Pressley braced for tough cup test

Steven Pressley
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Steven Pressley admits Fleetwood have the toughest task imaginable in the FA Cup this weekend but made it clear nobody should under-estimate his passion for the competition.

Town travel to high-flying Walsall looking to upset the odds and earn their passage to the second round.

It’s the first game in a cup double header - Fleetwood hosting Sheffield United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night - and Pressley won’t be giving any of his star names a rest.

He believes Town need to find the habit of winning and progress in the cup - no matter which contest - is a great way of kick-starting the club’s campaign.

“I’m not a manager who believes that going out of these competitions allows you to concentrate on the bread and butter - which is vital to us at the minute, in our predicament.

“These types of competition create excitement around a football club, an energy around a football club.

“I believe whatever competition you enter you enter to try and win.

“There’ll be no going there and resting players with an eye to other competitions.

“We’ve got to try to win this game.”

With Town struggling to find consistency in League One, Pressley believes a cup run could be just what the doctor ordered.

“It’s about winning games - momentum, feelgood factor, it’s vital,” he said.

“We see all the time where a club has a few good results and then chooses to change almost the entire set-up of players.

“They lose a game and it brings negatity to the club.

“The important thing is to try to win every game - I know we’ve got a tight squad but it’s no excuse.”

Pressley’s last FA Cup outing was memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Coventry City’s defeat to lowly Worcester City was a moment Pressley will never forget.

And he help up his reaction to that defeat as an example of his passion for the competition.

Pressley said players would be ‘banished’ from the club in the aftermath of the giant-killing.

And rather than hiding from his cup nightmare, he held it up as an example.

“It’s a wonderful competition,” said the Fleetwood boss.

“I hope people watch my interview after the Worcester defeat.

“That interview will tell you how important that cup is to me and that game was to me.

“It will tell you the standards I set.

“Have a look at it.”

Dean Smith’s Walsall are currently top of the League One pile - Pressley full of praise for both the manager and the club, who have given him time to build success with modest means.

“I think when you look at the teams who are the Walsall just now would be the top rated team,” said Pressley.

“They’re around the top of the league and quite rightly so.

“I’ve watched a lot of the footage this week and their manager and his staff deserve a lot of credit.

“They’re a club who have shown a great deal of continuity.

“They’ve stuck with their manager through some difficult times.

“He’s stuck with some players through difficult times, developed those players and it’s a great story.

“As a club and a management staff they deserve enormous credit.

“They’re a club that has grown, had great stablity and stuck to a plan.

“They’ve had some difficult times, some struggles in their five-year journey but they’ve maintained their focus.”