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Watson reacts to FA Cup draw

By Dan Simmonite | 7th October 2019

Manager Steve Watson said he was ‘pleased’ upon hearing the club had received a home Emirates FA Cup draw against Stockport County this afternoon.

The Minstermen will play the tie on Saturday 19th October 2019 (3pm kick-off) at Bootham Crescent against the Hatters who beat Watson’s side 3-1 in his first game in charge of York back in January.

“It’s nice to be at home in the FA Cup, especially in a round where National League teams have been drawn,” said Watson.

“It’s a really exciting draw, they are the current champions of our league, they were the team that I faced first for York which wasn’t a very enjoyable experience so I think everybody involved knows about the performance against them last season and we will want to try and lay that to rest.

“We are two different sides now, two different styles of playing, they will have had a few changes in their squad over the summer and we’ve had quite a lot of changes in the squad so it will be a very tough but exciting game and I am looking forward to it.”

City have beaten Irlam and then Buxton in the run up to the fourth round qualifying and will now look to match last year’s feat when they reached the first round proper; only to narrowly lose out 2-1 against Swindon Town.

Watson feels that higher league opposition in the next round will help his side, adding: “When you get a National League side for once for the first time in this tournament, we probably won’t go into it with everybody expecting us to be in the hat and that might change the mentality of the lads going into it.

“Luckily, we have got through both [previous] ties, but we haven’t played anything like the standard we have played in the league so hopefully a team of this stature coming to York will get us to lift the game the way we did in the last big game we played against King’s Lynn.”

York will have to wait two weeks until their clash with Stockport, however Watson has said it will give him time to do his homework on the opposition, albeit putting an emphasis on the next National League North fixture against AFC Telford United on Saturday.

He explained: “They are playing on Wednesday so it will be a good chance to get across and watch them. We will have them watched on Saturday and then do a bit of work on them in the week.”

The majority of the work will be about our play, our fitness and us being peak and ready to go for that game but after chatting about that now I will certainly put that to the back of my mind and the full focus now for the next four days is on Telford.”

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