Simon Grayson has stressed the importance of this weekend’s Emirates FA Cup tie to his players, after the defeat to Scunthorpe on Wednesday evening.
Maidstone United visit Bloomfield Road on Sunday for a 2pm kick-off in the Emirates FA Cup second round, and Grayson is hopeful the side will use the defeat in the previous game as fuel heading into the match.
“It was a game we should have won with the team we had out, so of course it hurt us all,” he said.
“It was a reminder that we all need to do better and build day in, day out. The good thing is you learn from every game and sometimes a defeat can give you that kick that’s needed to drive on and not make you complacent, so we’re expecting good things on Sunday.”
With a place in the third round up for grabs on Sunday, the manager is aware of what could await, should the Seasiders get past Sunday’s visitors.
“Sunday is a massive game because of the incentive to get into the third round of the FA Cup,” Grayson explained.
“There should be a real edge to our side on Sunday given the previous result and the possibility of being in the draw on Monday evening.
“Having said that, we aren’t focusing on that just yet. We’ve got to be professional and do what we do best against Maidstone and then we will take it from there.”