KENNY Jackett says he doesn’t believe Tuesday’s trouble off the pitch spoiled Millwall’s draw at leaders Queens Park Rangers.
The Lions put an end to their losing run with a resolute defensive display to hold QPR 0-0 but the major talking point afterwards were the clashes between both sets of fans before and after the game.
Police made 11 arrests after violence flared but Jackett believes it is wrong to assume either club are to blame for what happened outside Loftus Road.
He told News Shopper: “I don’t think the game was overshadowed, it was a very good game and we contributed well and worked very hard.
“There were 11 arrests but there wasn’t any trouble in the ground at all.
“Our supporters backed their team magnificently and contributed to what was a very good atmosphere.
“I do hear there was trouble outside the ground but it is hard for football to always take responsibility for that.”
Despite the controversy, Jackett was delighted with what he saw on the pitch.
The Lions boss added: “We’ve had two good performances at Cardiff and QPR.
“They were both tough games but Tuesday night was a terrific London derby and we contributed well to a good game.
“To get a point at such a good side gives us something to build on going into a home game this weekend against Burnley.”
Not for the first time this season, keeper David Forde pulled off several fine saves at Loftus Road and Jackett was keen to acknowledge his contribution.
He said: “A lot of people want the opportunity, myself included, to prove themselves in the Championship and David Forde is one of them.
“We would like him to perhaps be less busy sometimes and for the other side’s keeper to be a lit bit busier but when needed it is always important to have a good goalkeeper.
“It is a key position, there is no doubt about that.
“Even in the Watford game, I wouldn’t have put any of the goals down to him, which is quite unusual for a result like that.”