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It's a competition that means a lot

6 November 2020

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Michael Appleton is looking forward to this weekend’s Emirates FA Cup First Round tie against Forest Green Rovers at LNER Stadium in a competition that he holds close to his heart.

Throughout his career to date, The Imps' manager has fond memories of the competition which has brought him some good days so far, from his earliest recollection as a supporter back in the early 80’s right through to his playing and management career to date.  

“My earliest memory of the FA Cup is probably similar to many who are asked about it, the interviews when the players wake up on cup final morning at the hotel, the footage on the coach being interviewed. It was a great insight into how players prepared.  I think the first one I watched was in 1983. Ever since then I dreamed of playing in the FA Cup and having a good cup run.

“So, it means a lot to me because I have been fortunate as a player to go on a few decent runs, as well as I’ve taken Blackburn to the quarter final as a manager and into the fifth round with Oxford from the start.” Michael said.

The Imps manager says it’s that whilst some may consider a cup game in the midst of what has been a very hectic period of fixtures of late, he couldn’t be more the opposite and is aiming for Saturday’s game to be the start of another memorable cup run for him and the club. However, Michael is very aware that Forest Green Rovers will have similar ambitions to his own and will certainly pose a threat this weekend.

“I see this game as an opportunity instead of a hinderance like some people would, we want to win games of football and as a club if we can get through the rounds it is only a good thing. A good cup run can lift everyone’s spirits. We were unlucky last year but hopefully we will be in the hat on Monday and looking forward to another exciting draw.

“But they (Forest Green) play good football and they like to get the ball forward quickly; we will have to deal with it and be competitive. We need to stay strong and keep our structure nice and tight.”

You can watch the game LIVE as it happens (Domestically based supporters only) get your match pass today for just £10, internationally based supporters can keep up with the action with an audio match pass for £2.50 with commentary provided by BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

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