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I love the FA Cup: Sean

3 November 2017

Sean McConville loves the Emirates FA Cup but knows Stanley will have to be on their guard at National League side Guiseley on Sunday.

For once, Stanley are the favourites as they travel to Nethermoor Park to take on underdogs Guiseley (ko 2pm).

The Reds enjoyed a run to the fourth round last year when they overcame Bradford, Woking and Luton before they lost at Middlesbrough.

“It is unbelievable competition,” said McConville. “My first football memory is watching Everton win the FA Cup in 1995.

“It is the best competition, apart from the league games, for me. I love playing in it and there is something about it that gets everyone going.

“The young lads in the dressing room may not know what it's like to play in it but they will by Sunday at 2pm.”

Wideman McConville also knows the importance of the FA Cup for lower league clubs for financial reasons. Stanley's run in 2003 led to the club going full-time and ultimately promotion back to the Football League.

“It can make a big difference to a club like Accrington. Winning on Sunday could mean the gaffer can bring in a player in January who could make the difference as to whether we go up or not so it's vitally important to us.”

Guiseley have four former Accrington players in their squad – Lee Molyneux, Kayode Odejayi, Will Hatfield and Rob Atkinson.

“Molly is a good player, I have known him since we were both young lads and he has a lovely left foot.

“I also know John Rooney who plays for Guiseley, he has scored goals at that level for years.

“They have just gone full-time, it will be a good atmosphere, BBC Sport are there and Guiseley will be looking to cause an upset.

“We have to be in the right frame of mind to make sure it doesn't happen.

“We know they have strengths – but we will also be looking at their weaknesses to exploit them.

“There will be four or five upsets over the weekend and we have to make sure we aren't one of them.”


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