“We’re on a roll so we expect to progress” - Sheringham on FA Cup trip to Yeovil Town
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After a patchy start to the season that delivered just three wins from 16 League Two games up to the end of October, an unbeaten November has given Teddy Sheringham a task he has rarely been charged with undertaking since signing on at the Lamex Stadium - keeping the players’ feet on the ground.
The Stevenage boss has had a relative baptism of fire in his first managerial job, suffering energy-sapping defeats and testing times, but taking three wins and two draws from the league and FA Cup last month has lifted spirits.
With a chance to be in the hat for Monday night’s FA Cup third round draw just a win at managerless Yeovil Town, who parted company with Paul Sturrock earlier in the week, tomorrow (Saturday) away, the former Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and England hitman is positive about his side’s Somerset chances.
Sheringham said: “At this moment in time, we’re on a roll so we expect to progress in the cup.
“That is our manner at the moment. If you had asked me five weeks ago I would have said ‘blimey, tough game going down there to Yeovil because we haven’t won in a while and there’s not a lot of confidence in the camp but things change around in football.
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“We’re feeling good about ourselves at the moment but we have to maintain that. That’s a different aspect of my managerial momentum right now. It’s managing players that are confident now. Five weeks ago it was building them up.
“I’ve got to make them realise that we have a fantastic chance of getting through to the third round of the FA Cup. We have to prove that and deal with everything Yeovil throw at us.”
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Sheringham famously replaced captain Roy Keane in the first half of the 1999 FA Cup final for the Red Devils, the penultimate at old Wembley, and notched the opener within minutes of his arrival to inspire United to an eventual 2-0 victory over Newcastle United.
That was one of only two visits the striker made to the showpiece event, again coming off the bench and scoring a penalty in West Ham United’s spot-kick shootout defeat to Liverpool in 2006.
Despite an illustrious 24-year career, Sheringham was limited to just those two appearances - a fantastic achievement in its own right - but he was aware of just how limited opportunities for players, at any level, to make significant FA Cup history can be. Something he is looking to drill into his players before they step out onto the Huish Park pitch.
He continued: “In your football career you might only have 12 chances to win the FA Cup and that’s if you’re lucky.
“Three of those 12 you might be injured at a particular time, two you might have a loss of form and you’re not in the team so you’re down to seven straight away.
“Three of those remaining seven you might be playing for a top club who has a real chance to go on and win it and then you have the luck of the draw as well so if you play a few teams away from home, it becomes a bit of a burden, it’s a tough route to the final and you get knocked out.
“You don’t get that many chances to play in the FA Cup and especially go well in it.
“We have all got our different standards about what round would be acceptable to get knocked out. In everybody’s career you have to look at where you can progress to and for us, the third round is within our grasp and we have to take it because it might not come round again for a while. You just never know.”