Thompson: Players will know FA Cup expectations

FRUSTRATED Woking boss Garry Hill knows that he can call upon a true Cards FA Cup legend to fire up his beleaguered troops ahead of a testing tie with Maidenhead United on Saturday.

Out of form in their league campaign, Hill’s assistant Steve Thompson will be hoping his cup pedigree can rub off on the Cards’ current crop in Berkshire.

Thompson is a name very much at the forefront of Woking fans’ cup memories, his goal having taken then Premier League side Coventry City to a Third Round replay in 1997.

This time around the management duo see their side enter the grand old cup with a Fourth Qualifying Round clash against Conference South side United – with Thompson keen to stress to Woking’s stuttering squad that their lower league opponents are not to be underestimated.

“[It is a] massive game – the FA Cup always is. This club’s got a great association with the FA Cup but not in recent years and it’s important that we win the game at Maidenhead and see what the draw brings us.

“But it will be a tough game: they’ve got an experienced manager [former Braintree Town boss and cup winner in his playing days, Alan Devonshire] and we’ve been to Maidenhead a few times while me and Garry have been here with mixed fortunes.

“Hopefully we’ll have a few people returning from injury and we’ll be strong. The players will be told in no uncertain terms how important the game is. We all know that and it’s important that the players know that as well.”

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