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3 May 2013

Case for the defence

Jermaine Easter returns to the squad for Saturday's crucial clash with Derby County at Pride Park after being ineligible for the midweek 
London derby against his parent club Crystal Palace.
Easter's return could not be more timely, with James Henry (hamstring) ruled out due to the injury he sustained on Tuesday night. Chris 
Taylor (groin) is another key absentee, but Kenny Jackett has no additional worries as he prepares for Millwall's biggest League encounter 
since the 2010 Play-Off Final.
Lions keeper David Forde has kept an impressive 16 clean sheets so far in League and Cup during a topsy-turvy season, including seven in the 
last 13 games, and Millwall's defensive resilience could prove the key to Championship survival.
The return of Danny Shittu and Shane Lowry to the defence against Crystal Palace provided a welcome boost and manager Kenny Jackett is 
looking for another sound defensive display against a Derby side comfortably placed in mid-table but who have picked up 11 of their 15 wins 
this term at home.
"Defensively we've have been pretty sound all season." observed Kenny. "In midweek we were very difficult to break down, and we must have the 
same mentality against Derby. The whole team knows what is required of them and we just have to go out there on Saturday and perform to our 
Millwall's Achilles heel since the turn of the year has been a lack of goals. The Lions go into the final match as the joint lowest scorers 
in the division (51), having found the net just five times in their last ten outings. Midfielder Josh Wright is as concious of that as 
"We know we haven't been clinical enough in front of goal," he admitted. "I still haven't scored myself this season, so if the opportunity 
presents itself on Saturday I'll be looking to put that right. The most important thing, though, is to do what is needed to get the win or 
draw we require and I'm confident we can do that."

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