YOUNG David Mirfin has no fear of tackling Marcus Stewart and Sunderland in the Carling Cup.
Having played against Mick McCarthy's First Division side in the pre-season 2-0 win, Mirfin is hoping for another chance as Town aim for the third round.
He has already gained extra experience from a substitute appearance against Bury and a full League debut in Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Swansea in which he had four stitches in a wound to his right knee.
"This is all a big learning curve for me but, if I get the chance to play tomorrow night, I'll be looking forward to it," said the 18-year-old.
"Had I not played against Sunderland in pre-season and not had a taste of first-team matches since, I would probably have been nervous about taking on players with big reputations in a tie like this.
"It was disappointing to lose on Saturday, but I'm really pleased with the way things are going for me this season and I'll just keep doing my best.
"I wasn't nervous about playing at Swansea - I found out on Friday when we had a training session down there - and I'll be happy if I get the chance to play tomorrow."
Mirfin, who still has a year in the Academy, was disappointed to get caught on the turn for Lee Trundle's opener on Saturday.
"The gaffer gave me a bit of advice about their strikers but told me just to be confident about what I did and play my own game," said Mirfin.
"I was disappointed with the first goal. Trundle backed off and was stood on my foot, which meant I couldn't move near him to stop the shot. I should have been tighter.
"I thought we battled really well with 10 men, though, and I don't think we are getting the results that we deserve."
Cup tickets are on sale at the McAlpine until 3.00 tomorrow.
The £10 tickets will be on sale at Turnstile 61, concessions from their ticket office.