Theo to stick to word
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tim Cahill's 26th minute strike proved to be the match winner against Division One rivals Sunderland in an exciting semi-final clash at Old Trafford.
And afterwards Millwall assistant manager Ray Wilkins vowed: "It won't be a pretty sight but we will hold him to it."
An overwhelmed Paphitis told Sky Sports One: "I can't put it into words. It's unreal. Millwall in the final of the FA Cup - and in Europe!"
Jubilant Millwall player-manager Dennis Wise said: "It's fantastic. They've worked extremely hard. They are a great bunch of lads and I'm proud of all of them.
"I've told them all along 'if you believe in yourselves you'll go far' and they deserve it."
Cahill was rewarded for making a run into the Sunderland box as Paul Ifill lined up a shot and when the rebound off Mart Poom's chest fell for him he volleyed it home with the aid of a slight deflection off Black Cats defender George McCartney.
"That's what it's all about, having that bit of luck and being in the right place at the right time," said Cahill.
"It's something for the fans, not just for us. It's a special day. You have to take it in your stride and try to appreciate it."
Asked about the prospect of facing United in the final, Cahill replied: "It hasn't sunk in yet. They're my heroes but we're going to get a chance against them in the final and it's unbelievable."
Millwall striker Neil Harris admitted it was "frightening" to think about what The Lions had achieved.
"It's frightening," he said on Sky Sports One. "We will have a chat about it on the bus home and maybe tomorrow when we pick up the papers it will sink in.
"I don't think the boys know what to do - they have not really got anywhere before."
Harris, who battled back to fitness following testicular cancer, claimed Millwall would not be overawed by taking on the ten-time FA Cup winners next month.
"They are a massive club and have some great players," he said. "We are going to there to win the game - we will give it a go and enjoy the day.
"It will be a great time for the fans."