The first semi : MFC vs WAFC @ Wembley

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Latics  record against The Lions in all competitions is  P20 W5 D6 L9 but that has been spread since the 1935 FA Cup match in which we lost 4-1.

The main bulk of the games being played the eighties, late nineties and subsequently 2000 to 2005, our last meetings both finished 2-0 to WAFC but most will remember probably one of the worst games of football they ever witnessed in 1999 when Paul Rodgers scored with virtually the last kick of the game at the “old Wembley” to secure the Auto Windscreens Shield.

Millwall are an established Championship outfit, currently fifteenth with fifty points from thirty games, their last four games has seen them draw two and win two, they play tonight (Tues 9th) at home against Sheffield Wednesday so in theory we should be just a tad “fresher” come 5.15pm on Saturday.

It won’t be an easy match because if The Owls win they would overtake their hosts and spark justifiable relegation fears down on Zamba Road.

On the road to reach Wembley Millwall overcame PNE at home 1-0, Aston Villa again at home 2-1, then an away day at Kennilworth Road were Luton Town were beaten 3-0 then they overcame Blackburn Rovers 1-0 at Ewood Park in a replay after a 0-0 draw at The New Den.

This game comes to soon for Ben Watson who made his return for the academy team midweek so Roberto will no doubt keep with the same XI / squad who failed miserably to overcome a ten man QPR in the televised match on Sunday.

Meanwhile Millwall be looking for a clean bill of health after tonight’s game, leading goal scorer James Henry along with Karleigh Osborne are back in training and could play a part but Riichard Chaplow is still a doubt after limping off against Birmingham City in their last match.

Kenny Jackett has also  recalled striker Shaun Batt from his loan spell at League One outfit Leyton Orient to help with the end of season run-in.

Q : When do we stop calling The New Den … The “New Den” and just The Den & The New Wembley … The “New Wembley” and just Wembley ?

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