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Wembley date drives Forde

IRELAND goalkeeper David Forde says he's excited at the prospect of his Millwall side being just 90 minutes away from a Wembley appearance in the FA Cup following their comfortable win over Luton Town in the competition.

Milwall avoided a potential upset by winning 3-0 away to Luton Town and cruising into the quarter-finals – and with the semi-final ties being played at Wembley, a runout at the home of the English game is an enticing prospect for Ireland's No1.

 

Fantastic

"It's fantastic to be just 90 minutes away from a semi-final at Wembley, I'd love a chance to get there. Once you get to the quarter-final stage you have a great chance, it's a massive incentive," said Forde, whose side now have the reward of a home tie against Blackburn Rovers in the last eight.

"I was in the Cardiff City squad when we got to the final (in 2008) but it was a tough Cup run that season. I remember we played a non-league side, Chase Town, early on and were 1-0 down but won 2-1. On the bus home from that, we said 'imagine if we ended up in Wembley' and then we did, against Portsmouth."

While Millwall managed to steer clear of a shock against a lower-league side, other clubs weren't so lucky as Arsenal were knocked out by Championship side Blackburn, while Premier League side Everton need to go again against League One strugglers Oldham, following their 2-2 draw on Saturday, and it's a theme that Forde has spotted. "I don't know what it is with the Premier sides but the lower league teams are taking it very seriously, and we're no different at Millwall," says the Galway man.

"The manger said he wanted a good Cup run this season. Since I have been there, and the manager Kenny Jackett too, we haven't had a run so maybe we can do it now. The big clubs all have weaknesses, and if you can exploit that you have a chance. Bradford's success in the League Cup has given every lower league club a boost.

"To do what they have done is superb but Bradford have done it over two legs against teams and in the FA Cup you only need to do it over one leg. And as well as that, you see Oldham who have managed a great result at the weekend."

Millwall went into their meeting with Luton having managed just one win from their previous six games but managed to find form.

"The early goal for us made a difference as they came at us and had a few chances. All credit to Luton, as they put us under pressure and had chances," said Forde.

"I was busy. I had to make some saves but that was pleasing. It was great to keep a clean-sheet and that gives us confidence ahead of the next league game, at home to Peterborough, tomorrow night.

"We had a bit of a bad run on the way into the Cup game so hopefully we can take that into the league form now. Over the last few weeks it's been a transitional phase for us, but the new players who have come in have bedded in and we can now kick on in the league."


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