Challinor: Show Millwall what you can do

AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor
AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor
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AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor fired a defiant message to his players after the first round draw of the FA Cup paired them away to League One side Millwall,

insisting he will tell his players: ‘Go out and show what you can do.”

The meeting with the Londoners, former finalists in the competition, is the hardest assignment in the history of AFC Fylde, but Challinor is not daunted.

He reflected: “They don’t come much tougher, I suppose, but we will go there to enjoy it - look to win.

“We have an important league game before then on Saturday - we will concentrate on that and after that look forward to an eventful tie at Millwall.”

The Coasters’ boss continued: “It is a great opportunity for our players and a chance to show what they are about on such a big stage against at a proper football club and a team that was in the Championship last season.

“Our lads have worked hard for a tie like this and they deserve it.

“It is great football club at Millwall and a great pitch to play on.”

Challinor was present at the televised draw, which took place place at Thackley Juniors Football Club in Yorkshire.

Millwall reached the FA Cup Final in 2004, losing 3-0 to Manchester United.

They are currently in 10th place in League One and Challinor plans to have the Lions watched when they play Bradford City in League One on Saturday.

Fylde are currently setting the pace at the head of National League North, three divisions beneath Millwall.

The Millwall tie is the third time they have reached the first round proper after previous appearances against Accrington Stanley and Plymouth Argyle, both losses.

AFC Fylde made it to round one proper on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Barrow.

Challinor revealed that a couple of strangers turned up at AFC Fylde’s ground recently and told him they were Millwall supporters.

He said: “I asked them what they were doing up here, and they said they were up in the area to watch the match at Blackpool.

“Maybe it was written that we were going to meet them in the Cup.”

First round ties will be played on the weekend of November 6-9.