Barnsley boss Danny Wilson is adamant the FA Cup has not lost any of it’s “magic”.
And Wilson hopes his improving team can avoid falling flat on their faces at the first hurdle at home League Two Burton Albion tomorrow afternoon.
The Brewers visit Oakwell having lost seven of their last 11 outings in all competitions and managerless following Gary Rowett’s move to Birmingham.
But Wilson has stressed his team, boosted by a fine 1-0 South Yorkshire derby win over Sheffield United, won’t take anything for granted against their visitors.
“Your attitude has to be spot-on to get through these early rounds – and we know Burton’s will be,” said Wilson.
“We’ll be the favourites at the weekend and we’ll have to live up to that title.
“But it’s all about application and attitude. If you get that right then you’re always hoping you get a little bit of luck along the way and then you’d expect to come through the tie.
“There games always throw up little quirks, so we want to avoid any banana skins.
“Winning would give us something to look forward to in the New Year and something for our supporters to look forward too.
“But we’ll take nothing for granted this weekend, although performance-wise we’re in pretty good form in particular.”
The Reds crashed out of the FA Cup at the first round stage last season with a 2-1 home defeat to Coventry City.
But the previous season, under different management, the club reached the quarter-final stages and glamour tie with Premier League Manchester City.
“For me the FA Cup has never lost it’s magic,” said Wilson, who has a full compliment of players for the weekend.
“There will always be some distractors who criticize it say it’s not as unique as it used to be.
“But I suppose that’s going to the top end of football. At the lower end of football it’s [the competition] has always had the appeal in my opinion.
“Everybody looks forward to the first round draw and then again when the ‘big’ boys’ come into it at the third round stage. Everyone is riveted to it.
“I don’t think the competition has lost it’s ‘pulling appeal’. Maybe the teams who don’t enjoy it shouldn’t be in it. FA Cup weekends are always exciting.
“There are dreams in the competition and potentially the chance to beat some big teams along the way.
“I’m quite excited about this weekend, but we know we’ve got to get through a very tough game against Burton to get through.
“If we win it then who knows what can happen? Of course there’s the finances that come with it [winning each round], but the prestige is going as far as you possibly can.”
The Reds are unbeaten in their last two matches having beaten the Blades last Saturday and nearly upset League One leaders Bristol City seven days earlier when the Robins visited Oakwell.
And Wilson wants his side to keep their momentum going as they approach a busy Christmas period.
“A couple of results have gone in our favour – and hopefully the weekend will be another one [win] for us,” he said.
“The confidence is certainly there, especially after beating Sheffield United last weekend.
“The confidence has been sky high since last weekend, which has been great for the lads.”