If we’re to get anything at all from the FA Cup game on Saturday at Hillsborough then we need to hold our discipline firmly and try to frustrate the Owls in the early going. Our hosts very much need the money that progression to the Third Round provides with questions still hanging over their heads about where a new owner may come from. Milan Mandaric has rekindled his interest this week and could be about to wipe out the club’s debts but either way they’ll be looking to get through to a potential money spinning tie.
Wednesdays intentions for the competition were certainly obvious in the previous round where they trounced Southport 5-2 and since then they’ve continued to fire home the goals with four wins and thirteen goals in four games including the hammering of bottom club Walsall on Tuesday night. That was a result that put Wednesday back into fourth place in League One and they’ll be huge favourites for this one.
But the Cobblers have been at their best this term when our backs have been against the wall and as long as we don’t give them a hefty lead or a man advantage in the early goings then tensions could mount and supporters might well grow nervy.
The Anfield spirit is needed, and maybe just maybe we can write another piece of cup history for this season at another one of the most iconic grounds in English football.