Quinn fires a warning to Linnets
Cambridge United boss Jimmy Quinn yesterday warned King's Lynn to expect an FA Trophy first round battle at the Abbey Stadium tomorrow.The former Swindon and Shrewsbury manager insisted his Blue Square Premier promotion hopefuls will go out all guns blazing in the cross-border derby.
Cambridge United boss Jimmy Quinn yesterday warned King's Lynn to expect an FA Trophy first round battle at the Abbey Stadium tomorrow.
The former Swindon and Shrewsbury manager insisted his Blue Square Premier promotion hopefuls will go out all guns blazing in the cross-border derby.
“We'll play our best available side - don't you worry about that,” he said. “We're only four games from Wembley. There's good prize money as well and any time we have that on offer this club must go for it. We know King's Lynn are a decent outfit. Obviously I know Scott Howie and he's a good lad along with one or two others who have been here before. We'll have to be up for it and play well but to be at home with our home support is all you can ask for.”
Quinn insisted his men will be fully focused on the job in hand, despite a full-on promotion assault and a mouthwatering FA Cup third round New Year trip to Wolves.
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“It's important we don't take our foot off the gas,” he said. “I want us to keep our momentum going. It doesn't matter whether it's the league, FA Trophy or Setanta Shield. Promotion is what we are striving for and we're doing very well in the league. We've drawn eight games and should've won six of those. It's about staying up there amongst the pack - that is the key.”
Quinn is unlikely to risk defender Mark Albrighton after he missed United's last two games with a knee injury.
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“The stitches have healed but the doctor told him not to play this weekend to make sure it has healed properly,” he said. “If his knee opened up again he would have a lot of problems so we're giving him the time he needs and he will start full-time training again on Monday with a view to be available for the following Saturday against Rushden. When you've been out of the team for any length of time you come back with a bit of freshness about you and I'm sure he's looking forward to that.”
One-time Lynn target Dan Chillingworth is back in light training but will not figure. Skipper Danny Brown is available after a lengthy lay-off with ankle ligament damage. Stephen Reed misses the game through suspension.
United striker and former FA Trophy runner-up Lee Boylan is wary of the Southern Premier visitors.
“At Canvey, we had quite a hard draw to get through to the final and there always seems to be a lot of shocks,” he said, after the Islanders lost to Hednesford at Villa Park in 2004. “Hednesford were actually the underdogs in that final and they beat us, which was disappointing because we'd won the league and wanted the double. Whether it's because some bigger teams are concentrating on the league, I don't know, but King's Lynn are going to come to our ground and think they can turn us over.
“We can't be complacent no matter who we're playing and we've just got to treat it as if it's a league game. It's one of those games where we're going to have to battle and work hard and hopefully our talent will come through.”