Business as usual for Cup tie - Liam

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It might be the biggest game in Halifax Town’s recent history, but the players are determined to make it business as usual when they face Charlton at the Shay on Sunday.

That was the message from central defender Liam Hogan as the Shaymen prepare to face the League One side in a televised FA Cup first round clash.

Town go into the game as massive underdogs against an Addicks side brimming with confidence on the back of four successive league wins.

But Halifax are determined to focus on the things they can influence rather than worrying about the south Londoners.

“We will approach it the same as some of our other games this season,” he said.

“Hyde were a side that passed the ball well and we went out with a set plan to try to restrict them to few chances and that’s what we have to do against Charlton.

“Each player has to do their job for the full 90 minutes because we have to stay in the game for as long as possible.

Of course, approaching the game like any other will be almost impossible for the Town fans with the eyes of the footballing world on them.

Hogan, however, is optimistic that he and his teammates will thrive under the spotlight and will be able to show they are good footballers.

“It is a big stage with all the attention,” he said.

“And some players are going to want to express themselves.

“The Gaffer has always emphasised that we are a team and that is how we approach every game.

“Hopefully when we get the chance we can get the ball down and show what we can do.

“We have the players who can play football from front to back.”

While Charlton have won their last four in the league, the Shaymen are on a decent run themselves with wins over Hyde, Solihull Moors and Gloucester City under their belts.

And the win over Gloucester was particularly impressive with the cup tie casting a large shadow over proceedings.

“We have picked up a few wins now and as you keep going, confidence rises,” he said.

“There was a lot of focus on the cup tie but we went to Gloucester and did the job we needed to do.

“There was a patch in the second half when they had some pressure but we dealt with that and scored two really good goals to finish them off.

“It was a really big win because it keeps us in the chasing pack.”