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O'Brien: "We need to bring our A-game on Saturday"

1 February 2019

Aiden O’Brien has described Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round victory over Everton at The Den as a “massive win”, and lauds everyone at the club who played a part in securing a Fifth Round tie at AFC Wimbledon on February 16th.

Lions academy graduate O’Brien compares the upset to the club’s shock victory over then-champions Leicester City at The Den in 2017.

"It was a massive win," he told millwallfc.co.uk.

"We took down a very good Premier League team in Everton, so credit to everyone involved with that. If you look back at a couple of years ago to when Shaun Cummings scored the last-minute winner against Leicester City, we had 10 men in that game and the odds were against us.

“We stuck with it and Shaun came up with the winner against the reigning champions. It was exactly the same this year. We know that if it comes down to the last minutes and we're still in the game, there can always be an upset. That's what happened - Murray Wallace, the fox in the box(!), comes up and scores. I think he should stay in the box more often! He scores a lot of his goals in there, fair play to him. We were all buzzing."

The forward and the rest of the Millwall squad now turn their attention to a huge Sky Bet Championship encounter as The Lions host Rotherham United on Saturday.

"Saturday is massive, it's vital. There's no getting away from that, we need the three points. We're still down near the bottom, and so are Rotherham, plus another few teams, and we need to make the gap bigger - we can do that by winning this game.

“We need to listen in to the management's preparations and make sure we bring our A-game on the day. It's a massive game in our season.”

The Republic of Ireland international has made it clear that consolidation in the second tier is the all-important prize at stake, and that claiming three points at the weekend will be a huge positive step towards doing so.

"We just want to make sure we get as far up the League as we can, get away from trouble and win as many games as possible. We'll push as hard as we can. We don't want to drop back down to League One and have to go through the promotion side of things again - that's so hard to do. The main aim for us is to stay in this division and that starts here - we need to win."


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