Doughty wary of Stourbridge threat

Michael Doughty in action for Stevenage

Michael Doughty in action for Stevenage - Credit: Archant

Boro midfielder Michael Doughty is wary of the threat that non-league Stourbridge will pose when the two sides meet in the second round of the FA Cup at The Lamex on Saturday.

Strourbridge, who ply their trade in the Calor Southern Premier League, have netted no less than 45 times so far this season, including 9-0 and 7-0 wins in their last six league games.

“We saw from their previous result – I think they won 7-0 – that they’re on a good run of form and confidence is a big thing in football so we’re under no illusions that it’s going to be a tough game,” Doughty told The Comet.

“It’s going to be an old fashioned cup tie I imagine – much like the Portsmouth game and we’ll need to produce a performance on the day that’s capable of beating any team, whether it’s Stourbridge or whoever else.”

The on-loan midfielder refuted any suggestion that complacency would be an issue for the League One side though.


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“I don’t think so, I think that if anything last week was a warning for us that if we don’t turn up and produce high levels of performance and energy, against any team in the end it’s just a game of football.

“So for us it’s probably a wakeup call from last week and certainly this week we’ll be under no illusions about what’s required,” said the 21-yar-old.

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With Premier League and Championship sides joining the competition in the next round, Saturday’s game provides an excellent opportunity for Boro to put themselves in the hat for the 3rd round and a possible tie with one of the country’s biggest clubs.

Doughty though insists that a big 3rd round tie is not the team’s prime motivation for progressing in the competition.

“I think it’s important more so for us that we learn the habit of producing consistent performances more than anything and regardless of whether it’s the carrot of a Chelsea or a Man Utd in the next round or three points against Shrewsbury the most important thing is to get that level of consistency.”

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