Saturdays defeat against Brighton saw something happen at The Den for the first time at a long time.
Usually at home games you usually get a chant of “Only one Kenny Jackett” at least once. But Saturday was nothing like that, just pure abuse for the team, and to Jackett himself, for the first time in a long time, but it was well justified.
It took the Lions 70 minutes to actually threaten the Brighton defence, with 10 men after Chris Taylor was sent off for basically running past Seagulls goalie Tomasz Kuszczak, but he went down like he was shot, it was frankly embarrassing.
The game started off well with Chris Wood going close with a header after five minutes, but slowly Brighton took control, and after good work on the wing from Will Buckley he fired under David Forde to send Brighton one up. Millwall didn’t really threaten the goal and went off to a chorus of boos.
If the first time was bad the second half was even worse with the Lions conceding again just minutes in from a close range Adam El-Abd header. From that it seemed it was just how many the Seagulls would get and left the Lions left chasing shadows, really not what you expect from a Championship team.
The Lions did however score with 10 minutes left in the game with a Chris Wood finish after good play to make room for himself leaving the game with a grandstand finish. And ‘Wall nearly had an injury time equaliser when Wood saw his shot saved brilliantly by villain of the day Kuszczak. It ended 2-1 sending Millwall into the bottom 3.
Yet this was another game where KJ’s tactics were baffling. He yet again played 4-3-3 with three centre midfielders. This now leaves teams knowing how to easily stop ‘Wall attack. Double mark James Henry on the right, push the ball onto the left and teams will suddenly have time and space. KJ swallow your pride and realise the formation doesn’t work.
It seems that this formation is only used to not drop a centre midfielder, especially Liam Trotter, the so call prodigal son, the one who apparently could play in the Premier League. But he has been so poor this season he deserves to be dropped, but I can’t see Jackett dropping him anytime soon.
It’s ironic really, players such as Jimmy Abdou, not the best passer or technically, but absolutely gives his all, is loved by all the Lions faithful. Whereas Trotter, who shirks out of tackles and is considered “lazy”, but has great ability at Championship level, is being singled out for attack, and in my opinion and rightly so.
Maybe Trotter should take a page out of James Henry’s book. Last season he was in Trott’s position, really poor form and was getting untold abuse. He was dropped. But then at the end games of the season he came in and put in some magnificent performances. Maybe this is what Trotter needs, a wakeup call.
In his defence though, he is playing in the position he is told to by Jackett, I’d sort it out and quick Kenny, fans are starting to get restless…