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The Assistant Coach previews Tuesday evening's game with the Rocks at the Checkatrade Stadium

31 October 2017

Warren Feeney insists the Reds won't be underestimating the challenge of Bognor Regis Town when they host the Conference South side in the Sussex Senior Cup tonight  at the Checkatrade Stadium (7-45pm).

"It's a game we very much want to win," he said.

"They gave us a really tough game back in July during pre-season and we're expecting nothing less on Tuesday evening.

"There may be a few players where the manager makes some changes but it's a cup game and we'll be looking to win.

"There's a trophy there to be won and so that's what we'll be looking to do."

"I think we're doing very well in the league too - we may be struggling for goals but I think we've got one of the best defensive records in the country - never mind in our division," he continued.

"It will be a different type of game though because there's pressure on us to win.

"They had a good result at the weekend and they've got nothong to lose so we need to make sure we're at our best."

The game presents Head Coach Harry Kewell with an opportunity to rotate his squad having named an unchanged line-up for the previous two league games - the 0-0 draws with Luton Town and Lincoln City respectively.

Warren pointed to the need for those who're given a chance in the side to impress in order to give the Australian options ahead of the weekend's game at the DW Stadium.

"It's a squad game - and if you perform on Tuesday then you give the manager something to think about," he inisisted.

"The players have to approach it correctly and apply themselves.

"Those who haven't been involved have a chance to make a claim and then we've got a great game on Saturday (against Wigan in the Emirates FA Cup) as well."

The game could see the return of Dutch striker Thomas Verheydt. The forward has been out of action since he picked up an injury at home to Charlton Athletic at the end of August in the Checkatrade Trophy.

But the Northern Irishman highlighted that the Reds must be cautious when bedding the frontman back into the first team fold.

"Thomas is progressing well and he may well feature," the Assistant Coach revealed.

"We don't want to rush him in though but we'll have to see.

"We're light in that area of the pitch so it'd be nice to get him back - he can stake his claim to get playing if he's able to feature."

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