Millwall forward: Bring Den atmosphere to Spurs

AIDEN O’Brien wants Millwall fans to bring The Den atmosphere with them to White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Millwall have sold their full allocation of 3,681 tickets for the last ever FA Cup fixture at the stadium.

Millwall have knocked three Premier League sides out of the competition at home this season, and O’Brien wants the travelling support to recreate the same kind of intensity in north London.

He said: “Once we get The Den packed I don’t care who comes here, we make it so hard for them to come out and try to do what they do. It’s the most intimidating place you can play. And me playing for Millwall I can say that, it’s scary.

“If we take that kind of atmosphere to Tottenham it’s going to be one hell of a game.”

The game is live on BBC One, but O’Brien insisted there wouldn’t be any extra nerves against the side currently second in the Premier League.

“I’ve worked hard to become what I am today,” he said. “I believe in my ability. I like to have a little joke and get the camp going, I think that helps. But I just chill.

“I’ve played in various positions this season and last season, I’m a versatile player. If the gaffer decides to play me left or right, I don’t really care who I’m up against. I’m going to do what I have to do to score or help the team in whatever way possible.”

O’Brien, Lee Gregory and Steve Morison have scored 100 goals between them since the start of last season. “That statistic brings a smile to my face, it’s a nice number. But at the end of the day everyone should be chipping in, whether it’s scoring goals or clearing the ball off the line.

“It’s a team effort, we have that bond and unity and we’re going to go far this season.”

Islington-born O’Brien, whose family and friends are all Arsenal fans, believes the way Jake Cooper has settled in since his move from Reading illustrates how strong that bond is.

O’Brien said: “He’s come in and the first thing he did was apply himself, he didn’t go into his shell. He’s bonded with us very well, it’s like we’ve known him for ages.

“The players like that about him, he hasn’t come in and hidden away, he’s been himself. We’ve taken to him. We’ve got a bond on and off the pitch, this is a great dressing room and everyone says that.

“He’s vital to us at the moment, he’s a great defender and he can add goals.”

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John Kelly


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