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We want to make memories

5 November 2016

Notts County captain Michael O'Connor wants to create special memories in the Emirates FA Cup this season.

The midfielder got 33 minutes under his belt during last weekend's 0-0 draw with Luton Town as he continues his comeback from a hamstring injury and is in contention for a start on Sunday as Notts travel to Boreham Wood.

The FA Cup doesn't conjure up many positive memories for the 29 year-old but he is hoping to rectify that in this season's competition.

"For clubs in League One, League Two and the National League the dream is to get to the third round and get a big team on TV." he said.

One of the best moments of O'Connor's career came at Anfield in the EFL Cup in 2008 where he scored against a team containing Sami Hyypia, Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel and Fernando Torres in a 2-1 defeat.

He said: "They're the occasions that you remember when you retire and things you tell your children and grandchildren about.

"I've not had a game like that happen for a long time so it would be good to make that happen this season. I haven't got many years left in me so hopefully this is the year."

After the Magpies exited the competition at the first hurdle last season at Salford City, O'Connor stressed the importance of not repeating the same mistakes to ensure a smooth passage to the second round in this campaign.

He said: "I watched that game last year and we don't want a repeat of that. We have to work hard and earn the right to play in the first half an hour.

"People will look at the fixture and think we should go through but it doesn't always work out that way. It's not as easy as people think it is.

"They're going well in the National League so it will be a hard task for us. It's a banana skin and some teams will slip up this weekend. Hopefully we aren't one of them."

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