Southport keeper Tony McMillan on FA Cup mission

Tony McMillan
McMillan first played under Southport boss Liam Watson at Runcorn

Southport keeper Tony McMillan hopes to put last season's FA Cup heartache behind him when he keeps goal against Barnet at Haig Avenue on Saturday.

After being sent off a year ago against Kidderminster Harriers the week before, he missed his side's televised first round tie with Sheffield Wednesday.

"It was a bad bit of refereeing in the Kidderminster game for me to get sent off in the first place," said McMillan.

"It was a bit gutting. But you can't go back," he told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"That's just the way it goes. I was thinking about it on Saturday at Kettering. It didn't happen again and now I've got a chance to face Barnet.

McMillan backs confident Southport

"It is a bit extra special now but it's not a bigger game than Sheffield Wednesday.

"It gives us a chance to hopefully beat Barnet, get into the next round and get one of the bigger boys."

Southport, who remain part-time in the Blue Square Bet Premier, have battled their way into the play-off places, in stark contrast to their struggle with relegation last season.

And, with Saturday's opponents Barnet second from bottom in League Two, McMillan believes the Sandgrounders can cause an upset.

"I don't think there is much difference between Conference teams and League Two," said McMillan. "It shows in the last couple of years. Teams that have been going up to League Two have done well.

"Just look at Crawley up near the top, Torquay have done it and Oxford have. I don't think there is really much difference."

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