Sean Murray is looking forward to Friday’s Emirates FA Cup First Round clash against Eastleigh and is expecting a tough test from the non-league outfit.
The Reds head to the Silverlake Stadium in two days’ time (7.55pm Kick-Off) and will be hoping to secure their place in the hat for Round Two in-front of the BBC Two cameras.
Murray has fond memories of the FA Cup from his time with Watford and is hoping to embark on a memorable cup run with Town this season.
“It is good having teams that are lower down the divisions to play against higher teams because them as well as us want to be playing against the Premier League teams,” he told swindontownfc.co.uk.
“Both teams will be wanting to win the game and give a good account of ourselves and the game being on TV makes it that bit more special.
“You see it a lot in the FA Cup when teams are hard to break down and, especially going to Eastleigh’s stadium, their fans will be loud and I’ve heard that they’ve got great resources and they’ve put a lot of money into it.
“They will want to do well in this competition as well so it will be a hard test.”
The FA Cup is a special competition in football and one memory stands out for Murray in particular when he thinks about the cup.
“Being at Watford, our biggest FA Cup game was against Manchester City and I remember we took a lot of fans to the Etihad,” he continued.
“We had a really good start and we were 2-0 up at half-time, but they made changes in the second-half and we went down 4-2.
“The first-half was just so good in terms of how well we played that it was a great experience and to play against Manchester City was brilliant. They had players like Vincent Kompany and David Silva on the field so it was a great day for Watford and the fans loved it.
“Hopefully if we can get a run going and move forward in the FA Cup then that is something that could happen here.”
Finally, Town will be looking to make it through to the Third Round of the FA Cup this season for the first time since the 2011/12 campaign, and Murray knows who he would like to face should that happen.
“I wouldn’t mind going back to play Watford, especially at Vicarage Road as well,” he added.
“That’s the aim and hopefully if we can get through the game on Friday then we can get a run going and carry on from there.”