Millwall boss hails right-back Dunne after Palace stalemate

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© Edmund Boyden

KENNY Jackett singled out Alan Dunne for special praise after Millwall edged towards Championship safety with a point against Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

Dunne was tasked with handling England and Manchester United starlet Wilfried Zaha and seemed to relish the challenge, keeping the wing wizard quiet as the Lions claimed a clean sheet.

Jackett said: "It was a point gained in the end. We had the pressure and the territorial advantage. We put Palace under a lot of pressure but they always had the break with Zaha.

"Dunne had a fantastic game on him but he was always very dangerous. He is a match-winner who can turns things for them. Defensively we were excellent. It's a good area for us.

"During the course of the season perhaps we've opened ourselves up instead of seeing it through and being professional, closing it up and taking a draw at home – but we did that.

"I felt a draw was a fair result. My players showed a lot of heart, courage and endeavour."

Millwall travel to Derby County on the final day of the season knowing that a point will probably be enough to keep them up, but Jackett does not want to be relying on other results.

"We do not want to be looking around the country and hoping results go our way," he said. "We are concentrated on going up there to win. It's in our hands and we need a positive performance.

"I do not think I will be following other scores. Things can swing very quickly and could influence my substitutions. We have to get the balance right and try our best to win.

"It is our responsibility. This is a terrific league and we want to stay in it. Should we finish the job at Derby, we'll be looking at how far we're off the play-offs and then trying to make up the gap.

"Quite often you'd have been safe with 56 points. It shows you how tough the league is."

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11 thoughts on “Millwall boss hails right-back Dunne after Palace stalemate

  • May 1, 2013 at 00:18
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    Another quality performance. Rattled zaha and should of got him sent off to be honest. Why the ref never sent zaha off for that kick out I'll never no. Very pleased for dunney because I know he is real wall and didn't deserve the criticism some people gave him not too long ago. "he can f*** off" , "league 1 standard" , "I'm real wall does that mean I should play" "useless c***". Just a few quotes that have been flying about, no doubt the same people are loving him right now.

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  • May 1, 2013 at 06:56
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    Alan Dunne LEGEND

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  • May 1, 2013 at 07:45
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    Wall through and through that boy. A hoofing wall performance dunny, well done and i think feeney had a cracker aswell.

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  • May 1, 2013 at 08:38
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    I do agree with all four of you to some extent, but we also need quality in this division if we are to survive at this level and there are too many that just have not got it, the team did far better than they have done in the past weeks and I think that we all thought that last night as our reaction showed.

    But if you look more closely at the preformance we used 3 wide men all of whom need a wider pitch to play on so that they can keep the ball in play when going down the wings, when they cross the ball they all three of them rarley beat the first man to deliver a good cross & even if the managed to do that we have no one who could be a threat to there goal.

    The forwards used were just not good enough at this level Shaun trys his best and gives his all but comes up short with control and awareness of the space around him, Keogh seem to me too lightweight not quick enough or strong enough to impose himself against defenders, an N'Guessan well what can you say only that should be the last we see of him in a Millwall shirt (i hope).

    It was also strange to see that KJ took a back seat and let Joe do the front of house stuff up until the laast 15 minutes when they made the strange sub of N'Gusesan KJ has to take the blame for that (which I thought made him look a mug).

    Lastly everyone is saying what other results can do for us, but we have always had our own fate in our hands and being Millwall we try to make it hard for ourselfs by giving away points all over the place since January, come on Millwall it is still in our own hands Just get a really good result at Derby on Saturday and we dont need to worry about Barnsley & Pteterbourgh ect COYL!!! .

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  • May 1, 2013 at 08:39
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    Dunney was quality last night did exactly what was needed and a great example for guys like Liam Trotter, Woolford (who is awful) and Dany N'Guessen!!! Think Zaha should have had a straight red early on has to be said!!

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    • May 1, 2013 at 09:29
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      Nice job Dunney, had Zaha in your back pocket again.

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  • May 1, 2013 at 10:21
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    KJ quotes
    "It is our responsibility. This is a terrific league and we want to stay in it. Should we finish the job at Derby, we'll be looking at how far we're off the play-offs and then trying to make up the gap".

    Points wise it will not be that much KJ, quality wise its a bloody long way. Massive job in the summer KJ, if you don't get some decent forwards in and we don't want players like Tyson, Hulse and Easter we will end up going down, cause you won't be able to get by not scoring goals like we have since xmas. Midfield needs a shake up to, securing Chaplow may be a start but I fear other clubs will get him.

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  • May 1, 2013 at 10:54
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    82 I was one of those people you mentioned
    But I have given him the credit he deserves.
    Yes he's wall through and through. But I have a small problem with wall through and through, this season when we went 13 unbeaten we played se good confident football without the wall through and through, when the s*** hit the fan and we got sussed it took far to long for the wall through and through to come out. I agree when backs are to the wall we need wall through and through but unfortunately with all these loans and s*** squad players its only going to get harder to strike the balance between wall through and through and championship standard football.
    But I really take my hat off to dunney that a couple times now he's kept zaha quiet. Fare play and well deserved. Now for one last mammoth effort.

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  • May 1, 2013 at 13:03
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    Dunney has always been a good assset, his temperament may come into question but he is a specialist right back!

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  • May 2, 2013 at 12:04
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    super dunne

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