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Futcher - We're Prepared Right

Assistant Boss Previews Emirates FA Cup Tie

2 December 2017

Swindon Town Assistant Boss Ben Futcher has stressed that everyone's focus is only on the task at hand today.

The Reds are in Emirates FA Cup Second Round action away at Stevenage today (3pm Kick-Off), with a coveted place in the Third Round at stake. 

There is the carrot of drawing one of the Premier League big-hitters in the next round, but Futcher knows the importance of not looking too far ahead.

"We're really looking forward to the game," he said.

"Any game is winnable. It is a really tough game but you don't expect anything else in The FA Cup. 

"We're going away from home again like we did in the First Round, we'll prepare right like we did for Dartford and hopefully we can get through to the next round.

"We played really well against Stevenage at home but they will be looking for revenge, I suppose, and it is going to be a difficult game. 

"It is a really tough tie, they've done well at home this season so we are going to prepare like we do for every away game and we really look forward to it.

"Hopefully we can get this club through to the Third Round.

"We've got to focus on Stevenage, they are a decent side and we know how difficult it is going to be.

"We're focussed on this game and, I know it is a cliche and people don't want to hear it, but we've got to focus on Stevenage and it is going to be a tough game.

"We're all looking forward to it and we're confident we can go there with our away form and win."

"It is a really tough tie, they've done well at home this season so we are going to prepare like we do for every away game and we really look forward to it. Hopefully we can get this club through to the Third Round."

Ben Futcher

Town have found clean sheets hard to come by in recent weeks and have lost their last two games, but Futcher is keen to focus on the overall positive picture. 

"We like clean sheets and we stress that to the lads but it is about winning football matches," he added.

"Clean sheets are a part of that and we haven't had enough of them over the last couple of games, the lads know that and we know that.

"We want to get back to that as soon as we can and we've been working hard on the training ground to make sure that happens.

"There isn't any negativity within the squad and it probably comes from outside of the club - we've got two defeats from the last nine games.

"We would accept that over the next nine games. No one wants to lose games but it is part and parcel of football.

"We're right in amongst the Play-Offs, through to the next round of The FA Cup for the first time in six years and we came top of the Checkatrade Trophy group, so it is hardly a disaster in our eyes."


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