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Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:45:00

Millwall defender Alan Dunne believes a post-match dressing down from manager Kenny Jackett will fire up his side for Wembley.

Jackett was furious after a stoppage-time goal condemned his side to a 2-1 defeat by Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.

The Lions will now head into Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Wigan with a flea in their ear, and Dunne says they will be even more determined to perform.

"It might not do us any harm getting beaten and getting a rollicking," he said.

"Sometimes you get complacent. If we had won we might have got complacent going into Saturday. Getting beaten, we had a rollicking off the manager and it will fire a few of us up for Saturday. That's important."

Millwall were leading after Jimmy Abdou's second-minute goal but Miguel Llera levelled and Chris Maguire hit Wednesday's last-gasp winner to leave Jackett's side still in the relegation picture.

Dunne added: "The manager was disappointed with the two goals. Defensively we have been solid of late but they were sloppy goals.

"We have to learn from that and move on quickly. The Championship is out of the way for a week now so we can prepare for Wembley."

The Brazilian has made 208 appearances for the Reds since joining from Gremio in July 2007.

Lucas has had his injury problems over the past couple of seasons and was out from mid-August until December with a thigh problem.

It is less than two years since the 26-year-old last signed an improved contract but the midfielder took little persuading to agree a new deal.

"It's another long-term contract that I have signed, but it was the same feeling as when I first came here," he told Liverpool's official website.

"I am really delighted to have the opportunity to play for this club.

"It's where I think I belong and where I wanted to stay, so I am very happy and looking forward to a few more years here.

"It was an easy decision because after the long period of my career I have had here I would like to give the best of my time to this club.

"It was not a difficult decision to make and I am really looking forward to what will hopefully be a few more years with a lot of success."

Managing director Ian Ayre said the new contract was just reward for the Brazilian's commitment, as well as being important for manager Brendan Rodgers' long-term planning.

"It's fantastic. He has been such a great servant to the club and I think during the period he went through with his two injuries, he put so much work into it and the club supported him through it," he said.

"He just goes from strength to strength. We said throughout last summer and January, we wanted to keep our best, experienced players, and this is another great example of that.

"The manager has said several times that as well as having a great, young squad, it's important we have experience and it's important we have characters. People like Lucas fit that.

"He'll tell you he's still very young but in footballing terms he's experienced and a big part of the team."

In the last 10 months Luis Suarez, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Brad Jones, Raheem Sterling, Suso, Jonjo Shelvey, Martin Kelly and Andre Wisdom have all signed new deals with another in the pipeline for captain Steven Gerrard.

The clubs currently sitting respectively in 17th and 15th places in the table will now meet at the Stadium of Light on Monday, May 6 (kick-off 8pm).

Stoke were originally scheduled to play on Wearside on the previous Saturday afternoon.

The Black Cats head into this Sunday's derby trip to Newcastle only clear of the relegation zone on goal difference and without a win in nine games.

The Potters, who entertain champions-elect Manchester United the same day, are just three points better off and have tasted victory once in their last 13 league outings.

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