BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Millwall manager Neil Harris reckons Chris Hughton will know exactly the test his Premier League squad of multi-millionaires will face at The Den on Sunday.
The Seagulls boss was at Birmingham in midweek to scout the South London outfit ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final.
Millwall ended a four-game losing streak in the Championship with Ben Thompson scoring both of their goals in a 2-0 success.
But the matchwinner is cup-tied for Sunday after playing in a previous round for Portsmouth. The same applies to Ben Marshall and Fred Onyedinma. Top-scorer Lee Gregory (calf) is a doubt.
Asked what Hughton would have made of Millwall’s performance, Harris said: “If he had any doubts that we weren’t a team that were going to dig in and have a right go on Sunday, then he’d have seen that tonight.
“But he’ll have known that, Chris. Is it a free game for us? Possibly, because a Premier League team should come and beat us. Their fanbase will look at it as what an opportunity – we’ve achieved already by getting to the quarter-final.
“Chris will know his boys are in for a tough weekend. I haven’t paid too much attention to them, we’ll do that now going into the weekend. I’ve had quite a lot else to look at, regarding my own players [after the side’s dip in form]. Brighton have got some good players and certainly have a top manager.
“We’ve got players missing. I’ll be lucky if I’ve got 18 players for the weekend. So the selection won’t really be that difficult.”
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