10:00AM, Saturday 02 December 2017
MARK Nisbet has warned Rochdale that if Slough Town click on Monday night, they’ll be difficult to live with.
The former Maidenhead United defender knows that Dale come into the second round clash as heavy favourites, with four levels separating the two sides, but he firmly believes he and his teammates have the ability to cause an upset.
He also hopes the players can utilise the excitement at Arbour Park on Monday to help them switch on for the clash.
Neil Baker and Jon Underwood have been to see Rochdale play, and have relayed back their strengths, but they’ve also told the Rebels to go and play their own game.
“There’s going to be a buzz about the place,” he said. “The fans will be there early and it’s their job to get behind the team and enjoy the game.
“The atmosphere will be different, there are things going on before kick-off, everyone turns up a bit earlier than normal.
“It’s just different. But we’ve got to make sure we don’t lose our focus and remain switched on. “That’s what we hope to do and what we’ll be trying to do.
“I’ll try to get my arm around some of the younger ones and ensure they have a couple of early touches so that their confidence grows. But the boys will be fine. We’ve got quite a mature, experienced squad and there aren’t too many young players so I’m sure we’ll be fine.
“We know about what their threats are and what we need to do about that,” he said.
“But we’re not just going to sit behind the ball. We’ve been told to go out and play our game. They want us to play with no fear and to not do anything different.”
He added: “There is always that belief. We all think that we can do it. We’ll all try to play to the best of our ability, but for me it’s about consistency.
“The only difference between ourselves and the players in the professional game is consistency. It’s not ability. Loads of our lads could play in the pro game, but it’s about doing it week in and week out.
“But, if we can play to the best of our ability on the night, we’ll stand a chance. It’s do-able.
“Sometimes we just click as a side, and when that happens it’s hard for any side to stop us.
“For me it’s the biggest game of my career, and the furthest I’ve been in the FA Cup.
“I’ll try and stay as relaxed as I can before the game, but I’m sure I won’t be able to hold the excitement back on the evening.”
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