Craig: Millwall are taking nothing for granted

TONY Craig is satisfied with the start Millwall have made to the season, but isn’t looking beyond the challenge of Peterborough on Tuesday night.

The Lions 5-3 to the Posh in the corresponding fixture last year when they also lost Jimmy Abdou to a collarbone injury that kept him out for three months.

Millwall won their first two fixtures this season, scoring seven goals and keeping two clean sheets, but they had a reality check last Saturday when they let a two-goal lead slip against MK Dons who salvaged a 2-2 draw through a Kieran Agard double.

Neil Harris’ side face a crucial week even in such an early part of the season, with Sheffield United visiting The Den on Saturday before Millwall have the opportunity to reach the third round of the League Cup if they defeat Nottingham Forest next Tuesday.

Craig recognised the quality of MK Dons, who were relegated from the Championship last season, and the importance of the next seven days, but he was keen to keep the focus on the trip to London Road to face the Posh.

“We’ve got four points and we’ve got through in the cup as well,” Craig said. “But we’re not taking anything for granted. As the boring old saying goes, it’s just about looking forward to the next game.

“Credit to MK Dons, they’re a very good footballing side with some very talented players. It was a hard game but I suppose if you were a spectator it was a very good game to watch.

“It’s a hard week but it’s a great week and we’re looking forward to it. We’ve got some great games coming up.

“It’s a great league to be involved in, there are a lot of good sides in this league, a lot of big clubs. But it’s early days so far, we just move on to the next game, we don’t look too far ahead.”

Meanwhile, Craig was full of praise for the link-up play of Aiden O’Brien and David Worrall on Saturday as the pair combined to double the lead after Craig had earlier forced an own goal (credited to Ed Upson but currently under review) and he also felt Shane Ferguson’s late intervention when he injured himself preventing Nicky Maynard scoring a third goal typified the spirit of the side.

“It was a great finish and a great ball from Aiden O’Brien,” Craig said. “Aiden has started the season very well and Wozza has come in and settled in very well as well.

“(Ferguson’s block) is the attitude we’ve got at this club, we all fight for each other. We’ve got a great bunch of lads here who all get on, on and off the pitch. Like I’ve said before, it’s exciting times for this club at the moment.”

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John Kelly