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Kayden's up for the cup

1 November 2017

Kayden Jackson insists that the FA Cup remains as special as ever and has spoken of his added motivation ahead of Stanley's trip to Guiseley in the First Round on Sunday.

It's a local affair for Bradford-born Jackson, who will be watched by his family and friends that live close to Nethermoor Park, and the 23-year-old even played at Guiseley during his youth career.

The Stanley striker has been a regular in John Coleman's plans this season and is determined to start the tie - something he has never done before in the competition.

"The FA Cup is still very special in my mind," said Jackson. "I haven't played much in it at all. I got a few minutes for Grimsby away at Bolton but this will be my first start in the FA Cup Proper - if I get the chance to.

"I'm looking forward to it and it's a nice draw for myself. I used to play at Guiseley when I was younger, for their U16s, and my family live close by to Nethermoor Park so it will be special to have a few people there watching me play, hopefully we win and I can score a couple of goals!

"I'm not one of those players who want to rest in a cup game, it's a big game and I want to play in as many rounds as possible this year, it's up to the gaffer but I certainly don't want to miss out on Sunday."

The Reds 4-1 win over Barnet on Saturday saw them move up to second-place in Sky Bet League Two, but Jackson insists league form will count for nothing when they visit the National League side.

"They've changed managers a couple of times since I last played against them," he said. "But it's always been a tough ground to visit, they're a good side and they will be up for this massively like any non-league team playing against a football league team would be.

"They will feel they have something to prove and the public will be looking for an upset, it's not a game that anybody in our dressing room believes will be easy, but we know if we're at it then we can go there and progress further in this competition."

Jackson scored the fourth goal during Stanley's win on Saturday, his first for a month - following a frustrating spell out of the team with recurring niggles.

"It was nice to put the injuries officially behind me and get the goal," he added. "I think it was about a month since my last one against Cheltenham and I ended up coming off injured in that game too, it was becoming a little bit frustrating but we have been in good form since I returned in the Coventry match.

"It's three wins out of four since then, of course it's always nice to chip in with goals but playing in a winning team is most important, we're second in the league now and we want to take that momentum into the Guiseley game."


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