Millwall manager accepts Villa upset chances slim if Burnley display repeated

Liam Trotter's shot is blocked by a Burnley defender. PICTURES BY KEITH GILLARD.

Andy Keogh fires wide

Mark Beevers wins a header

Adam Smith has a shot

Jack Smith

First published in Sport

KENNY Jackett admits his Millwall side will need to play a lot better than they did in Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat to Burnley if they are to knock Aston Villa out of the FA Cup on Friday evening.

Goals from Sam Vokes and Danny Ings earned the Clarets a well-deserved three points to inflict the Lions’ first defeat of 2013.

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Millwall will look to bounce back quickly in their FA Cup fourth round tie against Villa and Jackett admitted his team will have to play a lot better than they did against Burnley to stand any chance against the Premier League outfit.

The Lions boss said: “It is a great game for us to play in.

“As a Championship side you always want to play against the big clubs.

“It is a game we look forward to but we will have to play better than on Saturday to make an impression.

“We have to start the game right and better than we did on Saturday.

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“If there is a win there for us it is our own performance that will do it.

“The Den atmosphere does only go off the players and the performance of the players is our responsibility and then we can start to talk about a Den atmosphere which will follow pretty quickly if we play well.”

Jackett is also happy the fourth round tie is being played on Friday night.

“It helps me for the following Tuesday away at Barnsley,” he said.

“The extra day will help us and a night game is usually a special atmosphere at The Den.

“They’re a Premier League side with some good players and threats but for us we need to find some rhythm.

“For our side to want to bounce back after this loss is the most important thing in terms of driving us forward on Friday night.

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“I think it will be well attended because there hasn’t been a Premier League side down here for a number of years, so it is important we put on a performance that does it justice.”

Jackett felt his side weren’t at the races at The Den on Saturday and was unhappy at a poor team performance during their 2-0 defeat to Burnley.

He said: “Burnley showed more hunger and desire for the game than we did and that is disappointing.

“We started the game poorly they got in behind and got crosses in too easily.

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“We didn’t defend well and at the start of the second half we had three or four excellent balls across the face of the goal but didn’t get on the end.

“We changed formation in the last half hour but Burnley were in defensive mode by then and we couldn’t move the ball well enough.”

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