Millwall defender: Back to business after cup win

BYRON Webster said Millwall “can’t get carried away” with their recent good form and their win over AFC Bournemouth in the FA Cup third round last weekend.

Webster said there weren’t any extra celebrations after their famous cup victory – the first time a club from the third tier or lower had beaten a Premier League side by three or more goals in the competition – ahead of the crucial league visit to Charlton this weekend.

And he sees similarities to last season when Millwall struggled prior to Christmas before surging into the top six in the New Year.

“It’s the same as last year when we got a solid team," Webster said. “It’s similar for any team, if you’ve got a solid spine with keeper, centre-halves, central midfield and strikers, you’re going to do well.

“We’re doing well but we can’t get carried away, there are a lot of games coming up and I’m sure the manager would have taken us losing a cup game and getting a win over Charlton.

“Over Christmas the fans have created a crazy atmosphere with the number of home games we’ve had and at Wimbledon. They’ve all been big games or local derbies that the fans can enjoy.

“Playing against a Premier League team and the beating them in the fashion we did, it was a good day all round.

“I went back up north so I didn’t really do anything, just got on a train and went to see my wife and kids, back to reality.

“Usually it’s organised team nights out, the captain and senior players will organise something for us. The gaffer and the chairman don’t put their hands in their pockets to give us a night out!”

Millwall’s win over Eddie Howe’s side means at least one extra fixture this season, with their home clash against Chesterfield originally scheduled for January 28 moved for the fourth-round clash with Watford.

Neil Harris named an unchanged side for a fifth successive game against the Cherries as Millwall made it four wins and a draw since their defeat at Scunthorpe in December.

And Webster believes the club has the technological tools to help the players cope with the extra workload.

“It’s been alright, it’s not as bad as it used to be,” Webster admitted. “We used to have four or five games over Christmas. Usually they threw in a game in on the 28th as well.

“We’ve got sports scientists here who look after us all. It’s all so professional and scientific now there’s not really any excuse to not be prepared.

“We’ve got GPS – or Sat Navs as I call them – that tell you how far you’re running, how many sprints. We have heart monitors and there’s a lot more detail behind the scene that as footballers we don’t see either. We get information on the board of how far we’ve run and if we’ve not done enough the manager will have us out doing more.”

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John Kelly