Jackett: Millwall’s “poor” defence could not cope with Hull

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KENNY Jackett admitted Hull City’s attacking flair was too much for Millwall to handle during their 4-1 defeat at the KC Stadium.

Goals from Robert Koren, Jay Simpson, Abdoulaye Faye and Sone Aluko gave the Tigers a handsome lead at the break, and Jackett was quick to credit the home side’s display.

And while Jackett said his defence were “poor”, he did not believe his decision to start the game in a 3-5-2 formation was a contributing factor to their performance.

The Millwall boss reverted to a 4-4-2 after going 3-0 down in the 36th minute, but when asked whether he could have made the change sooner, he said:

“Yeah, maybe. But we were breaking and giving them problems to be honest, getting the ball into our forwards’ feet and working off that.

“Unfortuantely our final ball wasn’t good enough and they were hitting the target with their shots. In the first 20 minutes we had more corners than them – I don’t know what the corner count was in the end, but we had quite a lot.

“They were heading them out and looked like scoring on the break. We tried to attack them today and sometimes that can counter for you.

“I felt Hull were very good, they have a lot of tempo to their game and they made it hard for us to move the ball and work shooting opportunities.

“They have the likes of Koren, who scored the first goal, and we wanted to get tighter to him. If you give opportunities, even from distance, he’s proved over the last few seasons than he can score. Defensively we were poor and didn’t negate their main threats.

“We tried to match them up and get tighter to the midfield players. The likes of Alan Quinn and Koren are playing well for them at the moment, as is Ahmed Elmohamady from Sunderland, who was a constant outlet for them and a threat down our left-hand side.”