Millwall winger Henry desperate to realise Wembley dream

© John Kirkpatrick
© John Kirkpatrick

JAMES Henry is hoping Millwall's impressive run in the FA Cup leads to Wembley after missing out on two previous trips to the national stadium.

Henry's opening goal against Luton Town in the fifth round on Saturday set the Lions on their way to a 3-0 win which leaves them just 90 minutes away from a return to the home of football.

Millwall played in successive League One play-off finals at the new Wembley in 2009 and 2010 but Henry, on loan from Reading at the time, did not feature in either game.



The 23-year-old was ineligible to face Scunthorpe the first time around and had a second loan spell in South London cut-short by injury the following season, five months before victory over Swindon.

And the winger is hoping for a repeat of the Lions' historic run to the FA Cup final in 2004 so that he can realise his dream. "There are some nice photos from that day around The Den," he said.

"It's nice to look back at that occasion and hopefully we can replicate something like that. We're one game away from Wembley and that's our aim now.



"It would be fantastic for all of the supporters – that's why they come to games, to see the team do well and have success – but especially for me.

"In 2009, my loan finished 12 hours before the final. There was a window of opportunity for me to go back to Reading for a bit but at the time we were still pushing for the top two in League One.

"I would have missed three games so I decided to stay and risk it, but these things happen. It was disappointing and we were unlucky to lose that game. But the lads managed to do it the year after.

"I would love to play at Wembley – it would be a fantastic occasion for my family and of course for the whole club. We are really looking forward to the next round."

Henry pounced on Janos Kovacs' 12th-minute error at Kenilworth Road to put Millwall in front and set up a quarter-final tie with Blackburn Rovers at The Den next month.

"We wanted to get that early goal," he said. "It settled us down and we pushed on from there. I just gambled and managed to nick the ball in front of him.

"The defender caught me a little bit but I managed to stay on my feet and go past the 'keeper. We knew coming here was not going to be easy but we're delighted to be in the next round."

That goal was Henry's second in as many games after notching at Blackpool in the league and the 23-year-old feels as though he is in a good run of individual form.

"I think I'm playing well," he said "I want to become a better player every day and I'm working on my game. I just want to play as many games as I can and see where it takes me.

"I think my work rate has definitely got a lot better – it seems the harder you work, the luckier you get. I worked hard on that as well as my delivery. It's all coming together nicely at the moment."

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5 thoughts on “Millwall winger Henry desperate to realise Wembley dream

  • February 18, 2013 at 12:34
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    Yes, well played on Saturday James! Keep it up son.

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  • February 18, 2013 at 12:56
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    Our best player by a long way at the moment. Keep it up

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    • February 18, 2013 at 12:57
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      definately the best. He's just stepped up a little bit

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  • February 18, 2013 at 12:57
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    He always plays a bit better in front of the cameras

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  • February 18, 2013 at 13:19
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    I think I love him

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