Shaun Williams is relishing the opportunity to do battle with another Premier League opponent when Everton come to The Den this weekend in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round.
Williams was part of the Millwall side to overcome three top-flight teams en route to the Quarter-Finals in 2016/17, and is confident that The Lions can stand up to the test of Marco Silva’s men.
“We’re really looking forward to facing a Premier League side at The Den again,” the midfielder states.
“It won’t be an easy task for anyone – they can bring their best XI if they want, but we know exactly how we play, especially at The Den.
“People look for an upset in the Cup, and we’d be a good bet for it. We’ve taken some big scalps before.”
The 32-year-old talks further about the fond memories of reaching the last eight two years ago, and claims it can give a squad a hugely helpful confidence lift.
“Back in 2017, we were in a bit of a sticky spell leading into the Cup run. But it galvanised our season and led to us winning promotion in the Play-Offs.
“We beat three Premier League teams, and it gave us all confidence to know that we could perform against the likes of Leicester, who were champions at the time, as well as Watford and Bournemouth. Taking inspiration from that definitely gives us a boost.”
“My least favourite of the run would definitely be the Spurs game [Quarter-Final]! But against Leicester in particular when we went down to 10 men and knocked them out at The Den with a late goal, it was amazing and the atmosphere was unbelievable.”
Williams recently made his full return from an injury sustained whilst scoring a late equaliser at Bristol City back in December, and claims he is feeling fresh amid increasing central midfield competition.
“I’ve looked to continue from where I left off, really,” he says.
“I have just got fit again and looked to give the gaffer a few headaches for his team selection – I feel good now and it’s not giving me anymore problems.”
Despite Ben Marshall being among a trio of players cup-tied for Saturday’s encounter, Williams has highlighted the positive vibe around the camp from having the winger back in the squad for the rest of the season.
“It’s great to have Marshy back around. He’s a cracking lad, and as a player he’s quality.
“The way he plays the game brings the group on, and he’s got experience playing a lot of games at some top clubs.
“We’re delighted to have him back with the squad.”