Chapman's sights set on cup shock
Jonathan Redhead Lowestoft Town joint boss Micky Chapman says the pressure is all on Wrexham ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup first round clash. The Blues travel to north Wales as huge underdogs as they attempt to reach the second round of the competition for the first time in their history against the Blue Square Premier side.
Lowestoft Town joint boss Micky Chapman says the pressure is all on Wrexham ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup first round clash.
The Blues travel to north Wales as huge underdogs as they attempt to reach the second round of the competition for the first time in their history against the Blue Square Premier side.
But Chapman insists the chance to make history for the Trawler Boys will not weigh heavily on his Ryman League Division One North side.
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Town caused a shock by beating Gloucester City, who play two leagues above them, in the last round and Chapman insists his underdogs will be going all out to slay Dean Saunders' Red Dragons.
“It's a great opportunity for us to test ourselves,” he said. “We're not the favourites, we're the underdogs. The pressure's on them at the end of the day. They're at home and they're expected to beat us.
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“But who knows? There's been so many cup upsets over the years and there'll be a few more this year. Why can't it be us? We'll have a chat before Saturday and we'll try to pick a team and a formation which gives us the best opportunity to try to come away with something from Wrexham and give us the results we want that everybody involved with Lowestoft wants.
“We want be in the hat - we don't want to go out on Saturday. We've enjoyed the ride but we don't want to go out.
“We want to stay in this for as long as possible.”
Wrexham dropped out of the Football League in 2008 and after finishing tenth in the Blue Square Premier last season,
Saunders has remodelled his squad again over the summer in a bid to secure promotion.
But despite a 2-2 draw at Kettering Town on Tuesday night which extended the Dragons' unbeaten run to five games, they currently sit 14th in the table.
And among the interested spectators at Rockingham Road were Town's joint boss Ady Gallagher and coach Craig Fleming as the Blues, as ever, do their homework on their Welsh opponents from three leagues higher.
“Flem and Ady drove up to watch Wrexham play at Kettering on Tuesday and saw them first hand,” Chapman said.
“We already had a report on them from the Ebbsfleet game last Saturday. We had a scout watching them and had a report on them in that. So we've done our homework.
“Dave (Carolan) and I stayed at the Meadow and looked after training.
“The boys trained really, really hard and Dave put them through a tough session which was really good.
“They got they mind on the job in hand. We know it's going to be tough. We're going up against a professional outfit with some really class players.”
Wrexham have some big names in their squad, including current captain and top scorer Gareth Taylor and ex-FA Cup winner Frank Sinclair.
Taylor, 36, has played for a host of league clubs including Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Burnley and Doncaster Rovers and played international football for Wales before signing for Wrexham at the start of the season and bagged a brace on his debut against Eastbourne Borough.
He currently has eight goals to his name this season.
Meanwhile, Sinclair, 37, also joined the club at the start of the season after a career at the highest levels on English football, including spells with Chelsea, Leicester, Burnley, Huddersfield and Wycombe.
But Lowestoft should have a bit of inside knowledge on both players as they were both teammates of midfielder Gary Holt during his spells at Nottingham Forest and Wycombe Wanderers.
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