Millwall boss rues lack of cutting edge against Charlton

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KENNY Jackett admitted Millwall lacked their usual cutting edge in front of goal after failing to break down a resilient Charlton side at The Den.

The Lions were forced to settle for a point after spurning a host of chances against their South London rivals – though they did extend their unbeaten run in the Championship to 13 games.

"I felt that it was a dominant performance," Jackett said. "We played very well, barring that final finish. Our finishing has been clinical in this particular run.

"Charlton didn't really get out of their own half in the second-half and I can't recall a shot on target that they had.

"The ball didn't quite drop for us in the box and perhaps we needed a spark of creativity, which has been there in abundance recently and won us tight games.

"Unfortunately it wasn't there today. I was pleased with the players because a lot of our game was right today. It encourages me for the future."

Millwall had several appeals for a penalty turned down by referee Dean Whitesone and Jackett revealed his players were convinced that they should have been awarded a spot-kick.

"The players are saying it's hit a hand three of four times," he said. "Sometimes you get them. I'm not really sure of the rules myself when it comes to ball-to-hand – does it have to be deliberate?

"Quite often you get the second of third one but the referee didn't give it and I accept that.

"If we can get some of our injured players back and keep our squad fit on a regular basis we have a lot to base the season on."



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