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Pennyfather Not Worried by Underdog Tag

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Clarets manager Glenn Pennyfather has no qualms about Blue Square Bet South Chelmsford City being rated by….

…bookmakers as underdogs as they head into their FA Trophy last sixteen tie at FC Halifax Town tomorrow, claiming it’ll be no different from any other game if his players apply themselves at The Shay.

Town, from Conference North, the same level as City, are odds on for victory while Pennyfather’s team are as long at 11/4. Pennyfather says he takes no notice of predictions before games, explaining: “When you weigh up the travel implications – it’s a big journey up there – and the fact they’re going well, then you can understand why they’re favourites.”

Both sides are desperate to book a place in the Quarter-Finals, and he continued: “There aren’t many games we go into in our current status where we’re considered the underdogs, so it’ll be interesting to see how our players respond. There’s no doubt that we can compete with them for talent, but this will be all about application.

“We’ve had them watched and it’ll be a tough game because they’re a decent side. If you look at their position this season they’ve been similar to us, sitting in and around the play-offs. Apart from a couple of our own results which haven’t been ideal recently their record almost mirrors ours. They also have games in hand and they’re in a strong position.”

Pennyfather had believed he’d got a fully fit squad to take to Yorkshire, barring the absence of forward Kyle Vassell who is cup tied. However, he’ll now have to give a handful of players fitness tests and admits: “One or two won’t make it. It was a big concern that we’d pick up injuries at Concord and we thought we’d got through it unscathed.”

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