Date: 10th February 2016 at 11:21am
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Joint assistant head coach Dave Kemp has been in front of the media ahead of tonight’s clash against Peterborough in the FA Cup fourth round replay and so was skipper Darren Fletcher.

Beginning with Kemp, he’s quoted by the Express and Star as saying that staying the FA Cup for the fifth round would be a boost to everyone following recent Premier League results.

He also confirmed that with Albion carrying a number of injuries, the line up would be mixed and slightly unorthodox most likely.

Craig Dawson, Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley remain doubts for tonight’s kick off, Chris Brunt, Jonny Evans, James Morrison and Callum McManaman have already been ruled out and on loan pair Alex Pritchard and Sandro are ineligible for the game.

‘We’ve had more people in the treatment room than we’ve had on the training pitch so our preparation hasn’t been ideal, in that respect. Plus, we lose the two lads we took in the transfer window for tonight’s game as they’re not available to play. We will give ourselves as much time as we can to get players onto the pitch. It really will be a case of seeing who is available, up until the last minute.’

With two successive replays required in the last two rounds, Kemp went on to say that hopefully the squad would’ve learned from previous clashes against lower league opponents and we’ll show that to get through tonight.

‘We’re doing it the hard way. We’re getting the maximum out of it, albeit not by choice. Peterborough will be a tricky game. They are a decent side, play to a good level and will have the home fans behind them. We need to try to overcome that. They push people on, they’re expansive and ask questions of you. We’d like to prepare for that in the ideal way and need to cause problems for them, too. We did very well at Bristol City – we’ve shown good character a few times this season, but we need to show the quality we didn’t have at Newcastle. If we can do that we will be back in business. Staying in the FA Cup will give everyone a lift.’

As for Fletcher, he was on wba.co.uk for his interview and he said he was hoping to see the side kickstart FA Cups hopes with a good performance later this evening, and then give some confidence to take into league games.

With the FA Cup being his first silverware at Manchester United, the competition obviously means a lot to him.

‘The FA Cup means a lot to me. It was the very first trophy I won. I’ve had the disappointment of losing two finals – we battered Arsenal in 05 but lost on penalties and then we played in a dull final against Chelsea where we lost by the odd goal but didn’t do ourselves justice. But it holds good memories because it was the first thing I won for United. You can see from the fans who turned out to both home games against Bristol City and Peterborough that there is a real appetite to do well in the FA Cup. It shows that the fans want to do well in this competition. Our target is to get to Wembley. At that stage anything can happen.’

Adding.

‘Let’s go out there and create new memories for fans that will be remembered for years to come. The FA Cup has a great history. You can get luck in the cup, it can give you believe. – there is a great opportunity for us, starting with tonight’s game. It’s not an easy challenge tonight but one we’re striving for. After every bad performance you want that next game to get it out of your system. We can’t hide behind our performance at Newcastle on Saturday. It was disappointing, but we have to pick ourselves up very quickly.’

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