FA Cup a welcome distraction for Lions boss


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Millwall boss Neil Harris has urged his side to seize a “huge opportunity” by beating League One AFC Wimbledon to secure an FA Cup quarter-final spot.

The Lions travel to Wimbledon as the favourites at 2.00 but Harris is taking nothing for granted.

Millwall overcame Everton in the previous round and have a strong record in the FA Cup in recent years, having reached the last four six years ago and the final in 2004.

Harris wants his current squad to write their place into the club’s history by reaching the last eight this year, and he feels the FA Cup has provided a welcome distraction to their relegation fight in the Championship.

He told the club website: “Facing Wimbledon is a South London derby to a certain extent, and it’s a huge opportunity for definite for both teams to get through.

“The message to the players is clear – there is a place in the quarter-finals at stake. Just because we’ve had a final, semi-finals and quarter-finals in the last 15 years, you cannot take for granted what it means to get to the latter stages of this competition – or the euphoria and excitement that it brings.”

He added: “It’s a nice distraction for us from the League before we visit Derby County next week, and certainly a game I look forward to personally because of my affiliation with the competition.” Wimbledon are 3.80 to win and a draw is 3.40.

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