JACKETT: WIN WAS A FITTING TRIBUTE
Kenny Jackett was proud of his Millwall side after they gave club legend Barry Kitchener a fitting send-off with a 2-0 win over Hull.
Goals from Harry Kane and Andy Keogh fired the Lions to a first home victory in 2012 on an emotional afternoon down at The Den.
A memorial service and minutes' applause were held before the game for former Lions centre-half Kitchener, who died a week ago aged 64.
Millwall wore special white kits in memory of their record-appearance holder, and came up with the perfect tribute by producing a battling display that one-club 'Kitch' would have been proud of.
"I think Barry would have approved," said Lions boss Jackett.
"It was a good clean sheet, we limited Hull to very few chances, we had a number of chances ourselves and winning 2-0 with your front two getting a goal apiece is a good one.
"It was about Barry Kitchener but also about the position we are in the league. It was a vital game, we are one of the teams down there fighting so it's a good win and hopefully one we can build on.
"Kane and Keogh gave them a lot of problems and a goal apiece justifies a very good performance from both of them."
Teenage striker Kane gave Millwall the lead in the 23rd minute with a brave downward header from James Henry's corner.
The Tottenham loanee could have had a hat-trick, but he skied one effort at full stretch from under the bar and had a header cleared off the line.
So it was left to Keogh to finish off Hull from the penalty spot when, with nine minutes remaining, he was tripped by Liam Cooper.
As well as easing Millwall's relegation fears, the victory was also their 1,000th in the league at home, a milestone they had been trying to reach since their last success on Boxing Day.
It also inflicted a fifth straight defeat on Hull, whose play-off hopes are fading fast.
"We've given ourselves a mountain to climb," admitted manager Nicky Barmby.
"But I won't tolerate anyone throwing in the towel. We're in a rut but we need to roll up our sleeves and get a result and a performance worthy of Hull City.
"It was frustrating, we had most of the game but didn't create enough. I've got no complaints with the result and I'm not particularly happy about our performance.
"Obviously we knew the day it was and the respect the Millwall legend had, but it's always difficult to come here and we didn't get to grips with it."
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