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Jimmy Abdou pleased patience pays off

12 May 2017

"We're ready for the fight," says Lions midfielder

Having spent much of the season waiting to be called upon, Jimmy Abdou has been a standout performer since returning to the Lions' midfield.

The workhorse ran Scunthorpe ragged over two legs in the Play-Off Semi-Final, helping Millwall book a trip to Wembley in the process.

"It's been a tough season for me," he admitted. 

"I haven't played too many games this season but I have been keeping fit and am always ready when the manager needs me.

"He called me back into the team and I did what I needed to do. I worked hard like the rest of the team and we were able to get the job done against Scunthorpe." 

This Play-Off campaign is the Comoros international's fourth during his time at The Den.

And although the 32-year-old has almost 350th appearances to choose from, the stalwart says helping the club return to the Championship with a win against Bradford "would be up there" with his fondest memories of a Millwall career spanning nine years.

"We have a little bit more time to prepare for this match. Having that extra week will be good for our recovery and we will be as prepared as possible for the Final on May 20.

"I know Wembley is a very special place. It's a big game for us and we all want to win because we know what it's like to lose at that stadium. 

"Last year we lost to Barnsley at that was hard, really hard to take. Thankfully we have another chance this year and we're going to do everything we can to go one step further.

"Bradford are a big club and a good team. This season they made it hard for us and we drew both games but we are ready for the fight."

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