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Captain Craig looks ahead to Scunny showdown

7 May 2017

"It's a very evenly poised tie," says the defender

Millwall captain Tony Craig has likened Sunday night's Sky Bet League One Play-Off Semi-Final second leg to The Lions' final game of the regular 2016/17 campaign at Bristol Rovers.

Goals from Lee Gregory (2), Craig and Shaun Hutchinson secured Millwall's place in the Play-Offs with a dramatic 4-3 victory - and the left-back has stated that the squad will need to summon up that same kind of spirit once more to progress to a Wembley Final on 20th May.

The tie with The Iron is delicately poised after Thursday night's first leg, which ended goalless.

"The Bristol Rovers game was a Cup-tie, a emotional rollercoaster," said Craig. "But, it showed the togetherness we've got in the squad -  we can take a lot from that.

"Sunday is the same situation. We're looking forward to it."

The first leg at The Den was a game of few chances, with both sides shutting each other out. Craig claimed that he and his fellow defenders were pleased with the clean sheet, but are aware of the need to recover and produce the same kind of performance in north Lincolnshire.

"It's a very evenly poised tie. We tried to take a result with us to Glanford Park, but it wasn't to be. Our main focus now is to recover and get ready for Sunday's second leg.

"As a defender, you want to keep as many clean sheets as possible. They maybe had one or two chances, but as a defensive unit, we're very pleased with our performance on Thursday.

"We now know their strengths and weaknesses, but they know ours, too. It's a great game to look forward to. They'll have home advantage and have their fans backing them, but at the end of the day, it's just another game. We know what is coming.

"We know Scunthorpe are a very dangerous side. We know that if we give them an inch, they'll punish us. 

"Our recovery will be spot on and we'll give ourselves the best possible chance of a result on Sunday."

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