MATCHDAY CENTRE: Jackett still looking for the right formula

MANAGER Kenny Jackett has underlined his determination to tackle Rotherham United's deep-rooted defensive problems.

The 3-0 defeat at Derby nudged the goals against column to 41, easily the worst in the four divisions, and the defending on show on the day meant a first win in three months was never possible.

Although Jackett believes he has sufficient attacking talent to call upon, Saturday's setback spelled out only too clearly the task he faces not only in stemming the flow of goals, but making the Millers more competitive.

"We started the game alright but gave Derby two goals," he said.

"It was a poor challenge for the first penalty and then we got caught in a one-v-one situation for the second goal. 

"In the second half we started OK and played some football and got in and around their box but gave away a very poor and straightforward third goal. The better side won, I can't say otherwise.

"Key moments took the game away from us but the outstanding statistic is the goals against column.

"We have players with ability going forward but at the moment it's about finding the right combination at the other end."

Jackett remained without the services of skipper Lee Frecklington while striker Dexter Blackstock missed out with a quad injury.

The defeat, combined with Wigan's draw at Barnsley, leaves the Millers 11 points adrift of safety and without a win in 13 games going into this weekend's TV clash at home to Leeds.

Added Jackett: "I'm looking for a Rotherham side which can hold its own in the Championship and so far the league table says it has been tough for us to do that."