It’s one of the biggest competitions in world football – and for the likes of Pelle Clement, this Saturday’s visit to Stevenage will be a very first involvement in the FA Cup.
The youngster is looking forward to getting his teeth into the world’s oldest cup competition… but he is taking nothing for granted against a Stevenage side with good home form in League 2.
“Everyone in Holland talks about the FA Cup – I’m looking forward to it,” said Clement.
“But in the flow that we’re in now, it’s just another game where we’ll need to look at ourselves rather than the opposition. It doesn’t matter if it’s Manchester United or whoever… we just have to look at ourselves and give 100 per cent.
“It will be one of their biggest matches of the season, and they know we’re in a difficult time at the moment so they will make things difficult. It’s for us to show the other side of our game.”
Likewise, countryman Jaap Stam – who was a winner of the competition in 1999 – knows that theBoro will make things tough.
The hosts have scored 14 in their last four games at Broadhall Way and will be looking to take a scalp when the Royals visit – it’s up to us to ensure there isn’t a cup story on Saturday night!
“If you play in the FA Cup, these games are always difficult – especially if you’re away from home,” said the Royals boss.
“People might expect that Stevenage will be an easy game, but it won’t be – we’ll need to work hard against them to get a result.”