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A big opportunity

8 March 2013

Kenny speaks of Den boost

Lions boss Kenny Jackett hopes his side can make the most of home advantage on Sunday as Millwall entertain Blackburn Rovers in the highly-anticipated FA Cup Quarter-Final (2pm).
It's the furthest the club have got in the competition since 2004's run to the Final, and with a vocal Den backing Kenny sees no reason why they can't progress into at least the last four this time around.
"It's a great opportunity. If you had a choice you would take a home tie all day," Kenny told the press on Friday morning. "We're going to pack the place and there will be a great atmosphere with the crowd behind us. We have to recognise the chance we've got because it's the furthest we've got in the competition for quite a while. We have to do ourselves justice.
There's a big build up which you can see by the media attendance, which is great. It's nice to see that type of atmosphere leading up to the tie and our supporters will take the roof off and back us. Everybody sees it's a big game."
The Lions go into the game on the back of a disappointing League defeat to Wolves earlier this week which extended a run of four Championship games without a point at The Den, and it's something Kenny is determined to turn around.
"It's a horrible run of form that we've been in. There were two good performances at Middlesbrough and Leeds. Our last two games at home - against Peterborough and Wolves - have been well below par. We've got to identify where we think we're going wrong and where we need to improve. After that, we need to come out fighting (on Sunday) because it's a one-off game and a big chance. We've got to attack it and enjoy it as well."
Should his side defeat Michael Appleton's Rovers, a Semi-Final at Wembley Stadium awaits in April. That opportunity, Kenny insists, is a huge incentive for his players.
"It's a great prospect. I haven't been this far as a manager but both sides will feel the same. It's a big chance for us and Blackburn but we have to make home advantage tell which we haven't done of late. The crowd have still been good to us and we need to feed off of them.
If we do well enough on Sunday to win we'll then be saying how we're one step from the Final. Hopefully we can do that and our season will go on. Certainly in the League we need to pull things around otherwise we'll be in trouble."


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