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BOSS LOOKING TO GET ANOTHER RUN GOING

14 January 2014

Town out to return to winning ways at Preston

Mick McCarthy is looking for Town to set another long unbeaten run in motion with victory against Preston in the FA Cup tonight. 

Blues went down to defeat for the first time in 10 matches at the weekend when QPR left Portman Road with a 3-1 victory and although he is short of several first-team players, the Town boss is looking for a response at Deepdale. 

“We are going to Preston to win, make no mistake about that,” Mick told the Club website. 

“We have just seen the end of our unbeaten record, well now I want to see us put together another one - starting tonight. 

“We know Preston are a good side. We saw that at our place last week. Simon Grayson has got a good squad there, full of experienced players who have played at a high level so we know what to expect. 

“Are we going to win the FA Cup, probably not because of the strength of the big clubs but we want to progress as far as we can.”

While a fan of the competition, Mick conceded that the trophy has become somewhat diluted over the years. 

“The FA Cup has still got that magic about it but because of the money involved in the Premier League, it’s lost some of its lustre,” he added. 

“It’s not been helped by things like changing the kick-off time. I think last season we were actually playing on the same day as the final took place.

“The money that’s in the Premier League now means that’s always going to be the priority. It was great for the competition to see Wigan win the trophy last year, especially beating one of the big boys, Manchester City, in the final. If you asked Dave Whelan [Wigan chairman] though whether he’d swap the FA Cup for staying in the Premier League, I’m not sure what he’d say. There won’t be many out there that would turn that down.”      

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