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Barratt: Magpies can't afford to be complacent against FA Cup underdogs Cray Valley PM

Sam Barratt. Photo: Dan Westwell


Cray Valley PM may not be a club Magpies fans are instantly familiar with, but Sam Barratt says the hosts can’t afford to be complacent in Saturday’s FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie. The Millers, as they’re known, play in the Isthmian League South East Division – equivalent in level to Maidenhead’s rivals from up the road Marlow.

This is the first time in their history they’ve made it to the fourth qualifying round stage, having beaten Aveley 2-0 in the previous round to set up their trip to York Road, and, although Barratt acknowledges the hosts will be big favourites to book their place in the first round proper, he says they can’t be taken lightly.

“We want to do well in the FA Cup and always seem to do so,” he said. “I don’t know if my stats are right but I think this is the first time they’ve ever made it this far so it will be a massive game for them. We can’t be complacent. We’ve got to do what we did on Monday and Saturday and take the same intensity into this game. If we do that the rest will take care of itself.

“The best thing about the FA Cup is that if you win one game, you have the opportunity of perhaps playing a League 1 or League 2 club in the first round. I’ve always loved the FA Cup and hopefully we can make the first round again.”

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