Dunk keen not to waste Brighton’s Wembley chance

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Brighton’s Lewis Dunk says the club must make the most of the chance to make the FA Cup semi-finals by beating Millwall.

Brighton’s Lewis Dunk says the club must make the most of the chance to make the FA Cup semi-finals by beating Millwall.

Beaten finalists in 1983, the Seagulls defeated Derby 2-1 on Saturday to reach the last eight for the second straight season but, having been beaten by Manchester United on St Patrick’s Day last year, they have a better chance of progressing this time around.

Chris Hughton’s men will travel to Bermondsey to take on Millwall who, with relegation from the Championship a real worry, seem to be saving their best form for the FA Cup.

Having also beaten Everton in this season’s competition, Neil Harris’ side will fancy their chances of causing an upset on their own patch.

The atmosphere is expected to be lively in south London but Dunk says his team cannot let that affect them as they look to book a place at Wembley.

The 27-year-old said: ‘You watch the FA Cup as a kid and dream about playing in a semi-final or final.

We’ve probably got the best chance we’ll have for many years to come.

It’s certainly the best chance so far in my career.

‘It’s such a big game, one game away from an FA Cup semi-final.

Both teams will fancy themselves – I’m sure we’ll take a good following to The Den and it should be a great game and atmosphere.

‘I’ve only played there once – I was on the bench or suspended for the other three games.

You can get a hostile reception from the fans but you have to make sure you do the talking on the pitch.’

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