Millwall boss pleased with a point against Birmingham City

© Kieran Galvin
© Kieran Galvin

KENNY Jackett believes Millwall's point against Birmingham City could prove crucial in their bid to secure their Championship status for next season.

The Lions gained ground on the teams below them in the league table on Saturday thanks to Chris Taylor's second-half equaliser at St. Andrew's.

Wes Thomas had put the home side in front in the 49th minute but the visitors fought back to claim a positive result and Jackett was delighted with the spirit shown by his players.



"I am pleased with a point," he said. "We've stretched the gap between ourselves and the relegation zone from four points to five points and that's a positive for us with another game down.

"I was pleased with our response after we went 1-0 down. We didn't fall away. I did wonder with the quality Birmingham have going forward whether they might counter and give us problems.

"Jermaine Easter and Martyn Woolford were positive when they came on. We had more support for Rob Hulse after that. It was a terrific goal by Taylor – he hit it hard.



"We are very pleased to have him back from injury. We've missed him and James Henry in our wide positions, there is no doubt about that, because they have been our most creative wingers."

Millwall had a goal disallowed in bizarre circumstances in the 18th minute when referee Keith Hill twice changed his mind about whether Richard Chaplow had scored from an offside position.

Jackett said: "We got a draw away from home with a referee that, frankly, didn't give us much. I have never seen a team of officials change their mind so many times in 30 seconds.

"I did think, in the end, it was the right decision. He was offside and he did touch the ball. While I wouldn't blame Richard, Chris' shot was going in and perhaps he should have left it."

Chaplow later hobbled off with an ankle injury and Jackett confirmed that the Southampton loanee has suspected ligament damage and will undergo a scan to determine the extent of the problem.

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22 thoughts on “Millwall boss pleased with a point against Birmingham City

  • April 6, 2013 at 20:12
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    Another step closer ........... To the play offs

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  • April 6, 2013 at 21:24
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    Kenny Jackett. Pure class.

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  • April 6, 2013 at 23:55
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    Going through a boring patch At the moment in terms of goals but that doesn't mean it's a bad thing that's the way football is, what a good solid performance today, jackett also getting his game plans spot on,
    but biggest concern is a intelligent type of player like bomber Harris, comments on this the other day were spot on, Taylor is a similar player getting in the right areas, but to me we are missing a schofield someone who holds the ball for a few touchs or the composer to set up decent attacks, like hot patato to often, for me.

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  • April 7, 2013 at 07:50
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    Chaplow going off is a concern, he has done well for us. Definitely would have played against Wigan.

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  • April 7, 2013 at 12:00
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    Jack Smith can play against wigan

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  • April 7, 2013 at 15:47
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    Jack Smith or Jimmy can play against Wigan as the defensive midfielder but Trotter will need to have a good game for a change as the attacking midfielder. As this is a one off game I hope we play 4-4-2 and don't put St Ledger in midfield as well To have any chance of winning we need two up front.Even if Henry isn't fit we have Woolford, Feeney or N'Guessan to play on the other wing now Taylor is back. Easter is ineligible so play Hulse and Keogh as the strikers. What's happened to Keogh because he wasn't even on the bench against Birmingham? Was he rested,dropped or is he injured as well?

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  • April 7, 2013 at 19:28
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    Why is st ledger playing instead of jimmy or josh? Why was jack smith not played as he has been a revelation over the last few weeks, why oh why is trotter ahead of these 3? Me personally would play 4-5-1 as wigan will have a lot of possession, on attack we can be 4-3-3 Forde, Dunne, sh1ttu,beavers,Lowry , a smith left mid, j smith,wright,jimmy, Taylor and Hulse, seeing as he is our only starker. A smith only if Henry don't play, his fitness up and down the wing will be needed

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    • April 7, 2013 at 23:09
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      Delboy, why would you play three holding midfielders in the starting line up? I guess your using jack smith in his current holding role? Who on the bench would replace either one or two of em? St ledger IMO is better at center half but also IMO is better than my favourite current player, jimmy and better than both wright and j smith. J smith was probably rested to save him from fatigue he didnt play for a long time and came back like a man possessed, thought KJ made the right decision and by all accounts st ledger played really well and with chaplow out he'll prob get the start. Tuesdays line up will be very interesting, will KJ rest certain players or will he go with who he wants to start at wembley? Could drop trotts in the hope he picks up at wembley.

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  • April 7, 2013 at 20:11
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    Just seen the QPR vs Wigan game. I really think we have a great chance on Saturday and I'll be disappointed is we don't make a game of it.

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    • April 7, 2013 at 20:29
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      REAL Supporter You're right. I'm going to see us win on Saturday not to hear a chorus of 'We're proud of you Millwall'. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a FA Cup final but not we hope at the expense of losing to Weds on Tuesday night, which I'm sure isn't going to happen; for two reasons-
      One. Weds. will be looking for a draw as opposed to a win so will pack the midfield.
      Two. I've got a feeling that Mr.Trotter and possibly Sittu will not be a starter on Tuesday. Whether that is to save themm for Saturday or to give others to stake a claim remains to be seen. I don't think Henry will start on Tuesday but will be on the bench.
      Going to be a very important night on Tuesday. This is a real 6 pointer. Let's hope the tactics and starting team are up for it and not saving themselves for Saturday.

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      • April 7, 2013 at 20:48
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        Totally agree Nick. On a slightly different note, I've just found out that anyone needing tickets for Saturday can now get three per application. Presumably, we ain't selling our quota as well as I thought we would and that worries me. To think that Wigan of all teams may actually have more supporters there than us . . . or perhaps, not.

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        • April 7, 2013 at 20:56
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          That's because the season ticket holders bought them for members so the maths didn't add up. But, have no fear. There will be 31,500 Millwall supporters at Wembley. And, they'll all be Millwall supporters. That will be the biggest congregation for years. It sends a chill down my spine just thinking about it.
          Enjoy it.

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  • April 7, 2013 at 20:27
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    Any news on how long chaplow a injury is?

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    • April 7, 2013 at 20:40
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      Ligament damage. Forget about him for Saturday.

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      • April 7, 2013 at 20:52
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        For f*** sake! Does that mean he's out for the season?

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        • April 7, 2013 at 20:59
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          I don't think so. Depending on the loan deal, if he's out for the season Southampton will want him back for a Premiership standard physio etc. so I don't think it's that back cos he's still a Millwall player. Probably 3 games away.

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  • April 7, 2013 at 20:29
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    Although jimmy is a legend, st ledger is a different class.

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  • April 8, 2013 at 01:39
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    Jack Smith has been doing a great job in CM, why was he dropped?

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    • April 8, 2013 at 06:18
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      To rest him glyngo, we're fortunate in that we have a couple players now who can do that job effectively. It's more a case of keeping them fit and fresh now than dropping them in favour of someone else. Jack smith has been superb but didnt play for months, you can't expect him to continue at the same level he has been playing. Don't worry he'll soon be back in.

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  • April 8, 2013 at 10:35
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    We will beat Wigan and hope we get Chelsea in the final, it maybe an omen but Chelsea have never beaten Millwall in an FA cup match. They are also playing crap this seasonthey looked very humble when they played at Brentford, just need a little bit of luck

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    • April 8, 2013 at 11:58
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      Yes, this is a statistic that not many know about not even (Chelsea fans) but I fear that Chelsea would do us no matter how bad they're playing.

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  • April 9, 2013 at 00:35
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    Good point at Birmingham, Kenny has made us a solid unit and proving hard to beat at the moment.

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