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We're Up For The Cup - Danny

6 November 2014

Reds Manager Danny Wilson has a full complement of players as he prepares his side for a Cup this Saturday.

League Two Burton Albion are the visitors to Oakwell for our FA Cup First Round tie, and the Barnsley boss believes the magic of the Cup is still as strong as ever.

"The Cup means a great deal to us," said Wilson.

"We want to get as far as we can and play against the best teams in the competition. But, before we can start dreaming of anything else, we have to put 90 minutes of real hard graft in.

"Fans will always look forward to the draw of the Cup. The excitement or disappointment of a draw is there to be seen by every supporter. It hasn’t lost its passion or romance for certain.

"There’s always pressure in the FA Cup because you want to progress as far as you can. When the draw was made, we all wanted a home draw and we’ve got it but that shouldn’t lead to complacency. Irrespective of playing a team that’s a league below us, they’ve started very well this season, they have some very good players in their ranks. By the time 3pm comes we’ll be making our players well aware of Burton’s capabilities. The respect will be total from our point of view."

With no injuries or suspensions, the Reds are heading into the tie with the Brewers off the back of a solid South Yorkshire derby display at Sheffield United.

"The way we approached the game was commendable to the lads because they were very positive going into it," reflected Wilson. "We had no doubts that we could go and get a result there.

"We’re into another game where the roles reverse, we are the favourites and the underdogs are coming to us.

"You always get a spring in your step on the following day. It’s just about continuing to build on that belief. When you get results like that

The expectation is with us. We have to go out there and win the game. That’s something, from our point of view, we’ve had to live with in lots of games. There’s always expectation from your home supporters. We’re warming to that. Performances have been better of late.

"But, again, as we always say in Cup ties, it doesn’t matter about performances, it’s just making sure you’re in the hat at the end of the day and that’s what we aim to do."

Burton Albion will be led by Caretaker Manager Mike Whitlow as the Brewers still hunt for a full-time boss.

"It won’t affect them," added Wilson of Burton. "They’ll just get on with it, they’re a resilient bunch.

"I’ve got no worries that it’s going to affect their performance, that they haven’t got a manager in who’s a full-time one. They can use it as an excuse afterwards, hopefully, if we get through. But, overall, they’re a good team with some good players there and I expect them to be playing to their maximum when they play against us.

"At the moment we’ve got a full complement and we’re hoping to keep it that way. 

"We’re still asking the question, we’re not 100% certain on most cases but we’ll prepare with and without those players.

"By the time 3pm comes we’ll be making our players well aware of Burton’s capabilities. The respect will be total from our point of view."

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