Millwall players "bright and bubbly" ahead of Watford clash

© Alan Stanford
© Alan Stanford

KENNY Jackett says Millwall have already recovered from their Wembley hangover and are fully focused on beating Watford on Tuesday night.

The Lions have been left with little time to ponder Saturday's 2-0 FA Cup semi-final loss to Wigan but Jackett insists that result has already been forgotten as his side target Championship survival.

Jackett told NewsAtDen: "The players seemed very bright, bubbly and determined in training. Those that have been out of the team were focused and the lads in the side on Saturday are over it.

"They're looking at the task ahead, which is a big one for us, because we have to capitalise on these games in hand. There's a full programme on Tuesday but we have two extra games coming up.

"As we get about this period this, we want to pick up points sooner rather than later and try to beat our points total of 59 from last year – but most importantly secure our Championship status."

The Hornets, Jackett's former club, have soared up the league table under Gianfranco Zola this term and have all-but secured a play-off place already.

"They have found the formula, brought a lot of new players in and found some good ones," Jackett said. "It's put them third in the league and they are probably the surprise package of the division.

"But the division is what it is – it is open from top to bottom and that is a good thing for us. I haven't beaten Watford during my time here so I hope my perseverance pays off in the end."

Jackett's plans for the game have been disrupted by injuries to both Liam Trotter (knee) and Sean St Ledger (ankle), who have joined fellow midfielder Richard Chaplow in the treatment room.

"In this period we're going to be stretched and injuries are going to happen – unfortunately this has happened in the midfield area, but we feel we have enough competition and cover," he said.

"We have to make sure we have fresh energy for this teaming going forward, because it would take the gloss off a very good cup run if we did get relegated."

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9 thoughts on “Millwall players "bright and bubbly" ahead of Watford clash

  • April 16, 2013 at 10:55
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    Please kenny get the formation right tonight 4-4-2 will do that 4-3-3 seems not be working and watford are a team that will notice every mistake and make us pay for it,Still dont know where the goals are goner be come from.Cassetti got sent on saturday so theres one we dont have worry about i am not sure if they have any injury worries i wish they did

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  • April 16, 2013 at 11:36
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    Come on wall back to basics and looks like back to bare bones aswel, lets just worry about ourselves. Agree Colin 4-4-2 as we're at home. Might need jimmy and j smith in the middle with wingers on the wing at Easter up front with keogh the defence is what it is.
    COYL .

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  • April 16, 2013 at 11:58
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    He will play the 4-3-3 cos he's as stubborn as old boots...

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  • April 16, 2013 at 12:54
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    Forde
    A. Smith shittu beevers lowry
    Henry Abdou feeney
    Taylor
    Keogh easter
    That would be my first 11

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  • April 16, 2013 at 13:42
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    It really doesn't matter who he plays, or in what formation, as long as they just avoid this poxy fetish they have with punting the b*stard ball as high and long into the air as possible. Its crap and it doesn't work. I don't know if the players panic, or they don't 'think' they can pass the ball, or KJ's watford back ground is shining through, but I hate it. The most successful spells we have in every game is when we keep the damn ball on the ground and pass it simply. Please please don't hoof it up the park tonight Millwall! It only worked for the old watford and wimbledon crazy gang cos the whole bloody team was assembled around that long-ball system and all of them were 6 feet 6 ! We CAN pass it, so please keep it simple and pass it (even the 20 minutes of decent play we had at Wembley was because of nice, simple, passing football). Please Kenny, football, not rugby.

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  • April 16, 2013 at 13:44
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    I've got a funny feeling that he will start with Hulse to hold the ball up as Keogh (although he worked hard) struggled on Saturday in that role.
    Forde
    Dunne, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry
    Abdou, Smith, Taylor
    Henry, Hulse, Easter

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  • April 16, 2013 at 14:40
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    I presume Tyson pulled something in the Wembley warm up...... about tiome he turned up since his loan .... I'd love to get some heavy boots up some lazy arses down at Bromley

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    • April 16, 2013 at 16:55
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      Yeah he pulled his hood up Lincoln
      Cause it was p****** down

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  • April 16, 2013 at 18:31
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    Its not been all doom and gloom this week, trotter to QPR could be on the cards, finally a reason to celebrate

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