Millwall boss Jackett prepared to play Keogh in midfield

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MILLWALL boss Kenny Jackett says he is prepared to play Andy Keogh in midfield in order to accommodate his other star players.

Keogh, who was returning from mild concussion, came on as a second-half substitute against Birmingham in midweek and played on the wing after replacing Liam Feeney.

And Jackett believes the 26-year-old is capable of performing in a  wide role and says he will play the former Wolves man there again if the situation dictates.

"I don't think that's his favoured position but he certainly has the work rate to play there," he said.

"Darius Henderson played well on Tuesday and I didn't want to take either him or Chris Wood off. To get Andy back after his head injury is a positive for us because he has been a big player.

"Position and formation we think about afterwards, depending on the scenario. In the last valium half an hour, David Murphy was coming on strong and I needed some fresh legs against him. He was producing a lot of their quality down that side."

The Lions welcome Huddersfield Town to The Den on Saturday in their second home match of the week and Jackett says his side need to "eradicate" their defensive errors if they are to start winning matches.

"Hopefully there will be a big crowd and it will be an attacking game," he said. They lost their game on Tuesday but it's a tough league and whoever you play, you'll be up against good players.

"On Tuesday night we showed that we aren't out of our depth at this level, we have players and a team that can compete and win games. There are certain areas that we have to improve on and eradicate. If we can do that, we'll move up the table."

Conor Sefton


2 thoughts on “Millwall boss Jackett prepared to play Keogh in midfield

  • October 26, 2012 at 14:35

    If Andy Keogh aspires to be a midmielder/winger then I suppose this is fair enough. If he doesn't then isn't this another example of the much decried tactic of playing individuals out of position?

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  • October 26, 2012 at 16:42

    AK has proved and earned his place as a striker, in fact his goals have been invaluable for us. Obviously 3 don't go into 2 when talking about striker berths so someone has to step aside. Sticking with our form strikers will create some healthy competition but I don't want to see AK become a utility man who disappears into obscurity. Its worth remembering Wood might go back at Christmas although I would like to see him here permanently.

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