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Grayson: A Fantastic Competition

Manager Reaffirms Desire To Go Far In FA Cup

8 November 2019

Simon Grayson believes the FA Cup is a fantastic competition, and is desperate for Blackpool to have another good cup run this season.

The Seasiders hosted Premier League giants Arsenal in the third round last season, and Grayson is hoping for a positive performance against Morecambe on Saturday which will take them one step closer to the third round.

“This club has had some good cup games in recent seasons, and we want a bit more of that this campaign,” Grayson said.

“The FA Cup is a fantastic and historical competition, and like every club that starts in this round and the hundreds of clubs who start in the qualifying rounds, we want a good run again.

“If you reach the third round and get a big team, it’s fantastic for the town and all the supporters, but the financial side of things are massive too.

“If you do get a big team and it’s broadcast on TV, you’re looking at thousands of pounds for the club, so obviously the competition has big implications on your season.”

Grayson and his squad aren’t looking ahead too far at this stage however, with a first round tie against League Two side Morecambe on Saturday afternoon. And with the Shrimps under new management who are set to watch from the stands on Saturday, Grayson is not expecting an easy ride.

“It will be a test for us, make no mistake,” he said.

“We’ve watched Morecambe’s last two matches – like we do with all opponents. Under Kevin Ellison and Barry Roche, they’ve looked sharp and had a good win last time out.

"Whether Derek Adams (the new Morecambe manager) has had any say on how to set up for this game remains to be seen, but regardless of that, we’ve got to set up and make sure we’re in the hat for the second round draw next week.”


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