KENNY Jackett hopes returning strike duo Darius Henderson and Josh McQuoid can fire Millwall back up the Championship table.

Millwall drew another blank at The Den in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against Burnley to make it just one goal in their last seven matches.

The lack of goals have cost the Lions and they now sit second from bottom going in to the international break.

John Marquis was the only player causing Burnley’s back-line trouble after coming on for the ineffective Jay Simpson.

But the 19-year-old now faces a spell on the sidelines, with an operation on a double hernia due to place imminently.

The Millwall boss does not want to rely on the teenager and will look at returning players like Henderson and McQuoid before considering the loan market as a potential option.

Jackett said: “Marquis is going to be a really good player, but he’s a young lad and to be leading the line in the Championship is a tough call.

“He needs an operation but I should have enough in terms of options.

“I will have to look again (at the squad).

“We have a couple of weeks now and we’ll have Darius Henderson and Josh McQuoid available for the next game.

“Whether we need more, I will assess that.”

On Simpson's lacklustre display, the boss added: “I was disappointed in Jay.

“I think he can play a lot better for us.

“Maybe he hasn’t played for a little while but I was looking for something more explosive.”

Jackett is still comfortable with the performances from his defensive and midfield players, but admits he is struggling to find the right mix up front.

He said: “I look at most other positions in the team and we are competitive and have options.

“But I don’t think we have had the front line right in recent weeks and that is the main thing costing us.”

Jackett also said that the lack of decisions going their way is indicative of their poor form.

The Lions had two penalty appeals turned down on Saturday, as well as a goal from Marquis ruled out, and the boss felt his side were unlucky to lose.

He said: “I thought we battled well in the second half.

“The performance was full of spirit and we did everything but score.

“We were unlucky not to get a penalty, particularly the second one.

“It was a clear trip while he was swiveling to hit the ball with his left foot.

“I got a good view of it and it looked a penalty to me.

“We have not had the best of the decisions but that’s the way it goes when you are on a losing run.”

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