Millwall boss holds no Leicester grudge over Wood and Kane

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© Edmund Boyden

KENNY Jackett says he does not view Millwall's trip to Leicester City on Good Friday as a grudge match after recent transfer feuds between the two clubs.

The Foxes signed strikers Chris Wood and Harry Kane from under the Lions' noses this season after they had both made major strides during loan spells at The Den.

But while those deals fostered a strong animosity towards Nigel Pearson's side within Millwall's fan base, Jackett insist he bears no ill will towards Leicester or either player.

"I don't see it like that," Jackett told NewsAtDen. "Both players did very well for us and then chose to move on. The club is the main thing – it's never about any one manager, coach or player.

"The team and the fans are the two constants. The club comes above any individual – that is every single one of us. It's about our team on Friday. That's all that matters."

Leicester are yet to win a game this month and Pearson is under growing pressure to turn his side's form around as they attempt to cling on to a play-off position.

But Jackett believes their recent poor results should not detract from an impressive season overall – and the fact that the Midlands club will undoubtedly be promotion contenders come May.

"We enjoy going to big grounds to play big clubs, no matter how the opposition are playing or what sort of form they are in," Jackett said. "Leicester have a lot of options in terms of team selection.

"They are geared for the top-end of this league, which is where they have been all season. It is very tight and competitive up there – it's certainly not easy to get one of those three promotion places.

"Three clubs are fortunate enough to get into the Premier League each year and one season I want one of those to be Millwall – but that is Leicester's aspiration right now."

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11 thoughts on “Millwall boss holds no Leicester grudge over Wood and Kane

  • March 29, 2013 at 07:24
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    Not sure I'd call Leicester a big club, but they've got plenty of money behind them at the moment.

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  • March 29, 2013 at 07:43
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    Compared to us they are

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    • March 29, 2013 at 16:13
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      Mate..so it nearly everyone else!...;-)
      But we ARE the biggest little club in the world..f*** em all.
      2 nil to Leicester tonight though I reckon..:-(

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  • March 29, 2013 at 08:13
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    They're certainly bigger than us and looking at the teams in our division they're top end in terms of structure and finances, but if history and fan base make a club big then big they're not.
    I've never had reason to think about before this season but now I can't stand em, I put them in same bracket as Charlton palARSE Leeds and man city

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    • March 29, 2013 at 08:18
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      All hateful clubs that I can't stand.
      I'd love nothing more than us to smash em all over the place tonight, but I think it'll be a tight 1-0 to wall. COYL

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  • March 29, 2013 at 10:26
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    Well said Kenny, disagree with one thing, the two constants are not the team and fans, it is the club and fans. This is why KJ is one of the best around. He is a professional, he doesn't mud sling, what has happened is in the past, you can not change it, you move on. I beleive that he has started to rebuilt the team, with a serious view for a promotion push next season. Some of the people he has bought in are short term to avoid getting into a relegation fight, then make some serious changes in the summer. Hopefully the cup run will help with the finances and if promotion is being thought about realistically then JB has to put his hand in his pocket.

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  • March 29, 2013 at 10:43
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    He's a pro and a top man, just hope Shittu is fit and not out as rumoured we could be a bit lightweight at the back tonight.... Just what Woods wants.

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  • March 29, 2013 at 11:35
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    Where's all these "shittu's injured" rumours come from?
    KJ said st ledger has come in cause beevers is suspended, osbourne's injured and Lowry's two cards away from 15 yellows which will bring yet another suspension for him, hate to say it but the way he's going he'll be lucky to make the semi.
    With beevers suspended, osbourne out and st ledger not able to play tonight, will KJ start the same back four that finished against Charlton
    Dunne. Shittu. Lowry. A.Smith. I personally hope so, you all know what I think about dunney but I think this international break would have done him wonders and got him fresh again for the next couple games. Things are definately looking better. Getting excited now for the run in. COYL miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiilllllllllll

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  • March 29, 2013 at 17:55
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    My 16 year old son queued from 5.30 this morning, got him and his friend a semi ticket then somewhere between the Den & Stratford dropped his ticket, he's obviously "GUTTED" to make things worse it's his 17th birthday on the 13th April and this was part of his present.
    I know its a long shot but if anyone found a ticket today please take it back to the ticket office, they are aware of the situation and are also trying to help.
    thanks

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