Jackett pinpoints reasons for Millwall's poor form at The Den

© Kieran Galvin
© Kieran Galvin

KENNY Jackett believes Millwall have been so anxious to win every game at home this season that they have ended up losing most of them.

The Lions have been beaten on their own patch ten times this campaign – the latest a 2-1 reverse to Blackburn Rovers in midweek.

And Jackett says his side have often been punished for being too eager at crucial stages of matches, citing impatience as a major factor in several of their defeats.



He told NewsAtDen"I think it is to do with the latter stages of games when we open ourselves up. If the score is 1-1 after 60 minutes, you shouldn't be worried about that as the home side.

"Obviously you would much rather be out of sight by that stage, but that is unlikely to be the case in the Championship. As one of the smaller clubs, we want to keep games close.

"At what stage can we say that we're happy with it being close with the rest of the game still to play? It's those situations that we haven't exploited.



"We've been in games at home but lost them in the latter stages rather than won them.

"I think we have a problem with coming from behind the ball. At times, even with a defensive set up, we open ourselves up and our back players are looking to take risks they shouldn't.

"To some degree we need stronger substitutes in the forward positions that can win us games, but I feel we need a more patient approach in the final 30 minutes.

"A lot of games we have lost 2-1 but if we'd been a little bit more patient, got the ball wide instead of forward and worked our way around the back of sides, they could have been wins.

"We vacate the midfield area too quickly, particularly when we're anxious to win, and defenders and midfielders run out of shape and we concede goals.

"There have been times when we should have accepted a draw. A high number of our home losses really should have been draws. Quite often we go chasing a win and we lose."

Scoring goals has been a big problem since the turn of the year – both home and away – but Jackett says his forwards are not solely to blame.

"There's a process to scoring," he said. "We need a greater control of the midfield area – that's a fact in this division. If we can get that control, that will lead to more goals.

"There's a focus on goalscoring at most clubs and supporters do identify with their strikers. It's a big interest and rightly so. But for me there needs to be more flow through our midfield."

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22 thoughts on “Jackett pinpoints reasons for Millwall's poor form at The Den

  • April 26, 2013 at 10:41
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    He's got a point 3 or 4 draws instead of losses would have seen us safe. should we stay up I can see a move for chaplow. Time for Trotter to move on and find anothEr gem.

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  • April 26, 2013 at 10:45
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    I've always liked kj but I think he's lost the plot! We lose a lot of games because we're so negative not because we're too adventurous or anxious you f@#!ing gimp.

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    • April 26, 2013 at 10:49
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      @the verminhater: Don't think he's saying we've been too attacking, he's talking about a mindset of not knowing how to approach the last 30 minutes of games at home, when the onus is on us to win. Hanley ran the length of the pitch on Tuesday night, so KJ definitely has a point with regards to 'vacating the midfield area' - there was nobody there!

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  • April 26, 2013 at 10:53
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    I agree with this analysis. the central midfield has been awful this year and wide positions have only looked affective with Henry and Taylor in the team. We do need more control and hopefully Jackett will sort this out in the summer. Our forwards haven't been too good either in the second half of the season so we need to get someone in up there too, but I always wonder whether the lack of goals for our forwards is really a result of our poor midfield play, especially passing. Chaplow showed what a difference a good passing midfielder can make. I can't see Trotter staying and we should invest the cash on Chaplow as he is out of contract in the summer (if he wants to play for us) and his injury will have dropped him off the radar of other clubs who were looking at him.

    Ideally, this is the first choice team I want to see next year:

    Forde
    A new right back, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry
    Henry, two new central midfielders, Taylor
    A new striker, Keogh

    Of course, this is assuming Shittu and Taylor will sign new contracts, which they may not. I love Abdou as he gives it everything and his energy is amazing, but like Dunne he is not exceptional enough at this level to do what we need to do.

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  • April 26, 2013 at 10:55
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    Maybe he needs to use a bit of reverse psychology. Get the players thinking like the fans - knowing we're going to play badly and probably lose. We'd be challenging for promotion in no time.

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  • April 26, 2013 at 10:57
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    First time I've ever said this, but on the basis of the claims above, I think KJ that you should resign and that I truly hope is after you have kept us in this division. Then you can have a fitting tribute for some great service.

    Of course it's always possible that Aldi has taken KJ's comments totally out of context

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  • April 26, 2013 at 11:32
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    Where would the home defeats against Burnley, Peterborough and Wolves, at what point in these games was we ever eager have the ball let alone go forward with it, theres been to many excuses lately, with bad refeering decisions being the most common, surely more should be done more to put the game to bed then come out blaming the ref

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  • April 26, 2013 at 11:48
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    I really can't believe what I've just read!! On the back of all the nonsense we've been fed, "we need a reaction from the players" "the crowd can make a big difference" etc etc and now this. Sorry KJ but these are the quotes of a manager and team in BIG trouble. It saddens me to have to agree with some of the posts but I really do thinks KJs taken us as far as he can? At various stages of the season everybody and everything has been blamed for our dismal results and performances and its time the buck stopped!! And don't for one minute think this is a knee jerk reaction to where we are now. We struggled in the bottom 3 for most of last season as well.
    If we get out of this s*** this season it's all got to change because if the board, chairman and. Manager are moaning about the lack of attendances now then they should see what happens if we have to put up with another season of this utter s***. No more excuses!!!

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  • April 26, 2013 at 12:25
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    i trust KJ but how can he only point this out now, we have been saying this in the cold blow lane end all season, our midfield cant control any game, if we even had one person who could get the ball down and release our forwards im sure we would have won more, but then that is down to the manager getting a midfielder who can do this.

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  • April 26, 2013 at 12:40
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    If it wasnt for Chris Wood and our 13 game unbeaten run we'd be relegated already!! I can't see where we're getting the 3 points we need to secure safety with the way we're playing right now! KJ has to take responsibility for Tuesday night.... Changed the formation when we were in control... why?! As for calls for him to resign... who would we replace him with?? I'd be keen to find out who you guys think we could get in because frankly we won't be getting any household name in so who is there? I still think Kj is the man but he needs to wake up and realise loans arent the answer and we need to spend some money to get this squad up to scratch if we're to get by in this league - right now we're miles behind!!

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    • April 26, 2013 at 13:14
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      @TheBermondseyBomber:

      Kenny Jackett has learnt nothing from last season when we struggled badly - this season is worse because we have a very good chance of being relegated - and it's the teams/managers efforts that earn relegation.
      Staying up will be three from the following Millwall, Wolves, Peterborough, Huddersfield, Barnsley - every one of them has more goals in their side than we do

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      • April 26, 2013 at 13:28
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        @Old_Les:

        Ok.... so who would you like to see in as a replacement? realistically...??

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        • April 26, 2013 at 13:40
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          @TheBermondseyBomber:

          Others will hate this but - Roy Keane - there's one. It may well be that he's learnt nothing from failing at Sunderland and Ipswich but he may have. He couldn't put us in much worse plight than we are currently in. He might put some fire in the belly of the team. He might suit the club. His profile might attract players that otherwise may not have come here.

          To qualify - do I really want to see KJ go (in my heart) no I don't but if we are to progress I think his time (sadly) has come to an end.

          There are other managers of course that might (might being the word) turn out to be brilliant. Adkins wasn't exactly at a glamour club but went on to bigger things so perhaps there's someone in the lower leagues and under the radar - that's up to our people to establish who that might be - much in the way it was a shrewd decision to appoint Jackett in the first place.

          Having said that I don't think he'll resign and don't think he'll be pushed - and no one will be more pleased than me if he turns it all round next season and we're superb. But it'll be a lot of games in before I'm there to watch it

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          • April 26, 2013 at 14:08
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            Roy Keane as manager. Please tell me its a wind up. I remember a few years back when Charlton fans were calling for Curbishley's head as they said he has taken them as far as he could ( 8th in the premiership) and they needed someone with fresh ideas. 3 years later they were in division 3. The were so up their own arseholes they couldnt see what a great job he was doing just by keeping them in the division. There are very similar comparisons to us in this division. People automatically demand improvement year after year without looking at the facts. Facts such as us being one of the lowest supported teams in the division. Facts like us being one of the poorest sponsored teams in this division. Blackburn on tuesday had 2 players who cost £8M each and without a s*** ref we would of beaten them for the 3rd time this season. Do some not realise that Jackett is doing a great job just keeping us in this division. Be very careful what you wish for, I bet Charlton wish they kept the manager that 'only' kept them in a division.

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  • April 26, 2013 at 12:53
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    Stick it out, wait till the summer, see what we have budget wise... At least we don't have to watch England...

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  • April 26, 2013 at 13:27
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    Down the pub the other day and a mate said to me (after i moaned at them for 2hrs about our current plight)..."At the beginning of the season, if you were given a FA Cup Semi and retained Championship football would you of taken it?" The answer i gave was yes! and i think we all would of...

    I don't think any of us should be that surprised about how we play or what position we are currently in, disappointed yes but not surprised. It was the same last season and to be fair we havint really brought in any real quality to improve our league position, Chis Taylor(reasonable championship player), Shittu (Again reasonable championship player) Beevers (Unsung hero, but still a standard championship player) a few loan signings that have worked Chris Wood, Richard Chaplow, Benik Afobe and Adam Smith. But we had a few decent loan's last season and still only ended the season near the drop. Kenny doesn't have the budget and he definitely doesn't have the players to progress any further up the table so we should praising the bloke instead of berating him. He competed in the Championship with a league 1 squad last season he done the same this season and will do the same next season. There isin't many other managers would want to or could do that.....

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  • April 26, 2013 at 13:29
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    Right then KJ, I have finally calmed down from Tuesday night.
    There are 2 things I want you to do for tomorrows game.
    1 - Play a 4-4-2 formation.
    2 - Tell Rob Hulse, he can have a day off... actually make that a week off. In fact just tell him to f*** off!
    COYL

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  • April 26, 2013 at 14:02
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    I respect and appreciate everything KJ has done for us since he arrived but my concern is that everything about the club this season seems flat. The passion from the crowd, the players, the staff comments and even the Chairman seem to lack the enthusiasm that we are renound for. The cup run, Wood, Henderson, bad luck with loan injuries etc play a part but the lack of fight from the team at the moment when we just need a single win to ensure safety is not good enough. Usually, we pull out a really special performance/ performances when backs are against the wall but that just isn't there this season. I am not sure who we could appoint but the whole club seems stale. I think we may have to try someone new with new ideas and a turnover of players to create a fresh feel to us.

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  • April 26, 2013 at 14:24
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    Is the club and team in better condition than it was two years ago.
    I don't think so.
    Crowds are dropping and dropping.
    That's not progress.
    As for beating Blackburn for a third time this season I doubt we would have - draw at best. We were outplayed in the second and both periods David Forde was the one pulling off good (couple of great) saves.

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    • April 26, 2013 at 15:45
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      @Old_Les:

      I think our biggest issue is we have NEVER replaced what Steve Morison brought to the team - until Kenny addresses that we'll stay as we are!! I'd say in the last 2/3 years we've lost 20 goals a season and our captain to horrific injuries.... taking out such integral parts of the team is always going to take some getting over - i agree KJ hasnt done enough but I think he deserves time to turn us around and I think he will do starting tomorrow 2-0 to the 'Wall!! COYL!!!

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  • April 26, 2013 at 16:09
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    We've been anxious because the strikers haven't been scoring, you keep changing the partnership up front and you insist on a too negative approach in a 4-5-1 formation. You lose my support KJ when you play too defensively.

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  • April 26, 2013 at 19:01
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    OH KJ WHY SHOULD WE BE ANXIOUS ,
    WE ARE MILLWALL AT HOME , I REMEMBER A TIME WHEN TEAMS AND THERE PLAYERS BOTTLED IT .
    WE SHOULD BE GOING AT TEAMS 4 4 2 EVERY GAME REGARDLESS WHO THE HELL THEY ARE . AND IF PLAYERS KNEW WHERE THERE POSITION IS IN TEAM AND STAYED THERE INSTEAD OF KEEP BEING SWITCHED ABOUT .
    WITHOUT FORDEY WE WOULD HAVE BEEN SMASHED AGAINST BLACKBURN HUDDESFIELD WATFORD .
    WE NEED PLAYERS LIKE TC AND HARRIS TO LET THESE BUNCH WHAT IT MEANS TO PLAY FOR MILLWALL.
    LET THEM COME IS THE MOTTO WE ONLY HAVE TO BEAT THEM AGAIN . GROW SOME AND STOP MAKING FEEBLE EXCUSES . ITS YOUR PLAYERS U BROUGHT IN , ITS IN YOUR HANDS .

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