McMillan hoping to earn starting spot

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Padraig Whelan

Dundalk's Daryl Horgan and Bohemians' Derek Pender, at left and Eoin Wearen
David McMillan hopes his two goal salvo against Bohemians will propel his side towards the title after Cork City could only draw in Athlone.

David McMillan hopes his two goal salvo against Bohemians will propel his side towards the title after Cork City could only draw in Athlone.

Trailing 2-1 at the break, the former Sligo Rovers striker was introduced and had an instant impact, scoring with a fine header before volleying home to secure his side a precious three points.

“Initially, I was just delighted to get on and get a half because it was a tough game. They got the two unbelievable strikes which made it hard to take given that we were 2-1 down and hadn’t played that badly,” he said.

“I was just thrilled to get on and then took my chances, the first with a header which I work hard on. Hopefully this can be a big win for us at this stage.”

Nobody wants to be tagged with the ‘super sub’ label however and the qualified architect is the same, even with an incredible record of 15 goals in just 16 starts across all competitions this season.

He hopes his contribution against the Gypsies has did enough to warrant himself a starting berth as the season nears its conclusion.

“It’s Stephen’s decision. I want to play every week but I’m no different from anyone else here. I hope now I’ve done enough to break into the team, if not next week then in the coming weeks but I’ll just keep fighting and keep scoring goals,” he vowed.

“My return is a great one and all I can do is keep hitting the net, knock the door down and hope for the best.”

Not only does McMillan hope that his performances win himself a place in the team, he does not want that to be at the expense of Patrick Hoban.

In pre-season, he voiced his excitement about playing alongside the physical Galwegian and is eager to get a chance to play alongside him more in the run-in.

“It was only after I came back in from warming up at half time that I knew it would be me and Pat up front together. It is something we haven’t saw much of this year and we are both eager to play together as a combination and I hope we have shown we can do that,” stated McMillan.

“He is a great player to play off - he wins a lot of headers, disrupts a lot of things and makes space for me. The second goal was a good example of that where he went and challenged the ‘keeper and made space for me to put it in the corner.”

The Lilywhite juggernaut is on an incredible run at the moment but the 25-year-old warned that any complacency in the coming weeks could see his side punished.

“We might be six points ahead but we have two massive games coming up in Inchicore and then Derry at home,” he continued.

“We are undefeated in a long time now and we want to keep that going.”