Millwall 1 - 0 Preston North End

Match info: FA Cup - 3rd Rnd at The Den

Date: 05/01/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: C Pawson Att: 5,364

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Liam Feeney 31



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  • Last Updated: January 5 2013, 19:00 GMT

Post-match reaction to Millwall's 1-0 victory over Preston.

David Buchanan Adam Smith battle for the ball
David Buchanan Adam Smith battle for the ball

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett was delighted his side had made it through to the FA Cup fourth round at the expense of Preston, but admitted the win should have been much more comfortable.

Liam Feeney's strike just before the half-hour mark proved to be the difference between the two sides at the New Den.

But for Jackett it was a case of job done after a solid if unspectacular display against a Preston side who more than matched Jackett's side for large parts of this third-round encounter.

"In the first half we played very well, and created some great chances at the start of the second half," he said.

"We needed to get more goals up really to make it comfortable. We were quite dominant in the first half and had to defend for the last half an hour which was frustrating.

"We had to put in a real defensive shift which we had to sustain for a long period, when they switched to a 4-3-3 formation.

"I'm very pleased defensively that we saw it out. Our passing out of defence for the break wasn't as good as it should have been.

"We hope to get a big draw in the next round for many reasons, and the prize money for today will certainly help. But it's not a direct translation to money I have to spend on the pitch."

Millwall nearly went ahead after 20 minutes when Darius Henderson's powerful half volley inside the box was deflected on to the bar with Preston stopper Steve Simonsen helpless.

Feeney's 12-yard strike put the Lions in control in the 31st minute, helped in by a deflection from Shane Cansdell-Sherriff

Preston pushed for an equaliser after the break, with the best chance falling to Stuart Beavon, whose eight-yard shot flashed just wide.

And the Lilywhites boss Graham Westley was left to rue what might have been, refusing to criticise his players for a performance that he felt more than merited a replay.

"We feel we put in a good enough display to get the goal that would earn us the replay but things are as they are unfortunately," he said.

"When you go in one nil down at half time you're always trying to look to make a difference to the game and if you can get a grip in midfield, which we did second half, then you have a platform to build on.

"We mixed the midfield around which gave us some impetus going forward.

"We try to look at the team performance rather than individuals, and from our point of view it was never going to be easy to come to their patch as they're flying high at the moment.

"But the key is for us to look at the improvements we need to make that will make the difference between the results we're posting and the ones we want."

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