Millwall won't intimidate us, says Bradford skipper Darby

© Millwall FC
© Millwall FC

BRADFORD captain Stephen Darby insisted his side would be ready for the atmosphere at The Den in the second leg of the play-off semi-final against Millwall this week.

Millwall announced on Monday they had sold out their home tickets with more than 17,000 supporters expected at SE16 on Friday night.

The majority of them will be hoping their side completes the job after a 3-1 win at Valley Parade last Sunday made the Lions firm favourites to progress to the final at Wembley on May 29.

But Darby was in fighting form when he spoke to the media after last weekend’s defeat.

"We know what it's going to be like – but you've got to relish these games,” Darby said.

"We have to really face the challenge head on. We'll look forward to it and embrace it. There's no stronger dressing room to do that than the one that we've got."

Millwall were 3-1 up by the break in the first leg but Bradford were much improved in the second period.

Darby wants his side to target an early goal on Friday and believes set-plays could be key again after all four goals came from dead balls on Sunday.

"Millwall will be happy with the 3-1 lead away from home,” Darby said. “But you get a goal back and it's game on again.

"We can take the positives from the second half because that was miles better. The first half wasn't like us and how we've been all season. We've built our foundations on being so solid.

"In a game so tight between the two teams, then obviously set-pieces are going to be massive. They scored three from them.