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Rowett keen to continue Millwall's proud Cup tradition

The boss looks ahead to Emirates FA Cup tie...

3 January 2020

Millwall's squad has been stretched over the festive period - but Lions boss Gary Rowett is keen to keep up the club's "fabulous tradition" in the Emirates FA Cup this weekend.

The Lions take on Sky Bet League Two side Newport County in the Third Round on Saturday (kick-off 12.31pm), but despite the gap of two divisions, The Exiles will look for another shock in what is set to be their first-ever trip to The 'new' Den.

The Welsh outfit have defeated Leeds United, Leicester City and Middlesbrough in recent times, plus gaining a more than respectable draw with Tottenham Hotspur and hosting Manchester City at Rodney Parade.

Speaking to after The Lions' 3-1 New Year's Day victory over Luton Town at The Den, Rowett was under no illusions with regards to the tie, but also stated that a few fringe players may earn a start against Michael Flynn's side.

"We want to win the game. I know the club has a fabulous tradition in the FA Cup," he said.

"There's one or two players in that dressing room who I'm going to be forced to not start, the likes of Shaun Williams and Jed Wallace, who have played nearly every minute of every game since I arrived. We've taken Jed off early in the last couple of games just to try and save his legs a little bit.

"On the other hand, there's some in there who are hungry to start. It's difficult - the likes of Billy Mitchell, when do we find out if he is going to be good enough to play for us?

"Sometimes you might have to take one or two gambles, but we're going to take the game as seriously as we can. We want to keep this good run going."

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