‘All bets are off’- Notts County boss previews FA Cup clash with Tamworth

Ian Burchnall says is expecting a tough game as he prepares his National League Notts County side to head to Tamworth on Saturday afternoon.

The Magpies head to Staffordshire tomorrow on the back of a 2-0 win at Yeovil Town – ending their run of three-straight defeats in the process.

Burchnall, who arrived at Meadow Lane in March, previously managed in Norway.

But the magic of the FA Cup is something he knows all about and he’s expecting a tough test from Tamworth.

“It’s obviously a historic competition and one that everybody wants to get as far as they can in.

“Certainly for Tamworth to get one step away from the First Round Proper is huge for them and I know it’s going to be a big game for them.

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“It’s one where all bets are off. If you play away, they’re never ever easy games.

“I’ve been involved in many cup games where we’ve been away and it’s always a challenge so no doubt it’s going to be an entertaining game.”

“They’ve won 12 of their last 13 games. We had people watching [against Stourbridge] and they put in a very good performance.

“They have good players and they’re obviously well drilled and well organised so that provides it’s own problem.

“We certainly can’t underestimate the game – never ever easy games.

“But we go into the game as massive favourites but to be honest we’re dealing with that most weeks, that weight of expectation on our shoulders.

“I hope we can progress through and be an underdog every now and again against bigger opposition.”

Burchnall was asked whether or not he was considering wholesale changes to his squad.

He confirmed there might not be huge changes, but believes whoever comes in will be more than up to the job.

“Any players that we rotate should be capable of stepping up and delivering.

“I’m sure we’ll change one or two and they’ve been training hard and fighting hard for their shirt and they get their opportunity to keep it at the weekend.”

Notts look set to welcome back a handful of senior players who have been out with injuries.

Connell Rawlinson, Alex Lacey and goalkeeper Sam Slocombe have been out but might make a return against the Lambs.

Defenders Joel Taylor and Adam Chicksen could also feature.

“I think we need to see how they respond to training and then check them again on Friday. Maybe one or two of them will be involved at the weekend.”

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