Cup upset needed for King’s Lynn Town to get giant-killing chance
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The mouth-watering prospect of an FA Cup tie with a Football League side is within touching distance for King's Lynn Town – and manager Gary Setchell admits the excitement for the game is already in full flow.
Conference North leaders AFC Fylde are the team which stand between the Linnets and the first round of the most famous cup competition in the world.
Monday's draw will see the likes of Sheffield United, Coventry City and Portsmouth enter the competition and Setchell admits everyone at The Walks is fired up for the game.
'There's no question that the FA Cup brings excitement. I've had well-wishes from people that I've not heard from in a long time,' the Lynn boss said.
'You get the cameras coming down, big bits in the press, Twitter going crazy – there's a lot of interest in the FA Cup. I don't get people ring me up to wish us well before a league game or send TV cameras.
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'There's a different feel to it and there will be a big crowd that you don't usually get, so I can't say it's just another game.'
Defender Harry Eze will again be missing for Lynn, as he is cup-tied, but otherwise Setchell expects to have a fully-fit squad to choose from.
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It seems he will need it, with Fylde having won 11 and drawn two of their last 13 matches in all competitions, scoring 35 goals and conceding only seven in the process.
'I sent someone to Gainsborough (a 2-1 win for Fylde) and they're a great side, they're not top of Conference North for nothing, they're making a mockery of Conference North at times,' Setchell continued.
'But we are feeling in good form and feeling confident. Sam Mulready has got a little hamstring niggle but otherwise I've got a fully-fit squad so there are going to be some disappointed players not in the starting XI. So that's great for me and those players who miss out have still got their part to play.'
Lynn are unbeaten in seven games themselves though, winning their last four matches, including a 3-0 home win against Ilkeston on Tuesday.
'We want to impose ourselves as the home team but we feel comfortable playing against Fylde. If we were playing Lowestoft we would be comfortable,' Setchell added.
'I thought we beat Grantham (1-0) last week with a very hard workmanlike performance and our performance against Marine (a 3-1 win) with a good footballing performance.
'So if we can do what we need to again, then hopefully one of our match-winners can win the game for us.'
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