Assistant Manager Graeme Gee has stressed to his players they must find the right balance between confidence and respect on the eve of the club's biggest game for decades.
- Cornhill (90')
- Axell (16')
- Haitham (23')
Chi travel to Bowers & Pitsea of the Isthmian League Premier Division tomorrow knowing a win would take them into the first round proper of the Emirates FA Cup and setup a potential tie with a club from League’s One or Two.
“There’s a fine line” said Gee, “We can’t be over confident just because we beat Enfield Town who are at the moment considerably higher in the same division as Bowers & Pitsea – there’s no doubt we caught Enfield on a good day”.
“At the same time, there’s nothing to fear. We’re definitely underdogs again and well aware it will be a very tough game but we’ve proven we can compete with teams from this level already so we have to believe it can happen again”.
“A lot of it will come down to how the boys handle the occasion. We froze a bit at Northwich in the last 16 of the FA Vase a couple of years ago, I just hope for the players sake that doesn’t happen Saturday”. “I don’t think it will with this set of players”.
Chi lost a bit of momentum heading into the game courtesy of last week’s disappointing showing at Barton Rovers in the FA Trophy but Gee isn’t too concerned.
“Were we disappointed? Yes”. “But I think the players have earned a bit of a free pass for that one given how they’ve performed over the season so far”. “Some of them may have had one eye on this game which is kind of understandable, fingers crossed it was just a one off”.