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"We must rise above the pressure," says King

30 March 2017

Goalkeeper primed for final push for promotion

Tom King has praised the character of his team-mates ahead of Saturday's crucial clash with Scunthorpe, insisting Millwall's giant-killing Emirates FA Cup run taught the Lions to better deal with pressure cooker situations.

King replaced Jordan Archer in the number 1 shirt after the regular goalkeeper suffered a knock midway through Tuesday night's match at Sheffield United.

"I was ready to play but it was unusual circumstances," King told millwallfc.co.uk

"Initially we thought Jordan was calling to the bench for a drink of water, but then we realised it was more serious and he had to come off.

"It was a big match against the League leaders but the manager told me to relax and treat it like any other game. I feel like the experience of playing at a packed White Hart Lane a few weeks ago really helped to prepare me."

And the 22-year-old may be called on again for Scunthorpe's trip to The Den. The Lions are riding the coattails of the play-off places in seventh position but remain at risk of slipping further adrift of sixth-placed Southend United this weekend.

"We just have to go out and rise above the pressure like we did at Bramall Lane on Tuesday. I think we played some of the best passing football that we have in a long time," King added.

"Nothing changes compared to the other games that we have played this season. The only difference is we are viewing our remaining games as a 'mini-season', with our season hinging on the next seven games.

"We are prepared to fight and do all we can to get the three points."


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