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FA Cup 2nd Round Match Preview: Darlington

27 November 2020

Check out our match preview ahead of our FA Cup 2nd Round tie against Darlington!

FA Cup fever is back in town this weekend as the Gas host their first game in this campaign's FA Cup journey - they saw off Walsall at the Banks's Stadium in the first round, to set up a tie against non-league Darlington in the next stage.

Both sides will meet on Sunday at 1.30 pm having won 2-1 in the previous round, with Darlington dispatching League One side Swindon Town at the County Ground.

Manager's Preview...

Paul Tisdale took time to chat with the media on Thursday ahead of his side's Sunday afternoon clash with Darlington, catch his full interview in the story below.


Emirates FA Cup Preview - Paul Tisdale on Darlington

Player's Preview...

Jack Baldwin, a scorer in the 1st round of the FA Cup, reflected on his personal feelings towards the competition when he spoke to the press ahead of the game, saying, "Over the past few years, people have been saying that perhaps it has lost its shine, but as a player, there's certainly still something special about the FA Cup.

"Personally, I have scored a couple of goals in the FA Cup and it's a great feeling, so the aim now is to create more positive memories on Sunday."

Find more from Jack Baldwin through the link below...


Emirates FA Cup Preview - Baldwin on Darlington

Opposition View...

Alun Armstrong's side come into the game having completed 4 rounds in the competition already, but the manager has eyes on going one step further, he told Darlington's club site, "To get this far I'm delighted, but the 3rd round is the ultimate goal."

"I've got a lot of homework to do tonight and tomorrow to go through everyone and see how we can exploit their weaknesses and I'm sure they'll do the same."

Form Guide...

Darlington come into this weekend's tie following a midweek loss to Bradford Park Avenue AFC with the National League North side building a mixed bag of form over recent weeks. Positive wins over Guiseley and Alfreton will be somewhat canceled out by defeats at the hands of Boston United and Telford, in a stop-start recent spell for the Quakers.

A point on the road at Wigan provides a platform for the Gas to build from in this weekend's encounter, with Paul Tisdale set to see his side host a home fixture for the first time in his tenor.

Last encounter...

The Gas have not faced Darlington since their reformation in 2012 following financial turmoil but met the original Darlington FC setup in 2010 after the County Durham-based side slipped into the National League.

Drawn against each other in the first round of the FA Cup, it would prove to be a day to forget for the Gas as they fell to a 2-1 defeat away from home. They'll be hoping for better luck this time, ten years on, and on home turf.

How to watch...

This tie has been selected for exclusive BT and BBC Sport four-camera coverage on Sunday, meaning you'll be able to catch the full game with an enhanced viewing experience on BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport site or BT Sport's digital platforms. Rovers will have good memories of FA Cup clashes on TV from last campaign, winning both of their BT Sport-featured replays on their journey to the 3rd Round.

The game will not be available on iFollow as a result. 

Around the grounds...

There are plenty of exciting ties lined up in the 2nd round of the FA Cup, with the highly prized 3rd round draw only a step away, bringing with it the opportunity for a big tie. Rovers loanee Pablo Martinez could featured for his Oxford City side against Shrewsbury Town. Barrow kicked off the 2nd round on Thursday night, hosting AFC Wimbledon, which saw the away side win on penalties. Tranmere feature on Friday evening against Brackley Town.

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