Millwall vs Bradford AFC - Steve Morison warns Millwall about fearless Bradford

Posted Friday, May 20, 2016 by PA

Millwall striker Steve Morison has warned his team-mates that Bradford will play without fear as they attempt to overturn a two-goal deficit in the return leg of their Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final.

Goals from Lee Gregory, Morison and Joe Martin secured Millwall a 3-1 first-leg win at Valley Parade on Sunday after Tony McMahon's 13th-minute penalty had given Bradford the lead.

"We've spoken about the first leg but since then there has been a lot of hard work done on the training pitch to prepare ourselves for what will be a really tough match," Morison told Millwall's official website before Friday's match at The Den.

"Nobody is under any illusions. We know we have one huge job to do and there certainly won't be anybody thinking otherwise.

"Bradford will have no fear. They have nothing to lose and will throw everything at us, so we have to be ready and prepared for that.

"We definitely don't want to start like we did in the game last week.

"To a man we have to be on the front foot right from the first whistle and perform as we have been week-in, week-out this season."

The Lions, who finished the regular season just one point above Bradford in the table, hope an intimidating full house at The Den can roar them on to the final at Wembley.

The game is a sell-out as it was for the second leg of the 2010 League One play-off semi-final when Morison scored in a 2-0 defeat of Huddersfield. Millwall went on to secure promotion with a 1-0 win over Swindon.

"All of the lads have been talking about how the place will be rocking," Morison added.

"Most of them have not experienced just what The Den is like when it's full and I'm sure the atmosphere will be great."

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson, who guided Bradford to League Two play-off success in 2013 having led them to Wembley in the Capital One Cup two months earlier, believes his players can silence the partisan Millwall fans.

"Millwall will be looking to use the home crowd to their advantage but we have to try and turn that against them," he told Bradford's official website.

"We need to create a nervousness on the pitch and in the ground. The way we do that is by the manner of our performance.

"There is no pressure on us - everyone has written us off already.

"Everyone is talking about Millwall and their players and how they have a great chance to get to Wembley."

Bradford overturned a one-goal deficit in the semi-final against Burton in 2013 and famously hit back from 2-0 down at Chelsea in 2015 to pull off one of the biggest FA Cup upsets.

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