Huge Millwall crowd expected for JPT tie as Carlos makes vow

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MILLWALL defender Carlos Edwards says he knows the supporters who travel to Southend tomorrow evening are owed a performance after the manner of the 2-1 defeat to Wycombe last Saturday.

There is expected to be a large travelling support at Roots Hall as the Lions look to reach the southern section final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The club sold out an initial allocation of 1,000 tickets and received another 800 for the fixture.

Edwards made his first start at the weekend since the 5-3 win over Plymouth in the last round of the JPT on November 10.

He should be in contention to start against the Shrimpers after reporting no problems with his hamstring on Saturday.

The 37-year-old also made no excuses for the defeat to Gareth Ainsworth’s side, and admitted they cannot repeat that kind of performance.

“You never want to get beaten at home, let alone by a lower league club and especially in the FA Cup,” Edwards said.

“At the end of the day they were the better team, they won more of their battles. It’s difficult when six or seven of your players are not playing to the standards you know they are capable of and they know they are capable of.

“It’s really hard sometimes to get guys to give one or two per cent more to try and change it. Yeah, we did have a go and got the equaliser but overall it just wasn’t a Millwall performance.

“I don’t know if it was the jitters with the FA Cup. It’s gone, but at the same time you have to look back at it and make sure you don’t repeat it.”

“There are going to be a lot of fans going down there and we have to go there and give them a good show.”

Edwards was part of the Wrexham side that won the trophy at the Millennium Stadium in 2005, coincidentally against Southend.

He has never played at Wembley, but is keen to sample the experience before the end of his career.

“We’re so close but yet far away from Wembley,” he said. “Going to Wembley this season would put the cherry on the cake.”

John Kelly