Millwall boss not looking past Blackburn quarter-final replay

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

KENNY Jackett says Millwall cannot afford to look beyond their FA Cup replay against Blackburn Rovers with a Wembley semi-final against Wigan at stake.

The Lions boss has called on his players to banish thoughts of a potential last-four tie and focus on getting the job done at Ewood Park after the sides played out a goalless draw at the weekend.

Millwall travel to Lancashire on Wednesday knowing that a win would seal their third appearance at the national stadium in four years – but Jackett is refusing to get carried away.



"You cannot be concentrating on Wigan at Wembley because you have to work out how to get there first," he told the club's official site. "That equation is the thing we have to focus on."

"It was a tight game on Sunday and, for the most part, we did pretty well. I wasn't disappointed with my team's performance. If we can repeat that you will win more games than you'll lose.

"The level of anticipation and excitement is high and slightly different as we are in the latter stages but the things you need to concentrate on to win a game of football are the same."



Jackett's comments were echoed by midfielder Liam Trotter and goalkeeper David Forde, who both insisted at a pre-match press conference that the Lions are fully focused on Wednesday's replay.

Trotter said: "We certainly will not be thinking beyond playing to the best of our ability against them, believing that we are capable of getting through."

Forde added: "We had the League One play-off final at Wembley with 50,000 Millwall fans and it was a great occasion so to be able to repeat that would be brilliant.

"But first things first – we have got Blackburn to play again and we can't disregard them, it will be a difficult game."

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17 thoughts on “Millwall boss not looking past Blackburn quarter-final replay

  • March 12, 2013 at 16:17
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    Come on boys much the same tomorrow and we have a very good chance, maybe KJ will have a slightly different game plan and make one or two changes as we're away. Trotts time to put a performance in, you got away with on Sunday pal, so come on pull your socks up. And how many times have I said it, get rid of that poxy beard it's bad luck

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  • March 12, 2013 at 20:53
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    Finally got round to seeing the match highlights. Blimey, how we never scored I'll never know. That aside, how well did Taylor, Shittu and Smithy play and even Dunn did well.
    Lets hope the replay isn't one of THOSE nights where it's unlucky Millwall, poor refereeing, a bad linesman flag, we score but the ref rules it out because of an incident that happened last week, a dubious penalty etc, etc. Lets hope that the team do their bit and the gods do theirs!
    GOOD LUCK LADS - do us proud!

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    • March 12, 2013 at 22:03
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      Well, here's to a 'perfomance' tomorrow night.
      The only reason they played well on Sunday was because the team that played now realise that they're actually fighting for their places, not only in the squad, but also for their contract futures. We've seen players going out on loans or transferred whether they're on contracts or not. If they come in, as with Dunne for example, they've got serious competition for their place. Having said that, our midfield, which has been sorely lacking a bite all season looked much more aggressive. That's the positive news in my opinion.
      With regard to raising revenue, getting stay away supporters back etc. this is the real crux of the matter for our long term future. Of course, we have to have a good team, good results at home especially, and you don't get a good team wìithout either being very astute in the transfer market, having the cash- we do- to buy outright, or having the ability to motivate players. I'm personally still out on Jackett, but let's not get carried away if we get a result tomorrow night. The money that would generate is tremendous but based on the last 2 months it's going to be spent on plugging holes in a seive with players that are not 'Millwall' for various reasons.Bottom line is that irrespective of the FA cup result we need another 10 points minimum. Have you seen the fixture list?. That's not going to be easy.
      Just think about this as a possible team, given we' ve had the buying power. Talk about competition, there wouldn't be many shrinking violets around with this lot as competition for each other.
      Henry, Boyd, Puncheon,
      Trotter, Abdou, Ward,
      Morison, Wood, Kane,
      The list is endless and that's just based on recent news.
      Morison, as an example, would not have left if we were 'challenging for a top six place' and the wages for any 'ins' simply comes from getting rid of the deadwood that sadly adorns our current first team squad.
      I've had a look on the official site at the present 1st team squad. In my opinion, and given it is mine but I'm entitled to it, but please have a look at it, there are 12 players there that should not, and should never have been part of a Millwall first team squad.
      With regard to getting extra revenue in. I've personally written to Peter Garston, our official rep. with some very sound financial ideas which I suggested might be forwarded to the commercial department for their consideration without the curtesy of a reply.
      Lastly, getting the lost supporters back in to The Den is not rocket science.
      You get rid of the dead wood.
      You use that money to sign good players and that generates confidence in signing others.
      You completely revamp the scouting system.
      You instigate, or if you have to, follow others and and get seriously motiìvated and aggressive in marketing outside of SE14 to get them back. For me, if you're truly Millwall you'll come back BUT you have to have a REASON to travel and BELIEVE!! Signing crap is not going to put 3k on the attendenc- which incidentally pays the wages- neither is naively signing short term players who are not giving back what we're giving them.
      You have REAL competition for places.

      Subsequently, you have a bloody good team.
      That, and only that, is going to bring those who are staying away through apathy, disgust etc. or those that have now migrated to NW.Kent etc.
      Amen.

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      • March 13, 2013 at 08:46
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        Although my opinion of Jackett has changed slighly over the last couple of months, he's still one of the best managers we've had as his record will prove. Also, every single manager in the world have bought the odd crap player from time-to-time - Ferguson, Chelsea managers with all their cash and so on, so Jackett buying or loaning the odd dud must surely be excused.
        I think it's out of order that you haven't heard from Peter Garston with at least an acknowledgement of your letter. Perhaps, give him the benefit of the doubt and he hasn't got round to it yet but if you don't hear, I would suggest you complain to Millwall. Afterall, he is supposed to be representing us.

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      • March 13, 2013 at 09:25
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        Boyd puncheon wood Kane and ward ?
        We have money, so how much would you pay for them, what length of contract would give them and how much would you give them a week, on top of that say the others up their game and are due a renewal after a season with this lot, they will want parity with them, if you say no and offer them less you now have an unhappy and divided squad, it becomes public knowledge and players refuse your contract offer and walk out on you for free. Happy season ahead, with no suitable replacements and agents are mocking your reputation in the process, so you now have no choice to use the loan market, you have a not bad half season but you also lose 1/2000 on the gate.
        Not as easy as we think is it nickola.

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      • March 13, 2013 at 11:33
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        Charlton, Leicester, Ipswich, Birmingham, Wednesday, Palace, Watford, Huddersfield, Blackburn, Forest, Derby.

        4 pushing for promotion, 3 worse off than us and the rest stuck in mid table. About the same fixture list as usual.

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  • March 13, 2013 at 03:53
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    Wish we had 50,000 to fill The Den each week 🙂

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    • March 13, 2013 at 09:33
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      Yeh but it would be a b****** to park!

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  • March 13, 2013 at 07:16
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    NICKOLA. I doubt your financial ideas will get taken seriously if that essay is anything to go by. You seem to forget , "dead wood" players are on peanuts and good players are on decent money. We'd have to get rid of 3 or 4 to get 1 or 2 and if you keep doing that you won't have a big enough squad to seriously compete. Wood, Kane, Puncheon, and Ward(Danny ward I presume? Although he's s***) would set us back in excess of 4 million pound. Your off your nut, i need some of what your smoking. Morison left After we finished 9th and had just challenged for a top 6 place so i don't get that point. He would of stayed if we went up and that's about it. WHERE ARE YOU GETTING ALL THIS MONEY FROM? to revamp youth systems and buy quality players!? "by getting rid of dead wood" I hear you scream, BUT you are forgetting 1 BIG thing. If they are dead wood, they're s***, and if they're not good enough for us then they're not good enough for anyone else half decent are they so that means we will f*** all for them! Yes it frees us some wages but say we get rid of 5 players on an average of 5k per week, that's 25k. Or 2 good players Wages in this league. Then what? We're f***** and need to loan more players. But oh no, we can't because youve spent the rest of the cash on youth system revamps and marketing even though EVERYBODY knows that Millwall fans will come and go as they please, always have, always will. Wouldn't hold my breath for a reply if i were you!

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  • March 13, 2013 at 07:20
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    And as for still bein out on jackett, if you can't make your mind up on someone after 5 years who's given us some of the great memories he has then that confirms to me your smoking some serious s***.

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  • March 13, 2013 at 09:03
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    I'm not gonna mock you nickola you have ideas like we all have, I go when I can and when I can justify to her in doors when we can afford it. We lost a lot of support when the members only scheme started, I know loads who will not come back cause of it, say what you want about them but these same said were coming for over 30/40 yrs home and away I must add, and have probably served their time a whole lot longer than you have.
    Can you please try and sell the club to me with some of your ideas to convince me to get a season ticket for me and my 4yr old next season. Cause looking at what I have the last two months and then watching that performance on Sunday just tells me the players are taking the p*** out of us, I can handle and expect the chairman or the board to take the p***, god knows everyone we've had in my time have done just that, but the current bloke seems ok to me, and KJ also.
    You also seem to forget we have a huge number on bans. I hope for your reply, but please do not take it personal. Just want to add, all this studying you have done, have you taken the time to look at the attendances this seasonat at other champship clubs and compare them to last season I.e
    Derby, Forrest, middlesbrough, Blackburn, Bolton, Blackpool and Charlton, I suggest if you haven't then cast your eyes on them for a couple minutes cause some have a bigger drop in numbers than us.

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    • March 13, 2013 at 09:16
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      . . . and some like Charlton, give their tickets away or they sell them off cheap just to get the bums on seats, much to the annoyance of the season ticket holders. So, even if they look like they're getting larger crowds than us they're still not bringing the money in.

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  • March 13, 2013 at 09:28
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    Its called the recession, with people loosing their jobs left right and centre and struggling to pay their bills people have to evaluate what they spend their money on.
    Apart from Sunday they would have probably got more pleasure standing over a drain and dropping the pound coins in one by one!

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  • March 13, 2013 at 09:51
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    NICKOLA - can you post what you sent to the FOTB? Would love to read it....

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