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Nathan Pond: We're not thinking about Third Round yet

2 December 2016

Town captain looks ahead to 24th FA Cup tie...

Fleetwood Town skipper Nathan Pond will play his 24th Emirates FA Cup game when he leads the team out at Shrewsbury Town in the Second Round on Saturday. 

He has reached the Third Round just once in fourteen seasons, the local derby against Blackpool back in 2012, but isn't ready to dream about that until Saturday's game is won.

"Hopefully we can get the job done and be looking at the Third Round draw a couple of days later," said Pond. 

"The Etihad away would do me! I'm sure it would suit the gaffer as well! Marking Aguero would be a good experience but it could be a nightmare as well!"

The longest-serving player at Highbury is taking nothing for granted though.

"The next game's always the biggest, especially with the possible rewards of a top Premier League side in the Third Round. It's going to be a tough game. They will be out for revenge because of the three nil defeat recently. 

"In the first ten or fifteen minutes of each half they put us under pressure by going direct. We have to expect that to happen for ninety minutes on Saturday and we need to stand up."

Two faces familiar to Pond may line up for Shrewsbury, Antoni Sarcevic and Junior Brown.

"I speak to Sarc quite a bit. He's been on the bench since the new manager arrived but enjoyed coming back to Fleetwood recently and the welcome he got from the crowd. Junior is a very good player if he is in the right frame of mind."

With goals coming from across the team, Pond would love to extend his own tally.

"We are undefeated with the new system we adopted in extra time against Southport in the previous round. 

"It's good to see the wing backs scoring. My last goal was a long time ago so it would be nice to chip in but I'm more than happy if other defenders are scoring."

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