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Talbot: "It's up to us to make sure there's no FA Cup scalp"

5 November 2015

The Spireites have a blank weekend with a potential FA Cup banana skin at the end of it on Monday night as they travel to FC United of Manchester (7:45pm kick-off).

The first round match and FC United's new Broadhurst Park stadium sees the in-form Spireites face a side from the National League North - three divisions below them.

Chesterfield defender Drew Talbot knows that the task of cup progression is a far from easy one as the Spireites look to ward-off a cup shock.

"You are wary of it," said Talbot. "They're in the National League North and they're a good team. we've got a couple of lads who have come from there and they've said that they like to play football - which will suit us.

"The pressure's going to be on us. It's on TV, but if we go and play our game we're confident that we can get a result.

"It's the FA Cup, so you never know what's going to happen. We're going to have to be on our game but it's good to cap off our league form with a win going into the next couple of weeks."

Talbot feels that the way to give the highest chance of first round success lies in the visitors making sure they do what they do properly.

He said: "I just think that we've got to concentrate on ourselves. We don't know as much about their players as we do about league teams but they've had a good couple of seasons and we'll be preparing like this is a team as high as us.

"With it being on TV as well there's more pressure with everyone watching us and hoping for a scalp. It's up to us to make sure that doesn't happen."

An experienced performer in the FA Cup, Talbot knows well what can be the upshot if league players under perform against non-league counterparts.

"For me personally, it's just another game but you are aware of what competition you're in. You've seen scalps over the years and we don't want the tag against us that we've been beaten by a team two or three leagues below because that's when fingers start getting pointed.

"We need to go there, be professional and do our jobs, and I'm sure we can do that."

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