Play-off dream alive for Jackett

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Millwall boss Kenny Jackett believes his team's 3-2 defeat of promotion-chasing Leeds keeps their own play-off hopes alive.

The Lions raced into a two-goal lead at the New Den and held off a spirited fightback from Leeds before Steve Morison put them 3-1 in-front. Even then Andy O'Brien ensured a nervy finish for the hosts but Jackett said he was happy to have secured three points.

The win puts them four points and one place behind United and the manager said: "The players were excellent. I thought overall we deserved to win the game. There were some good performances all the way through."

He added: "Every game we've been chasing and chasing and done well to keep it going. We've taken 13 out of 15 points which is some run. We've played some big teams and we needed a big run because we're still four points off sixth.

"It keeps it alive definitely and we're up to seventh which is our highest position for a while."

James Henry put Millwall ahead with a superb free-kick before Liam Trotter's tap-in doubled the lead in the opening half-hour. Luciano Becchio pulled one back for Leeds before Morison struck, and Jackett reckons the defeat of a fellow promotion hopeful gives them plenty of hope.

He added: "It's not like we haven't discussed it or set it as a target but all season we've been working out how we can be successful this season. It has to be the aim."

Leeds counterpart Simon Grayson called on his players to tighten up at the back following the loss.

Grayson said: "You can't give good teams two-goal starts. We knew it was going to be a tough game because they've had some good results recently.

"We've played them a lot over the past couple of years and we know what they're all about but we didn't really get going in the first-half. There will be many twists and turns. This defeat won't decide whether we get a play-off place."

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