ARE LIONS ABLE TO TAME KANE?

Arsenal fan Shaun: We have a plan

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Matt Wright

HE WAS ec­static after scor­ing the win­ner for Mill­wall against Le­ices­ter – and Shaun Cum­mings will be even hap­pier if he can help keep Harry Kane and Co quiet this af­ter­noon.

League One Mill­wall – the only EFL team to reach the FA Cup’s last eight – face a ma­jor task when they take on Pre­mier League high-fliers Tot­ten­ham at White Hart Lane.

The Lions have been scrooge­like in de­fence over the last cou­ple of months, con­ced­ing just two goals in their last 13 games, but they will have to be at their mean­est to stop red-hot Kane and earn a semi-fi­nal spot at Wem­b­ley.

For­mer Mill­wall loa­nee Kane has grabbed three hat-tricks in his cur­rent run of 15 goals in 13 games and will be the ob­vi­ous dan­ger man for Neil Har­ris’ troops.

“Harry Kane has been on fire lately. He’s a very good player, but we’ve worked on that on the train­ing pitch and we’ll do all we can to keep him as quiet as pos­si­ble,” said Cum­mings, 28, who has an ex­tra in­cen­tive for vic­tory, be­ing an Arsenal fan.

“But they’ve got a lot of qual­ity in their team. Aside from Kane, they’ve got Dele Alli, Son (He­ung­min) and (Chris­tian) Erik­sen. That front four is a top­class one.

“We just need to keep do­ing what we’ve do­ing in de­fence and try to keep things as tight as pos­si­ble.” Mill­wall have shut out three Pre­mier League teams so far in the Cup – beat­ing Bournemouth (3-0), Watford (1-0) and Le­ices­ter (1-0) at The Den. Cum­mings notched the sec­ond in the win against the Cher­ries, but it was his last-gasp goal against cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter in the last round that re­ally raised his pro­file. With the Lions, down to ten men fol­low­ing Jake Cooper’s send­ing-off, seem­ingly hold­ing out for a re­play, Cum­mings coolly tucked home the win­ner, show­ing off his past as an at­tack­ing player.

An­other goal at the Lane to­day would be per­fect…

Popped

“To get a goal against the cham­pi­ons that put the team through, I don’t think there are words to ex­press how happy I was, even though I didn’t prob­a­bly look happy from the cel­e­bra­tion,” he smiled.

“I used to be a striker, so I dug my strik­ing abil­ity out of the cup­board.

“I’ve popped up with a cou­ple of goals when I’ve had the op­por­tu­nity to go for­ward.

“To help out the team and add to that tally would be great.”

It’s an ex­cit­ing time for Mill­been wall. As well as reach­ing the FA Cup quar­ter-fi­nals, the south­east Lon­don club have pushed them­selves into the top six in League One after a dif­fi­cult start to the sea­son.

With the hang­over of los­ing last sea­son’s play-off fi­nal well and truly shaken off, the Lions are un­beaten in their last 17 matches in all com­pe­ti­tions, but what of Cum­mings’ fu­ture be­yond May?

“The man­ager (Neil Har­ris) has said he wants me to stay and I’ve told him I want to stay,” ex­plained Cum­mings, whose con­tract ex­pires at the end of the cam­paign.

“So, in terms of that, we just have to find grounds to move for­ward.

“It’s only been in the last few days that the man­ager has said that he wants me to stay, so we’ll see what hap­pens.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

FOX HUNTER: Shaun Cum­mings scores Mill­wall’s FA Cup win­ner against Le­ices­ter DAN­GER MAN: For­mer Mill­wall loa­nee Harry Kane

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