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Bignot turns up pressure on Leeds

Marcus Bignot
Bignot has only played once this season

Millwall defender Marcus Bignot says the pressure will be all on Leeds in Thursday's League One play-off semi-final second leg at Elland Road.

The Lions will be defending a 1-0 lead after a Neil Harris strike separated the sides at the Den in the first leg.

Bignot, 34, told BBC London 94.9: "A draw would do us. I think the first 45 minutes will be absolutely massive.

"Taking that one goal advantage to Elland Road gives the boys confidence. The pressure is all on Leeds."

Leeds lost out to Doncaster in last year's play-off final and will be desperate to end a two-year absence from the Championship.

A sell-out crowd of over 37,000 is expected at Elland Road but Bignot believes this could work against the home team.

"It's a sell-out crowd and I don't think they've performed well in front of big crowds," he added.

"I don't think they've got the results so it's an added incentive for us."

Bignot has suffered an injury-hit season, making only one appearance but he has been impressed by the team ethic at the Den.

"When I first came to the club I noticed that when the players aren't involved in the squad, obviously there's disappointment, but every player would come in and wish you all the best before the game," he said.

"There is a definite togetherness and it's a great group of players. I've been injured all year but because of the group of players we've got, it's just made it that little bit easier to go into work every day.

"The gaffer [Kenny Jackett] did stress the importance of putting the club first before any individual and that's what we've done, which has shown in the results and the transformation from last season to now."



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see also
FA to probe Millwall fan trouble
10 May 09 |  Millwall
Ankergren fumes at Millwall fans
09 May 09 |  Leeds
Millwall 1-0 Leeds
09 May 09 |  League One
Bignot admits injury frustration
13 Sep 08 |  Millwall


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