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MARTIN ON CUP WEEKEND

Posted on 10 January 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol is excited by the prospect of what will hopefully be a lengthy FA Cup run as we set off on the 'Road to Wembley?' against Leicester City on Sunday.

Martin Jol is excited by the prospect of what will hopefully be a lengthy FA Cup run as we set off on the 'Road to Wembley?' against Leicester City on Sunday.

The fact that we exited the Carling Cup at such an early stage has only increased the desire of the Head Coach to enjoy success in the most famous domestic cup of all. He wore a slightly pained look when he recalled last season's FA Cup trail, when he suspected we could go all the way, but were de-railed after dominating the quarter final clash up at Newcastle.

"It is very important for us with going out of the Carling Cup and we want to do well in the FA Cup," insisted Martin. "I think we have a team that, with the right draws, could go a long way.

I thought our name was on the Cup last year, but it wasn't to be because we had a very difficult away tie with Newcastle and, although we played better than them, we still lost.

"I feel it could be our year and hopefully it will be."

Even though we are again set to tackle a side from a lower division in Leicester, Martin reasons that there are not direct lessons to be taken out of our shock reverse to Grimsby in September.

"No, I still feel we struggled against Grimsby because we didn't have the ingredients to do well in that game. In hindsight I should have played Aaron Lennon because when he came on he did well and got to the line a couple of times.

Before the game I knew they were physical and if we didn't score against them we could struggle

They then scored in the 85th minute and we were out of the Carling Cup. It wasn't about motivation or mentality, just that we weren't good enough on the night.

"We are looking to improve on that on Sunday."

Craig Levein's Leicester side are labouring in the Championship, have lost their last three and sit just above the drop zone. Martin believes this will count for little on 3rd round weekend.

"We know that Leicester will be a side capable of raising their game as they are not doing particularly well in the league.

"I know a couple of their players, among them my former player at RKC Joey Gudjonsson, who has got a terrific shot and free-kick ability - he is also a tough boy.

"Leicester is a good club, it is an away game for us and, as everybody knows, away games in England are never easy."