BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Aiden O’Brien has scored a winner against Leeds before – and reckons the games against the Yorkshire giants are Millwall’s biggest matches of the season.
The Republic of Ireland international scored the 73rd-minute decider when the Lions defeated United at The Den in September 2017.
And the Millwall attacker is hoping to play a major part for the SE16 outfit tomorrow as the two clubs once again lock horns.
“I’ve scored a few times against Leeds now so I’ve got a little record against them,” said O’Brien, who also netted in the thrilling 4-3 victory at Elland Road in the same 2017-18 campaign. “When you score against Leeds you really hear the atmosphere – especially at The Den. That’s the only time as a player you can really soak the noise up, apart from the warm up.
“If I was to leave Millwall tomorrow I will always remember those Leeds games; it would be the Wembley games and the Leeds ones at home. You never get a better atmosphere than that, I can hands up say that – even in the Premier League.
“To play in that game is so good, such a privilege. You’ll see again on Saturday how electric it is. It is the biggest game of the season.
“We always thrive on big games at The Den, so I don’t feel we’ll have any problems turning up against Leeds.”
O’Brien’s last Championship goal was on December 8 2018. The Lions academy product, 25, wants to ask defensive questions of Marcelo Bielsa’s high-flyers.
“They are too good to invite pressure on to you,” he said. “Every time I’ve played against them at home we’ve been at their throats from the off.
“From now until the end of the season, if we’re at teams then it is going to be very difficult to break us down and beat us.
“When we stick to that then not a lot of teams can handle us.
“You saw that the first two home games of the season. Preston? Great team. Sheffield Wednesday? Great team. We got two very good wins there.”
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