KENNY Jackett says the prospect of a third trip to Wembley in four years has Millwall fired up ahead of their FA Cup quarter-final against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.
The Lions have played at the national stadium twice before during Jackett’s reign – League One play-off finals in 2009 and 2010 – and can book a return with a win over Rovers.
“Playing at Wembley again is a great prospect,” Jackett said. “A really good cup run is not something I’ve had as a manager at Millwall yet. We have a fantastic chance to change that.
“I have been disappointed with the recent run of form in the league and the way we’ve fallen away down the table, there is no doubt about that.
“But this is a different competition and a big chance in a one-off game. If we are good enough to go and win on Sunday, we’ll be one step away from the final.
“If we win, hopefully the confidence and attention that is generated from that result could really kick us on. Whichever way you look at it, it’s a key game in our season.”
But Millwall head into the match on the back of seven defeats in their last ten and Jackett has called for an immediate response from his players after their 2-0 defeat to Wolves in midweek.
The 51-year-old, a finalist himself with Watford in 1984, believes a frenzied atmosphere at The Den could prove to be key and is keen to ensure his side capitalise on playing in front of their own fans.
“It’s a great opportunity,” he said. “If you had a choice, you’d take a home tie all day. We are going to pack the place out and there’s going be a great atmosphere with the crowd right behind us.
“If that makes us favourites, then we have to recognise the opportunity we’ve got because this is the furthest we’ve been in the competition for quite a while, certainly since I’ve been here.
“There is a big build up to the game. There’s a lot of media attention and that type of atmosphere in the build up and on the day is great. Our supporters will take the roof off and ensure they back us.
“We have got to make our home advantage tell. We haven’t done that of late but the crowd have still been good to us. We’ve got to put on a good performance and feed off the crowd.
“Our run of form has been horrible. We put in two good away performances at Middlesbrough and Leeds but our last two at home against Peterborough and Wolves have been really below par.
“We’ve got to identify where we need to improve – and then come out fighting.”