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Chopper's Cup connection

8 December 2013

Home and Away

For Lions coach Neil Harris Millwall's FA Cup 3rd Round tie couldn't be closer to home.

Millwall have been drawn to face Southend United at Roots Hall on the first weekend in January and for Chopper the journey to this particular away game will be significantly shorter than his regular drive to The Den.

Having ended his playing career with his home town club, this is a draw that particularly excites Millwall's legendary all-time leading scorer, who believes that other than a tie against one of the Premier League top six, this one is as good as it gets.

He said: "Naturally we'd always welcome a home draw against a Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal, but Southend away gives us a realistic chance to progress to the next round and enjoy a match against a fairly local side where we'll take a big following.

"It will be good to see the likes of Mark Phillips and Marc Laird again, and there is no doubt that Southend will be right up for this match and will make it very difficult for us. But as a Championship club we'll be confident of going there and getting a result, and after a busy Christmas and New Year period of League fixtures we'll be looking forward to one of the biggest days of the season, the 3rd Round of the FA Cup.

"I've already seen Southend four or five times this year, and Mick Harford will be watching them as well before January, so we'll be well prepared."

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