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Mousinho: The FA Cup Starts Heating Up

29 November 2012

Skipper John Mousinho is looking to make his first start in nearly two months this weekend against his former boss.

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“The competition starts heating up from this round onwards and you start seeing the giant killings and the magic of the FA Cup starts to come alive.”

“When they are paying their good money to watch us week in week out in the league and going to the same old familiar places, it is a nice change of scenery and a nice day out.

“It is important that we put in a good performance and get the result for the fans because it opens up a lot of possibilities in the first round.

“All of sudden they can find themselves away at a Premier League stadium or a non-league side which can be exciting and enchanting due to the nature of the FA Cup.

The former Wycombe man concluded: “A number of our players have had some great experiences in the FA Cup and the same goes for the staff but more importantly for the fans it adds a different dimension to their season.

With a wonder tie potentially only 90 minutes away, Mousinho described the FA Cup as ‘magical’ and believes the competition is starting to heat up.

On Sunday afternoon the third round draw will take place with a number of teams entering the competition including the likes of holders Chelsea and Premier League champions Manchester City.

“At the same time however grateful I am, there is no time for sentiment and it is a massive opportunity to knock out an inform side and a side flying in their league. We will welcome them to Deepdale but aim to get through to the next round of the FA Cup.”

“Martin Allen signed me to my first professional contract at Brentford and I have always had a lot of time for him so it is no surprise to me that his team is doing well.

“Their standard has shown that they are pushing above that league and into League One already. It is definitely something to be wary of and respect their record and take it as a great challenge.

“It will be a tough game and everybody knows that from their results this season, they have far and away been the best side in League Two.

“We were seven games unbeaten before last weekend so we will take strength from that and put things right against Gillingham.

“We created a lot of opportunities but didn’t manage to score, we hit the post twice, we had the ball cleared off the line, great blocks and poor misses. It was one of those games, taking in consideration the conditions and everything surrounding it, we will learn from the game and move on.

“It is an important lesson to learn, we do know already but it is about how clinical you are in both boxes. To be fair to Orient they didn’t have too many chances or opportunities to score but they put two of them away.

“I was scratching my head at the end of the game last weekend simply because of the amount of chances we had but we didn’t put them away,” said North End’s number 21.

In an interview with the Club’s official website, Mousinho shared his thoughts on Preston’s last game at Leyton Orient and their next game against Gillingham who are managed by the man who handed him his first professional contact 

The dynamic midfielder has been plagued with niggling injuries since his arrival during the summer but is looking to put all that behind him and help North End reach the third round of the FA Cup.

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