Greens boss warns against complacency
PUBLISHED: 17:19 20 October 2010
HENDON boss Gary McCann is warning his players to forget any giant-killing dreams as they prepare to face in-form Metropolitan Police on Saturday.
McCann’s side were handed a seemingly kind draw for the fourth qualifying round clash against opponents from the division below, their final hurdle before they have the chance of facing glamorous league opposition in the first round proper.
McCann has a rich FA Cup pedigree, having reached the first round of the competition on seven occasions and the second round twice, but knows the Greens cannot afford to take their eye off the ball.
“We could get carried away, but there are no easy games in the first round of the FA Cup,” said McCann. “Met Police are on song – they’ve played eight and won eight so far this season and it’s up to us to take them on and keep our focus.”
McCann’s finest moment as a Greens player came in the 1997 FA Cup, when Hendon travelled to Leyton Orient in the second round and stole a 1-0 win thanks to a Junior Lewis goal.
The manager would love the chance to repeat that triumph and repay the faith of the fans who have stuck by their side through a change of home ground and ownership, but admits it is now harder than ever for non-league sides to compete against the big guns.
“I’d love to emulate that, but the gap between league and non-league sides has grown in the last 10 years, there’s now a lot more strength in the Conference,” added McCann. “To get there is a real feat and would be a great achievement for this club.
“We’ve not tasted it for a while, but now it’s just one game away.
“There are a lot of good people at this club who have all pulled together to get us through some tough times, so to get through and possibly play one of the big boys would be a fitting tribute.
“The money we would get from playing one of the bigger sides would tide us over for the next couple of years – but we’ve got a tough game on the way first. We need to learn from last year, when Woking came here and gave us a pasting.”
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