Haynes has the incentive
By Derek DavisDANNY Haynes is today looking to get one over on the club that ignored him as a youngster.The 18-year-old Blues striker lived just minutes from Millwall's New Den but was missed by their scouts and was picked up from under their noses by Charlton.
By Derek Davis
DANNY Haynes is today looking to get one over on the club that ignored him as a youngster.
The 18-year-old Blues striker lived just minutes from Millwall's New Den but was missed by their scouts and was picked up from under their noses by Charlton.
Ipswich swept him up after a clear-out at the Valley and the rest has been a fairytale story of success so far for Haynes.
After helping the Blues win the FA Youth Cup last May, Haynes made his first team debut as a 17-year-old at Leeds last September, scored his first senior goal at QPR less than three months later and is today going in search of his third.
Haynes, despite growing up on the Isle of Dogs, went to the St Thomas Apostle school in London but preferred to support Liverpool.
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Haynes said: “I lived five minutes from the ground but I never had any inclination to support Millwall.
“I was a Liverpool fans as a kid so of course I got stick from some of the other lads in school but it never bothered me.
“None of my family really watched Millwall and it was the same when I was playing school football.
“They never really came in for me and I ended up going to Charlton.”
That oversight could be costly for the Lions this afternoon as they look for points to help them in their relegation fight while Town are looking to stay in the chase for a play-off place.
The Blues are looking to complete their third double of the season after beating the Lions 2-1 back in August, and looking to extend their successful run to just one defeat in 11 games, and five wins in six outings.
Haynes said: “We need the three points and we have been doing well recently so there is no reason why we can't get them.
“The spirit is great and even with the injures and all the problems we have had we have just got on with it.
“We feel we have every chance and no one doubts we can make the play offs. We know it will be hard but the spirit we have and the belief we have means we can do it.
“Millwall are a physical team and they will come here and be physical with us but we have to just pass the ball and play our own football.”
The young Londoner will have plenty of support today from family and fans with his mum and dad travelling up from the capital to support their son and the Blues, but Haynes is hoping to make at least one of his dad's friends - a Millwall fan - a miserable man.