JACKETT AIMS FOR STRONG END

Post-match reaction to Millwall's 3-0 victory over Ipswich.

Last Updated: 21/04/12 at 18:28

Kenny Jackett: Issued challenge to side

Kenny Jackett: Issued challenge to side

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Millwall manager Kenny Jackett has challenged his side to finish their season on a high after watching them continue their purple patch with a stunning 3-0 victory at Ipswich.

Two goals from Andy Keogh and one from Liam Trotter made it five wins in a row - six in eight games - for the on-song Lions.

And now Jackett hopes his side can finish with another victory against Blackpool next Saturday.

"It was a super result," he said.

"We're in a rich vein of form and long may it continue.

"It's probably the highest we've been for a number of months.

"The gap between us and the bottom three - which has looked tight for much of the season - is now a good one.

"Now we've got one game left and want to finish our season strongly.

"Our last home performance can give people optimism for next season.

"I was always confident of staying up, although as a manager you're always looking over your shoulder and always aware.

"After that you have to look at the process - the process of winning games and moving up the table.

"That's what you end up concentrating on and we've found the right team formula at the end of the season. Our away form, especially, has been excellent."

Millwall made a perfect start when Keogh slid them in front after three minutes, thanks to a helping hand from defender Aaron Cresswell.

Trotter's low cross was turned in by the Irishman, who gratefully converted his eighth goal in 17 games since joining in January.

Cresswell made a last-ditch attempt to keep the ball out but could only help it into the net.

Millwall's second came just after the hour-mark.

Ibrahima Sonko's half-clearance fell to Trotter, who fired an unstoppable shot into the net from just inside the area.

Town huffed and puffed and Andy Drury won a penalty, after being tripped by Jack Smith.

However, Grant Leadbitter's low effort was pushed away by veteran goalkeeper Maik Taylor.

Insult was added to injury in the closing seconds when James Henry's through ball released Keogh.

The striker slid the ball home after coolly rounding Town goalkeeper Arran Lee-Barrett.

Afterwards Jackett was full of praise for his two scorers.

Referring to Keogh's goals, he said: "It's a good return.

"His pace has been very good and, as a side, we've been able to make chances for him.

"Liam has also been a big player for us.

"We're looking to the future and building around people like him, to help take the club forward."

Town boss Paul Jewell was bitterly disappointed to finish the home campaign on such a low note.

"We had lots of the ball but didn't do a lot with it," he said.

"We were slow and lethargic, a bit laborious, laboured and milky - most of the words I used to use when we were really struggling.

"But we have to keep things in perspective because we've done OK over the last 18 games.

"At one time it looked like we might be in a relegation fight but we got over that.

"It's horrible losing at home but we can't go away thinking it's the end of the world.

"We didn't play well and lost to a team that's come here and done a job on us, but we've played really well since January.

"We've shown top-six form but today we lost 3-0. That's the Championship.

"We were caught on a sucker-punch today.

"Our defence has been pretty tight as a unit but today, as a unit, we were second best."

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