Thompson on Watford: Den atmosphere affects most teams – that's the beauty of Millwall

BEN Thompson is confident Millwall can knock Premier League opposition out of the FA Cup for the second successive round – if they can repeat the performance they put in against AFC Bournemouth.

The Lions became the first side from the third tier or lower to defeat a Premier League side by three goals in the FA Cup when they won 3-0 at The Den in the third round.

Millwall meet Watford for the first time in the competition on Sunday, and Thompson isn’t underestimating the size of the task against Walter Mazzarri’s men.

“Watford are a very good side, obviously I’ve seen them on TV and that,” Thompson said. “We’re going to go out there with the same attitude we did against Bournemouth and I think we can easily get a result if we play the same as we did then.

“If we take the game to them there’s no reason why we can’t get through.”

Thompson believes the fact they’re playing at The Den against a team 39 places about them in the league pyramid could be crucial.

He said: “Bournemouth were worth millions and millions compared to us but anyone who comes to The Den to play us, we’re always going to have an advantage. That affects most teams that come and play there and that’s the beauty of The Den and of Millwall.”

Thompson put in one of the best performances of his Millwall career as the side prevented Bournemouth from registering a shot on target in 90 minutes.

Asked if how well he did made him think about whether he could test himself at a higher level he said: “Yes and no.

He added: “For them, they came to Millwall and made 11 changes. That wasn’t their full side they play in the Premiership, but you look at it and it’s still a forty- or fifty-million-pound team and you’ve done a job against them and done well.

“Who knows? You’ve got to be tried at that level before you know if you can play it or not. Hopefully I can do it with Millwall in the Championship or even the Premiership.”

Thompson was at Wembley as a fan when Millwall reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 2013 before they lost 2-0 to eventual winners Wigan Athletic.

“That’s the beauty of cup games,” he said. “You get to play at good places against good teams. It’s always a challenge against Premiership teams, against some of the best players around.

“I enjoy the FA Cup. I love it.”

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John Kelly