Cheltenham’s Bennett gearing up for Everton clash

Alan BennettWHILE the FA Cup might not be as prestigious as it was, it still generates excitement for lower league clubs when they meet Premier League opposition.

Certainly former Cork City defender Alan Bennett knows all about the magic of the cup. Last season he got to face Spurs at White Hart Lane in the third round, and this Monday night Cheltenham Town host Everton.

Bennett, club captain at Cheltenham, is hoping home advantage will give the team a better chance of pulling off a January upset.

“This time last year we got drawn away to Spurs, who were third in the league at the time, and were really the form team. We went there and lost 3-0, but we gave a very good account of ourselves, and this time Everton are coming to our place, so it’s a little bit different.

“I think he (Everton manager David Moyes) will play a strong team. He came to watch us against Hereford, and I think that this time 10 years ago Shrewsbury — who were in the same division us at the time — knocked them out of the cup, so that’s probably hanging over their head. We’re going to have a good crack off it anyway.”

He also paid respect to the magnitude of the occasion, and explained just how much it meant to the club to negotiate their way past rivals Hereford, although it did take two-legs and 210 minutes of football.

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