Bournemouth midfielder Sammy Igoe heads into Tuesday evening's Johnstone's Paint Trophy meeting with Colchester United aiming to take one further step towards making up for the disappointment of ending up on the losers' side in the 2007 Final.
Igoe hit one of the Bristol Rovers goals as they came from 2-0 behind to draw level with Doncaster Rovers at the Millennium Stadium, but it was Donny who in the end triumphed 3-2 after extra time.
"Playing in the Final was a tremendous experience," recalls the former Portsmouth, Reading and Swindon Town midfielder, "and although it was obviously disappointing to finish on the losing side it was a great day out for everyone involved with the club.
"Fortunately we ended up that year going to Wembley and winning the League 2 Play-Off Final, so it was quite a season all-round and great for me personally because I also got a goal in our 3-1 Wembley win against Shrewsbury."
Igoe switched from Rovers to Bournemouth in the summer, in the process dropping from Coca-Cola League I to League 2 as had the Cherries in the wake of a 10-point deduction that saw them finish the season two points short of the safety places.
With a further 17 points deducted in the current campaign they are at present lying second from bottom of the table, but the experienced Igoe reckons they can give themselves a morale boost through results in the Trophy and possibly the FA Cup too.
The 33-year-old midfield man was a scorer in Round One of the Trophy as the Cherries won 3-0 against his old club Bristol Rovers, who co-incidentally they are set to entertain again in Saturday's first round of the FA Cup.
In the meantime they beat MK Dons 1-0 away from home in the Trophy's second round to set up Tuesday's Southern Area Quarter-Final meeting with Colchester, who like Rovers and the Dons are a League 1 team.
Igoe says: "Winning knock-out games can breed confidence to take into the League so the longer we stay in these competitions the better. And playing against League 1 teams shouldn't bother us because we would be there ourselves but for the points deduction.
"On a personal note I always enjoy playing against my old teams so I'm looking forward to Saturday, but Tuesday is important for us because if we beat Colchester that would put us just two games from a Wembley Final - and that would be fantastic for us."
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