Millwall v Brighton: FA Cup quarter-final – live!

17 March 2019 01:54
Live updates from the New Den, kick-off 2pm (GMT)‘No one likes us’ is a millstone for Millwall and those who do careFeel free to email Daniel or tweet @DanielHarris your thoughts 1.54pm GMT Sheringham likes the look of Lee Gregory, but notes how hard it’ll be for him playing alone up front against Duffy and Dunk. He’ll be feeding off reducers. 1.51pm GMT Classic cup telly tropes: Mahlon Romeo, son of Jazzy B, goes for an aircut. 1.45pm GMT My word there’s a lot of cackling already. Teddy Sherinnam is on top form. 1.43pm GMT BBC open with their now traditional curtain-raiser to the coverage: Alan Shearer’s lack of cup-winner’s medal. One of those things that makes me titter every time. 1.39pm GMT Millwall fans: where in your career hall of fame does the run to the 2004 cup final rank? 1.37pm GMT And tangentially: lovely bit of Case v Souness. 1.36pm GMT Any Brighton fans remember 1983? Was it worth going down to knock Liverpool out, nearly win the Cup final and then lose the replay? 1.30pm GMT Hughton speaks: “We know exactly what it means, not just to the club, but this group of players. A lot of very good players never have an opportunity to play in an FA Cup semi-final. We know how big today is, and we’ll do everything we can to try and get a result.” Every manager should think this. 1.27pm GMT Chris Hughton is nine years older than Jacob Rees-Mogg and six years older than Nigel Farage. Love don’t hate, people. 1.19pm GMT Headline news is obviously the alliterative brilliance of the Brighton bench; otherwise, the suspended Yves Bissouma is replaced by Beram Kayal.As for Millwall, the cuptied Ben Marshall and Ben Thompson are replaced by Shaun Williams and Aiden O’Brien, making his 200th appearance for the Lions. 1.16pm GMT Millwall: Martin, Coopers, Williams, Wallace, Gregory, Ferguson, Romeo, Pearce, Tunnicliffe, O’Brien, Leonard. Subs: Amos, McLaughlin, Meredith, Hutchinson, Elliott, Morison, Skalak.Brighton & Hove Albion: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo, Kayal, Stephens, Propper, Jahanbakhsh, Murray, Knockaert. Subs: Button, Bong, Bruno, Burn, Izquierdo, March, Locadia. 10.46am GMT The FA Cup is the absolute don, and ties like this are a huge part of the reason why. Millwall are 20th in the Championship, and in a relegation battle with Reading and Rotherham; Brighton are 15th in the Premier League and in a relegation battle with Newcastle, Palace, Southampton, Burnley and Cardiff; either could go down, and yet either might still enjoy the greatest season in their history with memories to sustain their families for generations – just ask a Wigan fan. Contrary to common belief, football is not about survival – that’s real life – but moments, memories and glory, and there’s no more consistent, democratic vehicle for that than the fit as pot with the hourglass figure. As such we can anticipate an almighty scrap this afternoon, low on quality but high on intensity – less tiki-taka, more tacky-ticker – and hopefully a decent level of needle in the process. This, my friends, is England, and sometimes it’s quite good. Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian