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Itís the big one, says chairman

Date published: 29 November 2012

NOBODY at Athletic is in any doubt about the crucial importance of keeping the season alive this weekend.

Chairman Simon Corney has emphasised that reaching the third round of the FA Cup is a must to stimulate what has so far been a campaign of disappointment.

But he hasn't told management and playing staff that going into the third round is essential.

"I don't need to," said Corney. "They know. It is our season, basically.

"I don't want to insult anyone's intelligence. Clearly, we don't have the consistency to get near the top six — the only thing consistent about our season is our inconsistency.

"So let's be realistic. A cup run helps keep our season and the goodwill going.

"It is huge for us. I am looking for the players to be fired up and to give it absolutely everything."

While he wasn't at the Keepmoat Stadium to watch Athletic lose a tight clash, he has been briefed.

"I heard we more than matched Doncaster," Corney added.

"They have two of their big players missing on Saturday and we are at home. So there are no excuses."

Doncaster's two absentees, David Cotterill and Iain Hume — are matched by Athletic's own banned players, Dean Bouzanis and Cliff Byrne. Rovers should miss their pair more, considering their attacking quality.

Comments

I am keeping my fingers crossed and really hope we can progress into the third round but I will very surprised if we win. Still, it is the FA Cup and the form book often goes out of the window (I am trying to convince myself now) so maybe Baxter can bag a couple of goals to win it for us - no one else is scoring apart from the odd late goal from Smith! Come on you Blues - keep a clean sheet (I know!) and who knows!

draw or lose to Donny on saturday and Dickov should leave, enough is enough. Dave Penney is widely regarded as latics` worst ever manager, well PD is as bad if not worse than penney, no wonder boundary park is so depressing, his style of football is horrendous and about as boring as it gets. The 2 holding midfielders doesn`t work, this is clear for all to see exept Dickov.

Keeping the season alive? The season will be alive till may,trying to avoid relegation!

'Our cup runneth over'. If only! Let the cup games be a bonus - it is not 'our season' (SC). The league is our season and it is totally abysmal so far.

The last time we beat Doncaster in the cup, they went on to gain promotion, and we erm......

 

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