Saints defeat could affect opponents

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THE manner of Millwall’s defeat at home to Southampton could have been particularly damaging for them.

They were on the brink of taking a giant step away from the relegation places when they were 2-1 up against the league leaders with just five minutes to go.

So, to concede two late goals as they did - and both to penalties - and lose, can hit a team hard, particularly one down near the bottom.

Manager Kenny Jackett was upbeat afterwards, pointing out the winning situation his team were in ahead of the late penalties.

One player familiar to South Yorkshire is big striker Darius Henderson who Jackett bought last Summer to provide a physical presence up front.

He has been among the goals and bagged three hat-tricks this season - the first against Leicester and then after another in the FA Cup against Dagenham he scored all three in a 3-1 win over Barnsley at Oakwell.

Latterly he has been paired up front with the one-time Scunthorpe striker Andy Keogh after he was signed from Wolves in January.

Since the win at Oakwell on January 21, Millwall have had a bit of a slide in results. The subsequent 10 league games have seen two wins, two draws and six defeats.

they have lost the last two but prior to that won 3-0 at Peterborough.