Millwall will be seeking to make it six games unbeaten in all competitions this weekend as they play host to Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United at the New Den in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Tomorrow’s tie represents something of a big test for the Lions who will be facing up against a United side that has surpassed many a pundit’s expectations to see themselves into eighth place as we reach the halfway stage of the season.
The game will also be tough from a Blades perspective, with the Millwall home faithful being well known for creating an intimidating atmosphere for away sides on their home turf, with Rowett today alluding to the topic in question during a recent interview:
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“The fans will make a huge difference.
“If they get behind the team, as they have done in every game so far, particularly if the game is 0-0 or we are behind, (their support) really does drive the players forward.
“The players always talk about it; “how good were the fans today”, or “how good was the atmosphere” – you can’t undervalue it.”
Before the former Derby County boss then spoke of the importance of his side putting in a good performance in a game that he clearly feels will be a big test for his charges:
“Sheffield United are a Premier League side but I don’t think they’ll come with that mentality that sometimes you hope they do.
“It’ll be another big challenge for us.”
Millwall are unlikely to make many changes for the game against the Blades, with Ryan Woods being the only enforced absentee, due to the midfielder being cup tied after playing for his parent club Stoke City in an earlier round of the competition.
The absence of Woods should see Rowett hand another chance to 18-year-old midfielder Billy Mitchell, as the club’s young prospect continues to impress after being called up to the first team squad.
Mitchell’s presence will in turn see the youngster paired in the centre of the park with the ever impressive figure of Jayson Molumby, who has also thrived since arriving on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion this summer.