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I’m more nervous now I’m the boss


a great day out and I’m sure there would’ve been well over 1000.

“Whatever happens, it’s really important for us to get through to this stage again.

“I can’t see me moving on from Jeanfield now. I’m only 29 but I want to help push this club.

“I’ve been to Elgin, Kelty and a few other clubs. I’m still ambitious – but ambitious with Jeanfield.

“Perth teams had this perception of being a soft touch. That doesn’t happen anymore. You are in for a game whoever you are.”

Dodd’s parting words on the phone are potent.

“The FA Cup down south seems to have lost a bit of spark in the last few years. We’re not the same.

“There is absolutely no denying that it’s a special competitio­n. Anything can happen.”

Ross Gunnion will wake up on Saturday morning with a few butterflie­s in the stomach.

He never really experience­d nerves as a player but admits watching from the sidelines is a whole different ball game.

The Jeanfield Swifts manager, however, has full belief in his playing squad and is sure they can cause Kelty problems.

Ahead of the Scottish Cup first round tie, Gunnion said:“I didn’t used to get massively nervous as a player, I’m not sure why.

“But I probably feel it more as a manager.

“Once I’ve made my decisions, I can’t really affect the game.

“Yes, I can give the half-time team talk, impart some knowledge or make a sub or two.

“But it’s often over to the players.

“I want them to really focus on what we’re good at. I have every faith we can cause them problems.

“We have pace, strength and a bit of experience now as well. If we can contain them at times in the game, we’ll get opportunit­ies.

“It’s two teams who like to get the ball down and pass it. I think it will be a good spectacle.

“Focus will be the main thing. It’s easy to get excited. You can try do things you normally wouldn’t.”

Swifts remained focused in their East of Scotland League Premier Division win at

Inverkeith­ing Hillfield Swifts last Saturday. It was a result which kept the positive momentum flowing strong.

“It would have been hard for the players not to think about the Kelty game last Saturday,” admitted Gunnion.“But I couldn’t fault their applicatio­n.

“The fact we were able to get a win was the main thing. They had a couple days off before getting back into training.

“Kelty’s games are streamed live so there isn’t an excuse not to be able to gain some informatio­n on them.

“But all the informatio­n in the world doesn’t mean that we’ll go out and perform. We need to concentrat­e on ourselves.

“I’ve always said there are teams and players that play above you, but it doesn’t necessaril­y make them better on any given day.

“You find they are maybe consistent­ly better over the course of a season.

“I have no doubt that when my players perform at their peak, not many of them would not be able to play in that Kelty team.

“I could run through the team. Most of them have played up at that level or above.

“The reason they are with us at this moment in time might be because of a dip in form somewhere, a manager didn’t fancy them or injury.

“But, in my opinion, every single one of my players can step up to this level.”

 ??  ?? Ready to rumble Swifts boss Ross Gunnion (right)
Ready to rumble Swifts boss Ross Gunnion (right)
 ??  ?? Tough test Kelty Hearts manager Barry Ferguson
Tough test Kelty Hearts manager Barry Ferguson

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