Salford City are prepared for what Dagenham & Redbridge will throw at them on Monday night says defender Jordan Turnbull.
The Ammies head to the National League side in the First Round of the Emirates FA Cup, looking to reach the Second Round for just the third time.
Upsets are commonly affiliated with the world’s oldest cup competition and Daryl McMahon’s side, currently 8th in non-league’s top tier, will be hoping for another against League Two opposition after beating Grimsby Town 3-1 at this stage last season.
However despite Dagenham’s lower league standing, Turnbull expects them to be competitive with what is realistically 12 places between the clubs in the pyramid.
“It’s a massive competition, everyone wants to do well in the FA Cup, it gives the Club an opportunity and us as players to try and progress through the rounds and hopefully get a big tie, but first of all we need to concentrate of the game coming up and we know it’s going to be a difficult one.
“Obviously that’s the aim, keep winning games, build momentum, so we’re looking forward to doing that on Monday.
“You see it every year in the FA Cup, you call it upsets, surprise results, we’re not a million miles away from Dagenham in terms of league position so we’re aware it’s going to be a very tough game, obviously away as well it’s going to be a long couple of days so we need to make sure we prepare properly.”
The game has been pushed back to Monday night after being selected for live coverage on ITV 4. While it means that preparations are elongated and stretch over the weekend, the centre-back feels he and his team mates can deal with that.
It also regrettably means that some Ammies fans won’t be able to make the journey, but for those who can make it they will have a part to play in creating a vibrant atmosphere at Victoria Road, where The Daggers have lost just once in seven league games this season and scored 22 goals.
“It’s a different preparation throughout the week for us, having played on Tuesday night as well, so the days off are different and the way we’ve got to prepare for the game, but we’ve been around for a long time we’ve got an experienced squad of players so there’s no excuses.
“It’ll be a great atmosphere, I think that’s what you want to play in, games with a good atmosphere, being on telly as well it’s going to be fantastic.
“Playing away from home will always benefit the home team; having their home crowd, home noise, their fans trying to drag the ball into the net, but I’m sure we’ll have our own supporters there supporting us on as well, we’ve just got to make sure we go there with the right mentality and try and win the game.”
Salford are currently 19th after the last round of League Two fixtures before the first FA Cup weekend, but The Ammies’ position isn’t a reflection on performances says Turnbull.
Injuries have plagued Gary Bowyer’s team selections, but with the winter fixtures approaching fast and players returning to fitness the 27-year-old feels now is the time Salford need to start putting a run of results together.
“It’s been obviously disappointing from our point of view, especially results wise and where we are in the table.
“In terms of performances we feel we’ve put in some very, very good performances where we feel we could have got more out of the game but ultimately that’s down to us. They’re fine margins in football so we need to put that behind us and try to build up some momentum now going into a difficult part of the season coming up to Christmas.
“It’s been disappointing and we’re not exactly where we want to be right now, the good thing is there’s plenty of time to put that right and we need to start that sharpish.”