Mark previews visit of Luton Town in first round of Emirates FA Cup
The importance of the FA Cup
For clubs in and around League Two you have to aim for the third round because it’s massive for the club if you end up getting a big name – it is just a great experience. It helps the club financially and excites the players and supporters and everyone around the club.
Confidence is high
We want to keep our good run going. We’re confident after four wins in five but we also know we can be a lot better. I want us to be more aggressive and be better with the ball than we were against York.
Joe McNerney has had a bit of a setback after Tuesday’s (reserve team) game at Portsmouth. He’s going back to see his consultant because the stability in his knee just isn’t there at the moment. Earlier in the week he felt fine and played on Tuesday, but the pain was too much and we took him off. We’re trying to get to the bottom of it at the moment.
It wasn’t the plan to give Gavin Tomlin 90 minutes against Portsmouth, but that’s the way it happened. Gavin has looked bright this week in training and he’s now in contention for Saturday.
Unfortunately Mitch Hancox can’t play, but everyone else is available for the FA Cup. We’ve got a few options for left back. Christian Scales could play, Sonny Bradley could shift into that position so we’ll see come Saturday.
Support from the stands
The crowd have been great. They stuck with us through a sticky patch and they continue to support the boys and we want to win four on the bounce at home for them.
We’re progressing at the moment, but we’re taking things one game at a time. On Saturday we want to go out there and play the type of football we know we can and hopefully have a bit of luck to help us out against a good Luton side.