Millwall's Abdou: We still have chance of Wembley

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JIMMY Abdou has warned Millwall must take their chances and score first against Oxford in the second leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area final on Tuesday night.

Millwall created 11 goalscoring opportunities from under 12 yards out in the first leg but couldn’t take any of them.

Oxford, by contrast, scored from two of their four efforts on target to take a decisive lead into the second leg at the Kassam Stadium, where 1,500 Lions fans will be urging on their team.

Abdou, who was recognised for his 300 games in a Millwall shirt before the 1-1 draw with Crewe last Saturday, has experienced Wembley finals twice in his Millwall career.

He was on the losing side in the 2009 play-off final against Scunthorpe before making up for that disappointment against Swindon the following year.

Millwall need to win by two goals to force a penalty shootout or three to progress to April’s final after 90 minutes.

“It’s a great opportunity and we know what we have to do to get to this final,” Abdou said of tonight’s clash with the League Two side. “It’s going to be difficult but we have to believe and work hard to get there.

“We focus on this game and we play to win.

“We have to take our chances, when you don’t there is the danger the opposition will and they did that in the first leg and we lost 2-0.

“Hopefully we can score first and go on to win the game and then hopefully that will be enough.”

John Kelly