Magilton urges his players
JIM Magilton has urged his players to give their all and repay the faith of the 4,500-plus Town fans at Vicarage Road today.Magilton has backed the call by Town fan Linda Upson for them to create a wall of blue and white singing 'You'll never walk alone' when they run out onto the pitch this afternoon.
By Derek Davis
JIM Magilton has urged his players to give their all and repay the faith of the 4,500-plus Town fans at Vicarage Road today.
Magilton has backed the call by Town fan Linda Upson for them to create a wall of blue and white singing 'You'll never walk alone' when they run out onto the pitch this afternoon.
And he doesn't want to have to come into the post-match Press conference trying to explain a below par performance and instead want to be able to speak with pride - as he did at Stoke City last month.
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Magilton said: “We will have a huge following and we are going to give them something to cheer about.
“Location may play a part in that but our supporters have been fantastic all the way through this season. They have been vocal, very supportive and they are hoping, like I am, we go there and battle and give a good account of ourselves.
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“We have to stand up and be counted like we did at Stoke but perhaps show more quality on the ball.”
Magilton insists Town will show respect to their Premiership opponents but will not fear them.
He said: “We played Chester and Swansea in difficult games and we got through them to earn the right to play Watford in the fifth round of the cup. We will go there with no fear and we will enjoy it.
“We are under no real pressure, except that which we exert on ourselves on a daily basis. We will go and express ourselves and have a go. What we don't want to do is go out with a whimper.”
Town may be hit by injuries and suspensions but Magilton is confident the makeshift side will do itself justice this afternoon if they reflect his belief in them.
He said: “I go into every game thinking we can win, and that is sometimes down to the opposition, but mainly because I have great belief in these players.
“They must also show that same self belief. They have the chance to go into the quarter- finals of the FA Cup and that is not something many of us have had the chance to do very often.”