McMillan: Mammoth Task Complete
David McMillan says scoring twice to help send Dundalk FC on the way to victory in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup, semi-final replay against Shamrock Rovers was a special feeling.
After the Hoops had taken the lead, the striker equalised before netting his team’s third to make it 3-2 with tie finely poised in extra-time.
“It was a mammoth task over both games and I think we done it the hard way a little bit. To surrender the lead so late the lads showed brilliant character to come back to get the two late goals in tough conditions out there,” said McMillan.
“Personally I’m delighted with my return on goals this season and we’ve four games left so hopefully there will be a couple more.”
The striker echoed his managers’ sentiments on playing players that weren’t fully fit, but praised the desire of his team-mates to battle hard for 120 minutes in a tense tie at Tallaght Stadium.
“Stephen Kenny is right. Chris Shields shouldn’t really have been out there today and Thomas Stewart’s ankle was like a balloon after the Finn Harps game so he shouldn’t have been playing either.
“Robbie Benson was cramping up at the end and he kept going and didn’t go down or want to come off. He would run through a brick wall and we needed that to be honest.
“We had a lot of young guys on the bench tonight and we’ve a lot of injuries but we didn’t want to make any excuses at the end of the game.
“You’ve got to go and win the match no matter what and thankfully we’ve a lot of big characters in the dressing room and went and did that.”
McMillan hopes the Lilywhites can now build on this victory for the final three SSE Airtricity League games of the season, and believes competition is high within the squad as everyone is playing for their place in the AVIVA Stadium.
“We have three league games remaining and we didn’t want those games to peter out, we wanted something at the end of it. Everyone will be vying for a place come the AVIVA so it should keep us nice and competitive for the last few league games,” said the 28-year-old.
“We’re playing Cork again, we’ve both won one each so it’ll be good to try and win the third and for us it’s one we are very much looking forward to.”