Jackett wants to pocket cup win

Millwall boss relishing fifth-round showdown with Bolton

Kenny Jackett: Millwall manager expects 'cracking atmosphere' at the Den for Bolton visit

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Kenny Jackett is looking forward to seeing his Millwall side test themselves against Premier League opposition when they take on Bolton in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday.

Both teams will get the chance to put their poor standings in their respective divisions to one side when they meet at the Den.

The Lions are hovering just six points and two places above the npower Championship relegation zone, while Owen Coyle's men are second bottom of the Premier League.

"I have a huge amount of respect for their manager Owen Coyle, who's done a fantastic job at every club he's been at."

Kenny Jackett

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Yet Millwall made a mockery of their position when they claimed a 3-2 victory at Championship promotion-chasers Southampton to set up a clash with the Trotters.

Jackett is fully aware of the problems Bolton will cause although he hopes having home advantage will ultimately count in Millwall's favour.


"I see it as a fantastic opportunity for our players to pit their wits against Premier League players and an established Premier League side for quite a number of years," Jackett told Millwall's official website.

"I have a huge amount of respect for their manager Owen Coyle, who's done a fantastic job at every club he's been at.

"We know it'll be a tough game and it's one we're looking forward to.

"And if the players perform, if the players start well, if the players play with quality and passion, then the supporters will make it a fantastic atmosphere and the Den is a cracking atmosphere when there's a big game and also when we're the underdogs."

Millwall, the 2004 finalists, go into on Saturday unbeaten in three matches in all competitions and on the back of a solid midweek performance in a 2-2 draw at play-off hopefuls Brighton, who rescued a point thanks to Kazenga LuaLua's 88th-minute strike.


Jackett has seen an improvement in his team's performances since they were beaten by Watford on January 31, and the former Swansea boss is keen to see that continue against Bolton.

"The last few games since the Watford game, we've had good performances and played very well after that poor night and we want to continue that," he added.

"We don't want to be inconsistent, we want to make sure we keep building up and playing well.

"Part of it is our flow and our structure as a side to make sure that we keep progressing."