Millwall boss boosted by ticket sales for Charlton derby

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KENNY Jackett says Millwall are relishing the chance to play in front of a big derby day crowd against Charlton on Saturday – with The Den heading for a sell-out.

Over 17,000 tickets have been sold for the visit of the Addicks and it is hoped the attendance will top the 17,632 that saw the Lions win 4-0 in the last meeting between the two clubs in 2010.

Jackett's side will be hoping to cement their place in the play-offs with their fifth straight win, but will come up against another of the division's form teams.

Charlton have lost just once in their last eight games and have been particularly impressive on their travels in recent weeks, picking up wins at Burnley and Bristol City.

"Charlton are going very well and they're on a terrific run themselves," Jackett said. "They've found a balance within their team in their first season up after finishing champions of League One last year.

"People are telling me that The Den will be packed, which will be nice for me to see as a manager. I'm sure it will be a fantastic atmosphere and a derby game that both sides will look forward to."

Millwall will again be without the services of key duo Darius Henderson and Liam Trotter for the visit of Charlton and while Jackett has been delighted with his side's recent form, he admits he is keen to have a fully-fit squad at his disposal.

"We have to keep working to keep people fit – that's very important for us," he said. "We have the likes of Henderson, Trotter, Shaun Batt and Paul Robinson still to come back.

"It would be nice, given the grind and competitiveness of the division, to have more fresh legs and strong substitutions. It would help us to make chances and cover us for injuries.

"You need two or three players who can come into the side when others have been playing a lot. For us to try and win consistently, we're going to need as many bodies fit and available.

"Going through the season we're going to need them."



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