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O’CONNOR LOOKING FOR ‘VALUABLE’ CUP VICTORY

6 November 2020

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Paudie O’Connor is looking for a "valuable" first-round victory in the Emirates FA Cup tomorrow, when City travel to Tonbridge Angels. 

The Bantams take on sixth-tier opposition at the Halcyon Wealth Longmead Stadium in round one of this season’s competition. 

O’Connor insists the Bantams are taking their hosts no lighter than any other opponent in a bid to secure progression. 

The former Leeds United man said: “The FA Cup holds a lot of value and we want to go far in it and do well, like we do in any competition. 

“We are expecting a physical game which Tonbridge will be right up for, on their home patch. 

“They will be sharp out of the blocks as the underdog in front of the cameras and we need to make sure we start quickly - as we did on Tuesday night. 

“We cannot afford to underestimate the task at hand, with them being a couple of divisions below us.

“We will treat it as we would any other game and enter it with a positive, determined mindset. 

“There are plenty of things in the FA Cup that stick out in your memory, and you want to make sure you do well in the competition.” 

The Irish defender insists the mood within City’s camp has become even more positive since a morale-boosting victory over Southend United on Tuesday evening. 

O’Connor believes the side responded to three-successive defeats in the right way and is hoping to be able to continue building momentum in Kent. 

The 23-year-old added: “The Southend victory has certainly raised morale around the camp and results like that naturally do well for the confidence of the group. 

“It was a good performance from the boys and we deserved to win. 

“It was always going to be difficult in the second half because they were going to throw bodies forward, but we dug in and did well. 

“I have always been vocal and felt as though I was a leader and I enjoy the added pressure. 

“We need leaders all over the pitch who need to be vocal to help the younger lads and help us get through the difficult times and help the victories keep coming. 

“The way we defended in the second half on Tuesday was certainly pleasing and we showed a good mentality and level of graft to keep the ball out. 

“We are definitely looking to keep building the momentum and positivity by getting through to round two.”

Tomorrow’s game will be broadcast live across BBC Sport and BT Sport’s digital and online channels. 


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