Aidy's FA Cup vow as U's march on

AIDY Boothroyd has vowed to give the FA Cup the 'respect it deserves' after Colchester were handed a second round trip to League Two Herford in yesterday afternoon's draw.

Stuart Watson

AIDY Boothroyd has vowed to give the FA Cup the 'respect it deserves' after Colchester were handed a second round trip to League Two Herford in yesterday afternoon's draw.

The U's boss made just three enforced changes to his first choice side as the high-flying League One club easily put non-league outfit Bromley to the sword in a highly professional first round performance on Saturday.

It is the first time in four seasons that the Essex club have made it past the first hurdle of the competition.


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And Boothroyd - who reached the semi-finals as Watford boss - says he will not be treating the knock-out tournament as an unwanted distraction from his promotion ambitions.

He said: “I think the FA Cup got a bit of a bad rap not so long ago and people weren't giving it the respect it deserves.

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“I want a run in this competition though because I know how it can galvanise a team's season.

“We are a football club, but we are also a business so from that point of view a good cup run will mean the chairman can also give me more money to do things.”

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