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Doherty: Losing to cup minnows would be a disaster

PUBLISHED: 06:00 07 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:07 06 July 2010

Chris Lakey

Gary Doherty says defeat at Paulton this afternoon would be disastrous - but success can help the Canaries realise their promotion dreams. While some managers have criticised the Cup as a distraction, others draw confidence from success.

Gary Doherty says defeat at Paulton this afternoon would be disastrous - but success can help the Canaries realise their promotion dreams.

While some managers have criticised the Cup as a distraction, others draw confidence from success. Doherty subscribes to the latter school of thought.

"If we lose it is going to be a disaster, because we want to have a nice little cup run," said the defender. "We have got another cup game on Tuesday (at Swindon) and you want to stay in the cup games because it breeds confidence for the league.

"If we lose it will be a disaster being such a high profile game, but we have to go there, do our job and hopefully having the better players will win us through. You want to keep winning game after game after game and get a real winning mentality so you can really push on in the league.

"Because we have been winning we have a winning mentality imagining losing doesn't come into it. We need to keep winning - if you want to win promotion you have to win week in, week out and that includes cup games and that includes getting the morale up of the team, that's the importance of this weekend.

"We want to be in the next round, whether that be 1-0 or 4-0 I don't really care. You want to be in the next round and safely through."

Doherty knows what to expect of the facilities at Paulton - but says it's simply business as usual.

"I couldn't care less," he said. "The pitch is the main thing and if the pitch is half decent we're going to be all right. We played on a dreadful one at Stockport and we managed to win there, so that could be the only leveller I guess. The pitch can make it difficult but I'm sure it will be fine.

"It's the lowest team I have played against and I think we have just got to go and enjoy it. It's going to be a great occasion - the cameras are going to be there and they are looking for a giant-killing. You know with the FA Cup there are going to be giant-killings going on all over the place and you just have to make sure you're not one of them."

"It's a great time for them to showcase themselves - there's nothing better than being on telly and in front of the country they can really show off their skills and maybe try and impress a higher league club. I'm guessing that's what they will be thinking and we know for the first 20 minutes its going to be a lot of helter skelter.

"They probably don't have any players who would get in our team, but they are going to be going 100pc and we have got to match that and if you don't match it that's when you get upsets.

"We will prepare properly like it's a big league game and hopefully that will see us through."


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