The Northampton manager, Chris Wilder, says that he doesn’t want to see his players getting their ‘tummies tickled’ at St James Park on Tuesday night.
Wilder thinks his players can compete and doesn’t want them to just roll over and enjoy the occasion.
In 2010, Northampton travelled to Liverpool and knocked them out in the third round, drawing 2-2 and then beat the scousers 4-2 on penalties.
Nobody needs to remind Newcastle fans of their own team’s capacity to find misery in the most unexpected places.
You don’t need to go back to Hereford in 1972 either, only four years ago League Two Stevenage outplayed Newcastle and beat us 3-1 in the FA Cup.
The Northampton manager telling his players that they shouldn’t bother getting on the bus if they don’t think they can get a result.
Chris Wilder speaking to BBC Radio Northampton:
“We want to do ourselves justice and we feel that we are a good side at this level. We do not want to go there to make the numbers up, or have our tummies tickled.
“The game starts at 0-0 and there is always an opportunity we can get a result, it is what we’ll be thinking and believing.”
Not worth getting on the bus:
“This club knows that because it went to Liverpool a few years ago and had an incredible night for the supporters and players, so it can happen.
“This club has had a fantastic record in the League Cup but we know there’s a lot of things that will have to go for us on the night, but if you don’t think you can get a result it is not worth getting on the bus.”
Newcastle have today announced that fans can pay on the door on Tuesday night.
Tickets can still be bought in advance as normal but if you just want to pay cash at the turnstile, you can do this from 6.15pm on Tuesday night at the following turnstiles:
Gallowgate East Corner – 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53
Gallowgate Upper – 60, 61, 62, 63, 66
Gallowgate West Corner – 70, 71, 72, 73, 74
Leazes Middle – 25, 26