Buckle relishing Millwall tie

Having shocked Premier League Norwich City 1-0 at Carrow Road on Saturday, boss Paul Buckle cautiously welcomed the fifth round tie against Millwall, writes Mark Wood.

Friday, 1st February 2013, 2:56 pm

While it may not have the glamour of a draw against one of the top five teams in the country, he was quietly optimistic.

Buckle said: “People will think it’s a winnable tie because of what we’ve done in the last two games.

“Sometimes you can dream and the FA Cup is about dreams, but there is a reality.

“The reality is we’ve knocked a Championship team out and we’ve knocked a Premiership team out and it’s incredible.

“People will say that - you won’t catch us saying that - what you will get on the day is belief, determination and an unbelievable workrate.

“Because you saw again how fit the players are and it’s the one thing I wanted to do when I came to Luton to get the squad super fit.

“It just shows you if you’ve got those fitness levels, it can work wonders for you.

“It’s no disappointment at all, I’ve got to be honest with you. If you are asked the question before who would you like I think everyone would like Manchester United if you are from lower leagues.

“Plus my son supports them so he’d have killed me if I’d said anything else!

“Millwall at home is a brilliant tie for us, I’m so pleased we’re at home because I witnessed that fantastic day we had against Wolves.

“It was an unbelievable atmosphere and we’d probably under normal circumstances have to wait quite a long time to get that again.

“But we’re going to look forward to that one again, because Wolves was out of this world and I’ve got a feeling this could be even better.

“I don’t mean in terms of a result, I mean atmosphere.”

The rivalry between the two clubs, marred by the Lions’ riotous behaviour in 1985, is sure to make for a feisty atmosphere.

Buckle added: “Of course we all hope it will go off soundly, but you want that with every game.

“But it’s certainly one that the players will relish when it comes around and it will probably come around quite quickly.

“The season goes very fast January onwards and I’m absolutely thrilled to be in the fifth round and was very proud against Wolves and hopefully at the end of the game we will make our fans very proud again.”

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