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We have nothing to lose

Crossley hopeful of causing an upset against Premier League Swansea

6 February 2018

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Mark Crossley says Notts County have "nothing to lose" as they head to Swansea City for their Emirates FA Cup fourth-round replay.

The Magpies held the Swans to a 1-1 draw in the initial tie as Jon Stead's goal cancelled out Luciano Narsingh's strike, earning County a trip to the Liberty Stadium.

And the first-team coach wants the players to take their second-half performance against the Premier League side into the replay.

"We probably showed them a little bit too much respect to start with but, when the gaffer got stuck into them at half-time, we came out and looked a different team," he said.

"If we had started the first half like we did the second then we may have been through to the next round already.

"Looking at the highlights, we had the better chances to go on and win it. In the end, we deserved what we got which is to still be in the cup tie and a trip to Swansea.

"I don't think we have to say too much to the players. We are going to go down there and give it a good go, like we did in the second half at home. Hopefully the players will take that performance on board and we can play like that from kick-off."

While the competition may have lost its prestige for some within the game, Crossley's affection for the FA Cup remains as strong as ever.

"The main focus is on getting promotion this season is getting promotion but it's been lovely having this FA Cup run," he said.

"The FA Cup has always been special to me and it still is. I'm already buzzing for the game and for the players because they deserve to be out there playing against a Premier League team for the way they have performed all season.

"We have got nothing to lose. A lot of people say it's a free hit and we can look at it like that. We can go out there and express ourselves.

"It's the FA Cup and anything can happen."

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