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Neil Targets FA Cup Fourth Round Spot

4 January 2018

Manager Alex Neil is expecting a tough encounter when his side face League Two outfit Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

PNE travel to Adams Park in the third round of the FA Cup and Neil is well aware of the threats posed by lower league opposition.

Speaking to iFollow PNE ahead of the game, the gaffer said: "Certainly over the last four or five years, Wycombe have done well in the cups, they've had a few cup runs so we know it's going to be a tough match.

"They are really strong at home, they've only lost their last one against Mansfield in their last six games.

"They are really direct, physically strong, they've got Akinfenwa up top who is obviously a big lad and they will be relying on home advantage and unsettling us and getting in our faces so we need to be fully prepared for the game."

North End will be the favourites going into the tie but the PNE boss is hoping his side's quality will show on the day as he targets a place in the fourth round of the competition.

"Most of the pressure will obviously be on us, I think they will going into the game thinking they've got a free shot at a higher league team.

"Equally we've got that professional pride that if we go there and get the job done, with the quality of players that we've got we're hoping that no team should be able to out-fight us, out-work us so hopefully we can match them in both aspects and if we can do that, we're hoping our quality can then come through.

"We want to win the game, there's no question about that. We're not going there to just try and get the cup out of the way, we want to go there and win the game and then hopefully get a good draw in the next round and see where we go."

After such a hectic period of games in the Championship, there are likely to be changes to the side, and the manager wants those who come into the team to put their case forward for a permanent spot in his side.

"Every game you play is an opportunity for you to show that you should be playing. I think there are numerous occassions this year where that has happened for us.

"Daryl Horgan started the game and then started the following one because of his performance, Callum Robinson is back in the team because of his performances, Paul Gallagher, Josh Harrop, Ben Davies, there are countless lads that have come back into the team based on how they've performed when they've had the chance.

"This will be another opportunity for some of the lads to hopefully stake a claim."

Watch the full interview with the gaffer on iFollow PNE by clicking on the video above.


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