LEE Sinnott has urged Altrincham’s players and supporters to ‘bounce off each other’ in their quest for another FA Cup giant killing at Moss Lane tomorrow (Thursday).
With ESPN’s cameras ready to beam an eagerly-awaited first-round replay live to the nation, the scene is set for another chapter to be added to Alty’s proud history of Cup upsets.
Sinnott believes it can be done and that the prospects will be all the brighter if a bumper crowd and in-form Alty team join forces and launch a twin offensive against League Two high-flyers Burton Albion.
"There is no doubt our supporters can play a massive part on an occasion like this," said the Alty manager.
"If they can really get a cracking atmosphere going, it can make a big difference. It’s up to the players and supporters to bounce off each other.
"I want the players to inspire the fans and the fans to inspire the players. That’s the way to build some momentum and give ourselves the best chance of winning the tie. This club has a great record in the FA Cup, and I am sure the supporters will have played a part in that. It promises to be a special night. Let’s try and make it a memorable one.
"There is a lot of excitement, and the players are looking forward to it, but I have just cautioned them a bit about some of the things surrounding the evening. Once they cross the white line, their focus has to be solely on winning the game, not the cameras or size of the crowd. If they think of anything but the job in hand, it can put them off their stride, so I will be reminding them of that."
Carl Rodgers has been ruled out with a tight hamstring, but Luca Havern returns to central defence, as Alty bid to wipe out the disappointment of being pegged back by a last-second equaliser in the first meeting.
"I had a word with the players straight after the game and told them they could be despondent for 15 minutes," added Sinnott. "After that, they should put it aside and think about what they had done. I was extremely proud of the way they played and the result they attained against one of the top teams in League Two.
"The message will be the same again – go out there and show no fear. They’ve got nothing to prove after that performance at Burton. We have brought a League Two side back to Moss Lane, so let’s learn the lessons from that first game and make sure we give it everything we’ve got."