Will Brighton be Millwall’s latest victims at The Den?
The Championship strugglers have incredibly seen off the last five top-flight teams to step foot inside the south London cauldron.
And with a place in the FA Cup semi-final at stake for today’s winners, Neil Harris’ men are hungry to pull off another upset today.
Millwall manager Neil Harris believes veteran strikers Glenn Murray and Steve Morison could determine the outcome this afternoon’s quarter-final showdown.
Since Harris’ appointment in 2015 they have remained undefeated in the FA Cup at home to Premier League teams, most recently eliminating Everton, and Bournemouth, Watford and Leicester before them.
Their 31 victories in FA Cup fixtures since 2004, when with Harris still playing they reached the final against Manchester United, represents the fifth highest total in English football.
Yet Brighton’s successive league victories, easing the threat of relegation, means they will arrive in South London with renewed momentum and belief, and not least because of last week’s satisfying win at rivals Crystal Palace, inspired by Murray’s fine first-half finish.
The 35-year-old’s 13 goals this season have again made him an influential a figure for Chris Hughton’s Brighton.
Morison, also 35, has a similar role at Millwall to that Harris played, and the Millwall manager said: “You are talking about players who have had very good careers.
“They’ve probably been big influences at the clubs they have been at over the years. Natural goalscorers, and you can’t underestimate – especially in the modern game, with society changed since we were young and people not quite as outgoing and vocal as they used to be – that influence in the changing room and around the place.
“You certainly can’t underestimate that influence on the pitch and on big occasions. Glenn has done a great job. To score the goals he has scored in the Premier League over the last 20 months is phenomenal; he probably surprised everybody and maybe even himself at times.
“He is a player who has always played with his heart and us, football people, will always appreciate and admire that. Steve has been the same. He has been great for me as a captain, great for me as a player, and his influence around the place is important.
“At this club in particular, you need Millwall voices, you need Millwall people to understand what it means to play here. You need people to understand the connection between the terraces and the changing room. I have never underestimated that.”