Potential for big draw plays on Millwall minds

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris has admitted the possibility of a lucrative draw in the third round of the FA Cup is in his thoughts ahead of the second-round tie with Braintree this Sunday.

If the Lions knock out their National League opponents they could be paired with a Premier League or Championship side in Monday night's draw.

Millwall were knocked out at the same stage of the competition last season by Wycombe and in 2014-15 a 4-0 defeat in a third-round replay at Bradford denied them a trip to face Chelsea.

The last Premier League opposition Millwall played in the competition was Wigan, when they lost 2-0 in the semi-final in 2012-13.

"It's no different for either team," Harris said. "Yes, we're higher up the league pyramid so we're expected to win the game. Braintree are the underdogs but the reward at the end of it is the same for both teams: the third-round draw.

"We want to be in that draw and get a good game in it."

Braintree defeated Southport 5-4 last weekend to move out of the relegation places, but dropped back into the bottom four after their fixture against Boreham Wood was postponed and Southport drew with Solihull Moors on Tuesday night.

But despite their lowly position Harris is wary of the threats they will pose his side.

"They're a big side, a physical team," Harris said. "They get the ball forward and it'll be a competitive game, tough mentally and physically.

"They're a dangerous side from set-plays so we have to defend really well and be as good going forward as we have been in recent games and have that end product. We had that in the last five or 10 minutes last weekend (agaisnt Bury) and we need to add that to our game for the first moment."

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John Kelly