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11 April 2013

Danny calls for mental toughness

Defender Danny Shittu believes The Lions have nothing to fear against Wigan Athletic when the two sides lock horns in Saturday's FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley (5.15pm).
The 32-year-old will lead the side out at the national stadium in the continued absence of club captain Paul Robinson and sees no reason why they can't secure a play in May's Final against either Chelsea or Manchester City.
"A lot of people won't be expecting us to win," Danny told the press at Thursday's pre-match press conference. "We don't see it like that. We can put on a good performance and give them a game. As long as we do what we normally do then we believe we've got a good chance of winning.
We tend to play better as underdogs but we still know it's going to be a hard game and we need to do things right on the day. That's what we'll be looking at."
It was Danny's header up at Ewood Park which secured Millwall's passage through to Saturday's Semi-Final and the defender believes the 'underdog' tag is something they're used to after that Quarter-Final with Blackburn Rovers.
"I was chuffed to score that goal, not just for me, but for the lads as well. When we went there a lot of people doubted us and didn't expect us to win the game so to beat them was good enough. For me to score as well meant a lot."
The Latics, managed by Roberto Martinez who played under Kenny Jackett for Swansea City, are currently in the top division's relegation places on goal difference. Danny, however, believes that on their day Wigan can be a match for any side in the country.
"They have such good strikers and attacking players. I've played against Wigan a couple of times and they come on really well at this stage of the season.
When you're playing against a Premier League team, and I've been fortunate enough to have some experience with that, you have to be mentally strong and aware. If you make a mistake they can go and score. It's about making sure everybody does the right things."



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