Millwall midfielder targeting FA Cup remedy for league woes

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MIDFIELDER Josh Wright says Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final against Blackburn Rovers presents the perfect opportunity to make amends for Millwall's poor league form.

The Lions are determined to bounce back from their disappointing Championship defeat to Wolves in midweek and Wright admits some home truths have been spoken in the wake of that result.

Boss Kenny Jackett apologised to the club's supporters for his side's poor performance and, having promised changes to his team, Wright says the players are rightly looking over their shoulders.



"Everyone will be after that performance," he revealed. "It wasn't great, we know that. The gaffer has said he could make several changes and we have to support each other whatever he does.

"The lack of team spirit, effort and desire disappointed him the most. It didn't seem to be there – it wasn't a Millwall performance. We know what we are capable of but we lacked certain things.

"We are better than that – that was the most frustrating thing for us. I don't know why we didn't do it but luckily we've got another game coming now to turn it around."



When asked whether Jackett loses his temper after a defeat, Wright said: "Very rarely – but Tuesday is probably up there with as upset as I've ever seen him. He says what he has to say and says it sternly.

"He gets his point across and you know when he is serious. Things were said in the changing room and they'll stay there – but they were strong words and rightly so. We've got to take them on board."

Millwall have not won a home match since January 25 – their fourth round triumph over Aston Villa – but Wright is hoping a raucous atmosphere at The Den will banish any pre-match jitters.

"We know it is a fantastic opportunity for us but we have got to do the right things and get back on track with our home form," he said. "We sat down this week and had a long chat about things.

"Maybe we're lacking a bit of confidence at home – we look a bit nervy. It's all about getting the right game plan and working hard on the training pitch, which we have done this week.

"It is fantastic having the Millwall crowd behind you, but it is up to us to make them even louder to get a result against Blackburn and give us confidence to go back into the league next week.

"It would be brilliant to get to a Wembley semi-final because I know how many supporters Millwall have taken there before – it just shows you how much support this club has got.

"On Sunday that is a big factor for me. The more tickets are sold the more intimidating the ground will be for the opposition. Hopefully we can give the fans a treat and a day out at Wembley."

Wright has played at the national stadium before – setting up the winner in Gillingham's League Two play-off final in 2009 – but says Sunday's quarter-final is one of the biggest games of his career.

"Growing up the FA Cup was always a tournament you look at, want to play in and do as well as you can in," he said. "I've played in promotion games at Wembley and relegation battles in the league.

"They're all big but to have the opportunity to get to the FA Cup semi-final I would have to say this is up there with the biggest and it would be a great achievement for the club.

"Having the semi-finals at Wembley gives some of the smaller clubs the chance to play there before the final. When you get to that stage anyone can beat anyone but we will take each step as it comes.

"It would be gutting to get to this stage of the FA Cup and lose but we're not thinking about that."

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5 thoughts on “Millwall midfielder targeting FA Cup remedy for league woes

  • March 9, 2013 at 09:13
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    Yes it would be great to see us at Wembley again, but with our squad already plagued by injuries I would happily take a loss tomorrow if it meant an incline in our league form.

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  • March 9, 2013 at 10:50
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    Are we expecting a full house boys??

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  • March 9, 2013 at 11:00
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    I'd love to see us back at Wembley again (who wouldn't) but if we do get there and that's a BIG IF I will feel so sorry for James Henry who missed out last time in the Play-offs.
    Perhaps, we could get to Wembley and also play every other team off the park in the league and have no worries about a scrap at the bottom of the table for the rest of the season. Sorry but I can't see that a magic wand will be waved over our lot for tomorrows game. I'll do my bit and come home with a sore throat through shouting, singing etc but I don't think it will do much good with what's going on at the moment. Oh and I see British Rail are doing their bit again by closing South Bermondsey station yet again for a big Millwall match!

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  • March 9, 2013 at 11:23
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    Josh Wright has said that KJ intends to make several changes to the team. Dunne for Smith? Osborne for one of the Centre Backs?, Trotter/Saville for Abdou or Wright? I could go through the rest of the team but the point I am making is that we have an average squad of player and keep chopping and changing them around won't improve the situation. I fear that we will get knocked out of the cup but hopefully avoid relegation.KJ will then have to release all the dead weight in the squad during the Summer and sign a few quality players to replace them

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  • March 9, 2013 at 19:58
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    I'd like to see saville play left,he can play there, and would be better then danny n'gussan, and keep jimmy and wright playin,up front sounds like it could be any1 come tomora,with late fitness tests and that, but whatever happens, danny shittu has to play!!! Need to get back on winning ways again,COYL

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