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Millwall manager wary of Emirates FA Cup minnows

2 December 2016

"Complacency will not be an issue against Braintree Town," insists Harris


Lions boss Neil Harris says shock results are inevitable in the Emirates FA Cup but he's determined Millwall will not be victims of an upset at the hands of Braintree Town on Sunday afternoon (2pm). The National League side are all that stands in the way of a Third Round berth and Harris insists the underdogs will not be underestimated.

"There is the same at stake for both sides and we will respect them," Harris told millwallfc.co.uk.

"Braintree Town are a couple of divisions below us but they have enjoyed some very good results recently. It will be a tough game for us," he added.
Sunday may see the return of Shaun Hutchinson and striker Lee Gregory and the Millwall manager has stressed that competition for places will escalate in the coming weeks.

"We have two Cup games this week and I want to win both of them," he said.

"My players will be at it from the first moment on Sunday because they want to be in the team. If they don't perform then they will be out. It's as simple as that."

Millwall are bracing for a bruising encounter after doing their homework on their opponents recently.

"They are a big, physical side. They work well in getting it forward and putting the ball into the box so we will have to defend well.

"They have a manager that likes to play with energy and aggression and he will have his boys right up for it. We will have to be professional and at the top of our game to win.

"For us as a football club the Emirates FA Cup has been good for us over the years and we want to keep that flame alive. The Third round is special and we want to be in the hat when the draw comes around.

"We know that the only way to progress in this competition is by earning it and we intend to put in a solid performance against Braintree Town."

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