Jackett hails Keogh as unsung hero after Blackburn win

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MANAGER Kenny Jackett singled out Andy Keogh for special praise after Millwall’s impressive 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers.

Chris Wood and James Henry scored two stunning goals in the second-half of a tight encounter at Ewood Park as the Lions charged into the play-off places.

But Jackett felt Keogh, who had two goals disallowed in the first-half, was the stand-out performer and praised the striker’s “unselfish work.”

“It was a great win,” he said. “Blackburn are a side I feel have fantastic players, as good as any in the Championship, and an experienced new management team.

“As a manager I was looking forward to coming to Ewood Park. These are the type of games you want be involved in.

“You have to be at your very, very best to get anything out of them and to win. It was a terrific team performance and I was very pleased with the players.

“I felt that Keogh was exceptional. Henry and Wood will get the plaudits for two very good goals and defensively we kept a clean sheet.

“Keogh was our leader and did a lot of unselfish work that took us to a very good victory.”

After spurning a host of goalscoring opportunities in the opening period, Millwall were forced to defend for long spells after half-time and Jackett praised his side’s defensive display.

“We needed to go a goal up,” he said. “I felt in the first-half we caused them lots of problems and perhaps surprised them.

“We had a couple of goals disallowed but I haven’t seen them again so I don’t know whether they were offside or not.

“We had good opportunities and chances but I always felt we needed a lead to hang onto. At the start of the second-half, Blackburn were excellent and moved the ball from back to front.

“My goalkeeper made a couple of very good saves and we had a bit of luck at the right times. We kept going and came through that period. In the latter stages we scored two very good goals to win it.”