Paul Buckle Looks Ahead To Tomorrow

Last updated : 07 January 2011 By Thetashkentterror

Paul Buckle
Torquay boss Paul Buckle spoke to his club's official website ahead of his side's FA Cup Third Round clash at home to Carlisle on Saturday afternoon, Buckle saying that the Gulls have got a great opportunity tomorrow :

" We have got a fantastic record as underdogs and there have been exciting times down the years in the FA Cup, and we want to make it another great day at Plainmoor on Saturday. The key is to tell the players to go out and enjoy it. It's good for a manager when you are the underdog and we are the underdogs against Carlisle so the pressure will be on Carlisle to win the game, although we know that we have got a great opportunity.

" We have done it in the past and we mustn't be afraid, but, at the same time, we must realise that they are a League 1 side. We will have to be watertight at the back and defend better than we did in the last game (losing 4-3 against Oxford). The way we defended was a real rarity and we have had strong words about it this week. If we put that right, I am sure we have enough going the other way to cause them problems.

" If we don't come out in numbers on Saturday, for the third round of the FA Cup at Plainmoor, we have to ask ourselves questions as a football club. I include everybody in that. We have all got to come into Plainmoor on Saturday feeling positive and I'm sure we will. I am a great believer in the harder you work, the luckier you get, and we have to make it a hostile place for Carlisle to visit from the first minute. We have to do everything we can to get through to the fourth round.

" The fans are the 12th man and I have said that all along. We can't afford Plainmoor to go quiet on Saturday, either on the pitch or on the terraces. We need noise and the players need to feel the supporters are right behind them. If we do that, you can then get Cup upsets. If you look down the years, the underdog can win games, but there has to be certain elements along the way that go in your favour.

" Guy Branston actually looks like he is recovering well, so we are hopeful that he could be fit. It would be a big plus for us because he is solid as a rock in the middle of defence and we think it is more sciatic than hamstring. (Physiotherapist) Damian Davey has done a great job and, if Guy has no reaction ahead of the game, he will come back into the squad. Everybody else is fighting fit and I have a feeling we will need not only the starting eleven on Saturday, but the bench as well because of the heavy conditions. "