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Harris hopes to continue Millwall's love affair with FA Cup

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CARETAKER boss Neil Harris says Millwall are looking forward to renewing their special relationship with the FA Cup against Southend on Saturday.

The Lions, who were finalists in 2004, reached the last four of the competition last season when they were defeated 2-0 by Wigan at Wembley in April.

And Harris, a boyhood Shrimpers fan, insists his players cannot afford to underestimate the League Two side if they want to put together a cup run this time around.

"The FA Cup is a special trophy," he said. "I have been fortunate enough to play in a final for this club and last year the boy's reached the semi-final, so there is a bit of an affiliation here with this competition.

"It is something we will certainly look forward to. It will be tricky down at Southend but I in particular want to go down there and win.

"We want to be in the draw for the next round. Anyone who turns up expecting an easy away win has got the wrong mentality. The pitch will be poor, it will be wet and windy so it's going to be a proper cup ding-dong.

"Phil Brown has got Southend going and they are doing well in difficult circumstances.

"Some of the players there are friends of mine and will relish playing against either a team they supported as kids, which will be the case for Michael Timlin, or, for Mark Phillips and Marc Laird, the club they used to play for."

Harris and fellow interim boss Scott Fitzgerald are likely to make several changes to the side that started in the 3-1 defeat to Leicester City on New Year's Day.

"We won't freshen things up because we feel that we can take that chance, some of the lads are on their knees and we need fresh legs," Harris said.

"With the injury situation the way it is at the moment, it is very hard keeping the same squad together. But one thing we will do is put out a team capable of winning."

Liam Trotter and Paul Robinson are rated as 50-50 ahead of the game. Robinson (shin, knee and thigh) and Trotter (knee) have not featured since Boxing Day.

"Liam was on the end of a nasty foul and he put himself through another 20 minutes after it happened," Harris said. "How he did that I have no idea because he was in a really bad way after the game.

"He's getting there but there is some swelling on the knee, so he will be touch and go.

"Robbo has put his body on the line week in, week out for the last couple of months, when after his injury last year he's really needed to have a rest at times.

"His body has caught up with him a little bit."

Defender Mark Beevers insists Millwall cannot afford to be complacent at Roots Hall.

"Southend away is a tough game," he added. "It is not a game we can coast through and we can't expect to go there and smash them 6-0.

"Everyone is going to expect us to win purely because we are in the Championship and they are in League Two, but the FA Cup brings lots of surprises.

"In the Football League anybody can beat anybody on their day, so we are going to have to be on our game because they will be up for it.

"We will do our homework on Southend, watch DVDs of their matches and look at their strengths and weaknesses. We'll prepare for this game like we do any other."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

5 thoughts on “Harris hopes to continue Millwall's love affair with FA Cup

  • January 3, 2014 at 15:21
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    Let the kids have a game - the league HAS to be a priority this season!!

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    • January 3, 2014 at 22:19
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: absolutely spot on,great game to blood a young'un.got to happen sometime in their career why not tomorrow.

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  • January 3, 2014 at 15:30
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    No sense risking Trotter, we will need him to rescue us in the league.

    As bermondsey says give some of the kids a game. Play our super new signing Hoyte, after all they're league 2 so a 2nd string wall side should have no problem, right?

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    • January 3, 2014 at 16:25
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      @MFC Lion: It'll be good practice - we'll probably be playing each other in the league next year.

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  • January 4, 2014 at 16:18
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    My mistake league 2 side clearly are a problem for us.

    A short love affair with the cup this season.

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