O’Donnell out to create more FA Cup memories against Millwall

Winger JJ O’Donnell is hoping to have better memories of today’s FA Cup tie with Millwall than the last time Hatters squared off with Championship opposition at Kenilworth Road, writes Mike Simmonds.

Although Town beat Wolves 1-0 earlier in the competition, a boot to the face saw O’Donnell stretchered off with a broken nose in the second half.

He returned to play a starring role in the triumph at Norwich City in the last round, coming off the bench to set up Scott Rendell’s late winner though as he said: “It wasn’t nice getting one in the face against Wolves, but it’s part and parcel of football.

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“Against Norwich it was great to play a part in setting up Rens. When you’re a kid running around in the park, you say this is the FA Cup,

“It’s great for me. Where I’ve come from last year to this year has been quite a journey for me.”

O’Donnell doesn’t see any reason why his side can’t go even further in the FA Cup too as he continued: “It’s not a case of turning up to make up numbers, we really believe we can go out there and we can win.

“When you saw the draw, you’re all hoping for a Premier League tie. When Millwall came out the hat it was a case of, hold on, we can win this.

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“We made history in the last round as the first (non-league) team to go away and win at a Premier League club.

“Back at Kenilworth Road, with 10,000 fans inside, it will be a hostile atmosphere and we want to enjoy it and try to get a positive result.”

Despite the belief within the camp that Town can reach the quarter-finals, O’Donnell is well aware the pressure is finally off his side against a team three leagues higher, who earned their own FA Cup upset in the previous round, beating Premier Legaue Millwall.

He said: “Villa were on a bit of low after they lost to Bradford, but it was still a great result for Millwall.

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“The pressure’s on them. They’ll go out on the pitch as favourites and it’s not a nice pressure being favourites, I can assure you.

“Week in week out when we go to Wrexham away or no disrespect, Telford at home, the expectation is to win every game.

“Saturday there is no expectation, we can go and enjoy it.”

O’Donnell has been in and out of the side in recent weeks, but is desperate to make an impact this afternoon.

He added: “I want to start every game, I’m available to play and just want to work hard for the boys, the gaffer and for the club.

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“If the gaffer puts me in the side Saturday, I’ll give it my all and hopefully help the team to victory.

“Millwall have got some great names. They’re Championship players so they deserve the respect as they’ve got where they are because of their ability.

“I know a few of their players when you look at the teamsheet, but when we cross that white line, it’s a case of us 11 versus their 11 and we’re going out there to win.”

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