Workington banana skin test for Mansfield Town in FA Cup

PAUL Cox and his Mansfield Town players head north to Workington tomorrow to prepare to negotiate their potential FA Cup banana skin at Blue Square Bet North Workington on the north Cumbrian coast on Saturday (3pm).

“Last time I went up there it was when they had all the floods and the bridge collapsed. The whole place was in mourning for the people that had passed away,” said Cox.

“It is a trip and a half and one of the old Football League grounds with a lot of history behind the club. Taking all that away, we have got a job to do on Saturday and we want to do it well.

“We have had them watched and we know what we are up against. It will be tough but we will take last Saturday’s result into this game. The lads have a spring in their step right now, but we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves.”

He added: “I would think the whole of non-League football is going to want Workington to beat us for a bit of a giantkilling. That is human nature. Just like we all wanted Crawley to do well at Manchester United.

“This is the FA Cup and we know that if we can get through this round then it may be us who are the underdogs in round one. The beauty of the FA Cup is that it creates memories for people.

“It is a special competition to play in and I want my players to be excited. It is a competition of dreams. For supporters it is great to go to huge grounds around the country and see if you can pull off a giant-killing.

“I take every competition seriously. You have to be greedy and want to win everything. I think it would be disrespectful to our supporters if we played weakened sides.

“Our away form needs to improve and I don’t care what competition that starts in. We need to start being horrible, nasty and resolute.”

Skipper Adam Murray misses the game with a one match ban while there are worries over Exodus Geohaghon’s ankle injury. He, Ryan Tafazolli, Nick Wright and John Thompson will all have fitness tests before the bus departs tomorrow.

With Notts County not prepared to allow on-loan keeper Liam Mitchell to become cup-tied, Shane Redmond will play in goal, just five days after getting his first clean sheet of the season in the midweek reserves 7-0 win against Bradford.