CARL Heeley has said he is under no illusions of the task ahead after drawing Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup second round, but believes it is a tie they can still win.
The Worcester City boss attended the National Football Museum in Manchester on Monday (November 10), with assistant Matt Gardiner, to see his side drawn away to the Iron live on BBC2.
City will make the 300-mile round trip to the fellow League One strugglers over the weekend of December 5,6 and 7, but Heeley said he was confident his team could once more upset the odds as they did with their 2-1 victory at Coventry.
“We’ve got lots of hope and optimism,” he said. “We’ve got an opportunity to get to the Third Round of the FA Cup, we have got another tough tie but there are no easy ones when you get to this stage.
“Although they (Scunthorpe) have improved of late, they are struggling in League One. Okay it is three tiers above us but that wasn’t an obstacle in the Coventry game.
“After what we achieved at Coventry it shouldn’t hold any fear for us, we will go there and express ourselves as we did at Coventry and everything will have to go for us again, but it’s a tie that winnable.
“We’re under no illusions it is going to be very tough, but it’s a good one to look forward to and one we can be optimistic about.”
More than 3,000 Worcester fans made the journey to the Ricoh Arena, but despite the prospect of facing a trip almost three times as long to Glanford Park, the Blue and Whites manager added he was confident another large following would head to North Lincolnshire.
“If what we have done at Coventry hasn’t captured the imagination, then nothing will,” Heeley added.
“I am sure we will take a big following there, okay it is further away than Coventry but it is not the end of the world, it is a reasonable distance, easy enough place to get to so I am sure we will take a good following there.”