“ We’ve come so far already and it’s history making. We want to keep making history”
So Danny massive game coming up in the last sixteen of the FA Vase. What’s the atmosphere like at the club?
It’s been good. The boys are in buoyant mood, we’re a happy squad. We’ve been in good form since Christmas and I think now we’ve got our squad together again we’re ready to take anybody on. The hardest thing for us, Miles in particular, is picking the eleven because he’s going to let some people down. Some people might be on the bench, some people might not even make the bench when they’ll be desperate to. So I think as a club now that’s the most difficult headache a manager can have but in a way it’s the best headache you can have all season. So I do feel a little bit for Miles, but what a position the club’s in. We had no game at the weekend so we are fresh. We trained really well mid-week. We’ve now got to get ourselves together. We’ll travel up Friday. We know very little about Northwich and they know very little about us. They might have heard rumours. They might have read a few reports and we’ve done the same on them. But really on Saturday, it’s which team wants it the most. And that is the message to our boys.
Is everybody at the club conscious that this is history in the making?
We know that. What we don’t want to do is dwell on that too much. We’ve come so far already and it’s history making. We want to keep making history. I’m confident we’ll make it to the quarter finals and again the papers will start writing it all for us again that we’re in the quarter finals of a national cup and by then we’ll take anybody on. If we get through this one then it’s a massive step for us and we’ll be full of confidence. What have we got to lose? As a club we’re really looking forward to it. And I’ve got to say all the best to the girls as well with their FA Cup game on Sunday. They’re not far away from us either. I know they’re in preparation mode the next few days. So it could be a really big weekend for the club.
And how are you and the staff going to approach the game on Saturday morning?
We’ll have a meal on Friday together. We’ll start talking about the game. We won’t name the side until the Saturday so nothing really changes from the decisions we’re going to make. We will see the boys a little bit more on the Saturday. They enjoy each other’s company. We’re a very close knitted squad. I think we’ll have breakfast together, maybe get to ground a little earlier and have a bit of a stroll. But we don’t want to make the boys too nervous by talking too early so we’ll make sure all the talk is done in the changing room before the game. And we’ll approach this game as we have every other game.
And it’s four fronts you’re fighting on as a club. There’s the Sussex RUR Cup final, another quarter final against Haywards Heath, the Vase and you’re third in the league.
The league is a priority and it always has been. The Vase is a great competition and we really want to do well in this. The cup final against Pagham has got everything to play for against our local rivals. And we owe Haywards Heath one as well. So we’re in every competition. We don’t want to go out of any competition and we will keep going. And I think for our level of football it’s great to be in these four competitions at this time going into February. What a place to be.
Updated 18:31 - 21 Feb 2018 by Ian Worden