KENNY Jackett is hopeful that Millwall's FA Cup victory over Dagenham & Redbridge can be the catalyst for an improvement in the Lions' league fortunes, starting with tomorrow’s visit to Barnsley.
Tuesday night’s win over the Daggers, for which the Lions were rewarded with a fourth-round home tie against Championship leaders Southampton, saw Millwall finally end a barren run which had seen them score just once in their previous eight matches.
New strike-partners Harry Kane and Darius Henderson shared five goals between them in midweek, and Jackett has challenged his side to now reproduce that goal scoring form in the Championship.
‘The win against Dagenham has raised confidence, but what we need to do now is try and score at our level, if we can do that at Barnsley on Saturday it will certainly help us," he told the club's official website.
“It was nice to have the game on Tuesday to try and get the Birmingham result out of our system because anyone who was there on Saturday will know It was a bizarre type of game.”
Barnsley go into the weekend’s fixture off the back of an impressive 2-1 away win at Leicester City last Saturday and Jackett was quick to acknowledge the size of the task that awaits his side in South Yorkshire.
“Barnsley are having a good season with the likes of Ricardo Vaz Te, Andy Gray and David Perkins doing very well," he said. "I’m only really concentrating on ourselves and I want us to take Tuesday’s form into our league campaign.
“We obviously don’t want to lose games and that is the bottom line, but there was a lot last Saturday against Birmingham to take positives from. If we take that and keep improving – because we do need to keep improving – and keep improving the side, then we can start to win at this level consistently.”