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Cox seeks to spring cup surprise

5 December 2013

Manager Paul Cox is hoping that our side can use Saturday’s FA Cup with Budweiser Second Round tie at Oldham Athletic, as a springboard for a good run.

We go into the clash at Boundary Park as underdogs, having not won any of our last 10 matches in Sky Bet League Two.

By contrast, the Latics, who dumped Liverpool out of the competition last term, are currently enjoying their best run of form for almost a decade.

“They’re on a fabulous run and in the same vein [of form] that we were at the start of the season. I think they’ve had two defeats in 13, so it’s going to be a tough game,” said Cox.

“But the FA Cup is a beautiful competition and I’ve had pleasure in getting to the latter stages, playing some big clubs and causing upsets.”

He added: “It’ll be nice for a week to just get the league out of our system. On Saturday, the pressure is totally off us because Oldham are expected to win.

“They’re a higher-placed club, playing at home, but the beauty of the FA Cup is that anything can happen.

“We’ll be working extremely hard not just to win this game, but to put this little bad patch behind us and to look forward, focus, and come round the bend as strong as always.”

Reflecting on our recent run of form in Sky Bet League Two, Cox continued: “We’ve had a bad month.

“We lost two of our first 13 games and the last game in October and then we’ve had a bad November, but that’s all it has been.

“When you look at November, I think we played two of the top three, four [teams] in the top seven and in some of those games, we were down to 10 men [in the early stages].

“That has an impact. All these little things have impacts, but it’s ultimately about how you come through them.”

Meanwhile, our boss has revealed that midfielder Adam Murray could be in contention to feature in our FA Cup with Budweiser Second Round clash at Oldham Athletic on Saturday.

“‘Muz’ has come in and I’ve had a good chat with him. He’s really positive, I’m really positive and the outcome, I hope, will be really positive,” said Cox.

“Everyone knows what ‘Muz’ brings to the side. 

“He’s been doing a few extra sessions to see if he’s up to scratch in terms of his overall fitness, but [having] him and Micky (Moore) come in is a positive outcome at the end of a bad month.

“He’s in contention [to play at Oldham], but like anyone else, I don’t want to throw him in there if he’s not right.

“He’s trained with the lads all week and will do a bit more today, and we’ll both make a decision on how fit he is and whether he can add something to the 11.”


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