wright woolford n'guessan Tyson hulse all on 5k plus and Tyson and hulse take home 25k a week between them. Yes the ex prem teams like wolves Blackburn and likes of forest Leicester and Cardiff pay big wages alot more than us but they also have players on the fringes on alot less whereas we have everyone pretty much on the same 5/6k a week. Even the s***. KJ has got too many deals wrong of late. And that's what's costing us. Woolford has cost us pretty much what bolaise would have cost. I'd rather have given wood 20k a week than having Tyson and hulse. S*** management by KJ. He has very little knowledge on players and is always going back in for the same s*** until they eventually sign. We will get Morison puncheon and Kane when they turn 32

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