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U's boss excited for FA Cup First Round

4 November 2021

Colchester United boss Hayden Mullins is looking forward to the U's game against AFC Sudbury on Friday night, with his side looking to progress to the Second Round of the FA Cup.

The U's have had a poor record in recent years in the prestigious tournament, but with a new-look squad for this season, they will be looking to put that behind them and make progress in the Emirates FA Cup. 

With it being the opening game of the round, the BBC cameras will be there to show the game live, and Hayden Mullins says it is a good opportunity for his players to showcase what they can do on a national stage. 

"It's a big chance for us to progress in the cup. Financially it could be good for us if we beat Sudbury on Friday night. It's fantastic for a club of our size, let alone Sudbury, so for us it's exciting, it's a different distraction from the league and it's one that the players are very much looking forward to. 

"We have to focus on what we do, and what we do well and be professional. There's a lot of things that we will be up against on the night. We know we don't have much to gain - if we win, there won't be much said about it.

"We have spoken about being respectful to Sudbury as a side, and we need to try and take care of what we can and hurt them as much as we know how. It will be a tough game, the surface, the surroundings, it's all different. 

"All the eyes will be on Sudbury, it's good for our lads on the flipside as they get to show themselves off on national TV. It's a good opportunity for our lads to put their best foot forward and show people what they can do."

Tickets for the U's FA Cup First Round tie at AFC Sudbury have sold out, but the game will be live on BBC 2 and BBC iPlayer if supporters haven't been able to get tickets. 

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