WE’LL BE READY FOR THE LIONS

Bar­ton’s mes­sage ahead of tele­vised FA Cup tie:

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP SECOND ROUND - By Tom Black­ett

FLEET­WOOD Town man­ager Joey Bar­ton in­sists his troops will be fully pre­pared to go into the Lions’ den to­mor­row night.

The Cod Army make the trip to Na­tional League North out­fit Guise­ley in the FA Cup sec­ond round and will be hot favourites to win through to the po­ten­tially lu­cra­tive third round.

But rookie boss Bar­ton in­sists they will not un­der­es­ti­mate the Lions, man­aged by for­mer QPR de­fender Mar­cus Big­not and Russ O’Neill.

In­deed, the West York­shire out­fit have al­ready claimed an EFL scalp, run­ning out 4-3 win­ners in a real thriller in the first round against Cam­bridge at Nether­moor Park.

“For us it’s about be­ing pro­fes­sional and prepar­ing for it the best we can,” said the 36-year-old for­mer Manch­ester City and QPR mid­fielder. “The re­al­ity of it is, Guise­ley will need us to have an off day and they’ll need to play close to their max­i­mum in or­der to progress.

“We’re just in­tent on con­trol­ling what we can con­trol. I’ll pre­pare the team ex­actly the same for Guise­ley as I would for Manch­ester United. “They de­serve the re­spect, they’re in the cup on merit. If you do have that lit­tle bit of com­pla­cency any­where, the FA Cup can have a nasty habit of leav­ing you with egg on your face.”

The match takes place in front of the BT cam­eras and that means both clubs will pocket a £75,000 live broad­cast fee. There is also £54,000 in prize money on of­fer to the win­ners and a place in the third round draw, which sees the Premier League fat-cats en­ter.

“We want to be in the third round of the com­pe­ti­tion, be­cause we are a side that wants to test our­selves against higher level op­po­si­tion,” added Bar­ton.

Guise­ley de­fender Cliff Moyo is rel­ish­ing the chance to take on the League One out­fit and is sure they can give the Cod Army a run for their money.

“It’s great pub­lic­ity for us as play­ers and it’s good for the club to get our name out there,” said the 25-year-old Zim­babwe in­ter­na­tional. “You’ve got to en­joy it and make the most of the mo­ment.

“One of my friends played against Fleet­wood re­cently – Josh Gor­don at Wal­sall. They played at Fleet­wood a cou­ple of weeks ago so I’ve been grilling him to ask what they are like.

“Ob­vi­ously, they’re a Foot­ball League team and you know what to ex­pect. We’ve got to bring our A game and hope­fully we can come away with a win.

“I wouldn’t say there’s any pres­sure on us. Peo­ple prob­a­bly didn’t ex­pect us to beat Cam­bridge but we’ve got some good play­ers who have been in League foot­ball or there­abouts and we stepped up to it.

Tougher

“It’s a tougher op­po­nent but in terms of the abil­ity we have in our team, we’ve got a lot of be­lief in our­selves.”

And the PE teacher, who scored against Cam­bridge in the last round, has set his sights on go­ing a stage fur­ther than ever be­fore.

He added: “I’ve been in the sec­ond round with Halifax but un­for­tu­nately got knocked out. It’s great to be back there.

“It’s al­ways dif­fi­cult for Non-League teams but we’ve got that dream of, can we get to the third round?”

Be­fore to­mor­row night’s show­down (8pm), there are eight ties sched­uled for this af­ter­noon, all at 2pm.

All-EFL ties see Bury host Lu­ton, Rochdale en­ter­tain Portsmouth and Shrewsbury take on Scun­thorpe.

Gilling­ham, Grimsby, Swin­don and Tran­mere all face Non-League op­po­si­tion. The Gills visit Slough, the Mariners go to Ch­ester­field, the Robins host Wok­ing and Rovers face South­port in an ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated derby.

There’s also an all-Non League tie be­tween Bar­net and Stock­port.

PIC­TURE: PA Images

BOOST: Fleet­wood warmed up for their FA Cup tie with a 3-0 win against Coven­try in mid­week LAUGH: Joey Bar­ton, left, with Coven­try boss Mark Robins

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