Alan Judge is desperate for a good cup run so that he can make up for missing out on the Manchester City ties in 2010.11.
Judge helped Notts to overcome Premier League Sunderland at the Stadium of Light that season but missed out on the club’s biggest game in recent history due to injury.
The forward was even forced to watch the Meadow Lane meeting with Mancini’s millionaires, which ended in an unforgettable 1-1 draw, on television, as there was not a single ticket remaining for the match.
With npower League 2 outfits Rotherham United and Aldershot Town standing in the way of a place in the FA Cup with Budweiser fourth round, Judge sees it as a good opportunity for the Magpies to book another big-name fixture.
He told Magpie Player: “When I’d just signed permanently we went up to Sunderland and beat them 2-1 at their place.
“The atmosphere was unbelievable and just the thought that we could do that again, I’m desperate for that to happen.
“For the Manchester City game, I had to sit at home with my foot up and watch it on TV.
“I’d tried to get a ticket off Neal Bishop but he said there’s none left, they were all sold out.
“Even to have been in the company of those players, it would have been brilliant to watch them.”
The Irishman is not underestimating the tests that await and knows that Notts will have to be at their best if he is to make another Premier League tie a reality.
The Magpies start with the second round replay against the Millers on Tuesday evening (7.45pm kick-off).
“There’s two hard games coming up but I won’t go ahead of the Rotherham one, because it’s a very hard game,” said Judge.
“We like to be the favourites because we want to show why we’re the team that’s in League 1.
“When you play the big teams there’s pressure on them but I’m happy either way.
“You’ve got to make sure that you perform well, otherwise any team will take advantage of that.”
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