Trotter: Millwall would be underdogs against Villa's reserves

© Alan Stanford
© Alan Stanford

LIAM Trotter has dismissed suggestions that Millwall are favourites heading into their FA Cup fourth round tie against Aston Villa on Friday night.

Villa have struggled under new manager Paul Lambert this season and travel to The Den still reeling from the shock of their Capital One Cup defeat to Bradford City.

But Trotter believes Villa will provide a stern test for the Lion – even if they put out their reserves. He told NewsAtDen: "I don't think you can say we are favourites, but we like being the underdog.



"Even if they play their second team, that will probably still involve Darren Bent, who is a great player and has played regularly for England in the past.

"Villa are a Premier League team and, at the end of the day, they've got players who are earning tens of thousands of pounds and were bought for millions over the years.

"But it's a good opportunity for us. Villa are struggling in the Premier League, they have got a young side and this is an intimidating place to come – especially if we get a lot of fans, which I hope we will.

"It should be a very good game – an entertaining game – and we have just got to make sure that we start better than we did against Burnley and then we can get at them and cause an upset."

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6 thoughts on “Trotter: Millwall would be underdogs against Villa's reserves

  • January 25, 2013 at 10:48
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    " Get at them " thats more like it Liam

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  • January 25, 2013 at 12:56
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    Maybe Trotter will deem it fit to put in a proper shift this evening rather than the lacklustre performance he showed against Burnley (to name but one game)?

    I am sure he will, being that the transfer window is still open and we are playing against a Premier League team believed to be interested in him !!!

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  • January 25, 2013 at 14:42
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    I know Trotts can be a bit inconsistent, but there is no doubt he is a quality player and I do think he cares about Millwall more than some people think. There's certainly no shortage of takers and he's never asked for a move. They can't all be wrong. I think he gets a bit of a raw deal from the fans. I'd rather see him in the team than not and I think he'd be a lot harder to replace than some people think

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  • January 25, 2013 at 14:52
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    I agree he has bundles of talent, but you expect a centre midfielder to boss the game and someone of his physique should certainly be doing that rather than losing tackles and not winning headers? Jimmy has a quarter of the talent that Trotter has, but we are lucky that he covers so much ground in midfield and puts in some great tackles (just a shame his distribution doesn't match his effort !!!)

    On the other side, all of Trotters best work seems to be going forward so maybe he should be given more of a free role behind the main striker as when he does start driving from midfield he often seems to have an end product to create an opportunity.

    There will no doubt be a lot of takers, but probably from teams set up differently to Millwall who do not have the same talent in their ranks and need every player to put a real shift in to keep us at the upper end of the Championship?

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  • January 25, 2013 at 15:02
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    Personally I see Trotts as a goal scorin, creative midfielder - not the hussle bussle, combative type! yeah he's a big lad but he's got great ability so put him up there to link with Keogh and bring Racon in to midfield with Jimmy!

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  • January 25, 2013 at 17:45
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    Here here, KJ has used him a lot just behind the striker linking up play when we've only had one available. I know he's inconsistent but look back at the games when he's gone missing and the teams we're playing and you'll see that the whole team baring a defender or the keeper have played s***, he takes a lot of stick,sometimes fairly but there rarely is better around him and we miss him when he's not in the team.
    As for jimmi only having a quarter of his talent I couldn't disagree more, jimmi is real millwall a proper midfielder who gets stuck in more than any player we've had for a very long time I grew up in the old 1st division and cried my eyes out when we sold hurlock and the nearest we've had since is jimmi,absolute mustard knows exactly what he's here for, all the s*** all the pretty boys don't wanna do he's no nonsense id rather lose trotter than jimmi all day.

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