STEVE Morison doesn’t want history to repeat itself this weekend.
After each of Millwall’s four FA Cup games against Premier League opposition in 2016-17, they drew their next league fixture 0-0.
Three were at The Den, the away game a 0-0 draw against Charlton a week after beating Bournemouth 3-0.
Two of them were on Tuesday nights – against Walsall and Chesterfield – following 1-0 wins the previous Saturday against Watford and Leicester.
Morison believes having a full week to prepare for the clash with Rotherham this Saturday could help the side avoid a similar pitfall.
“It’s a difficult one but the ones in League One were a nightmare because we were playing on a Saturday, beating a Premier League team and then having a team turn up 4-5-1 on a Tuesday night and frustrate the hell out of us,” Morison said. “We couldn’t get the results we needed, that was hard work.
“It’s quite nice that we’ve got a whole week going into the Rotherham game. It won’t be a full house and the fans will turn up and expect us to win. We expect to win as well, it’s massive.
“One thing we were doing, all around the Everton game, was talking about Rotherham. The Everton game was a nice distraction and obviously we spoke about how we were going to get a result, but everything we’ve done has been based on winning the Rotherham game.”
Millwall have 29 points from 28 games and are six points above the relegation zone.
Morison added: “We have to just keep ticking the points off and get to 50 points as soon as possible then see what happens after that.
“At one stage on Saturday [leading Leeds 1-0] Rotherham were one point behind us but they lost. We want to keep them as far away from us as possible and build a nice healthy gap.”
Ben Marshall and Ben Thompson come back into contention after being cup-tied last weekend. Fred Onyedinma is also another attacking option.
Jed Wallace is a doubt with a groin strain, while Conor McLaughlin and Tom Elliott are still out.
Rotherham’s squad has been hit with injuries in recent weeks. Ryan Williams is out, while Ben Wiles is a doubt. But Joe Newell and Kyle Vassell could return.
Possible Millwall starting XI:
4-4-1-1: Archer; Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, M Wallace; Marshall, Tunnicliffe, Williams, Ferguson; Leonard; Gregory.
Millwall 4/6 Draw 13/5 Rotherham 12/5
Rotherham 1-0 Millwall (Raggett 26’)
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