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Romance of the Cup still alive for Smith

Striker looks ahead to weekend's tie...

24 January 2020

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The Emirates FA Cup may be losing its touch in certain parts of the game, but for Matt Smith, the world-famous competition is alive and well.

The 30-year-old attacker first hit the headlines in January 2013 when, as an Oldham Athletic player, Smith scored twice as The Latics defeated a Liverpool side containing the likes of Jordan Henderson, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling 3-2 at Boundary Park.

'Smudger' was again on target against a Merseyside outfit in the next round - this time Everton - but Oldham slipped to a 3-1 defeat to The Toffees.

Fast forward seven years and Smith is still making headlines, this time for Millwall, as he opened the scoring in The Lions' Third Round victory over Newport County at The Den.

Gary Rowett's side are going from one end of the spectrum to the other on Saturday as, after welcoming Sky Bet League Two opposition to SE16, they will now host Premier League outfit Sheffield United for a place in Round Five.

"I'm really looking forward to it," said Smith to "I love the FA Cup, it's been a great competition to me over the years. It changed my life. It's a really great tournament."

The former Queens Park Rangers man lauded The Blades ahead of this weekend's meeting, but stated that an "underdog mentality" could serve Millwall well.

Chris Wilder's men are currently eighth in the elite League, but The Lions have suffered just one defeat in their last 14 matches.

"It saddens me a little bit when teams take it lightly or make radical changes. In my opinion, it's a tournament that should be taken seriously. It's a great opportunity against a team that are flying high in the Premier League at the moment, so it'll be a real tough test for us.

"It has all the ingredients of a proper Cup-tie. The underdog mentality can take you far, so hopefully we can use that to our advantage."

Watch the full interview with Matt Smith above as the striker covers last Saturday's 2-0 victory over Reading and this weekend's tie, and also speaks about The Lions' upcoming fixture list.

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