The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FOURTH ROUND - By An­drew Lawton

CEL­E­BRAT­ING Mill­wall fans have branded to­day’s FA Cup fourth round clash with Wat­ford as VIL Day – Vic­tory in Lewisham Day.

The threat of a com­pul­sory pur­chase or­der (CPO) from Lewisham Coun­cil in re­la­tion to land around The Den in South Lon­don was per­ceived as po­ten­tially ter­mi­nal to the club.

But a coun­cil an­nounce­ment on Thurs­day stated they would not be pro­ceed­ing with any CPO – a de­ci­sion wel­comed by fans, with cel­e­bra­tions planned for to­day’s FA Cup tie.

On the pitch, the Lions pro­duced a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play to out­class Bournemouth 3-0 in the third round and face Premier League op­po­si­tion again, this time an out-of-form Hor­nets side.

De­fender Shaun Hutchin­son, 26, (ham­string) will not be avail­able for boss Neil Har­ris and 21-year-old striker Harry Smith suf­fered a dead leg in an un­der-23s game rul­ing him out, but other­wise the Lions have a fully-fit squad.

New de­fender Jake Cooper, the 21-year-old signed on loan from Read­ing ear­lier this month, is ex­pected to re­tain his spot af­ter a de­but against Brad­ford last week­end and Har­ris has placed the pres­sure firmly at the door of Wat­ford.

He said: “I don't think my play­ers will be un­der pres­sure be­cause I have told them to go out and en­joy them­selves.

“We are see­ing this as a free hit and an op­por­tu­nity to cause Wat­ford some prob­lems. It’s an op­por­tu­nity for my play­ers to test them­selves.

“This time we are play­ing one of the big Premier League boys on na­tional TV. The beauty of the Emi­rates FA Cup is we have a chance to cause an up­set and that’s why peo­ple from all over the coun­try will be watch­ing.”

Mean­while for Wat­ford, for­mer West Ham and QPR striker Mauro Zarate, 29, signed from Fiorentina by man­ager Wal­ter Mazzarri this week, could be avail­able for his de­but.

Mazzarri has also brought in AC Mi­lan for­ward M’Baye Niang, 22, on loan as he looks to add fire­power to a squad which has scored just 25 goals in 22 Premier League games.

The Hor­nets have been slid­ing down the league ta­ble of late, with their 2-0 win over Bur­ton in the third round the only vic­tory in their last eight games.

THUMBS UP: Lions boss Neil Har­ris

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