So, Notts County have been drawn away to Brentford in the third round of the FA Cup.
Whilst the draw might not be all that glamourous for either side, both teams must surely be fancying their chances in progressing to the fourth round.
Personally I think the tie is quite ideal for that reason, and I would hope that we can forge some sort of run that might perhaps see us replicate what Jon Stead did at Bradford City and of course Terry Hawkridge at Lincoln City.
It perhaps would have been nice to have drawn Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur or perhaps our neighbours Nottingham Forest.
However, a tie against the Bees isn’t the worst thing for me, as I said it’s a good chance to progress and Kevin Nolan will have the bulk of the squad at his call – fingers crossed we’ll have the full squad for selection.
Yet wouldn’t it be nice for us to continue doing well in the league, along with a respectable cup run?
I actually see the competition as a way to further move the club forward, as it’s easy to dismiss the money which it can attract but it’s only ever really useful when you progress further.
And I would like to see Notts put a convincing performance, perhaps similar to that of what we did against Aston Villa in the League Cup in 2015.
Just with a more uplifting ending that perhaps might see us continue to dream and realise just how far we have come as a club.
So that said, I think I can dismiss the fact that I had hoped we might be fortunate enough to be drawn again at Meadow Lane – I do feel we may have dodged a bullet.
Would you rather see us have a decent a chance of progressing or one fairy-tale game? At least we haven’t been drawn to Mansfield.
Plus, we can go into the game hopefully being able to place egg on the faces of some Brentford fans who are already appearing to be counting their chickens!
The better team on the day will progress, and I hope it will be Notts but despite the fact we weren’t playing them fairly regularly a short time ago – it will allow us to see how we compare now.
Fingers crossed we’ll show the Bees just how high the Magpies are flying at the minute.
Yet provided the performance is good, all our players give a good account of themselves and we respect the importance of progressing further – it’s fine by me.