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Sunday, March 10, 2013
Shittu confident of semi-final berth

ESPN staff

Millwall captain Danny Shittu believes his side can see off Blackburn at Ewood Park after a goalless draw in their FA Cup quarter-final.

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The replay will take place on Wednesday night but Shittu, who went as close as anyone to breaking the deadlock with a stunning effort from nearly 40 yards, feels the Lions would have been worthy winners this afternoon.

"We're disappointed because it was a game we dominated all the way through. It's disappointing not to win,'' he told ESPN.

"But from the performance today we definitely believe we can go there and get to the semi-finals. With the result today, and a clean sheet, we can go there and carry on.''

Reflecting on his own audacious attempt to beat Jake Kean from just inside the Blackburn half, he added: "If that had gone in, I think I'd have gone straight to the changing room and taken my top off.''

Blackburn manager Michael Appleton appeared relieved to get through the match unscathed after being forced to field a patchwork team due to injury problems.

He said: "I was delighted with the way the lads went about it. I had three or four players who were only 60-70 per cent fit and we've got another chance to get through.

"It's always going to be (a battle) when you come to the Den with the Millwall fans behind them. It was difficult because the ball was changing hands that many times, I'd be surprised if there were three or four (consecutive) passes in the whole match. The game on Wednesday is going to be a completely different game.''

Appleton also confirmed that Danny Murphy had been formally relieved of the club captaincy, with Scott Dann his replacement, but would continue to be available for selection.




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