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15 November 2021

"It’s definitely a carrot for both teams but we need to take care of tomorrow night first of all"

Conor Chaplin says that the prospect of a home tie in the next round of the FA Cup adds further incentive for both sides ahead of Tuesday night's first round replay at Oldham. 

The Blues travel to Boundary Park for a 7.45pm kick-off, the winner set to host the Latics' fellow League Two side Barrow in the second round.

First and foremost, though, Conor's focus is very much on tomorrow evening's first round replay.

Reflecting on the 1-1 draw against Oldham at Portman Road, he said: "I was really impressed with them. I thought they played really well and they pressed well too. In possession, they were really composed and had a plan.

"It’s another home tie [if we get through] which is another incentive to win. We’re definitely going into the game wanting to get into the next round.

"It’s the same for Oldham. They’ll be looking at getting through this and fancying themselves against Barrow at home.

"It’s definitely a carrot for both teams but we need to take care of tomorrow night first of all. We’re expecting a very tough game as well."

Conor, who was in the youth setup at Portsmouth when they won the 2008 FA Cup, reached the fifth round with Championship side Barnsley last term.

And the now 24-year-old would love to put another cup run together with Town this year.

"Everyone loves a Cup run and the players are certainly no different," he continued.

"I don’t really believe in different cup competitions being a distraction for the league. I believe that winning as a culture for a football club is a positive. Winning football matches breeds confidence. 

"Every time you play is a chance to impress and remind people what you can do and what you bring to the team.

"It’s another game for people to prove why they should be playing, to stake a claim and, more importantly, to get this Club through to the second round of the FA Cup."

Supporters can pay on the day at Boundary Park with tickets priced at £10 for adults and £5 for over 65/U21.

Due to competition rules, the game will not be streamed on iFollow Ipswich.

Conor Chaplin before Oxford (H).jpg

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