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Cummings cool on Tottenham test

8 March 2017

Right-back looks ahead to Sunday's Cup-tie...

Shaun Cummings is looking forward to Millwall's trip to White Hart Lane this weekend.

The Lions take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Finals on Sunday afternoon live on BBC One (kick-off 2pm), with a place in a Wembley Semi-Final the prize.

Despite already defeating three Premier League sides on the way to the last eight, the reality of facing the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen brings a different proposition altogether in Millwall's quest to reach the last four.

However, right-back Cummings is not worried about the daunting prospect of this weekend's match.

"We definitely felt like we had a chance [against AFC Bournemouth, Watford and Leicester City]," said Cummings.

"Football is a game of eleven v eleven and the best team on that day wins the game. We've showed the quality that we've had and got throughout this run so far and to beat and keep clean sheets against three Premier League teams show the strength and character that this squad has.

"I'm not worried about the fact we have to play away from home. It'll be a good experience and hopefully we can prove that it has not just been luck beating those top-flight sides at The Den.

"On his day, Harry Kane can score at any given time, so we've got to make sure that we keep our concentration levels high. It's going to be a hard task trying to keep a fourth Premier League team out, especially one with the quality of Tottenham Hotspur, so we'll have to perform to the best of our ability."

Cummings has somewhat of a penchant for the FA Cup this season, having already scored in the Third Round win over AFC Bournemouth, as well as the never-to-be-forgotten 90th minute winner over reigning Premier League champions Leicester City in Round Five.

Along with being a key component in the club's recent nine-match consecutive clean sheet record, the beginning of 2017 has been quite successful for the right-back.

However, as shown by the defender's laid-back attitude, Cummings remained level-headed, instead putting praise on to his team-mates.

"I've scored two goals in this competition so far, but whilst its nice to score, its a team effort - I'm just one of the eleven that's out on the field.

"Regarding the clean sheets, it's just hard work. Out on the training pitch, we work as a defensive unit to not let goals in. That carries out on to the pitch. The back four and goalkeeper, no matter who has been playing, has played very well.

"We know we can score goals at the other end, so we're trying to build on that base.

"Our work-rate has been a big factor. All the players in this squad are winners. Everyone wants to win. The work we do out on the training pitch is second to none - we're always grafting." 

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