Palace fans wish they had Den buzz, says Millwall defender

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ALAN Dunne insists Millwall's players will not be fazed by a big-game atmosphere at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The Lions make the short trip across South London to face local rivals Crystal Palace for the first time this season, with the Eagles' so-called Ultra fans set to turn out in force.

The Holmesdale Fanatics, who style themselves on the choreographed support often seen on the terraces of Italian football, were formed in 2005 to increase noise levels at Palace home games.

But Dunne believes the group is nothing to worry about. He said: "They're trying to create an atmosphere like you get at The Den.

"It's not the best stadium in the world and their fans aren't as loud as ours, so they're trying to generate their own style by going Italian.

"They use the flags and the flares to get the crowd behind the team, because when that happens it does give you an extra lift. It can help with refereeing decisions as well.

"But it doesn't faze any Millwall players. We've got an experienced side and we've played in lots of big derbies before."



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