Cheltenham Town will feature in the third round draw of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time since 2012 this evening after the Robins saw off League One side Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.
“I thought it was really strong performance over the 120 minutes. Ideally you wouldn’t go want to go into extra time but once you’ve gone into extra time you might as well go and win it,” says Robins boss Michael Duff
“I think the obvious choice [for the third round] for me, would be Burnley.
“I only had two football clubs in my career so Burnley at home would be a nice occasion but as long as it’s a good draw for the club then that’s all that matters.”
However, Duff’s attention will turn to league action tomorrow night as Cheltenham prepare to take on 20th placed Bradford City at Valley Parade.
The Bantams have under performed so far this season and have won just three of their 13 league games. Duff’s side will be looking to pile on the misery of Stuart McCall’s men.
“Everyone knows they’re big club in this league and they’re on a bit of a difficult run. But, we’ll still need to go there and deliver strong performance like we did last year.”
Robins midfielder Conor Thomas sustained an injury against Cambridge United in Cheltenham’s last league game and it looks like the 27-year-old won’t be returning any time soon.
“He has a quite significant tear in his calf. So he’ll be out for four to eight weeks so they need some see how it settles in the first couple of weeks because that’s quite a big discrepancy so we’ll definitely be missing him until Christmas, I’d imagine.”
“In terms of replacements, we’ve got good quality. Chris Clements was excellent on Saturday, he brings a sort of calmness to the way we play.