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.
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