Wilkin wants Brackley to light up Blackpool

Brackley Town will be looking to take another big step on their FA Cup adventure on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Friday, 2nd December 2016, 3:55 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 12:53 pm
Brackley beat Gillingham in a replay in the previous round (pictures: Jake McNulty)

Saints are one step away from a possible trip to Anfield, Old Trafford or the Emirates. Those are the dream ties for all of this weekend’s clubs in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Kevin Wilkin’s boys head to Blackpool, having knocked Sky Bet League One side Gillingham out in the previous round’s replay at St James’ Park.

But, even though Blackpool are a division lower than Gillingham, they have picked up in recent weeks. They have lost just once in their last eight outings in all competitions, which included a 2-0 victory over Kidderminster Harriers in the first round of the FA Cup.

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Boss Kevin Wilkin is hoping to mastermind another cup upset

But all is not well behind the scenes at Bloomfield Road and the pressure will be on manager Gary Bowyer and his players to make sure they do not become Saints’ second victims in this season’s competition.

Wilkin said: “Blackpool’s off-field situation has been well documented but we’ve just got to concentrate on how we approach the game.

“We will approach it the same way as we did at Gillingham. It served us well there and there’s no reason to change that on Saturday.

“Blackpool will be favourites to win it and I hope that adds more pressure on them because every team needs a good cup run.

Boss Kevin Wilkin is hoping to mastermind another cup upset

“But we will take nothing for granted and we will have to play at the same levels as we did in both games against Gillingham to get anything from it.”