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'We'll go as far as we can'

26 January 2013

Brian keen for cup progression

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Inspired by the League Cup heroics of Bradford and Swansea City, manager Brian McDermott wants to go as far as possible in this season's FA Cup.

And ahead of Saturday's fourth round tie with Sheffield United, Brian insists the mood around the camp is just as good as it always is.

"You get highs and lows but it's important to stay on the right level," McDermott said. The mood's good here as it generally is - even when we've lost a few in a row.

"Last year we went out in the third round and won the league. The year before the had a good cup run and reached the play-off final. The league and cup form doesn't always match.

"We're just trying to find a way. People talk about managers' philosophies - my philosophy is finding a way to win. That's the only thing you're judged on as a manager."

The manager paid respect to Sheffield United and their manager Danny Wilson - a club, as Brian said, we've got recent history with.

"It's Sheffield United - and we've got history with them over recent years. We were promoted to the Premier League together and competed in the top flight together. They're massive club and there'll have a good following down here.

"I know Danny Wilson as a manager quite well - and they're trying to get themselves up to the Championship, which is where they belong at least.

"I'm looking forward to it. Off the back of a couple of wins in the league, we've now got the FA Cup - we knew what the schedule was. We want to do the best we can to progress and go as far as we can in the FA Cup. 

"What's been proven in the Capital One Cup this season gives us all hope - you see Swansea and Bradford make the final and it's a fantastic story. 

"It's a cup competition - a one off. You get one chance on the day and we'll be completely and utterly focused."

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