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The Opposition View

In the wake of yesterday's hard-fought 1-0 victory over Millwall, here are some views on the game from the Lions' manager Kenny Jackett and a few of their fans.

Speaking to BBC London, Jackett felt his side deserved at least a point but hadn't played as well as he would have liked.

"We can do a lot better than that," he said. "We can play more constructively in possession."

"We looked competitive and we looked solid at the back, but you can't stop everything - the goal that's gone in is a cross that's crept in at the far corner."

"Our play going forward wasn't constructive enough, we didn't have brave enough people in possession and as a side we could have been more creative."

"When we were crossing there weren't enough people in the box. I felt that our full-backs could have dropped better balls into our front men. Too many times today we were hit and hope from back to front, and while it generated a bit of atmosphere and some chances, and we were unlucky to lose, I'm still looking for a better performance," he said.

The Millwall boss felt Gareth Ainsworth deserved his red card, but made no mention of either Danny Schofield's subsequent assault on Ainsworth or Neil Harris's push on a Wycombe ball boy.

"It looked to me like Gareth's elbowed him and there's some previous before where he's broken his cheekbone in the last game. Straight elbow and you can't do that in football," said Jackett.

The Millwall fans had plenty to say about the result, their team's performance, the referee, the sending off, the penalty save and the Wycombe ball boy.

The following extracts are taken from Den Talk, Vital Millwall, House of Fun, Millwall Maniacs, The Football Forum and Football Forums.

dublinlion wrote:
'We batter Norwich a couple of weeks ago but find it impossible to beat the 2nd worst team in this league not just once but twice this season, what the **ck is going on.'

MFC777 wrote:
'Fair play. Wycombe didn't let us play how we wanted to, but our lack of effort p***ed me off. Always second to the ball and only pushed up late on when we were losing and knew time was running out.'

James wrote:
'We need a keeper like Wycombe's. Forde struggled all day today on crosses. It was just one of those days where nothing went for us. From behind the goal, I thought it was a great penalty save rather than a bad take. It was going in the corner, but he got across well.'

Chingford Lion wrote:
'It was an excellent save, he dived full stretch. It would have hit the inside of the side-netting otherwise.'

Block2 wrote:
'It winds me up how fully grown men run behind the goal to wave their hands for penalties. It added pressure on Harris that was not necessary.'

bomber wrote:
'I'm not surprised we lost. Wycombe had a couple of new signings, were well up for it, and for our boys it wasn't a big game, opponent or atmosphere. What a horrible old **** Ainsworth is. Not content with breaking Craig's jaw at The Den, he comes on today and blatantly elbows him. He deserves far more than a 3 match ban and I hope he got a good few kicks in the melee that followed. We were lucky 2 or 3 others didn't follow him in the aftermath. If that was a Premiershit game the analysis of the brawl would bring about 3 or 4 further bans I reckon.'

WAM wrote:
'Was great to see our players go piling in when it all went up & their players being knocked to the ground.'

Lord Kitchener wrote:
'Cr*p performance, cr*p tactics, cr*p referee. Wycombe are the worst team in our division bar none. They posed sod all threat to a team that has won the last five, except we played at their level and gifted them the game. The goal summed up the afternoon.'

WPD wrote:
'So the players wanted revenge for defeat at the Den did they? This was not just a 'bad day at the office' where whatever you do doesn't come off. It was a shambolic performance against relegation fodder who've now taken six points off us. To lose today in the manner we did to a team of this calibre was nothing short of unprofessional. The players should hang their heads in shame.'

Sidcup lion wrote:
'Wycombe were quite strong, physical and tall. Their front two also defended and chased down our own defenders.'

longy78 wrote:
'Just like the home game, Wycombe seemed to want it more than we did.'

paulw wrote:
'Let's hope that Wycombe get relegated. It's ridiculous having to try and achieve promotion from 44 games whereas all the other teams have 46!'

delboy2525 wrote:
'That ball boy should never be allowed to ball-boy again. When Harris went to take the ball for the corner he threw it away with a vengeance. Harris then shoved him and he was about to square up but a steward got there. Also a fan tried to get him. And someone threw a bottle of coke.'

bigheadbob37 wrote:
'If a Millwall ball boy did the same thing we would be p***ing ourselves laughing, but you want their ball boy banned! Words fail me.'

Simmsy wrote:
'We should have taken at least a point, especially when we hit the bar twice and missed a pen! But fair play to Wycombe they made it hard for us and defended well. Heaton the keeper had a very good game and was man of the match for me.'

Broadhallian wrote:
'Wycombe had no chances all game and their goal was a cross that wasn't dealt with by Forde. Disappointing, but I can take some positives from today... the main one being - I don't live in Wycombe. Shocking away day experience, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. The chant - sh*t ground no beer summed it up.'

Next Game: Wycombe v Southampton - Tues - 23rd Feb - 7.45pm

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Date:Sunday February 21 2010

Time: 12:13PM


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