Sutton United manager Paul Doswell: 'Full-strength Arsenal side would hammer us'
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 20, 2017,
Feb 20, 2017, 17:58
The Watford academy graduate is Sutton's top scorer this season but position-wise he is more of a midfielder or a defender. "We'll treat Arsenal like we have every FA Cup which is believing in ourselves, showing we are a great team and we've proved that by getting so far".
Arsenal, 12 times FA Cup champions, suffered a crushing 5-1 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie, although will enter the tie as favourites and Wenger has already warned his players not to take the game lightly.
The National League side host the Premier League outfit on their artificial pitch at Gander Green Lane, a stadium with a capacity of just 5,000.
Bailey, now 32, has seen it all and done it all.
Football League sides Leeds, AFC Wimbledon and Cheltenham have all failed to win at the ground in this season's competition and should Arsenal be added to that list, the pressure on Wenger will intensify.
"One time they had Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Robin Van Persie and Jose Reyes, all playing". They were also beaten 2-1 by Liverpool in their quarter-final at Anfield also.
"That was like a welcome into what proper football was all about".
"We need to look at how things go tonight before we even think about the game against Lincoln".
Which is why many an Arsenal fan was baffled to see Welbeck playing for the Arsenal under-23s this afternoon. The place was packed out.
"A draw would have been a good result, but a win was something we hadn't dreamed of".
Tomorrow evening will be quite different.
Sutton United is a team of part-timers from South London. Subconsciously if we think "no matter, it's a non-league team, we will pass", that will not happen.
Tottenham swept past Fulham and Sky Bet have slashed their price to 7/2 with a home tie up next against Millwall while the latter can be backed at 50/1 as they seek another Premier League scalp. The ball doesn't run smoothly, it bounces higher and it can often get stuck under your feet. "But, if they put another team out, then it does get up to the ones and two per cents", he told reporters. "It makes the football accelerate a lot quicker and doesn't slow down like in a normal game and we have to get used to that".
Competition is about dealing with what you face, and against Sutton we face an artificial pitch.
"I like our players to work on the other three days (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)".
I didn't feel in any danger of slipping. The biggest concern is probably the pitch but the modern 3G pitches are excellent these days so I'm hoping it won't be too much of an issue. Family is important to me and I've got a 30 year-old company that employs over 100 people. "This has been fun".