Millwall striker joined in Fulham’s promotion celebrations at Wembley – and reckons play-offs a realistic goal for Lions

Matt Smith has revealed he joined in Fulham’s Championship play-off celebrations earlier this month – and is hoping Millwall can crack the top six this season.

The Lions striker saw two of his former teams promoted with Leeds finishing top of the pile while the west London club defeated Brentford at Wembley.

Fulham captain Tom Cairney and goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli will be Smith’s best men at his wedding this year.

“I spoke to Tom and Marcus on FaceTime when they were on the pitch [at Wembley],” said Smith. “I was absolutely buzzing for both of them.

“I also congratulated Scott [Parker]. I played with him at Fulham.

Matt Smith, Fulham

“The pressure was really on them to go back up and sometimes when that is the case it is not the easiest thing to do. You don’t see a lot of clubs do it.

“Tom is turning himself into legend status there. He has been an exceptional servant. He is a creative outlet with his assists and goals – the talent he has means he is wasted in the Championship.”

Smith is convinced Millwall – eighth last time around – should set their sights on challenging.

“It’s realistic and we’d be massively selling ourselves short if we didn’t think it was realistic,” said the
31-year-old.

“It’s going to take a lot of hard work, desire, determination and the rub of the green to see us over the 70-point mark.

“It is such an unforgiving league. Given the compact nature of the fixtures I hope we can gather a bit of momentum to see us over the line. We just need the belief we can do it.”

 


 

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