Swindon Town can 'do a Blackpool,' says goalkeeper David Lucas as the Robins look to emulate the similarly unfancied Seasiders with a Play-Off Final triumph at Wembley on Saturday.
Like Ian Holloway's Blackpool in the Coca-Cola Championship, Danny Wilson's Swindon were not even on the radar when the League 1 promotion possibles were being discussed at the start of the season.
And just as the Tangerines were the underdogs against Cardiff City in their Final last Saturday, the Robins will not be favoured by the bookies as they step out against a Millwall team to whom they lost 3-2 on the last day of the regular season.
But former Preston North End, Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United keeper Lucas, with plenty of Play-Off Finals experience behind him, insists: "We're in a similar situation to Blackpool and we can achieve exactly what they did.
"Nobody gave us a chance at the start of the season - even less so when we lost our first game 5-0 to Gillingham! But on the same day Norwich lost 7-1 and they ended up winning the League, so maybe those big defeats were the kick up the back-side that both teams needed.
"Since then we've been very consistent and that's been the key to us reaching the Play-Offs and getting to the Final - and hopefully now getting to the Championship."
Victory for Swindon would balance up Lucas' Play-Off tally, the 32-year-old keeper having lost his first and third Finals but won the second.
"I was only 23 when I played for Preston against Bolton in my first Final," recalled Lucas. "We lost out on the chance to reach the Premier League that day at the Millennium Stadium, but I really enjoyed the atmosphere and it was a great experience despite the result.
"I was on the winning side with Sheffield Wednesday against Hartlepool in 2005 and that was a great occasion - we won 4-2 after extra time and that took us up to the Championship, so I've very fond memories of that day.
"But it was totally different when I went to Wembley with Leeds two years ago. We'd had 15 points deducted that season but got all the way to the Play-Off Final only to lose to Doncaster. I was only on the subs' bench, but I felt the pain as much as anyone involved and I don't want to feel that way again.
"This time I firmly believe I can be on the winning side, although it's going to be very tough against Millwall. They're a very solid side and people may see them as favourites after they beat us at their place just a couple of weeks ago.
"But we're pretty clued-up on them now and I don't think they'll have too many surprises for us. It's a one-off game and anything can happen - but we can definitely go out there and win it."
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