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3 May 2013

In our own hands

Millwall travel to Pride Park on Saturday with their fate very much in their own hands.
A win or a draw against Derby County will see Championship football being played at The Den again next season.
Defeat at the hands of Nigel Clough's men, however, would leave The Lions hoping that either Peterborough (at Palace) or Barnsley (at 
Huddersfield) fail to win. Should both manage to pick up away victories against sides who themselves still have something to play for, Kenny 
Jackett's charges would be hoping that Middlesbrough win at Sheffield Wednesday.
Around 1,000 Lions fans are travelling to the Midlands for the early kick-off (12.45pm), and doubtless many will have their radios and mobile 
phones bringing them updates from Selhurst Park, the John Smith's Stadium and Hillsborough. For Kenny Jackett, however, the focus will be 
fully on the Derby match.
"Firstly," he said "we cannot prepare with the intention of getting a draw. We will set out to win the game and then perhaps in the final 15 
or 20 minutes, the state of the match and what we need may affect my substitutions. We have no control over what happens elsewhere so we can 
only focus on the job in hand. I'm pleased that we are in control of our destiny, and I'm confident that if we can reproduce the levels of 
commitment, effort and intensity we showed against Palace on Tuesday night we will get the result we need."
Derby go into the game in 13th spot and with an impressive home record. Only four Championship sides have lost fewer games on their own patch 
(four), but they have won only once in their last five League outings. 
Such is the nature of this division, a win for Millwall would take them above their opponents in the final table.

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