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Forde: Survival means everything

30 April 2014

Keeper desperate for Millwall to secure safety

Lions number one David Forde says he is confident that Millwall can beat the drop on the Championship's final day, and believes the home crowd could play a crucial role against AFC Bournemouth (12.15pm).

Birmingham's defeat to Wigan on Tuesday night ensured that four clubs enter the final day fighting for survival, but Millwall, on an unbeaten seven-game run, know three points against Eddie Howe's Cherries will secure safety and make results elsewhere superfluous.

Speaking in Saturday's edition of The Lion, Fordey, this season's Player of the Year, says: "I've been involved in a lot of these games where results elsewhere may have an impact, whether that be at the top end in the Play-Offs or nearer the bottom in terms of relegation.

"No matter what is happening everywhere else we know what we need to do. Personally I feel very confident that we can do it, whereas last year we were struggling for form and getting over the line was proving incredibly difficult.

"Thankfully we have found some form with the seven-game unbeaten run this time around, but that won't count for anything unless we can finish job."

Advance ticket sales have reached the 12,000 mark and with days still to go that figure could increase significantly, ensuring one of the biggest attendances at The Den this season.

"Hopefully the crowd will see what we've done over recent weeks and appreciate the kind of football we've been playing. We're putting together some good stuff and the manager has to take great credit for that.

"If we can get the fans on side early on then that could be a huge help because here at Millwall they can create a cauldron-like atmosphere. That would make a big difference."

Can't make it to the game? Find out how to download Saturday's edition of The Lion here.

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