Millwall boss pulls no punches after Birmingham collapse

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KENNY Jackett labelled Millwall's defending "embarrassing" after watching his side surrender a 3-0 lead against Birmingham.

The Lions were in control of the match after opening up a seemingly unassailable lead inside the first 20 minutes thanks to Chris Wood's double and Chris Taylor's first goal for the club.

But Marlon King struck a 19-minute hat-trick to rescue a point for the Blues and Jackett was left fuming.

"It was very frustrating," he said. "The goals against column for us this season is embarrassing. It's why we are where we are in the table.

"You can't give three goals away and expect to get anything on too many occasions. It was a shame because it covered up some of our best attacking football this season.

"The first 45 minutes was very good and we finished the game strongly. We put pressure on the opposition by putting some very good balls across the box that we were unlucky not to get on the end of.

"There was a flurry of late corners as well and we finished the game in the right way. But people don't need too many shots to score against us.

"I understand that it's a clinical division and King has got a hat-trick tonight, but there's a high number of goals being scored against us from a low number of shots. We have to reduce that."

King's first goal, which came on the stroke of half-time, arguably swung the momentum of the game back in the Blues' favour, but Jackett did not accept that as a mitigating factor.

"Momentum is a big thing in a game, and I do understand that," he said. "But even so, when you're 3-1 up at half-time you have to take stock and go again.

"Perhaps it gave them something to hold onto, but from my own point of view it's been a dozen games and we haven't had a clean sheet.

"We gave King too much time in the box on too many occasions, and he punished us."

Conor Sefton

(@ConorSeftonNAD)

9 thoughts on “Millwall boss pulls no punches after Birmingham collapse

  • October 24, 2012 at 09:44
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    When is Kenny going to something about the right side of our defense. Time and time again the opposition goals come from the right side. Alan Dunne seems to switch off and drift into the middle exposing the flank. Last night Feeney was absolutely hopeless in trying help the defense. For two of their goals he let the opposition player coast past him without any sort of challange, didn't chase back to be goal side just stood and watched and with Dunne in the middle their player was free to create their goal scoring chances. We need a decent left back.

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    • October 24, 2012 at 11:02
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      I agree about Feeney last night. However he had run his socks off chasing, getting back and pressing high up the pitch a lot in the first half so was tiring in the second half. KJ addressed that when he brought Keogh on to replace him. Interestingly, the point about a 'weak' right hand side was presented to him after the match. KJ was reluctant to blame one area of the pitch but said he will look at it and go again.

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  • October 24, 2012 at 12:24
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    I think we would've been better playing Taylor on the right as on Saturday, For me he looks better defensively than Feeney.

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    • October 24, 2012 at 12:52
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      I see your point however it would have been hard not to give Feeney a chance after he impressed against Palace. Malone didn't have his best game at Selhurst either so it was right for Feeney to be given a go.

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  • October 24, 2012 at 12:52
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    Letting Ward go is coming back to haunt us. Hope come January he rejoins us?
    COYL

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  • October 24, 2012 at 13:13
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    one of the biggest problems with our defence is that soon as we get a good lead we try to defend it on th 18 yard line and allow teams to come onto us like they did last night and then crumble under the pressure with the midfield being bypassed because there still on the halfway .

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    • October 24, 2012 at 22:20
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      Well nobody is wrong here we where all there to see Dunne is just not up to it. I also recon Forde doesn't get down quick enough. Feeney makes all the wrong moves for me when he passes inside he stands and watches the ball, that's down to you KJ coach the lad. If he can't do it he'll have to go

      Where's Racon
      Where's Tam
      Where you going to play Osbourne at RB then before the injury news
      What's up with Taylor

      Questions questions and I am not sure we have the answers

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      • October 24, 2012 at 22:22
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        Mail Taylor that is Chris Taylor is excellent

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        • October 25, 2012 at 18:28
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          Hard to dig out Feeney. Although he was at fault for at least one of the goals on Tuesday night, he had come back from injury and it was his first start in a while. He worked like a dog in the first half and was understandably tired. KJ perhaps waited too late to make a change but it's ifs and buts. Racon is probably not %100 fit yet, Tam isn't 100% match fit and will be, in all likelihood, loaned out shortly as we reported last week: https://www.newsatden.co.uk/7547-exclusive-southend-line-up-loan-move-for-millwall-midfielder.html.

          As for Taylor, KJ is simply choosing Forde at the moment.

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