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Wolves 0-1 Millwall
2:16pm Wednesday 28th November 2012 in Sport
By Sam Brown, Lions Live presenter
MILLWALL recorded another win on the road last night as they secured victory at Molineux.
Andy Keogh scored the decisive goal in the 78th minute against his former club and the three points move the Lions up to fifth in the Championship table as Millwall extended their unbeaten run to 12 matches.
The Lions’ most recent encounter with ex-Premier League Wolves came in last season’s League Cup, where the Londoners suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat.
But it was a very different outcome last night.
Admittedly Wolves headed into the dressing room at half-time with the upper hand.
Bakary Sako looked lively from the word go and had a number of shots which could easily have put the home side in front.
Wolves were looking to turn their run of poor from around after only winning three games at home all season but could not covert any of their chances.
Lions boss Kenny Jackett admitted: “We didn’t think we played very well in the first half.
“I asked the players what they thought at half-time and they said they thought they could play a lot better and do better and I thought Wolves started the game better than we did.
“But in the second half we came through it and looked the better team.
“Last year we came here in the cup.
“We were greatly beaten and we have made great strides since then.
“It was a much tighter game today.”
Jackett also hailed Keogh’s performance and was doubly delighted after the Irish international found the back twice at Ewood Park on Saturday, only to have both efforts disallowed.
The Den chief said: “It was a vital goal, very well taken.
“As soon as it fell to him on his right foot I thought he would score.
“He got in two or three times just before that as well, also on Saturday he had two goals disallowed, which later showed that they weren’t offside.
“I felt for him on Saturday and it was a terrific win today, but as an individual Keogh was excellent.”
The decision to introduce Dany N’Guessan for Liam Feeney five minutes before Keogh scored showed Jackett was not going to settle for a draw.
He added: “I thought the side lacked energy and substitutes were going to be important.
“In the Leeds game Dany came on and made an impression in the 15 minutes, chased the ball down the left wing and set it back for Shane Lowry to cross for Chris Wood to score.
“He has made a positive impression and can play right across the centre line.”
The Lions have kept four clean sheets in five games and recorded two away victories on the road this week despite Jackett’s men being without a number of key players.
He said: “Abdou and Wright have had two good games.
“We are looking for Henderson, Batt, Trotter and Henry and the likes of Paul Robinson to come back and to be as strong as possible.
“If we talk about having fresh energy in a very competitive Championship, we need to have everyone fit and available.”
The Lions’ next test is the big south-east London derby on Saturday against a Charlton side who currently lie 13th in the league.
Victory at The Den will mean the Lions are unbeaten in 13 games, but the manager stressed the threat Charlton pose and claimed his side will have to be at our very best to get a result.
He said: “I think Charlton are on a good run at the moment, have found a winning formula and are moving up the table.
“Charlton are a big club, a very big club.
“If we want to compete at this level we have to be at our very best.”
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