CHAIRMAN John Berylson has warned Millwall not to get caught up in the euphoria of reaching Wembley – because they still have a job to do.
The Lions will walk out at the national stadium against Wigan in their FA Cup semi-final on Saturday but Berylson insists he has nothing to celebrate just yet.
The American businessman is desperate to see the club go all the way in the competition – and top the achievements of the 2004 side that lost 3-0 to Manchester United in the final.
"It is great to be in the semi-final but we have not won anything, we are just in the last four," he told NewsAtDen. "I'm not going to start claiming a victory because there isn't one to claim.
"We have done really well and I am very proud of the team so far, but we haven't done anything yet – hopefully we win another game and get into the final.
"I was talking to some friends of mine in the Premier League who pointed out to me that 90 percent of teams don't go to Wembley – ever – and we've gone three times in four years.
"But I still look at it as we have a game to win. We should not be celebrating because first we have to figure out how to beat Wigan. That's my view.
"We want to beat Wigan and then cause the upset of the century against Manchester City or Chelsea in the final. We won't be celebrating until the time comes.
"Of course I enjoy going to Wembley – you never get bored of it and frankly I want to go every year – but everything is better when you win."
Latics chairman Dave Whelan may lead his side out at Wembley but Berylson, who infamously lit up a cigar in the dressing room after Millwall's play-off final win in 2010, will not be doing the same.
"That wouldn't quite be in line with my personality," he said. "I would rather take the credit after we have won. I have a captain – let Danny Shittu lead the team out. I don't think it's appropriate."
And Berylson believes Shittu is well-deserving of such an honour: "Danny is immense in size and is a huge leader," the Lions chief said. "He has galvanised the team.
"The captaincy has brought out the best in him and he has really developed as an individual. He has always been a good player but we are seeing a leader now. Who saw that in him before?"
Berylson is well aware of what happened nine years ago but thinks that reaching the final four this time around is a more impressive feat.
He said: "I knew that the club had reached the final in 2004 but so much has changed, money-wise, since then that I never thought we would be at this stage again.
"What we've achieved this year is near-impossible. You have to be very lucky in the draws and then play well against teams that are generally as good or better than you are.
"It is a huge achievement by Kenny Jackett. We've seen three flavours of Millwall this season – good, disappointing and somewhere in between – and he did this whilst the team wasn't in a great place.
"He worked hard to figure out what he was up against because he doesn't get to watch the likes of Aston Villa or Luton regularly. It's a great statement by Kenny in terms of his management
"I think all three results on Saturday are absolutely possible – I have no expectation or sense of what the game will be like. But I think we've turned a corner in how we are playing."