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The FA Cup Is Special

6 November 2014

Steve looks forward to being re-united with the Blades

Steve Davis has always taken the FA Cup as seriously as he can. He just cannot explain why Crewe Alexandra’s record in the competition has not been so great over the last decade. The Alex’s last real FA Cup run saw them face Everton in the 5th Round back in 2002 and there have been early round exits to Burton Albion, Telford United, Wycombe, York City and Tamworth over the years.

Davis says that can be the beauty of the FA Cup where anything can happen on the day. Although the Alex have been drawn at home to League One rivals Sheffield United, a club we recently faced at Gresty Road, the Alex boss is still eagerly anticipating the first round of the FA Cup.

Steve told the club’s official web-site: "The FA Cup is what it is and all you can ask for really, is a home draw. I don't think Sheffield United will particularly fancy the tie at Gresty Road again, and having home advantage gives us a slight advantage.

"If we had been drawn at Bramall Lane it would have been an even more difficult tie for us.

"They had a great following here for the League game and I'm sure they will bring a similar amount again so it should be a great atmosphere and an occasion to look forward to.

“I always enjoy the FA Cup and so should the players. It is a great competition to be involved in and I’ve had many highs and lows in my career in the cup. You always want to do well in it. I managed to reach the quarter-finals with Barnsley and that was a great experience. It was special to go through the rounds and build that momentum.

“When I was at Nantwich as a non-league manager you strive to reach the first round and hope to land a big club and bring some finance into the club.

He added: “At Crewe I have always taken the FA Cup seriously and wanted to do well in it. I don’t know why we haven’t and it is something we are looking to improve on.”

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