Jake Sheridan believes FA Cup can kick-start Lincoln City
Jake Sheridan believes that an FA Cup run could kick-start Lincoln City’s faltering form in the Skrill Premier.
The Imps have won just one match out of their last seven games, but they will be able to put that to one side when they get the chance to focus on a run in the world’s oldest cup competition.
Sheridan and his team-mates travel to Kidderminster’s Aggborough Stadium today (3pm) to take on Worcester City in the fourth qualifying round.
There is £12,500 in prize money up for grabs, along with the chance of a potential money-spinning first round tie against ex-Premier League sides Sheffield United, Wolverhampton Wanderers or Coventry City.
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“I know we are not going through the best run, but I go into every game confident with the players we have here,” said Sheridan.
“This game is no different. I think we have got a really good chance.
“It takes a second for things to change in football. If we win we can take that forward into the league.
“The run has not been the best, but it’s not panic stations. We’ve got the players and we’ve got others who can step and do well.”
Sheridan was part of the Imps side which progressed all the way to the second round of the competition last year.
Along the way there was a dramatic extra-time win over Walsall in a first round replay, and finally a battle with Mansfield for the right to play Liverpool at home in the third round.
Sadly for the Imps, it was the Stags who won through and went on to entertain the Reds in a televised game.
After that cup disappointment City’s fortunes slipped further and the club eventually ended up sacking then manager David Holdsworth and bringing in current boss Gary Simpson to help them avoid relegation.
Sheridan believes that City’s poor form last season was not the result of a cup hangover and last year’s run can only inspire them ahead of today.
“I think it’s easy to say that last year’s cup run did more harm than good,” said Sheridan.
“There was a big prize at the end of it, with the chance to play Liverpool on the television. That coincided with our dip in form, I don’t think it was the reason for it.
“The cup run took us a long way. It lifted the spirit of the fans and it did more good than bad. You have got to go in there and know we get a win we can get another run going.
“It would be a great way to pick up the spirit in the team and the fans around the club, a cup run can do more than the league because of the prize that is on offer.
“Once you get a taste of it you want more. The away leg at Walsall last year stands out for me. We took that many fans to that away game it felt like a home match.
“You want to play in those type of matches. You want to be in those games where there is plenty to play for.”