The Football League Paper - - FA CUP - By John Lyons

THERE may be a four-di­vi­sion gap be­tween the sides, but Rochdale man­ager Keith Hill won’t be tak­ing Slough Town for granted tomorrow night. Dale dis­man­tled Na­tional League side Brom­ley 4-0 in the first round and now face a side a fur­ther two rungs down the Non-League lad­der. The BT cam­eras will be at Ar­bour Park’s 3G pitch to see if the Rebels can pull off a shock, but Hill in­sists Dale won’t un­der­es­ti­mate the Evo-Stik South Premier high-fly­ers, who won 6-0 at Na­tional League North side Gains­bor­ough Trin­ity in the first round. “We have played quite a few Non-League sides and we al­ways treat ev­ery op­po­nent with re­spect,” he said. “Ev­ery­one has a chance in 90 min­utes, so we have to pre­pare our­selves to the best of our abil­ity.” The tie is al­ready a lu­cra­tive one for the League One side as they will pocket £72,000 for the live tele­vi­sion cov­er­age. An­other £27,000 goes to the win­ners in prize money. Yet that po­ten­tial £100,000 wind­fall could be dwarfed by the po­ten­tial fu­ture fi­nan­cial re­wards to come for the vic­tors. A plum tie with a Premier League fat cat in the third round would be highly lu­cra­tive. “We are just an hon­est football club,” said Hill (right). “We try to make ends meet and there are two main ways of do­ing that – sell­ing play­ers and cup runs. “The fur­ther you go, the more prize money you get and the more chance you have of get­ting a big side and TV games. You give your­selves a fight­ing chance if you win football matches.” Though they are in the lower reaches of League One, Rochdale will be red­hot favourites to ad­vance to the third round. And it’s a plus that the ex­pe­ri­enced Hill, who cel­e­brated his 500th game as a Football League man­ager with a 2-0 home win against Peter­bor­ough last week­end, is at the helm. That tally is no mean feat at a time when man­agers seem to be get­ting sacked al­most by the week. The 48-year-old added: “You have to earn the time and you have to win matches. With con­ti­nu­ity, you gain trust. When you are get­ting on with things, you don’t take much no­tice of mile­stones like that, but it is very dif­fi­cult to achieve. “I’m am­bi­tious for the peo­ple I work with and I ex­pect them to show the same am­bi­tion. “I like work­ing with good play­ers who have the am­bi­tion to suc­ceed.” Tomorrow’s Slough v Rochdale game wraps up the sec­ond round pro­gramme. Be­fore that, there are nine games sched­uled for to­day. Five other EFL sides face Non-League op­po­si­tion. Coven­try host Bore­ham Wood, who knocked out Black­pool in the first round, Peter­bor­ough visit Wok­ing, who sent Bury pack­ing, and Mans­field host Guise­ley, who ac­counted for Ac­cring­ton Stanley. League Two lead­ers Lu­ton travel to the north-east to take on Gateshead, while Wy­combe host Leather­head. There are four all-EFL clashes to­day. There’s a Lon­don derby as AFC Wim­ble­don host Charlton in a match be­tween two League One sides and Don­caster host Scun­thorpe. Black­burn are favourites to beat Crewe at home, while there’s an all-League Two clash be­tween New­port and Cam­bridge United.

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