Jackett - Henderson Is Vital

  • Last Updated: January 23 2012, 15:10 GMT

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett admits keeping in-form star striker Darius Henderson fit is crucial to their survival chances this season.

Darius Henderson: Crucial to Lions' battle

Target man Henderson has hit back-to-back hat-tricks since returning from a spell on the sidelines with hamstring and hip problems.

His treble helped sink Dagenham in the FA Cup last Tuesday before he boosted the Lions' battle against relegation by putting Barnsley to the sword at Oakwell on Saturday.

"Darius has been a vital player for us this season, I don't think we've won too many games when he hasn't been around," said Jackett.

"We want to make sure he is fit and available for as many games as possible.

"He's played about 20 games now, which is a decent amount coming up towards the end of January. With 19 league games left and still being in the FA Cup, of course he is going to be crucial for us."