We Want History Not A Big Day Out Says On-Fire McCallum

Paul McCallum is happy to miss out on Old Trafford and Anfield because he prefers progress over a big FA Cup away day.

The Eastleigh striker continued his incredible scoring season with two goals as the Spitfires saw to Reading in the second round on Sunday, pictured.

With the prospect of a Premier League giant, the draw potentially paired them with a club they know well - McCallum’s old side Barnet.

Providing the Bees get beyond Newport in the replay in north west London, at least one National League side could still land a plum draw of course.

But he isn’t down about the fact it’s a trip to the Hive or Rodney Parade and not the Etihad or Tottenham’s shiny new stadium as the club just want to go as far as they can.

If they can get through, it will be the first time Eastleigh have made the fourth round in the club’s history.

He said: “You can say it’s not the best draw but it’s ideal in a way - we want to get as far as possible.We’re not going to get silly and think we’re going to play Manchester City at Wembley, but we want to get through to the next round. The prize money is so important as well.

“The only time I do score when I’m on TV is in the FA Cup! With the game being live and everyone it adds that little more to the occasion and we really produced.”

He’s looking legthal with Scott Quigley in attack and he says their partnership is really flourishing.

McCallum added: “He’s done so well for the first goal and sometimes his work rate goes unnoticed. I love playing with him.”

PHOTO BY GRAHAM SCAMBLER

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