U’s wary of Borough threat

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Gosport have taken a lift from Craig McAllister's leadership. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Tony Humes is keen to see his Colchester United side take on their usual role of FA Cup underdogs – in two rounds’ time.

The U’s boss knows his side are overwhelming favourites to emerge from Privett Park unscathed and with their place sealed in round two.

But they have got previous for a slip-up against non-league opposition from the same level after a 3-1 defeat to Chelmsford City two seasons ago.

And Humes is also well aware that Borough will be out for blood as they attempt to pull off a shock on their maiden visit to the first round of the famous competition.

Humes, however, is determined to lead his side into the third round, where the Premier League and Championship clubs make their entrance to the competition.

He said: ‘We’d like to get through to the third round and give ourselves a chance to test ourselves against one of the big boys.

‘However, we all know it will be tough as the cup gives any side a big lift and Gosport won’t be any different.

‘It’s their first time in the first round, so they’ll be full of excitement and they’ll be eyeing a bit of giant-killing.

‘What we have to do is apply ourselves right and match their workrate.

‘It will be a challenge for our lads but they are professional players and they will make sure they prepare as well for this as they do for any game.

‘What we won’t do is take Gosport lightly and we’ll give them the respect they deserve.’

Colchester are in a decent run of form under their new boss Humes, who replaced Joe Dunne in September.

They have been beaten just twice in their past eight League One fixtures but they are on the back of a defeat, going down 2-1 at home to Port Vale last time out.

Humes said: ‘I don’t think there’s any extra pressure.

‘It’s like any cup competition and it will be won by whoever is best on the day.

‘We have to make sure we apply ourselves but I won’t be putting any extra pressure on the players.

‘There is an expectation for us as the League One side, so we have to make sure we live up to that.’