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Chaplow: Past results mean nothing

18 November 2014

It's all about Saturday says midfielder Richard

History may favour Millwall when it comes to derby successes against near neighbours Charlton Athletic - but midfielder Richard Chaplow says that the past will mean absolutely nothing when the two south east Londons lock horns at The Valley this Saturday.

The Lions go into action in SE7 having won 33 times in this fixture to Charlton's 11 victories, with the remaining 24 games finishing all square.

Despite not tasting defeat in this fixture since 1996 when goals from Lee Bowyer and Carl Leaburn secured a 2-0 win for Charlton, Millwall know that current results this season dictate that it is The Lions who are regarded as the underdogs ahead of Saturday's clash.

That point is not lost on midfielder Richard, who said: "It's going to be a very tough game. What's happened before is all water under the bridge. All that matters is Saturday, when we hope to put a good performance in.

"They are doing well at the minute. They were very much down there with us last season when we both managed to get away from it (relegation). We carried our form into the start of this season and they have obviosuly done the same and continued it on."

Richard has very happy memories of his first ever visit to The Valley wearing a Millwall shirt in March 2013, when he made his first start for the club after then manager Kenny Jackett had signed him on loan from Southampton.

"I made my Millwall debut there for the guys back in 2012/13," he recalled. "It was my first start for the club and I set up the first goal for Jermaine Easter, who came on as a sub. Last year we won there as well, so it's been a good place to go.

"My debut was also my Dad's debut with our fans at The Valley on the same day. He came  away saying how passionate our supporters were. It's something that the lads are immensely proud of, the way that we get supported. I'm sure they will put on a good show and we will be determined to put one on for them too. We want to get back to winning ways and I feel that we are very close to doing that."

A full interview with Richard is available on Lions Player here

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