EUNAN O’Kane is hoping to banish one of the worst days of his career by helping secure Bournemouth an FA Cup tie against Liverpool tonight.
Back in 2011, Cherries midfielder O’Kane was in the Torquay United side that lost to Crawley Town – then a non-league club – to miss out on a trip to Old Trafford to play Manchester United.
The Northern Irishman was sharing a house with Burton Albion striker Billy Kee – who also played in that game – at the time, and hopes his best friend does not make history repeat itself tonight.
“It was not a nice experience, that day still sends a few shivers down my spine,” O’Kane said.
“It’s something I never want to experience again.
“We were expected to win, and to then see them play at Old Trafford was hard to take,
“It’s a position I don’t want to be in again and I’ll be doing everything I can.”
Whoever wins tonight will host footballing giants Liverpool in the fourth round.
O’Kane, 23, began his career at Everton as a trainee but grew up a Liverpool fan.
“It’s an important game and there is quite a big carrot at the end of the game if we can win,” he said.
“I’m a Liverpool fan, and although I would take the opportunity, it’s not something I’ve dreamt about – knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup.
“Burton are a good side and are flying in League Two and we know what can form can do.
“We experienced that at Wigan last season. They will come here with that same mentality and won’t fear us. It’ll be a good test of our professionalism.
“It would be a huge occasion if we could get through, to play them and test ourselves some of the best players in the country.”