Jackett: We dominated Charlton but couldn't finish chances

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KENNY Jackett feels Millwall were very unfortunate not to pick up all three points from today’s derby draw with Charlton.

The Lions had several good chances to take the lead and were fuming after Leon Cort was given the benefit of the doubt with a couple of second half penalty claims.

But instead they were forced to settle for a point from a 0-0 draw, a result which at least extends Millwall’s unbeaten run to 13 games but sees the Lions drop out of the play-offs and down to seventh.

Jackett said: “I felt that it was a dominant performance, we’ve played very well barring a finish.

“Our finishing has been clinical in this particular run. In the second half I don’t really think Charlton got out of their half.

“I can’t recall a shot that they’ve had but it didn’t quite drop for us in the box.

“Perhaps we needed just that bit of spark of creativity if you like but it has been there in abundance and decided tight games for us.

“Unfortunately it wasn’t there today but I was pleased with the players, I felt there was a lot of what we were trying to do and a lot of our game was right today.

“I think it shows me as a manager good encouragement for the future.”

On the disputed penalty claims, Jackett added: “The players are saying it has hit his (Cort’s) hands three times or four times.

“Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t.

“I’m not even sure of the law myself, is it ball to hand or does it have to be deliberate?

“Sometimes you see them given those ones and sometimes you don’t but particularly when there is a build-up, if it is a one off incident quite often they give the second or the third one.

“But he didn’t give it and that’s the way it is, I accept that.

“As I said, there is a lot about our performance today that I was very pleased with, we just couldn’t quite find that finish.

“The chances in the second half with Dany N’Guessan’s header and Adam Smith from the edge of the box, from those type of positions we couldn’t quite put that ball in.

“I do appreciate it is hard to have everybody available all of the time and the squad must cope, but if we can keep somewhere near our best side and our best squad fit on a regular basis we have a lot to base the season on going forward.”

There was no James Henry available for the Lions today, although Jackett does at least to have him and a couple of other returning injured stars back for next weekend’s trip to Portman Road.

He said: “James Henry has been that good whenever he is not around you are always going to miss him. He is a very, very good provider.

“Look at his goal last week at Blackburn as well and it was a fantastic strike.

“So you will always miss him but the good thing for me anyway is although he felt his calf for today, he was very close and I expect him to be fit and have no problems for next week.

“With Henry, Trotter and Henderson we have good players to come back and they are not far away as well so they will really strengthen the final third of the pitch.

“But Chris Wood and Andy Keogh have been excellent.

“I was pleased with Dany N’Guessan when he came on again.

“He has made good strides that lad, he put some good balls in with his left foot and was a handful so he is an addition for us.

“I do feel that going forward as a manager I feel we have more creative and goal scoring options than we’ve had for a while.

“It is 13 games unbeaten and we are disappointed we’ve drawn with Charlton so we’ve come a long way.

“But I saw enough today for me to have some encouragement in terms of my playing squad for the season ahead and all of the points that are left.”

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