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Brown: We need to make sure we are ready for the battle

24 November 2022

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Fleetwood Town head coach Scott Brown has spoken to the media ahead of Sunday's Emirates FA Cup Second Round tie against Ebbsfleet United.

Brown's men defeated Oxford City 3-1 at Highbury Stadium in the First Round earlier in the month, which set up this televised cup tie against the National League South side, Ebbsfleet.

Here's what the gaffer had to say on the cup tie against Ebbsfleet United…

“It’s going to be a tough game, especially going away from home and they [Ebbsfleet United] will fancy their chances just as much as we do.

“We have to make sure that we turn up to the game and that we are organised, ready for the match and also know that we are going to be in for a tough test.

“From what I have seen of Ebbsfleet, they have some really good players. They’ve lost their last two, but bar that they have done well and in recent games they have rested some players, changes formation so it’s important that we are switched on and ready.

“Ebbsfleet try and play football. They try and play out from the back and build-up the play patiently and they have good enough players – who have been at league one level – and know how to play.”

On the preparations…

“We’ve managed to watch their last couple of games, and we’ve had people at their last few games to make sure we are switched on and organised and also make sure they don’t throw any curve balls our way on Sunday.

“We will need to alter our formation slightly on Sunday due to injuries, but we just have to wait and see to see how they turn up at training tomorrow.

"It’s good to play in the cup, it’s potentially massive money for the football club and for me, we did very well in the first round, we got through and now it’s about going as far as we can in this competition.

“We need to make sure we turn up as we can’t expect to just turn up and beat them, they are a quality team and that is shown by where they are in the league and bar the last two, they have done well this season.”

On the key principles of avoiding a cup upset…

“I think it’s important any team just turns up and not having the respect there that they are due.

“They are a good team. They are a fit team. We must turn up like we do in every league game and go out there wanting to win the game, not just turning up thinking we are going to deserve to win.

“We need to make sure we are ready for the battle before we get the ball down and play. It’s grass, it’s a good stadium and for us, all eyes are on Ebbsfleet and how we organise ourselves.”

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