'Incessant noise' a factor on unforgettable night
The hair may well stand up on the back of the neck of any Lions fan when recalling the phenomenal atmosphere that provided the back drop to one of the greatest night's at The Den in recent history when Millwall beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 in the 2009/10 Play-Off second leg.
Only five members of the Millwall team from that night - David Forde, Jack Smith, Jimmy Abdou, Paul Robinson and Liam Trotter - are still at the club, with possibly four of those set to line up when the two teams lock horns for the first time since that epic encounter at The Den tomorrow.
For Huddersfield, goalkeeper Alex Smithies, skipper Peter Clarke and striker Lee Novak were on duty on a night that Smithies admitted: “We just weren’t strong enough.”
At the time the Yorkshire Post commented on 'the incessant noise generated by the home fans in a crowd of 15,463' - a factor that undeniably had a bearing on the final outcome of the game.
And speaking to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner today, Town stopper Smithies feels that his side are better equipped to deal with things this time out.
"Last time we went there, we had quite a young side and our inexperience showed through, but we’re a different proposition now,” he said.
“The Millwall fans really get behind their side, but our supporters have been fantastic home and away and I know they’ll be making some noise as well.
We will be looking to put in a big performance and with the backing of the fans here at The Den, we can do well."
"Huddersfield have started the season very well," he said, "It's going to be a difficult game, but there are plenty of tough games in this division.
However Lions top scorer Darius Henderson, who has bagged six goals this season so far, believes that with the home fans in fine voice, Millwall can stretch their unbeaten run to six games.
I’ve learned to shut out the background noise and focus on the game, and we’re going there well prepared and in good spirits."
Overall, Millwall have won 17 of 39 games, with Huddersfield tasting success in 16 and the remaining six matches finishing all square.
The Lions go into action tomorrow having won 10 of the previous 16 League meetings between the teams, with three drawn and Huddersfield victorious in three.