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Dunne expects support to be key

17 November 2014

Skipper Alan anticipating good atmosphere at The Valley

Millwall captain Alan Dunne says the travelling Lions faithful could be a key factor in Saturday's game against Charlton Athletic at The Valley.

Over 3,000 Millwall supporters are making the short journey to SE7 for the eagerly anticipated London derby against an Addicks side led by ex-Lion Bob Peeters.

And Dunne, who scored his first goal of the season in the 3-2 defeat to Brentford, believes Peeters is putting together one of the best Charlton sides he has seen in recent seasons.

"It is always a fixture that everyone wants tickets for," Dunney told "Games between us and them are always good to be involved in and they can generate a good atmosphere in the stands. Saturday will be no different.

"They have started the season well under Bob Peeters, who I know and have played with. They have probably surprised a few people with their form and it promises to be a tough game. It is one of the best Charlton sides I've seen over the last few years.

"But we're also better than we have been and I think both teams have improved from last season. Having said that we need to get back to winning ways."

The defended added: "Having over 3,000 fans getting behind you will always help, no matter where you are playing or who you are up against. In the last couple of games we've played at The Valley our fans have really driven us on. That level of support can be key in games like these.

"We've got to keep their frontmen quiet and not allow them to bring their crowd into it. I think having a clean sheet at half-time could be important, and if we are playing towards our own fans in the second-half then we have a good chance."

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