Lappin: Get it right the first time

Simon Lappin admits the Canaries are on a hiding to nothing at Paulton Rovers this afternoon.The City midfielder knows what he's talking about - he's been on the end of a cup shock himself, albeit one from which his team managed to escape.

Simon Lappin admits the Canaries are on a hiding to nothing at Paulton Rovers this afternoon.

The City midfielder knows what he's talking about - he's been on the end of a cup shock himself, albeit one from which his team managed to escape. It was in February, 2006, when Lappin and his St Mirren team-mates left non-league Spartans' tiny Ainslie Park Stadium with red faces after being held to a goalless draw.

Lappin and Co won the replay 3-0, but it's not a scenario he wants to see again. The plan today is simple.

“Hopefully we can do the job on Saturday against Paulton first time,” he said. “It's the same as every other game, you have got to go out there with the right attitude and approach it in the right manner. It will be no different come Saturday.


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“People are saying it's a potential banana skin and this and that, but we will go there and do a professional job and hopefully be in the draw for the next round.

“You are on a hiding to nothing at times - we just want to get the victory and get in the next round.”

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What City aren't doing, says Lappin, is taking anything for granted.

“We are preparing the same way in terms of what we do in training and everything, we go there with the same attitude as we do every other week, it's just another game,” he said.

“Even in situations where we are playing teams in our own division, I think we concentrate more on what we do than what the opposition do and that will be the same this weekend.

“It's obviously a big game for them, but we will give them the respect they deserve. They have played a lot of games to get to this round and they will be looking to go and win the game, but we have to take care of ourselves and try and get in the next round of the draw.”

Playing at a ground into which just over 2,000 fans will be squeezed is nothing new to the Scot.

“I've played in a lot smaller stadiums than that in my time in Scotland,” he said. “Once the game starts you just have to get on with the game. Even if you're playing at Carrow Road you know they are there, but you tend not to take notice of the crowd and it will be the same come Saturday.

“We are playing full of confidence right now and hopefully we will go there and do the same as we have been doing week in week out and it's being consistent.”

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