EXPERIENCED midfielder Paul Bolland is hoping he can add to his good memories of FA Cup campaigns past when Stags host big-spending Fleetwood Town on Saturday.
“I do love the magic of the cup,” he said. “A good cup run can lift teams in the league and we want to make sure we are in that hat for round one.
“I have had quite a few first round exits but also haad one or two decent runs, getting to the third round and playing Premier League teams.
“I can remember when I was at Notts County playing Middlesbrough at home. I managed to grab Ray Parlour’s shirt at the end but we didn’t progress.
“Last year at Macclesfield we got through the first round but then got spanked 6-0 at Huddersfield in the second round so it was one to forget.”
Bolland has started the last two games after patiently waiting all season for a chance.
He added: “It has been a frustrating season so far for me personally.
“I picked up an injury in pre-season and have been playing catch-up ever since. I have had to be patient but the lads have been doing well.
“I am experienced enough to know that football can change quickly and it’s a long season. So I have just kept my head down and worked hard.
“It is the first time I have played at this level and I have been impressed with the standard. There are a lot of big clubs with big ambitions.
“I know our last few home games have not been ideal performances – we are well aware of that.
“But that’s football. You get that in some parts of the season and you have to come through those sticky patches. Hopefully that’s what we can do.
“It will be a tough game. Fleetwood are up there at the top. It will be good to test ourselves as we’ve not yet played them this season and give us an idea where we are.”