Martinez: Semi-final will feel like a home game for Millwall

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WIGAN boss Roberto Martinez has claimed Saturday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley will feel like a home game for Millwall, with the Latics failing to sell 10,000 tickets.

The Premier League club have fallen well short of selling out their allocation and, as a result, the FA have taken the unusual step of making seats available for neutrals.

The Lions have played twice at the new Wembley since it opened in 2007 and Martinez said: "We’ve never been this far in the competition and it's going to be a tough day for us.

"Wembley will be like playing at home for Millwall. They will have huge support and have played at Wembley two times in the last few seasons in play-off finals."

However, Lions defender Alan Dunne does not think the gulf in support will make a difference. He said: "It won't feel like we're at home. Wigan are used to playing in front of big crowds.

"They play in big stadiums every week and they have international players so I do not think that will be a factor in the game. It's a long way for their fans to come down.

"It is expensive to get a train down and stay in a hotel. They work hard all week just to see Wigan on a Saturday so I can see why they've only sold 20,000 tickets.

"But 30,000 Millwall fans will sound like 50,000 on the day."

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13 thoughts on “Martinez: Semi-final will feel like a home game for Millwall

  • April 10, 2013 at 16:01
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    I hope it doesn't feel like a home game, not on our current form!

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  • April 10, 2013 at 17:44
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    Pre-game political tennis. Shove it Wigan!

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  • April 10, 2013 at 18:28
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    We are playing away , or we are going to play like we are away ..... That gives us half a chance....don't give a flying fart how we play , just get in their pampered faces and let em have it....Millwall style

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  • April 10, 2013 at 19:32
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    This will be just like a home game for Wigan - lots of empty seats and outnumbered by away fans.

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  • April 10, 2013 at 19:33
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    Bit of a flap Martinez ? good boy !!!!!!
    Not interested in the mind games pal
    We'll be more than up for it, on the pitch and in the stands. It's a proper away day and you know we're bang on away. If not then come 7pm Saturday you will.
    COYL we owe em big time, we changed their fortunes in 99, so lets do it again on Saturday

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  • April 10, 2013 at 22:15
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    "There wasn't a lot wrong with our performance but going forward, I don't think we did enough."
    Post match statement from Jackett last night.
    An understatement of biblical porportions.

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  • April 10, 2013 at 23:11
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    I really hope we do not treat it as a home game as we will really be in the s***. We can all sit and pick what we think is the best team, but KJ is the one who will do it, I just hope he does not pack the defence and try to hit the on the break. We should just be up and at them from the first whistle. If all the players give 100% and we lose, then I will be happy.
    We need that " I will die trying attitude" We need a Harris in the dressing room to remind the players who they are playing for. I am sure that half these players think we are just another football club, we are not. We are MILLWALL. We are MILLWALL from the Den.

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  • April 11, 2013 at 08:23
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    Now the FA are hanging their arses out for other teams fans to buy tickets.

    They really should wear masks the oap bandits:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2306917/Wigan-v-Millwall-FA-Cup-semi-final-open-neutral-spectators-following-poor-ticket-sales-Premier-League-side.html

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    • April 11, 2013 at 10:07
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      What a joke that is, they originally said they won't release anymore to us and then back tracked and gave us 500 more. They could have given us the neutral tickets, at least they would have sold them all.

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  • April 11, 2013 at 13:31
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    What im worried about is the fact that they are selling tickets to neautrals, now that could include a lot of groups that would like to spoil a special day for the Wall. If it goes belly up FA, dont you f****** dare blame millwall supporters.

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  • April 11, 2013 at 15:05
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    Sounds like we are only just going to sell our 31,500, so I doubt we would have sold many more. Good show from our side though, reminiscent of the FL Trophy final when Wigan's team bus had more people on it that then fan bus.

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    • April 11, 2013 at 16:41
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      Yet another time when we were stuffed by the officials.

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