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25 January 2013

Red-hot atmosphere awaits Villa

Kenny Jackett believes that his Millwall team will have to perform at the very top of their game if they are going to progress through to the FA Cup Fifth Round at the expense of Aston Villa tonight.
A Den crowd expected to be in the region of 14,500 - 15,000 will be in full voice backing Kenny's boys - and he hopes that skipper Danny Shittu and the team can play their part too in making it a magical Millwall night to remember.
"In a Cup tie like this we are the underdog. Up until recently Villa's results had been very good, but lately the confidence seems to have gone out of the team. Maybe that's what you get with young players.
We have to play better than we did last Saturday against Burnley where we let out opponents take the initiative early on and never really got in the game.
Tonight we must get back to our highest performance level, competing for every ball and being creative in attack where we need to be clinical in front of goal when our chances come along.
Our responsibility is to put on a performance that can lead a passionate crowd towards a good evening."
The Lions boss is planning an upset but has, however, ruled out using any unsporting tactics adding: "I don't think we have any ball boys over the age of four, so if they are going to lie on the ball I think they'd struggle!
I've tried to think of every angle and every way we can beat Aston Villa - but that one has not crossed my mind."
Skipper Danny Shittu added: "This is not the place you want to be after losing to Bradford. Don’t get me wrong, I thought Bradford played really well to go through, but these fans are going to make the Villa players really feel it, and I’m sure the Villa fans are going to get it as well."

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