Friday, 6 January 2017

Millwall know all about Cup runs

It was in 2004 that Millwall played Man Utd in the FA Cup final. It was one of the finals that was played at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff. While the Lions did not lift the cup they certainly enjoyed getting to the final beating teams such as Burnley and Sunderland on the way. It seems strange that the London club won't be favourites to get past the third round, but League One clubs can upset the Premier League teams and it is important that Eddie Howe gets the balance of the team right and has enough quality to avoid being knocked out.

Outside Millwall's ground.
The cup pedigree of Millwall is not the only reason that their fans can look forward to this game though. Their team is playing well and currently sit ninth in the table just two points off the play-off places. They have won three of their last five games at home and scoring two or more goals a game has been a fairly consistent stat for the Lions this season. In the second round they found the net a little more often putting five past Braintree Town having initially been a goal down. In the first round they had a much closer encounter with Southend but notched up a 1-0 win just two minutes before the end of normal time.


Neil Harris has been manager at the club for two years come this summer. He inherited a Millwall side that was struggling in the Championship. Since then he has a win percentage that is just short of 50 per cent and the Lions have started to get back to that winning feeling. Lee Gregory is the number nine who has 10 goals from 23 appearances. Steve Morison is an able partner scoring 12 goals this season. Midfielder Tony Craig is the captain and he's played for a whole host of London clubs - Brentford, Orient and Palace - and has had several spells at Millwall. Not much of the side that beat AFCB 1-0 in the Cherries first season back in the Championship in 2014 remain if any so it's been a good rebuilding project by Neil Harris.  

AFCB won't take Millwall lightly though. They attracted more than 14,000 fans in League One for their needle match with Charlton and it could be a big turnout to see their side take on AFCB. 

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