Jake Cooper admits the club have put league worries to one side as Neil Harris’ side turn their attention to the FA Cup fifth round tie at AFC Wimbledon.

Harris has openly said that the league is of paramount importance but Cooper believes a successful cup-run is a healthy distraction and not a hindrance.

Despite sitting in a precarious 20th position in the Championship the centre back believes they are capable of juggling both competitions.

“We’ve proved it over the last couple of years,” said Cooper.

“The manger has touched on it in the dressing room that we can manage the cup and the league at the same time.

“We did it a few years ago when we got promoted, and when the manager was playing they had a great cup run then.

“It’s definitely good for the club and if we can get bigger games and help get confidence from it then it’s key for us.

“For a couple of days all our focus is on the cup.

“It’ll be massive for the club if we get to the quarter final again.”

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Following Millwall’s goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday and no win in five in the league, Cooper admitted that turning their attentions to the cup competition where they sensationally knocked out Everton 3-2 in the last round is a chance build their confidence.

“We all felt the attention after the Everton game and it was great for us.

“It gave us a lot of confidence so if we get to the next round and keep building our confidence it’s great for us.

“The key thing is to keep winning games and getting that winning mentality back in the group.”

Millwall’s heroics in the fourth round were somewhat overshadowed by Saturday’s opponents who knocked out West Ham United 4-3, and that’s why Cooper will not be taking a Dons side who are rooted to the bottom of League One lightly.

“We are fully expecting a tough game.

“We’ll have to compete with a good Wimbledon team who we’ll know will be on it.

“We need to go there and impose ourselves.

“They’ll be flying out as it’s a massive game of that club.”

Kick off is at 3pm at Kingsmeadow.

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