Holdsworth keen to curb Liverpool talk at Lincoln City after Woking defeat
David Holdsworth says the hype surrounding a potential FA Cup date with Liverpool has "driven him mad" as he banned talk about the five-time European champions.
Lincoln could host the Reds in January in one of the biggest games in the club's history providing they can beat Mansfield in a second round replay on Wednesday.
Cup fever has gripped the city as a result with the prospect of facing Brendan Rodgers' side dominating everybody's thoughts ahead of tomorrow's Blue Square Bet Premier clash at Dartford.
Holdsworth, whose side lost 2-0 at home to Woking on Tuesday, confessed trying to quell the excitement is becoming an increasingly difficult task.
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"The last few days have been hard work," he said.
"Since Sunday all I have heard about is this draw and the FA Cup and it's driven me mad if I am honest.
"I understand the excitement, but the FA Cup is for another day, all I want to concentrate on is the league.
"Yes I know there is a big prize at stake on Wednesday, but it is next week.
"I've had to pretty much ban talk about the cup because we have a very important league game against Dartford.
"We want a good result because we let ourselves down against Woking."
With such a big game on the horizon on Wednesday, Holdsworth says he does not expect it to affect his players against Dartford on Saturday.
He will demand the usual levels of intensity having admitted his side were below par against Woking.
But he says their "honesty and integrity" should allay any fears that they will take it easy in a bid to avoid injury or suspension.
Changes are expected on Saturday, however, and Holdsworth says players lucky enough to be given a rare start have it all to do to make an impression.
And he warned those who are not up to the task may well leave the club in January when the transfer window opens.
"My players are honest so I have no concerns about taking Dartford lightly just because the Mansfield game is around the corner," he said.
"But I will make changes and those players who do come in have to grasp the chance with both hands.
"The transfer window opens in a month and I don't need to bring in any players, but I would have no qualms in shifting a few out the door.
"Not performing when it matters makes my job very easy at the end of the day.
"I will have decisions to make when the window opens and believe me I will be brutally honest."