Joy for Jackett as Millwall safe

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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."

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