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Butcher praises never-say-die Lions ahead of Emirates FA Cup clash

30 November 2016

Midfielder labels Bury comeback a 'season defining' moment

Calum Butcher believes Millwall's superb fightback at Bury is season defining - but admits there's still plenty of room for improvement when The Lions host Braintree Town in Sunday's Second Round Emirates FA Cup tie.

Butcher nodded home the equaliser at Gigg Lane on Saturday as Millwall clawed their way back from two goals down to secure a dramatic 3-2 victory with virtually the last kick of the match.

Neil Harris' men will take a break from League One action to focus on their respective FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy campaigns, and Calum says his team-mates must show the same heart and determination to mount a credible challenge across all competitions.

"There are defining moments in seasons and that comeback could be one of them for us," he told millwallfc.co.uk.

"It showed great character to pull ourselves out of the hole and get the three points. We fell behind but we didn't lose our heads. We just kept pressing and pressing and eventually got the reward."

The midfielder praised Fred Onyedinma's tireless contribution who, in the absence of strikers Lee Gregory and Steve Morison, led the Lions line and set-up the match-winner against The Shakers.

"Fred was brilliant. He worked really hard to get us on the front-foot and that was highlighted by his cross that led to the winning goal," Calum added.

"We don't want to be chasing matches but if we do fall behind we have proved that we can comeback. It's a never-say-die attitude and we will keep fighting right to the end."

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