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My players need to be mentally ready for Hereford: Rosler

12 December 2017

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Uwe Rosler says his players need to be mentally prepared when they face Hereford FC in Thursday night’s Emirates FA Cup second round replay.

Rosler’s side travel to Hereford after the two sides played out a 1-1 draw earlier in the month at Highbury.

The German knows from their previous meeting what his players need to expect, and says they need to be mentally ready for the task ahead.

“We know what is coming against Hereford,” said Rosler.

“Everybody needs to get themselves mentally ready in the next two days. It is a big game for us, and for Hereford, as there is a big prize at the end of it.

“We are going into this game as professionals, we are playing a team who are a few leagues below us and it’s always David vs. Goliath.

“Everybody wants the favourites to fail, and like I said, we need to be strong as a team and come out winners.

“We need to handle the pressure as it’s on us. Hereford have been buzzing all week for this game, and I have highlighted that to my players.”

Chairman Andy Pilley has put on free tickets and travel for the game, with Rosler highlighting the continued commitment given to the supporters.

“I am baffled; I have never experienced anything like this before.

“The chairman is very generous all the time, and has shown this on many occasions.

“He did this last season and has done it again this season. I just hope our supporters take advantage of this great offer and get behind us to help us win the tie.”

Rosler is fully aware of the atmosphere to expect at Edgar Street, as he side look to set up a mouth-watering tie with former Premier League champions Leicester City.

“On Thursday it will be a hostile atmosphere,” added Rosler.

“The stadium will be packed and it will probably be a sell out. We need to be prepared and not turn up surprised. 

“I don’t know what the pitch is like but from what I have seen, there is a lot of snow on the pitch; but I have been told the pitch is generally good.

“We need to see what the conditions will be like but in the end we need to win the tie, and it doesn’t matter how."

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