Abdou: Being Millwall captain was a "great honour for me"

© Alan Stanford
© Alan Stanford

JIMMY Abdou admitted being made Millwall captain for the first time against Preston North End on Saturday was a "great honour."

The midfielder skippered the Lions to a 1-0 win over the Lillywhites in the third round of the FA Cup in the absence of Danny Shittu, who was rested as a precaution with a dead leg.

Abdou, who was making his 201st competitive appearance for the club, has worn the armband at international level for the Comoros Islands before.



He said: "Being captain of Millwall for the first time was a great honour for me. I really enjoyed it. I've been captain of the national team but this was different.

"I took it very seriously. I just said to the lads in the huddle to keep it simple. It was a bit different for me at the start of the game but it soon felt like the same routine – we had a job to do and we did it."

The Lions were forced to grind out their victory against the League One side in front of a crowd of just 5,364 at The Den and Abdou was pleased lexapro online coupons with his side's battling qualities.



"After we scored early, they came back at us but we stayed strong," he said. "We kept a clean sheet and that's very pleasing. The fans can play a big part in our game, especially at home.

"So in a game like that, we have to look after them. Maybe the atmosphere was missing a little bit, but whether there's 5,000 or 10,000 here, we have to play well."

Abdou has needed to be resilient both on and off the pitch in recent months as his three-year-old son Ilyas continues to battle leukaemia.

Speaking in December, the 28-year-old thanked Millwall fans for their support and added that the whole club are behind him and his family.

"At the start it was tough, but we have to accept it," Abdou said. "We are fighting this with Ilyas and hopefully he will come through it. I have to stay strong. The club have been fantastic with me.

"The gaffer gives me the chance to go back to Marseilles whenever I want. I want to pay him back for that because I don't want to cause too much disruption to the team."

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