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"We will be looking to go as far as we can in the Cup," says Livermore

Millwall's assistant manager looks ahead to Saturday...

5 January 2018

Millwall will look to 'make amends' for a disappointing second-half performance at Norwich City when Barnsley travel to The Den in this weekend's Emirates FA Cup Third Round clash.

The Lions let an early lead slip against the Canaries last weekend, passing up the chance to secure the club's first win at Carrow Road in half a century and round-out a largely encouraging festive period.

"It was possibly a game too far for us," Dave Livermore told millwallfc.co.uk.

"It's been a busy month and you could see against Norwich that we didn't have the energy levels we usually have.

"We had some fantastic wins at home and I think we have to be pleased. It's a shame that we ended that period of games with the performance and result at Norwich but the positives are we accumulated plenty points over the past month that helped us with our League position.

"We have to move on quickly and we have a chance to make amends against Barnsley this weekend at home."

The club's most recent campaign in the competition remains fresh in the minds of players and fans alike.

An impressive giant-killing Cup run saw The Lions claim the scalps of Bournemouth, Watford and Leicester before being knocked out by Spurs in the Quarter-Final last year.

"It's a competition that we have a good history in," the assistant boss added.

"We did well in the competition last season and we will be looking to go as far as we can again.

"The memories we created last year, beating three Premier League teams and having the opportunity to play the last FA Cup match at White Hart Lane are priceless.

"On the one hand it was a fantastic experience for all and the group learnt a lot from it, but on the other it possibly caused us a few issues with our squad size and our League position. We will have to get that balance right this year."

The Lions will also want to rewrite some recent history against this weekend's opponents.

Barnsley have won all five of their last meetings and while Livermore says Millwall are hardly on a revenge mission, he does admit it adds something extra to the fixture.

"Yeah, perhaps it helps with motivation," He added.

"Our history against Barnsley hasn't been great in recent times." 

"They have a good, strong team with some talented players. We will approach it like any other game, they are our next opponent and we will be setting up to try and win the game." 


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