Stevenage v Reading FA Cup third-round - Nicky Shorey focused on Boro as former side visit the Lamex
PUBLISHED: 14:22 06 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:22 06 January 2018
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Stevenage coach Nicky Shorey comes up against his former side Reading when the teams meet in the FA Cup third-round.
The ex-England international made 261 appearances for the Royals – helping them achieve promotion to the Premier League in 2005/06 – and is still held in high regard at the Madejski Stadium.
Shorey is happy to be coming up against his former side but he does not want the focus to be on him.
The 36-year-old told CometSport: “It’s a good one personally to come up against Reading but it’s all about the lads.
“They’ve earned the right to get this tie, they are thoroughly looking forward to it and giving it a right good go.
“As much as a connection I have with Reading, I’m a coach at Stevenage now so that’s my focus.
The former left-back also expressing his fondness for FA Cup.
“I love the FA Cup because I’ve got friends who work at lower level clubs and seeing them go through preliminary rounds is great,” he said.
“It’s a magical cup, I’ve always loved it and always enjoyed watching it.
“It’s just great and we get to play against Reading, who are in the Championship because on our day, on our patch, you never know what might happen.”
Shorey also spoke of the importance, both on and off the pitch, of Boro’s cup run continuing beyond the third-round while also calling on the clubs fans to show their full support.
“Already getting to this stage has been a real plus and I think it’s helped us in certain league games with players pushing for places in this game,” he said.
“We don’t take our eye off the ball, every game is important and we want to push up the league as much as anything.
“But, we know how important a cup run is for a lower league team in terms of revenue and getting fans through the door so hopefully they’ll come out in full support.”
When asked if he would like to face another former side in the fourth-round should Stevenage emerge victorious at the Lamex, Shorey gave a simple answer.
“I never look that far, it’ll just be nice if we’re in that hat,” he said.