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Players react to the Emirates FA Cup draw

5 December 2017

Millwall will host a familiar foe in the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup, drawing fellow Championship side Barnsley.

The Tykes will travel to SE16 for the second time in just a few months following their 3-1 victory at The Den in late September.

"We will have a point to prove against them after the result they had against us in the League," Lions midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe told following the draw.

"I think it will be good for us to have the chance to right a few wrongs and it's a home draw so hopefully this can be the start of a Cup run."

Millwall enjoyed an impressive Cup campaign last season, defeating three Premier League teams before falling to Spurs in the Quarter Finals at White Hart Lane.

It proved a catalyst of sorts for The Lions, who used momentum to go on a 13 game unbeaten League run that culminated in promotion to the Championship via the Sky Bet League One Play-Offs.

"The longer you stay in the competition the better chance you have of drawing big teams," Tunnicliffe added.

"Playing in those big ties can swing momentum in a season and a good Cup run can be transferred into League form and help you to push up the table - which is always the main goal."

Former Wolves midfielder George Saville had a hand in a number of upsets with The Wanderers last season, receving praise for his role in wins over Liverpool and Stoke, and is looking forward to this year's campaign with Millwall.

"Barnsley is definitely a match we can win and if we do then we will be in the hat to draw a bigger club next round," Saville told 

"It's exciting and these games give you a bit more freedom to go and play one of the big boys.

"We are glad that it's going to be a home tie against Barnsley and hopefully we can start a nice run going into the New Year."

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