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The boy Dunne good

9 March 2013

Defender features in matchday programme

Eleven years ago this month a 19-year-old Alan Dunne made his Lions debut in a 3-2 defeat away to Sheffield United.
The defender has gone on to etch his name into the history books at The Den and made his 300th Millwall appearance in the FA Cup Fifth Round victory over Luton Town in February.
"I was delighted to reach that landmark," the right-back told the matchday programme. "Three hundred games for a club like Millwall is a marvellous achievement. I've been here since the age of 10 and dreamed to play for the first team. To go on and make that number of appearances is something I could never really see happening."
Dunney has returned to the side in recent weeks having previously lost his place to Adam Smith after the young loanee's arrival at the club in November. The 30-year-old admits it was a 'frustrating' time on the sidelines, but is pleased to be back in contention and will hope, no doubt, to play a key role in Sunday's Quarter-Final.
Blackburn Rovers are just a point better off in the Championship than Kenny's men and, despite home advantage, Dunney believes The Lions can take nothing for granted against Michael Appleton's side.
"They've beaten Arsenal away and that just shows what they are capable of doing. As we're at home we need to make the crowd our 12th man. We need every seat to be filled and have fans helping us win every tackle and every header.
A Millwall crowd of 15,000 can feel like 30,000 and that can be intimidating for players as we've seen over the years. The crowd help us raise our game and that will hopefully happen on Sunday."
For more from Dunney, including his comparisons between the current squad and the one which reached the FA Cup Final in 2004, don't forget to pick up your copy of the matchday programme for just £3.

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