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Livermore expecting a "tight and tense" trip to Scunthorpe

6 May 2017

Lions assistant previews Play-Off Semi-Final second leg

With just 72 hours to recover and rally for the Play-Off Semi-Final second leg, Dave Livermore has highlighted the importance of resilience as his Millwall team prepares to travel north.

The Lions and Iron couldn't be separated over a tense and physically demanding 90 minutes at The Den on Thursday night, meaning both sides will have it all to play for in Sunday's rematch.

"It's probably the most crucial thing going into this match; which team is going to recover and prepare the best," the Lions assistant boss told

"We came through the match without any serious injuries or niggles and that will give us options when it comes to picking a team. 

"The players that are picked have to be ready to go and aggressive from the kick-off."

Lions defender Shaun Cummings was replaced by Mahlon Romeo as a precaution but is expected to travel with the team this weekend.

Meanwhile, Iron boss Graham Alexander may be without the services of Stephen Dawson after the midfielder suffered a sickening wrist injury in the dying stages of the first leg. 

Dawson was pivotal in locking down the midfield on a night of dogged defending from the visitors.

"I think they were happy to come to The Den and keep it a tight game and they'll be happy with the draw. At their place they will have have a different mindset and will come out to win the game, but so will we.

"Our team have proved that we can win away from home in these high pressure situations. We performed against Bradford in the Play-Offs last season and got a fantastic 3-1 win at their place.

"That experience will help us but we know it won't be easy because Scunthorpe are a very good side.

"It's set up to be a tense, exciting match."

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