Football - Smith: Lions can roar at Blackburn

Millwall midfielder Jack Smith remains confident the Lions can overcome Blackburn in their FA Cup quarter-final replay and secure a Wembley semi-final against Barclays Premier League side Wigan.

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Smith was one of the better players on display at The Den on Sunday when Millwall were held to a 0-0 draw by a battling Rovers display that now means the two clubs will do battle once more at Ewood Park on Wednesday evening.

Wigan await the victors in the semi-finals, with either Manchester City, Chelsea or Manchester United the big-name finalists in waiting.

The visitors did not manage a shot on goal whereas Millwall should have secured the win, only for on-loan striker Rob Hulse to balloon a close-range effort over the crossbar.

A 2-0 league victory at Ewood Park earlier in the season is the basis of Smith's confidence and he knows all the Lions have to do differently from the original tie is convert their best chances.

"When we played them away we were the better team and we won 2-0 so we go in to the replay with confidence," he said.

"They haven't scored against us yet in the two games and we know we can create chances. We just hope we can put a couple away this time."

Kenny Jackett's side have struggled for results in front of their own fans recently, with the notable exception of the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in round four, and Smith admits it can be harder to perform with an expectant crowd.

"There is a bit more pressure at home perhaps," he said. "Last year it was the same. We lost four at home previous to this one so we needed to get the fans back on our side and we put it all into our performance.

"We were unlucky not to win. In the two games I thought we edged them both so we go into the replay with confidence. They haven't beaten us yet and hopefully that will continue."

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