Millwall boss hails Blackpool

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett
Millwall manager Kenny Jackett
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KENNY Jackett had been looking forward to his reunion with Ian Holloway … but it turned out to be less enjoyable than he’d hoped.

Jackett worked as Holloway’s assistant at QPR.

They have remained friends, and Holloway is not surprised at how well Jackett has done since becoming a manager in his own right, at Watford and Swansea before guiding Millwall from League Two to the Championship.

Jackett took Millwall to ninth place last season, but a three-match winning run was brought to a halt on Saturday by his old pal Holloway.

The Lions boss said: “I don’t think we did enough. I don’t think we gave Blackpool too many problems and that was probably the biggest frustration for me.

“I don’t think we really got going. We battled away, which kept it close. They had long shots and didn’t get in behind us, but we still didn’t give them enough problems, which we’re capable of doing.

“Having said that, it took a terrific goal to win the game. It was exceptional – Kevin Phillips smacked it in and it was a very good goal.

“I thought he was class when he came on. The game was going towards a draw and he won the game.

“We’ve been on a great run, I don’t think that even last season we won three games on the run.

“We had a couple of chances but we needed a bit more creativity.”

Millwall had found the net ten times in their three straight wins but couldn’t find a way past a stubborn Blackpool rearguard, marshalled superbly by Alex Baptiste in the absence of the suspended Ian Evatt.

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