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Chris Buckley: Notts County must show no fear in FA Cup replay at Premier League Swansea City

How amazing would it be to see Notts make yet another round in the FA Cup?

I think it would be incredible, and tomorrow night Kevin Nolan’s side will head into a game against Swansea City whereby we could progress to the 5th round.

This season has been very surreal, it’s almost at the complete end of last year’s spectrum and I believe the hard work on the field is paying off dividends.

It’s a tough ask from our squad playing in the fourth tier of English football to go to a Premier League side and play in such a fashion that could snatch a win.

However, I feel we are very much in contention to achieve such a result and even if we don’t, it’s just nice to see the clubs name up there in the headlights.

Our home tie against Swansea provided that we could match them and at times play well enough to deservedly do so.

The second half at Meadow Lane was a joy to watch and I would hope that we could encourage another similar display, even if we are away from home.

In the recent league game against Crewe, we rebounded very well to the opening shock of conceding early, and the players showcased a real belief in determination in getting a positive result in front of 17,000 spectators.

I feel we need to approach the game forgetting about whom our opposition are, or how many divisions are between them and us.

Approaching the game with the mindset that we won’t be outplayed, nor will we surrender, yet to make a solid statement and push to see just how much further we can go.

There’s no reason why we can’t just go and express the type of football we want to play or achieve something which most may feel is impossible – I’ve always said that Swansea is a team I fancy our chances against.

Kevin Nolan has also recently expressed his feelings towards the tie, stating that he's "really looking forward to it".

"I know Swansea had another good result at the weekend so it will be a tough one, but we go there full of confidence." he added in a recent press release.

Unfortunately, Swansea have also lost two key players in Wilfried Bony and Leroy Fer, who have been sidelined for the rest of the season due to serious injuries.

The Premier League will also be their main focus and, despite this, I feel Carlos Carvalhal will field a side which he believes is still strong but again it may not risk a few of their other bigger named players.

Regardless of who plays, I would hope we go there believing that we can continue our FA Cup journey and, I would hope there’s a high level of belief within the Notts camp.

It really would be incredible to see us progress to the fifth round and take on Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

As supporters we have had a very turbulent time over the last 3 to 4 years and it’s fantastic to now see just how well Notts are doing.

Alan Hardy has restored the faith of many Notts fans and Kevin Nolan has introduced a winning way to Notts – something which no fan isn’t thankful for.

Now let’s go to the Liberty Stadium and showcase further that amazing turnarounds can happen if you fully set your mind on it!

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We showed them too much respect in the 1st halve and could (should have ) won it in the 2nd ,we must  go at them from the off and it could be winnable 

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yeah i agree, go there and show no fear but respect them.

i think we have as much chance of winning it, its what the fa cup is all about at the end of the day.

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