Millwall boss demands home improvements against Owls

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

KENNY Jackett admits Millwall's form at The Den must improve if they are to make the most of the fact that five of their seven remaining league fixtures are on home soil.

The Lions, who host Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday evening, have not won on their own patch in the Championship since New Year's Day, when they beat Bristol City 2-1.

"We have to be better at home than we have been of late," Jackett said. "We've got to find the right equation. We have 52 points with seven games left and at least one game in hand on most sides.

"We've got to capitalise on the fact we have five games at home. We are not in a situation where we necessarily need to win all five but we need to win a percentage of them and attack sides.

"Sheffield Wednesday are a big, powerful side with a lot of pace in the wide areas. After a slow start to the first half of their campaign, they've found a winning formula of late."

With league points still needed to secure safety, Jackett says the visit of the Owls provides his players with the chance to force their way into his team for Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Wigan.

"I'm open to people impressing me," he said. "We've done quite a bit of analysis on Wigan because their games are so readily available but it's not something I've concentrated on too hard.

"I've been pleased with the response of the players since the quarter-final because with such a high total of points needed to stay up, it would be very easy to have a good cup run and go down.

"We've had two victories and two draws since the Blackburn win. That's a good points total. I want the team to be confident going into such a big semi-final which is coming up very quickly."



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