Jackett frustrated by Millwall's lack of width in Ipswich draw

© Nicky Hayes
© Nicky Hayes

KENNY Jackett felt a lack of width was Millwall's Achilles heel during their bore draw with Ipswich Town at The Den on Easter Monday.

The Lions huffed and puffed against the Tractor Boys, with Rob Hulse and Jermaine Easter spurning good chances to win it, but Jackett's side were forced to settle for a point.

"I felt that we had the better of the chances – Ipswich had a couple but we had more, and more that were clear-cut," Jackett said. "We're unbeaten in three but the gap to the bottom three has closed.



"Over the Bank Holiday weekend we've got four points out of six, which is a good return – probably the wrong way around in terms of home and away.

"I thought we lacked width. Early on in the game we passed the ball well and switched the play, but we lacked someone that could go past people one-on-one.

"I should have introduced Liam Feeney a little bit earlier because he had a positive effect when he came on. We didn't stretch Ipswich enough, there was a lot of play in the middle of the field.



"From Easter's point of view, I probably should have put him up front a bit earlier because he was the one that kept getting loose and that's where he wants to play.

"Rob Hulse had one good chance and Shane Lowry's excellent free-kick hit the post, but Jermaine could have had a longer run in terms of playing closer to the goal."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

27 thoughts on “Jackett frustrated by Millwall's lack of width in Ipswich draw

  • April 1, 2013 at 18:22
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    I,d be happy with bore draws to the end of the season.
    Can't really see where our next goal is going to come from to be honest.
    Hopefully they will be like buses!

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  • April 1, 2013 at 19:01
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    Problem with playing Keogh and Easter out of position then!?!?!

    2 positions we need to strentghen over the summer. Striker and winger, hope your pockets are as deep as they say they are Mr Berylson!

    But in Jackett I fully trust
    MILLLLL

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  • April 1, 2013 at 19:31
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    We need a Striker KJ Hulse don't cut it Maquis is a lower league striker Tyson waste of money in the summer buy a good quality striker and a good lower league striker as back up, we can't buy a goal we should of buried shitswitch today 2 points lost, Trotter has again excelled to our worst player in the last 5 months he is pony he has to be dropped he can't go on like that, ffs sell him he needs a fresh start, why take smith off don't understand the logic and Keogh for feeny still 1 is better than none and we still unbeaten in 5 COYL

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    • April 1, 2013 at 19:39
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      I think there are a few strikers over Hackney Marshes that would have tucked away some of the chances that our forwards have had lately. 10 grand a week, don't make me laugh.
      The target is 8yds wide ffs

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  • April 1, 2013 at 20:08
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    the luton striker Andre grey would be a good choice for next season but Hulse.Easter will find the net soon (i hope ) COYL

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    • April 1, 2013 at 22:25
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      Unfortunately, neither fill me with confidence. They might look busy but they don't have the gift of a natural finisher.

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  • April 1, 2013 at 20:44
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    Lacked someone to go past people Kenny? That would be Trotter then ....Marquis had plenty of chances to impress now give him the elbow...Hulse older version of Marquis .....wel'll survive somehow but it's boring the pants of everyone.

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  • April 1, 2013 at 20:47
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    Easter will come good

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  • April 1, 2013 at 21:53
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    The Easter weekend came 2 weeks early, today he was like a normal Easter weekend (stuck in f****** traffic) KJ is trying to deflect the blame away from our useless strike force and believe me I say strike force loosely. KJ is well aware we need a decent striker but there are not many quality ones around especially for the money we would be paying.

    You would think as professional footballers they might spend 5 or 10 minutes a week hitting the f****** target in practice, the chances we had today were more than enough to bury a very average Ipswich side.

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  • April 1, 2013 at 21:58
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    Def a problem findin the goal,I couldn't see where a goal would come from either,I do think easter will come good,sooner rather then later,if we play him upfront,(just upfront tho none of this left wing play) but hulse,tyson, and I'm gutted to say marquis aswel don't have a future at this level,not by the way they been playin anyway,why aint we playin woolford on the left,we buy him and don't play him,but will play a striker out position there,who knows ay... COYL!!!!

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  • April 1, 2013 at 23:09
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    I find what KJ had to say very weird. He decided before the game to play 5 in midfield, against a struggling team at home, not exactly attack minded. Of those 5, two were out of position strikers. I thought Easter and Keogh were playing wide. (We lacked width). He started with Marquis who shows a lot of energy, but little else, he was rightly taken off, before he got sent off, he lacks the experience to play at this level. At half time I thought KJ would make changes to be more attacking, maybe replace Marquis with Jimmy and push both Keogh and Easter upfront. With ten minutes to go and in desperate need of a goal, he replaces Smith, who I thought was having a decent game, with a new signing, who was not match fit and plays center back. Apart from defenders, i just can not see where any goals are going to come from. Personally I think Shittu should play up front, frighten the s*** out of any defence. Seriously, a poor day for the team and as much as I rate KJ, not one of his better days.

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    • April 2, 2013 at 09:14
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      If you keep playing players out of position they will not want to stay around for too long.
      Strikers especially will get frustrated,

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  • April 2, 2013 at 14:36
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    We had Woolford and Feeney on the bench.They are supposed to be the cover for Henry and Taylor so why didn't we play them as the wide players and try Keogh and Easter together up front instead instead of playing them both out of position? If we manage to avoid relegation KJ has got to sort out the striker situation in the Summer because Hulse, Tyson, Marquis, Batt and N'Guessan are useless. Only two worth keeping are Keogh and possibly Easter. Look at Notts Forest for example. They have Sharp, Cox, Henderson and Blackstock to choose from with McGoldrick out on loan to Ipswich

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  • April 2, 2013 at 14:41
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    Further to my previous comment I would have played 4-4 -2 with Smith or Jimmy plus Chaplow as the central midfielders which would have omitted Trotter the other weakness in the team.

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  • April 2, 2013 at 15:16
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    I love you Kenny, your the best manager we've had for a long time, this the most stable period for a long time. Those who are too young to know, don't appreciate that this IS a bloody good spell in our historyn trust me.....but why oh why kenny do you play keogh out wide? Easter out wide? We had no width cos they bloody strikers! They should both be in the middle! Hulse may as well go and do the washing up with marquis back in the gym cos they aint gonna score s*** between'em. The only decent spell was feeney, and he managed, for once in his life, to het to the damn byline and make them work. He got a good few crosses in. Apart from that kenny, that's why we lacked width, and PS, please buy us a bloody goalscorer.

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    • April 2, 2013 at 16:52
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      I love you to Kenny but I have a radical idea, how about putting the players in their natural (ie strongest) positions. I can appreciate that at times due to injury, suspensions etc that some players may be required to play a different role to what they are used to, especially with a small squad.
      But we appear to have cover for most positions now, but they are not being used.
      If you don't think they can do a job then don't put them on the bench put them on bloody e-bay.
      I know a lot goes on behind the scenes that we don't see but you are never going to get the best out of anyone by playing them out of their position.
      Keogh and Easter need to be in the danger area plying their trade, a striker needs to be in the box scoring goals and not languishing on the wing
      Why have we got Woolford, Malone, Saville?
      Why do Hulse and Trotter play nearly every game when they don't seem to have a clue?
      Why do we continue with Marquis ?(good Millwall boy but out of his depth) he has had enough chances but can't cut the mustard. What a choice him or Hulse, great!
      Why has Tyson not been f---ed off back to Derby (they must be laughing their socks off getting him off their pay role). The only threat Tyson has posed is to himself.
      Ok rant over for now, I may have left out some gripes but you get the drift.

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  • April 2, 2013 at 17:47
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    Nearly all the comments have a similar content. Kenny complains that we had no width yet he played Keogh and Easter out wide instead of in their natural striker positions. Trotter hasn't had a good game for weeks yet is still in the team. If we the fans can see these problems why can't the Manager? As someone has already said we have enough cover in the squad to cover for injuries and suspensions without needing to use players out of position. We have Henry, Taylor,Feeney,Woolford and N'Guessan who can all play out wide. Play 4-4-2 and use two of them on the wings for the remaining games to put crosses into the box with Keogh and Easter as the striker pairing and I am sure the goals will come. PLEASE READ THESE COMMENTS KENNY!!!

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  • April 2, 2013 at 18:24
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    Very strange indeed.
    4-3-3 or 4-5-1 has kept us unbeaten for 5 games with 5 clean sheets.
    Woolford, feeney, n'guessan, allegedly savile have and can play out on the left, but when our 1st choice back 4 are available we mess around with the left midfield with trial and error. Now other than savile I don't rate the players mentioned, but, and it's a big but, if woolford or feeney or n'guessan stayed in the side the past 5 or so games would we be moaning about "lack of width" ? Without Henry or Taylor that was always the case, someone above said KJs comment was weird, that's an understatement. You all know I love KJ but it doesn't mean I'm not allowed to be critical on what he says and does. F*** me I think that's the silliest comment I've heard him say in 5 yrs, surely he knew that before the game, to come out and say it afterwards is ridiculous, think he could have said something different
    As above play players where they're supposed to be and you have a happy squad of players who want to work hard for you and drop those who deserve to be dropped and guess what ? Yes, you'll have a happy squad of players who want to work hard for you. We've gone back to basics with our defending so why can't the manager with team selection.
    I'm not slagging KJ off or undermining him I'm being constructive on criticising his selection policy for our home games, cause all season he has been bang on away from home, if home form mirrored that of our away form we'd be top of the league or there about's.
    still gonna keep the faith, one negative in the last five weeks or so ain't bad in my book.

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  • April 3, 2013 at 20:47
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    If Marquis starts at Wembley i'm gonna walk out! Enough Said!!! Makes Braniff look like Ronaldo!

    Very frustrated!!!!

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  • April 4, 2013 at 06:51
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    Very strange that players who are on the bench get overlooked by players playing out of position. Woolford and Feeney give us width yet he plays Easter and Keogh wide. Marquise and Hulse are actually useless so here is an idea, play Easter and Keogh together up front. brings ST Ledger on and leaves Jimmy and Saville on the bench? We are at home FFs go for the jug. are we going to see Saville start? Get rid of Trotter because he is our worst player has been for most of the season. What has happened to Josh Wright? surely these are a better Be thanTrotter. Also is. MArquiss a better player than Batt? I personally would have Batt .why don't he's end Marquiss on loan. Players out end of season. M Taylor, Marquiss, Trotter,Tyson,Hulse,Osbourne. If we can tie up Chaplow and Easter they are decent enough

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