FA CUP: Dave Cooke speaks ahead of Stevenage tie

By Steve Sharman:

Manager Dave Cooke says that his team have prepared the best they can ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup First Round game with Stevenage.

The Dabbers travel to the League Two side this weekend as the club aim to reach the second round of the competition for the first time in it’s history and Cooke say his team will have to be at their best if this is to happen.

He said: “We have got to play the best we have all season to have any sort of chance. The FA Cup last time when they drew MK Dons was the toughest draw you could have.

“That isn’t disrespect to Stevenage in any way, they are a professional club, but wee have prepared the best we can for a non-league club.”

For many of the players it will be the first time they have played at the First Round stage, and Dave insists he will want his players to have no regrets come full time.

“The message to the lads will be to not¬†leave anything in the dressing room, you deserve your chance to play in the First Round.

“Don’t let the chance go by and say at the end of it if only.”

The game on Saturday will be the side’s sixth game in the competition this year having seen off City of Liverpool, Shepshed Dynamo, Nuneaton Town and Kettering Town, and Cooke reveals his favourite moment so far.

“Obviously the Kettering game, the final whistle or the penalty save were equally memorable.

The penalty save was brilliant followed by the board up at five minutes but then of course hearing the final whistle, it was a fabulous moment” he added.

A reminder that tickets are still on sale at the club until 7pm this evening and on the Stevenage website until tomorrow night – www.stevenagefc.com

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