Mark Fotheringham reckons Lochee United still have it all to do as they look to book a place in the Scottish Junior Cup Final.
The Bluebells hold a 1-0 advantage following last week’s semi-final first leg at Auchinleck.
However, the big goalie knows the Ayrshire giants will come out all guns blazing in today’s second leg at Thomson Park.
Fotheringham said: “Auchinleck will come flying at us.
“They are 11-time Scottish Cup winners, the favourites and they’ll be down — but we’ll be prepared.
“However, it’s still an uphill task in this competition.”
Fotheringham waved away the plaudits as his two stunning saves paved a way for Connor Birse to grab a sensational late winner in the first leg.
The keeper tipped over Gordon Pope’s long-ranger just before the break and then got two strong hands on to deny Stephen Wilson from the penalty spot to keep his side on level terms.
And, right at the death, super sub Birse slotted past Andy Leishman to set up a mouth-watering clash at Thomson Park.
But Fotheringham was quick to play down his own heroics.
He said: “At the end of the day it’s a team performance.
“I’ve saved Gordon Pope’s shot and the penalty but it’s the team that counts and the boys from the back four, right through midfield and up front should be proud as the job is halfway done.
“The penalty was one of those things.
“After saving a penalty in the last round, I guessed correctly and I got two strong hands to it which kept us in the game.
“If they had scored then, that gives them the push to maybe score two or three. I’m quite confident when it comes to penalties but it’s one of those things where you guess right.”
Meanwhile, Lochee’s Scottish Cup talisman Birse — he scored a hat-trick in the previous round at Beith — admitted his first-leg winner may have been a goal too far as a bet he made earlier in the season has come back to haunt him.
After bagging his 20th goal of the season he was reminded to ‘baldly’ go and shave his hair off for reaching his target.
It was something his team-mates and officials kept reminding him after the game by ruffling his hair and making snip-snip sounds as he spoke.
Birse said: “I made a bet that if I got 20 goals this season then I’d shave my head.
“That’s me netted No 20 — I’m not shaving it off yet but I’m going to do it at some point!
“I spoke to the gaffer (George Shields) before last week’s game and he said to keep myself warm, so I knew I’d get on and get my chance.
“I turned my ankle recently against Dundonald, so he was keeping me back just in case.
“However, it’s two legs and I’m glad I got on and, obviously, scored.
“The ball was played over the top, Talbot went flat-footed and I took my chance.
“I knew it was going in when it left my foot.”
However, the match-winner stayed grounded, pointing out the major task still ahead of Lochee in the second leg which sees them line up just 90 minutes away from their first Scottish Cup Final since 2005.
He said: “We’re not taking anything for granted. It’s a big game in the second leg and we need to keep a cool head going into it.
“It was great but it’s definitely not over. The boys will need to perform well again, if not better, to see it out and get another result.”