Jackett aims to put losing experience to final advantage
Tuesday 18 May 2010
Kenny Jackett will draw on the experience of last season's League One play-off drama as he attempts to guide Millwall back to Wembley. Twelve months ago Jackett's side took a 1-0 advantage to Leeds and stunned the Elland Road crowd by grabbing a 1-1 draw in the second leg.
They went on to lose 3-2 to Scunthorpe in the final and are looking to go one better this season, starting tonight when Huddersfield arrive at The Den with the teams locked at 0-0 after Saturday's semi-final first leg (left). Jackett feels his team's exploits last year will stand his side in good stead.
"I hope, in terms of experience and desire, we can put it to good use,"Jackett said. "Huddersfield are a very good team. They've invested very heavily and we have a lot of respect for them. They have a lot of ability and have had a very good season."
Jackett hopes to welcome attacking duo Shaun Batt and Danny Schofield back into his side after they missed the first leg through injury, but winger Chris Hackett will sit out again. "With the forward options we had injured it maybe affected us going forward, but we defended very well," Jackett explained.
The Huddersfield manager, Lee Clark, feels the return leg is ready-made for his counter-attacking side. Clark, who is without defender Tom Clarke after he sustained a knee injury in the first leg, said: "The two Championship play-offs showed that the home team is driven on by their fans to try to score and the away team can exploit that."
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