SWINDON Supermarine manager Dave Webb wants his players to enjoy their FA Cup trip to Havant & Waterlooville this weekend, saying the club have “nothing to lose” as underdogs.
Marine face the side second in the Conference South at West Leigh Park on Saturday in the second qualifying round of the competition, with 54 places separating the two teams in the English football pyramid.
It’s a daunting task but Webb believes his squad have the capacity to give Havant a stern test as long as they go into the game with confidence.
“It’s a game we can hopefully we can go and enjoy. You look at the gap in the pyramid, the resources they have and their current form but the result last Saturday was very important for us. To go to Mangotsfield and get a win in the league was as important as this game,” he said.
“This is the FA Cup, it’s a fantastic tournament, we want to progress and we’ll approach it in a way where we want to try to win the game, but we fully understand what’s in front of us and the qualities we have.
“It’s going to be a fantastic day out for everyone associated with the football club and we want everyone to go there and enjoy it. We’re not going there just to turn up and expect them to beat us. We’re going to go and have a go and try to win the game. Every year there’s an upset and you never know.
“We know we’ve got the quality to go there and compete, we need a bit of luck, we need to be at our best and if the players perform to their ultimate level and Havant have a bad day you never know.
Kyle Lapham is still struggling with a hamstring injury and couldn’t play in a midweek practice match, while Bradley Gray is touch and go after seeing a specialist on Tuesday about a shin problem.
Neither is expected to be part of Marine’s matchday squad at Havant, though Webb could be buoyed by the return of his main man Luke Hopper up front.
“We put on a practice match on Tuesday night to get some minutes into the players we’ve had injured. We got some involved and it served its purpose in that respect,” said Webb.
“We’ve won two games in the FA Cup and we’d love to make it three. We’ve got nothing to lose, really. We have got our pride and we have got to make sure we do things properly.