WATFORD and Millwall shared the points on Tuesday night as each side fought hard but couldn’t break the deadlock.
The longest serving manager in the Football League npower Championship, Millwall’s Kenny Jackett, was celebrating his fifth anniversary in charge of the Lions on the away bench. After the match he admitted things could have gone better for his side.
“We’ve gone eight games unbeaten, which does show something,” said Jackett. “The quality of our attacking play wasn’t quite there tonight, neither was the crispness of our passing. We didn’t make the most of certain situations but on the other hand, we ground out a very good draw against a side that give you problems.”
The former Watford coach also had a lot to say about the strength of the opponents at Vicarage Road.
He said: “Watford play a slightly differently way, in a 3-5-2, and they got a great win against Leicester on Saturday.
“They deserved to beat them and were unlucky the week before with a late goal against Blackburn. So they’re on a good run, they have a good combination and the way they play can give you problems.
“We knew that it would be a difficult game here tonight, but we didn’t necessarily concentrate on one individual. [Fernando] Forestieri can get on the ball if you let Watford dominate. We closed him down and reduced the amount of time he had to perhaps a minimum.”
Both sides had chances to snatch victory but the 11,293 fans in attendance had to settle for a goalless final score. Jackett admitted that his side were frustrated by the Hornets but that they also showed tremendous resilience.
“Watford are very comfortable with the ball,” he said. “They can move it easily from one side of the pitch to the other. In the second half, we also came through losing two key players who have been very instrumental for us this season, Henderson and Henry. We wobbled for a few minutes but then came again strong and finished the game well.
“I wouldn’t say we did enough to win the game and I thought, to some degree, that both sides cancelled each other out. We didn’t create a high number of clear-cut chances. Darius Henderson, who has probably been our main striker this year, had one when he cut inside on his right foot and put it over the bar.
“You have to put those chances away, and I must say in recent games we’ve been clinical, but it didn’t quite happen tonight.”
Jackett added: “In the last couple of games Watford have come across this new system, it’s a system that gives opponents problems. When you look at the standard of their subs, you have to say that they have a lot of talent here.”