Wolves boss hopes FA Cup proves distraction for Millwall

© Jon Hobley
© Jon Hobley

WOLVES boss Dean Saunders is hoping Millwall already have one eye on their FA Cup quarter-final against Blackburn ahead of his side's crunch clash at The Den.

Lions manager Kenny Jackett has called on his players to use their match against the Championship strugglers on Tuesday as a springboard into their last-eight tie on Sunday.

But Saunders believes there is a chance that could work in his favour – although does not expect an easy ride in South London, with Millwall just as desperate for the points as Wolves.

He said: "They had a good result against Middlesbrough a few weeks back, and they're still in the FA Cup, which can either drag your results along or hamper your league form.

"Hopefully, from our point of view, it affects their league form, because if we win we'll close the gap between us and them in the table to five points.

"They will be taking this game seriously though, I don't think they will be resting any players for the weekend. They'll have their full team out trying to get three points."

Saunders knows all about his counterpart Jackett from their playing days together and praised the job the 51-year-old has done during his five-and-a-half years at The Den.

"Kenny is a good manager," Saunders added. "I played alongside him for Wales so I know him well. He's obviously not got the biggest budget, but he manages to keep them competitive every year.

"He has just lost Chris Wood, who had been banging the goals in, so that is a blow to him, and they haven't got millions of pounds to replace their players but he's doing a good job.

"They've got a team full of fighters. Kenny doesn't sign anyone that doesn't work hard. We've got to go there and show our fighting spirit and our quality.

"Millwall are a hard-working, battling team and they fight for every point. They are having an up and down season, but Kenny's got a group of players there that are working their socks off."



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