Cheltenham Town’s league form has been impressive this season under Michael Duff but they still have the FA Cup to worry about after their 1-1 draw with Swindon Town this weekend.
The draw means that Duff’s side will have to make the short trip to Swindon next Tuesday, November 19 to keep their cup hopes alive.
Duff wasn’t too pleased with his side’s performance on Saturday and described it as: “The worst we’ve played for a long time.
“It looked like we couldn’t get our plans out other than the first 10 minutes and then we stopped play completely in the second half and thought we’d just bank in.
“To beat good teams, we need to play better than that but we’re still in the tie but I didn’t even celebrate the goal, it was such a weird feeling because I’m not sure how we managed to walk off and not lost the tie.”
But, is the FA Cup a serious priority for Cheltenham Town and any other League Two side? We spoke to a few supporters after the 1-1 draw to hear what they think (via @1887RedArmy)
“It’s a strange one, I always look forward to league games more, I suppose. The thing is though, if we can get through these boring first few rounds then there’s a chance for us to come up against one of the big sides and that’s massive for any club in League Two or below.”
“I think the main thing is that we can get quite a lot of money through the rounds. As we progress, we are going to gain more and more money and we have seen how well Newport have done off the back of their good cup runs in the last few years so I think it’s something every League One and Two teams need to take seriously.”
“I think any other season I look forward to these types of games but with our league form being decent, I just want to play league games and I’m not so interested in the cups but it was a good game today in fairness and I just hope we win the replay but if we don’t then I won’t be too gutted.”
Although the dream is always to earn promotion to League One, the debate over the importance of the FA Cup is ongoing.
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Cheltenham Town will face Newport County at home on Tuesday in the Leasing.com Trophy before returning to league action at Exeter City on Saturday before the replay takes place on the following Tuesday.
The draw will take place tonight on BBC Two at Oaklands Park, home of Chichester City who are the lowest ranked side left in the competition.