Millwall skipper: 'It's a proud day for our academy'

TONY Craig is confident Millwall can be a match for any side at The Den – after the Lions ended their hoodoo against Barnsley to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Millwall defeated Bournemouth, Watford and Premier League champions Leicester at home in the competition last season on their way to the quarter-finals.

The Tykes looked set to extend their winning streak against Millwall to six games when Brad Potts put them ahead, but the hosts hit back through an Aiden O’Brien brace and goals from Ben Thompson and Fred Onyedinma.

Craig says he always takes in the cup draw, which will happen on Monday from 7pm.

“Yeah, I do, Monday night seven o’clock there ain’t much else on the telly. It’s either that or Emmerdale, my missus will be watching that and I’ll certainly be looking forward to the draw,” he joked.

“We’ll take anyone at home. Last season we had some big clubs come here and if we get a home draw we’ll certainly be happy. For any club to come here we know how difficult we can make it for them.

“It’s very important to get to the next round, especially here and it keeps our home run going. They’ve been a bogey side over the years and we’re happy to finally get a win under our belts against them.

“They caught us with a sucker-punch and it took us 10 minutes to regroup, but once we got a foothold in the game there was only one side in it.

“We had a lot of chances and young Fred up there was a handful.”

It was Craig’s fourth start of the season, his first since November, and it was his tackle that won back possession in the build-up to Millwall’s first goal.

“It took me a little while to get into it, it’s been a while since I played left-back in a competitive game,” he said. “I was pleased with my performance, and there were a few others who came in who haven’t played and they’ve all certainly put their names [forward for selection].

“It’s difficult getting your sharpness, match fitness is key and obviously if you’re not playing that’s difficult to get.

“I thought Ben and Fred did extremely well, two youth products who came through the system and they will go from strength to strength.

“Aiden has had a lot of opportunities this year, a lot of chances and thankfully they’ve gone in today. But the important thing is the goal-scorers came through the youth system. It’s a proud day.”

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John Kelly