Dom Di Paola will be looking for home advantage to play its part as the Hornets take on the Met Police in Tuesday night’s replayed Emirates FA Cup 1st qualifying round tie, a match the manager believes should not have been needed after his team let the Southern League Premier Division South side off the hook in Saturday’s meeting at Imber Court Sports Club. In that match, the Hornets led 1-0 at half-time and dominated much of the game only to concede an equaliser and were unable to force another goal despite their opponents playing for more than 20 minutes with just ten men.
“We just didn’t test the goalkeeper enough” admitted Di Paola “and that was why we were so frustrated at the end of the match. We weren’t annoyed at the performance itself as I thought we were the better team but we’ve got to create more than we did. It’s never easy playing against ten men as they changed their formation, parked the bus, and tried to catch us on the counter-attack so you’ve got to be on your game to break them down and we just didn’t do that. I thought we were unlucky in the first half because Smudge has scored a terrific goal to put us 2-0 up, only for it to be wrongly ruled out for offside. If that had stood then you’re talking about a totally different outcome. But then I’m sure they’ll be saying something similar as they had two chances to win it late on so we’ve just got to be grateful to get a second chance.”
The Hornets will again be without the holidaying Kieran Lavery and George Hayward, who is recovering from a minor operation, with Rob O’Toole considered a doubt after suffering concussion in a collision with the Police’s Jordi Nzodid on Saturday.
Tomorrow’s match will be the first FA Cup tie to be played at The Camping World Community Stadium so why not give the England v Kosovo match a miss and come and join us as we make a little piece of history. The match kicks off at 7.45pm and will be decided on the night, with penalties taken if required. Admission is £11 adults, £6 for seniors/U18s and students and £2 for U16s. A reminder that season tickets are NOT valid for this match as this is an ALL PAY fixture.
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Both sides will find out their potential 2nd qualifying round opponents in today’s lunchtime draw, details of which will be posted here as soon as we have it.