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Steve King: We can clip Robins’ wings

Unfazed by his side’s FA Cup draw, Steve King insists that Macc Town’s trip to Swindon Town could be a cup classic.

Unfazed by his side’s FA Cup draw, Steve King insists that Macc Town’s trip to Swindon Town could be a cup classic.

The Silkmen’s reward for seeing off Marine’s challenge last Saturday saw them paired with Paolo Di Canio’s Robins on November 3.

And while the majority of Macc supporters will have cursed the luck of the draw after Sean Dyche and Earl Barrett conspired to hand their side arguably the hardest match of the round, King sees it as a chance to put on a great show.

"They are definitely one of the top, top sides in the round," he said, on his way to watch them take on Crewe on Tuesday night. "One thing they do is play good football, and so do we, so it could make for is a classic – it’ll certainly be a more than decent game to watch."

Swindon, sixth in League One, were Macc’s divisional rivals last season but are now flying high in the third tier while Macc are looking to get their bid for promotion back to the Football League back on track.

And King recognises the gulf but refuses to count his players out so early on.

"I’m under no illusions, I know that we’re massive underdogs," he continued. "But the draw is what it is, so we’ll go there and have a real go at them.

"I hope people realise by now that we don’t know any other way, and they appreciate that we go out to win every game we play.

"It doesn’t always come off for us, we do come unstuck sometimes but I don’t see why we’d sit back – can you imagine me telling John Paul Kissock not to go forward because we want to defend and play for a draw?

"We’ve got the players that want to go forward, so we put on some of the best football here in years."

A hero of last season’s FA Cup run, Arnaud Mendy, has now left the Moss Rose, in a switch to Luton Town.

Virtually an ever-present this season, Mendy leaves initially on loan but will officially sign for the Hatters in January, with Kissock staying on at Macc.

And while he says he’s disappointed to see him leave, King is adamant it’s a deal that suits all parties.

"In six months Arnaud would have been a free agent and can start talking to other clubs," he revealed. "It was just too good a deal to turn down. He’s been a terrific servant and he’d started the season well under our leadership. And although they’re in the same division as us, Luton will probably treble his wages, so good luck to him."

Ahead of the trip to the County Ground, Macc have to get their promotion challenge back on course, at Grimsby Town this weekend.

"They’re a big threat, they’ve got dangermen all over the pitch" warned King. "They’re a form team in the league, they’ll be hurting after they got beat in the cup [by Kidderminster] so again, we’ll have to go there and have a go at them."

 

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