FORMER Town striker Martin Smith has no intention of allowing his FA Cup dream to turn into a TV nightmare.
The 29-year-old Northampton striker was part of the Sunderland side which fought out a 2-2 televised third-round draw against Manchester United eight years ago.
Smith will line up against United in Sunday's fourth-round tie in front of the cameras desperate to avoid the kind of drubbing the Cobblers got when the teams met in 1970.
That day, Northampton were trounced 8-2 by a George Best-inspired United, and Smith, whose replay goal at Rotherham netted the Cobblers their big day, is in no mood to sample a repeat dose.
"We don't want to be part of some obscure football classics show in 20 years time if we have been stuffed 8-0," said the man who top-scored with 17 for Town last season.
"We are playing against some of the best players in the world, but we have to go out and believe in ourselves.
"If we are being realistic, this time next week we will be concentrating on playing Doncaster away and trying to improve our Division III position, so we have to enjoy moments like this when we can."
Sir Alex Ferguson's men have not lifted the trophy since 1999 when a Wembley victory over Newcastle landed one part of their famous treble, and defender Gary Neville admits he is hungry for further Cup glory.
"Perhaps we haven't concentrated as well in FA Cup games as we have in the Champions League or the Premiership," he said.
"Those are the priority, but it would be great to make another final."