Millwall must "raise their game" against Forest, says Jackett

© Michael Langdon
© Michael Langdon

MILLWALL boss Kenny Jackett has demanded a big response from his players to their midweek loss to Blackburn Rovers when they face Nottingham Forest at The Den.

The Lions need a win to secure their Championship status but that will be no easy feat against Billy Davies' play-off chasers, whose need for three points is just as urgent.

Jackett told NewsAtDen: "It's a game we're really looking forward to. Forest have sold their full ticket allocation so that will make it a great atmosphere down at The Den.

"They probably feel they have not had the results their performances have deserved of late. Whilst they are still in there, they'll be looking to address that.

"I watched their draw with Barnsley and they had the lion's share of the game and had numerous chances which they didn't convert. They'll come here determined to win.

"They have got a capable squad with the likes of Simon Cox, Billy Sharp and Dexter Blackstock. From our point of view, we're looking for some freshness in the middle of playing 11 games in 37 days.

"This is an intense period for us so we need as much energy as possible – particularly as it looks like it's going to be a warm day on Saturday.

"We have the players to do it. Even looking at the Blackburn game, to expect us to dominate sides is pretty tough but we are capable of getting results.

"That's how I feel about the Forest game and the Crystal Palace one after that. We have to raise our game on Saturday – we've done it many times before and we have to do it again.

"We shouldn't be worried or frightened about a game of football. We have three games left and in ten days the season will be over.

"I do think it will be a very important summer for the club in terms of us going forward. The coming and going of players is going to be vital."

Earlier in the week, chairman John Berylson issued a rallying cry to the club's fans calling on them to get behind Jackett after the atmosphere turned sour at The Den on Tuesday.

But Jackett said: "I think they are with us. They want the team to do well. Any set of supporters react off what they see and if they're not happy, they let you know. That is their right.

"I have no problem with their opinions. As a manager and as players, if it's not favourable during a period of a game or a period of games, you have to put in a good performance very quickly.

"The nature of fans is that they are with you again after that. They won't hold a grudge if you go and perform. It only takes a good tackle, some crosses or shots to lift the crowd."

Safety could be guaranteed by virtue of other results come 5pm on Saturday afternoon, but Jackett is determined to ensure Millwall finish the job themselves.

He said: "I haven't really concentrated too much on other fixtures because it is not an easy division to predict. There's not many givens in terms of results.

"Cardiff have been better than the rest – to a degree you can then look at Hull City and Watford too. But trying to predict other results, particularly since Christmas, is pretty tough.

"Us getting our games right is my focus. It's in our own hands. Two of our three games are at home, where we haven't been particularly successful, so I want to finish the season on a high."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

6 thoughts on “Millwall must "raise their game" against Forest, says Jackett

  • April 26, 2013 at 12:09
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    KJ this is where you should be earning your corn it prepair your team for a match both physically and mentally, but lets us not for get team selection IE players selected for there correct positions and also tactics to try to win the game rather than the usual fare of damage limitation.

    We all know that they have got good palyers as they took one of ours and then loaned us a non stater, all you and what ever team you select to is win this game which will keep us in the division and will set us up for Teusday's game angainst palarse. But please make sure that all the players including subs are prepaired to do the utmost for Millwall and not the shift that Fordy considers a good one, as that is way below what your paying customers expect of anyone at this club.

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  • April 26, 2013 at 13:57
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    I wish I had a pound for everytime KJ has said he has demanded a big response or effort this season. He says it after every home game we have lost. Bear in mind we are playing Forest then Palarse, who are both chasing play off places, but look at their current status in the current form table of the last 6 games. Both are below us, Palarse are actually bottom of the league with 2 draws, So both these games are winnable, so KJ get it right. If the lads give 100% we will be behind them all the way. COYL.

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  • April 26, 2013 at 14:00
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    no s*** sherlock

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  • April 26, 2013 at 14:04
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    I think he is right, he is basically saying if we're winning then the fans are on our side , if we're losing then they're not, and it is true. Too many people who can't remember what they have said from one week to the next. 90% of fans know f*** all.

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    • April 26, 2013 at 17:17
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      @82wall: we know s*** when we see it....of course we are on there side we will cheer them on whatever.....if they wimp out and loose they'll get booed off .....if they put in 100 percent and loose they'll be ok .... We are not that hard too please

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    • April 26, 2013 at 23:32
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      Dont start blaming the fans aswell. Well obviously 90% of us know f*** all then when we keep coming back to watch that s*** every week!

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