We must man up in FA Cup

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Town have to cope with the mantle of being red hot favourites to progress when they face NCE League Premier Division Tadcaster Albion in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup at the Shay on Saturday.

And striker Danny Holland believes they have the mental strength to do it as they look to at least match their efforts of the last two seasons and reach the final qualifying round.

“It is the kind of tie that shows whether you have men on the pitch or boys,” said Holland.

“We have to get down and get gritty against teams like this.

“It is easy to turn up for a game, think it is going to be easy and they get a goal and you are struggling.

“It is a tricky one but I would like to think there are more men out there at the moment than there are boys.”

Town have been knocked out by Conference Premier sides Wrexham and Mansfield in two seasons under Neil Aspin having been beaten by Nantwich at this stage under former boss Jim Vince.

And Holland is looking for the Shaymen to go as far as possible again this time round.

“It is always nice to get a cup run,” he said. “It is good for the boys to progress and play against players from a higher division and it is nice for the fans.”

Town go into the tie on the back of only their second clean sheet of the campaign.

And Holland was quick to acknowledge the improvement shown at the back against Harrogate last weekend.

“You have to give credit to the back four,” he said. “We say that defending is a team game but we say that when we concede goals.

“They have dug in and Brayson is probably one of the best centre forwards in the league. They kept him quiet.”

Holland has started the last two games having sat out the defeat against Vauxhall Motors at the Shay just under a fortnight ago.

His problems with a knee injury is well documented but things are going well on that front at the moment.

“It is only the swelling that stops me from playing,” he said. “It affects my mobility which affects my running and I have had a hamstring problem because of that.

“I couldn’t bend my knee so my hamstrings never tensed so when I ran it tightened up really quickly. I’ve had a bit of treatment on it and done a bit of light running.”