Millwall boss bites his tongue after controversial Leeds game

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KENNY Jackett chose not to criticise referee Lee Probert after his side’s 1-0 loss to Leeds on Saturday in fear of landing himself in hot water with the Football Association.

The Lions saw two penalty shouts waived away by the Premier League official just moments before Ross McCormack scored the game’s winning goal in the 65th minute.

Incredibly, when striker Andy Keogh was felled in the area and Probert finally pointed to the spot at the third time of asking, top scorer Darius Henderson was denied by Andy Lonergan from 12 yards.

“There were some big decisions and a lot of taking points but I have to be very careful in my position because my comments can get me into trouble,” Jackett told the club’s official website.

“There’s nothing I can do it about it now. People will make their own assessments of the key incidents. It’s something I have to swallow and move on from.

“It wasn’t a bad performance and it wasn’t a losing performance. We showed a lot of heart and a lot of spirit. At times we could have been more efficient, but it’s tough on the pitch that we have to keep hold of the ball and create clear-cut chances.

“The crowd were really passionate and got right behind the players. They were fantastic for us and backed us all the way, which was great for the players.

“We have a vital seven games ahead of us and we must make sure we keep up that level of commitment and we don’t lose heart or any confidence. We have to use what happened today as inspiration to come back.”