Aston Villa's players have been warned by Millwall that if they thought 6,500 Yorkshiremen taunting them from the stands was humiliating, they should wait until they get to the Den.
Villa face Millwall tonight in the FA Cup just three days after they were dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Bradford City. David Forde, the Londoners' goalkeeper, is hoping their Premier League opponents face more embarrassment.
"We'll be the underdogs which suits us down to the ground, but the fans will get right behind us and they are very effective when they smell a bit of weakness," said Forde.
"This is a club with a unique stadium, and a Cup game under the lights gives that added bit of spice. The fans will be preying on some of the younger players who have yet to experience that and hopefully it will work to our benefit. It's a Cup game, anything can happen."
Forde says the success of both Bradford and Swansea City in the Capital One Cup has served as motivation for Millwall, who reached the FA Cup final in 2004. He added: "Since I've been at Millwall we've been concentrating on the league. But you see Bradford and Swansea getting to the final and say 'why not'? It can be done."
The Villa manager, Paul Lambert, appreciates the support he has received from the club's owner, Randy Lerner. Lambert said: "I trust Randy. That's the kind of relationship I have with him. I spoke with him after the game the other night and we have a good conversation every time.
"But I also know the realism of football. That's one thing I will never shy away from. I also know what can happen and what doesn't happen in football. You've got to get results."Reuse content