Joy for Jackett as Millwall safe

PA Sport
Kenny Jackett
.

View photo

Kenny Jackett

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett has hailed his players after they secured npower Championship survival with a 2-1 victory against play-off hopefuls Leicester.

The Lions trounced City at the King Power Stadium earlier in the season and were on course to complete the double after 23 minutes when Tottenham loanee Harry Kane struck home. Andy Keogh put Millwall further ahead 10 minutes into the second half, with substitute Danny Drinkwater's effort ensuring a nervy ending.

"I am very, very pleased," manager Jackett said. "To some degree it has been a tough season, which we finished with a good run of form and a good run of results. We are very pleased rather to do it sooner rather than later."

He added: "We have had some form off the back of Andy Keogh and Kane's partnership. It has been a good partnership up front for us and has given us a threat all of the time, which at different stages of the season we haven't had.

"We have battled away and perhaps lost games like that by the odd goal and then the confidence falls away. That partnership up front has given us something to work off as a side.

"Also Josh Wright has come in and done well in a problem area for us, where we've had an awful lot of injuries with last year's player of the year Tamika Mkandawire, Therry Racon and Liam Trotter out.

"Maik Taylor has been very steady in goal as well so as the season has gone on we have changed slightly and I am pleased to say we have hit a good run of form, finished by a terrific and very hard-earned victory today."

The loss severely dents Leicester's play-off hopes, leaving them six points shy of the top six with three matches remaining. "It is a big blow," manager Nigel Pearson said.

"I have not actually had a look at all the other results yet, but I think we always had to try and win our last six games to have a realistic chance.

"We needed to win them all probably, but we have got three games left still and we will be back to business on Tuesday."

Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so that everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.

    Win cash in one day fantasy football contests. Join now!

    Learn how to play

    Contest Entries Entry Fee Prizes Starts (EDT)
    Premier League £300 Saturday 262/340 £1 £300 In 27 minutes Enter
    PL £1 Learn To Play [No Risk] 72/150 £1 £180 In 27 minutes Enter
    Premier League £250 Saturday 43/57 £5 £250 In 27 minutes Enter
    • Premier League: Swansea stun Liverpool in a thriller at Anfield

      Premier League: Swansea stun Liverpool in a thriller at Anfield

      Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson inspired Swansea City to stun Liverpool 3-2, in a breathtaking second half at Anfield. More »

      uk.sports.yahoo.com
    • What now for Wayne Rooney?

      What now for Wayne Rooney?

      One goal away from breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s 249 official goals for Manchester United and Wayne Rooney finds himself in a peculiar position. For a man who is about to break the all-time goalscoring record for his club – a feat he’s already achieved for his country – the Red Devils captain has found himself off the pitch more times than he has been on it this season. There is no denying that Rooney doesn’t deserve his many plaudits. More »

      Yahoo Sport UK - 14 hours ago
    • La Liga Leaks: Sampaoli ‘committed to Sevilla’, 'N’Zonzi replacement' already lined up

      La Liga Leaks: Sampaoli ‘committed to Sevilla’, 'N’Zonzi replacement' already lined up

      Jorge Sampaoli knows he is the man of the moment in world football, with his name linked to various top jobs both in Spain and abroad, but the man himself refuses to get carried away with the fanfare surrounding his time at Sevilla. “To be the fashionable name [in football] can end quickly and tomorrow another coach will take his place. Sampaoli has found himself near the top of the lists for Barcelona, dependent on Luis Enrique’s future, as well as the Argentina job, one which he turned down in the summer.  All of the previous comments came from his press conference ahead of Sevilla’s match with Osasuna on Sunday. Monchi, another man of the moment, has been speaking about Steven N’Zonzi’s future in an interview with ‘Radio MARCA’. “N’Zonzi’s renewal is moving along, little by little, there’s work to be done but we hope it’ll reach a positive conclusion.  I think he could still bring even more to the team.” The former Stoke man himself is wanted by sides in England, Spain and Italy. More »

      Yahoo Sport UK - 4 hours ago
    • Premier League transfer window 2017 LIVE: All the ins and outs

      Premier League transfer window 2017 LIVE: All the ins and outs

      Live coverage of all the Premier League's incomings and outgoings this January More »

      Yahoo Sport UK - Tue, Jan 3, 2017 13:48 GMT
    • Pochettino: Tottenham bigger than City

      Pochettino: Tottenham bigger than City

      Tottenham are a bigger club than Manchester City in the Premier League, according to Mauricio Pochettino. More »

      Omnisport - 13 hours ago