Millwall host Premier League outfit Brighton this weekend in the FA Cup quarter-finals and the clash represents a huge opportunity for both sides to advance in the competition – considering the teams that have gone out already and those left, it’s there to be won.
Seagulls midfielder Dale Stephens has spoken in depth about the game and what he said is intriguing considering the approach his side took last time out at Crystal Palace.
Well, speaking to The Argus, Stephens said:
“Millwall is a tough place and it is similar to a derby experience. Their fans get behind their team and it’s part of what they are good at. They are a direct team and an aggressive side. We are looking to get on top of them and play our own match as well.”
Has the 29-year-old just hinted at a huge change in approach from the one that was successful against their rivals last week, and is it the right one to take at The Den?
The Lions have hardly had an easy route to the last eight of the FA Cup and fully deserve to be there after knocking out Everton in sensational style – is this game setting up to be a repeat of that result?
Millwall’s fifth-round opponents kept 64% possession but it did nothing for them in the end and, if Stephens’ words are anything to go by, Brighton will look to impose their style on the weekend tie in a similar way.
That should suit Neil Harris’ side well, who will be able to clog the final third and make it difficult for Chris Hughton’s men, who were successful playing with a counter-attacking approach last time out instead, to create chances.
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Millwall have been a huge threat from set-pieces so far in the competition and will likely find joy on the break if they can soak up the pressure as effectively as they did last time they met top-flight opposition.