Robbie McDaid insists Glentoran will approach their eagerly-awaited Europa League tie against Motherwell with no fear, pointing out that the Oval club's recent record in knockout games fills them with confidence ahead of Thursday's clash at Fir Park.
Winning the Irish Cup in July, the Glens overcame Cliftonville on penalties in the semi-finals before McDaid netted an extra-time winner against Ballymena United in the decider. He was at it again earlier this week in a 1-0 home victory over HB to set up a meeting with Stephen Robinson's men.
The Scottish Premiership outfit will be heavy favourites in the first qualifying round one-leg shoot-out but striker McDaid says the visitors will travel with positivity that they can cause an upset.
"We'll go to Motherwell with no fear. They've had a bit of a rough patch the last couple of weeks and when it comes to massive games, we've had a head start the last few weeks," said the 23-year-old.
"The last three games we've been involved in have been win or go home and we've come through, so in terms of recent knockout experience we're probably ahead of the pack.
"It worked out in our favour massively against HB Torshavn. If that had been a two-legged game, they might have backed themselves to get two goals at home.
"The one-game format suited us and it was exactly the same in the Irish Cup semi-final and final last month. The experience we've had in the last few weeks has built real togetherness in the squad because we've got that taste of winning cup ties and we want that to continue."
McDaid took his first-half goal brilliantly, volleying home from inside the box, though he was quick to pay tribute to Ruairi Donnelly for a clever assist.
"Ruairi has been fantastic and all the boys will say that. He makes a lot of unselfish runs which open up space for the likes of myself and Paul O'Neill," stated McDaid.
"He's probably not getting the credit he deserves because he's not getting on the scoresheet, but the gaffer and all the boys know the job he's doing is invaluable to the team. We don't care who scores, as long as we win football matches and we're playing well."
McDaid would have loved to have been facing his pal Liam Donnelly next week, but unfortunately the Northern Ireland midfielder is out injured.
"I played from Under-12s with Liam Donnelly, so I'd be pretty close with Liam, he's a great lad. He's a Tyrone boy as well so we played at the Milk Cup and School of Excellence," added McDaid. "Liam has been an excellent player for Motherwell and he was unlucky with the injury he picked up a couple of weeks ago."
The Glens ace also has history with Fir Park boss Robinson, who has done such a fantastic job in Scotland.
"Stevie Robinson had me when I was a kid with the Northern Ireland Under-17s. He's a terrific manager and he did a lot for me in my time under him," said the ex-Leeds ace. "He taught us well as a young international squad. We were in a really tough group and we got into the next stages of the Euros.
"He instilled a real togetherness in the squad. As a young lad you probably don't read into that, but the power of a changing room is massive.
"That team I played in, we're still all best mates, a lot of us go on holiday together every year and that was down to Robbo creating real togetherness in the squad.
"Obviously when you're winning matches at a European and international level, it creates a bond you can't explain.
"You're spending many a week in a hotel together and it gave us a real sense of togetherness. I've made some friends for life out of that.
"You could tell Robbo had something special. He was meticulous.
"We weren't anywhere near as good as the bigger nations we played but we were able to give a really good account of ourselves.
"Robbo instilled a real winning ethos and togetherness and we won a lot of games together.
"He has been outstanding for Motherwell which hasn't been a surprise to me."