Jackett pleased with Millwall's "heart, courage and quality"

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KENNY Jackett praised Millwall's "heart, courage and quality" after the Lions fought back from 2-0 down to draw at Crystal Palace.

Mark Beevers' first goal for the club rescued a point for the visitors in the second-half of a barnstorming South London derby and Jackett felt a point was the least his side deserved.

Mile Jedinak and Damien Delaney had given the Eagles a comfortable lead but Dean Moxey's handball and subsequent red card on the stroke of half-time handed Millwall a lifeline.

Liam Trotter stroked home the resulting spot-kick to reduce the deficit to 2-1, and Jackett was pleased with the spirit of his players.

"I was very happy with with my players, coming back from 2-0 down away from home," he said.

"It's a good achievement. We played well, showed plenty of heart and courage and no little quality. The second-half was a dominant performance.

"We went full-width with Chris Taylor and Liam Feeney on the wings and I'm pleased to say we persevered against a very resilient Palace side. They defend very well, they always do, but we got back into the game.

"It's never easy against ten men. The goal just before half-time galvanised us, as did the sending-off.

"We  have to keep focusing on our team. We're four games unbeaten.

"We've got a point away from home – it looks a good point if you win your home games. We have to capitalise against Birmingham and Huddersfield, going back to The Den next week."

Referee Phil Dowd handed out five yellow cards to each side, in addition to Moxey's sending-off, and Jackett admitted he contemplated taking off some of his players who were in the book.

"It crossed my mind to substitute them," he said. "They played with calmness in the second half. The last thing we needed when we were chasing the game was to lose somebody to a second yellow.

"I'm pleased my players kept their control, kept their focus and we kept 11 players in the game."



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