Itís back to Cup action again this Saturday as FC take on Hinckley United of the Blue Square North in the third and final qualifying round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy at Gigg Lane, 3.00 pm. kick off. After a stirring run of seven wins on the bounce the two away league defeats in the last few days have brought Margy and the team crashing back down to earth.
"After all the good work of recent weeks I was extremely disappointed with our performance at Colwyn Bay on Tuesday. At times it seemed like weíd gone back to some of those games in September and early October. We had a good start and took the lead but in the second half the opposition came out and wanted it more than us. Iíve said it before but thatís not acceptable from our players. There wasnít enough pressure on the ball defensively or in midfield, whilst the lads up front didnít hold onto possession and the lads out wide just didnít perform."
"In contrast I could accept last Saturdayís defeat at Northwich because I thought we did reasonably well. They only had one or two efforts on target, whilst we hit the bar twice and had a good number of other chances to score but just couldnít put the ball away. There was no faulting the playersí effort, it just seemed to be one of those days, especially on the back of everything going right against Rochdale. Tuesday was different for whatever reason and Iíll be looking to the players to put it right on Saturday."
"I can understand supporters being worried by our position towards the foot of the table but I think itís a false position and Iím sure weíll start to climb away when we get back to a run of league games after all the cup ties weíve been having. The players have shown how well they can perform over the last six weeks and we have to start translating that into league points on a consistent basis. However we wonít be doing so if we carry on playing like we did in midweek."
"We welcome Hinckley on Saturday and theyíre the fourth higher division side weíll have played this season. After three previous victories we should hold no fear, but I donít think we should pay much attention to their own league form which suggests theyíve been struggling a bit. Their players will come here and look to enjoy the experience just like every other team does and itís our job not to let them draw on that to get a result. Itís extremely important that we go out and put on a good show at the weekend as after an excellent run of victories weíve now lost two on the bounce and another defeat could easily see that turn into a bad run very quickly. Thatís why itís so important not to take your foot off the gas when youíre on a winning run. Just as success breeds success, so it can go the other way and losing runs are a lot harder to break. The main thing in football is work rate no matter how much talent you might have in your team, and that shouldnít change whether youíre playing badly or playing well, as if you put the work in then youíll reap the reward nine times out of ten."
"Obviously a lot of the focus in recent weeks has been on the FA Cup, as it will be again in the coming days. Itís not on my agenda yet however Ė it counted for nothing on Tuesday and after today weíve got a League Cup game against Ashton on Monday before we can even start thinking about Brighton. Only once Tuesday comes rounds can we focus on trying to spring another upset next weekend, and thatís something Iíll be drilling into the players."
As ever, weíll look to you for your backing on Saturday. The atmosphere in the last round here was excellent and of course at Rochdale it was simply amazing. When you get seasoned pros looking on in bewilderment and saying itís the best theyíve ever encountered then it just shows how fantastic the backing is that this club gets. Thatís something our lads need to keep appreciating and which none of us can ever take for granted.
No luck at Northwich
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Supporters may be interested to hear that Kevin Jaquiss of Cobbetts Solicitors has received national recognition by winning the Financial Times Innovation Award for his work on our scheme and the development of an alternative form of finance.
The CSS also won further recognition this week from the wider community outside of football as it received the winning votes in a Dragonís Den style presentation at the Good Deals Social Investment Conference -
Get yourself to that football ground. FC United V Hinckley United, FA Carlsberg Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round, Gigg Lane, Saturday 20th November, kick off 3.00 pm.
10K FOR TEN ACRES
The BUPA Great Manchester Run will take place next year on Sunday 15th May. For the sixth year in a row FC United will have a team of supporters running to raise funds for the Development Fund and other worthy causes.
Itís a great occasion and as we run around the course in our FC first team shirts with the other 38000 participants we always receive shouts of encouragement from the thousands of spectators lining the route to help us on our way.
Registration is now open, however places are usually filled in a matter of days, so if you would like to join us go to www.greatrun.org as soon as possible, follow the instructions and/or contact Mike Sherrard for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking back at Rochdale
While being rather excited about the Rochdale game in the cup there were two things that as a part of this club worried me. The first being a hammering by the League One outfit and the ribbing Iíd get from mates who wouldnít take into consideration the gulf between ourselves and the Dale, no problem there though thanks to the performance of the players.
The second was a more important thing to worry about. There was a worry about how we as a club and as fans of this club would be perceived in the media. I was basically worrying that the media and the public just wouldnít get what this club was about. Again I neednít have worried there; this was mostly down to the fantastic support the lads were given that well, letís face it weíre used to seeing week in week out.
The build up game saw the usual red top angle seeking stories the pick being that of debt advisor Carlos Roca putting the club opposing football debt into the oldest club competition in the world, and the wonderful story about minister come centre forward Glynn Hurst looking for holy intervention to help the Reds.
One article though stood out for me, it featured in The Times on the Friday of the match and just absolutely captured what this club was about. It talked about the fans, the people that founded the club and had a real understanding of what this club is about.
The same goes for the ESPN coverage of the game, which heaped praise on the club before the game, seemed in awe of our support during the match and even portrayed the emotions of all involved in the club after pulling off such a fantastic victory.
There were murmurs in some quarters about the board taking the opportunity to put the club on TV and move the fixture, but I think now we can all understand why this decision was made and the positive coverage weíve received since the Rochdale game can only add weight behind the argument to switch the game.
All in all itís amazing how well the club came off, and Iíve lost count of the amount of times that people have talked to me in these two weeks about what a great thing we have here in this, our club.
But letís not forget this isnít the end of our journey in either the cup or as a club, next weekend sees the trip to Brighton but long after that game the same fans will still be here fighting for the same thing they believed in before the television cameras came and went.