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Devlin targeting cup run

28 August 2018

Right-back Nicky Devlin is hoping his side can go far in this season’s Carabao Cup after the cup disappointments of recent years.

Dean Keates’ side advanced to the second round with a 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers.

Devlin wants to go as far as possible in the cup this year – but insists we won’t underestimate Macclesfield Town tonight.

 “We are probably expected to beat them but we are under no illusions that they are going to make it very difficult for us," he said.

“We are looking forward to it and when you are winning games, you’re happy to play Saturday - Tuesday every week.

“It’s one we are looking forward to. The gaffer might mix it up a little bit to keep things nice and fresh.

“With the way we play, and the demands we put on each other, we are going to need everybody.

“We are working hard every single day so the boys need to be ready to step in. But I think people have shown they are ready to do that.

“Kins and Josh have come in and were both fantastic. As long as we keep building and stay together we are going to be alright.”

Should we continue our unbeaten start to the season, we will then have a chance of drawing the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool in round three.

“I think I’m more selfish - I want to go as far as we can. Over the past few years, the club has not had a great cup run.

“Don’t get me wrong, if we draw Man United at Old Trafford or Liverpool at Anfield, I won’t complain.

“But I’d rather get a team that we are equal to and try and get through.

“But we have got a massive game against Macclesfield first - nobody is looking beyond that. They won their league last season and are no mugs.”

Reflecting on Saturday’s result against Rochdale, Devlin added: “It was certainly a tough 90 minutes. I don’t think we played anywhere near the level we are capable of.

“But I think that shows you what this team is all about. When we go to places that are hard to get results, we don’t have to play fantastically well.

“If teams want us to come and fight, then we will fight them. That is testament to every single player in the team.

“The last two away games have been really tough but every player has played their part.

“They [Wimbledon and Rochdale] are two of the hardest places to go in the league. And we have not played well but we have battled and got six points out of six and nine points for the week.”

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