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Batt out to complete famous family double

 

SHAUN Batt is convinced he will be celebrating a famous family double tomorrow afternoon by helping Millwall to victory in the League One play-off final at Wembley.

Shaun’s older brother Damian already has a Wembley victory to his name. He was in the Oxford United side that won the Blue Square Premier Division play-off final at the new home of football earlier this month.

And now Shaun is determined to follow in his footsteps. The 23 year-old striker is expected to start on the substitutes’ bench, but he’s confident of getting on and that Millwall will win.

Shaun said: “I’m convinced we will win the game and I have a feeling I will play a part in it. I have no idea whether or not I will start, but I am fit and I am raring to go.

“As long as I get on and we win the match I will be happy. I saw how happy my brother was when Oxford won so it will hopefully be another emotional day.

“Me and the rest of the family were there to support him and they will all be there again tomorrow to see me.

“I’ve never played at either Wembley. The biggest stadium I’ve played at was White Hart Lane with Posh earlier this season.

“Obviously I’d love to start, but I got injured at the wrong time and there is tremendous competition for places at the club.

“I picked up an injury when we lost at Huddersfield towards the end of the season. I came back for the match on the final day of the League One season against Swindon, but my hamstring went again which meant I missed the first leg of the play-off semi-final.

“I probably came back too soon, but I feel strong now. I was fit for the second leg of the play-off, but wasn’t used so I just hope that I will be involved at Wembley.”

Batt has started 10 games for Millwall and also made six appearances from the substitutes’ bench which has been a welcome circumstance of moving to The New Den.

He had been Posh’s supersub. In two seasons at London Road, Batt has started 18 matches, but come off the bench an astonishing 42 times!

Batt added: “I’ve loved every minute at Millwall. It helped scoring in my debut against Southend and I managed a key goal at Leeds - it’s always nice to score against them!

“I feel like I’ve played well. Millwall are a good side and play in a great stadium in front of passionate fans.

“They haven’t spoken to me about staying, but then I guess we all have to get Wembley out of the way before they decide anything.

“I am convinced Millwall will be a Championship club tomorrow though and all my focus and energy will be on helping to make that happen.”

MOST POSH SUBSTITUTE

APPEARANCES

75 David Farrell

65 Andy Clarke

64 Francis Green

50 Steve Osborne

48 Richard Logan

45 Tommy Robson

42 Shaun Batt

37 Tony Shields

36 Matthew Gill

36 Dominic Iorfa

 

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