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PRE-BARNET: MARK BYRNE

3 December 2015

The skipper looks ahead to Saturday's Emirates FA Cup tie against Barnet...

It has been over thirty-years since the Exiles were last involved in the third-round of the FA Cup. 

This weekend County travel to fellow Sky Bet League Two counterparts Barnet, to contest a place in the hat for Monday's third-round draw. 

Exiles captain Mark Byrne made over one-hundred-and-twenty appearances for the Bees, adding an extra element to Saturday's Emirates FA Cup clash for the midfielder. 

"I still have a few friends there." said Byrne. 

"Nothing against Barnet, but I would be delighted to get the win on Saturday."

"I just take each game as it comes really and I would be delighted to win any game we play in. I will be the happiest man on the pitch if we win on Saturday. "

With the attraction of a place in Monday's third-round draw, Byrne admitted that the FA Cup is still a competition that the players look forward to playing in.

"It still has a draw for players as we all want to get into the draw for the next stage and hopefully get one of the big teams away in the next round" added the midfielder.

"We have got to keep this unbeaten run going, as it has been good to get into winning habits again."

"It will be good for the Club, as we can bring in more money as well for the Trust who have taken over."

"Barnet haven't been on the best of runs and we have been enjoying a good run lately. We want to get as far as possible in this tournament."

"We have to go there and put in a performance and that's one of the main things the manager has told us to do. The result should then look after itself." 

County will have the opportunity to stretch their unbeaten run to double figures on Saturday, with the skipper putting the recent good form down to the way that the Manager John Sheridan works.

"He keeps everyone on his toes" said Byrne.

"He is strict with the lads and that keeps us on our toes and we aren't making as many mistakes anymore, which we were doing at the start of the season."

"At the beginning of the season we had a lot on injuries and we had to bring the younger lads in. The young lads are very good players, but it's hard when you haven't got the mixture of youth and experience. We have bought some more experience in and that has helped us out massively."

"Throughout the whole the game you can hear the manager on the touchline and he is only doing it to benefit us and to make us better players."


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