Millwall striker sends Crystal Palace supporters warning amid West Ham claim ahead of FA Cup

Millwall striker Tom Bradshaw says he and his teammates were hoping to draw Crystal Palace or West Ham in the FA Cup this season and says there’s no reason his side can’t beat the Eagles when they face off next month.

The two south London sides will go head to head on January 8 for a place in the FA Cup fourth round, with Millwall hosting the game at The Den.

It’ll be the first meeting between the two sides since 2013, with Palace having been promoted to the Premier League via the play-offs at the end of that campaign.

Bradshaw said the Millwall dressing room were gunning for a local derby when the draw for the third round was made in early December, and they got the early Christmas present they asked for when the Eagles came out of the hat.

“Whenever the draw is on TV it gets plenty of the lads talking on the group chat,” Bradshaw told the South London Press. “You’re hoping for a West Ham or Crystal Palace – a local game which the fans can enjoy and we as players can enjoy.

“Nine times out of 10 I wouldn’t say you are disappointed with the draw but the chances of you getting the draw you actually want are really slim.

“To get Palace is a massive game for the club. It will be a privilege to be a part of it and hopefully we can get a good result against them to give the fans a real lift.”

Millwall have a good record in the FA Cup over the last few years, reaching the quarter-finals twice in the last five seasons and picking up several Premier League scalps along the way.

In their run to the last eight in 2016/17 they played five of their six games at The Den, knocking out top-flight sides Bournemouth, Watford and Leicester before losing 6-0 to Spurs at White Hart Lane.

Their most recent trip to the latter stages – in the 2018/19 season – saw the Lions beat Everton 3-2 in SE16 before losing on penalties to Brighton in the next round.

This time around they face a spirited Palace side who are in their first year of a squad regeneration under manager Patrick Vieira.

“They are a very good team and they have got very good players,” added Bradshaw. “They have undoubtedly got a lot of quality. [But] when it is a one-game shootout – like the cup games are – then it’s a bit of a leveller, especially when it is at The Den.

“We’ve proven in the past that we can beat big Premier League teams. We’ll go into that game with the same belief we can beat Palace – and there is absolutely no reason we can’t.”

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