Mansfield Town man plots Sheffield Wednesday upset as thousands make Hillsborough trip

James Perch is aiming to give the 3,800 travelling fans something to shout about when Sheffield Wednesday host Mansfield Town this weekend.
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Nigel Clough’s side will be bringing a strong contingent with them to Hillsborough in the FA Cup on Saturday, are out to spring a cup upset against an Owls side flying high in the division above them.

The Stags pulled off two shock wins over Sunderland in their last two FA Cup runs and beat Derby County in the Papa John’s Trophy in October, so are no stranger to a surprise result, and 37-year-old Perch is eager to see the magic of the cup in action again.

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As quoted by Chad, the veteran striker said, “We used to watch it as kids, it used to be a tradition and I have fond memories of the cup.

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“The FA cup has lost it a bit with the bigger clubs losing interest, but I’d like to see the magic come back to what it used to be.

“It's always good to see the upsets and hopefully we can get one. It is good for the fans.”

They’ll have a job on at Hillsborough on Saturday if they’re going to pull of another shock, but went on to say, “It is always a good game in the FA Cup, and it is nice to have a break from the league.

James Perch wants Mansfield Town to pull off a shock against Sheffield Wednesday.James Perch wants Mansfield Town to pull off a shock against Sheffield Wednesday.
James Perch wants Mansfield Town to pull off a shock against Sheffield Wednesday.
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“We will take a few thousand fans and hopefully have a good day. The fans have been brilliant since I have been here and the numbers don't surprise me.

“We can take the experience of Sunderland and the big grounds and realise that we can compete against good teams and that we can win. We can take confidence.”

The two teams will lock horns at 3pm on Saturday as they both look to try and book their spot in the third round of the competition, and it will certainly be the hosts who are the favourites to do so as things stand.

Darren Moore may be tempted to mix up his team after a few knocks and niggles in the win over Shrewsbury Town, however he named a strong side for the Morecambe game and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him do so again this weekend.