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Jimmy hoping to become 'four-midable' in the Play-Offs

4 May 2017

"We have to get to Wembley and win promotion," says the midfielder

In nine seasons at The Den, Jimmy Abdou has seen it all.

Whether it's Wembley joy, Wembley heartbreak, relegation or an FA Cup Semi-Final, the midfielder has been at the heart of it all - not forgetting his goal at Elland Road, which will live long in the memory of thousands of supporters.

Now, along with fellow Lions stalwart and club captain Tony Craig, Jimmy is set to become the first Millwall player to feature in four separate Play-Off campaigns.

With one victory and two defeats already under his belt, the Comoros international is hoping to level things up this time round.

Millwall take on Scunthorpe United at The Den on Thursday night in the first leg of the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Semi-Finals (kick-off 7.45pm), with the club looking to secure a spot at Wembley Stadium in the Final for the second season running.

Last year, The Lions convincingly defeated Bradford City at the Semi-Final stage, before losing out on a place in The Championship to Barnsley.

"My first experience of the Play-Offs was against Leeds United at The Den in 2009," said Abdou.

"That was a great game, but we had to go to Elland Road and finish the job. After I managed to score, it was magical - almost as if the whole world stopped for a moment. The final whistle brought a great release of emotion.

"The Semi-Final first leg at Bradford last season was a great performance. To come back from a goal down to win 3-1 made it easier for us in the second leg.

"To win the Play-Offs, though, you need a bit of luck - with the suspension to Mahlon Romeo and the injury to Byron Webster in the warm-up before the Final, things were not going our way.

"But, we had no excuses. Now, we have to make sure we get there again and win promotion. There is no better place to do it. Wembley is such a special place."

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