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John Deacey's not Kid-ding - Bradford Park Avenue need a brick wall!
Bradford boss John Deacey knows that if he is to lead his club to a third consecutive FA Cup first- round proper appearance, his players are going to have to play the game of their lives.
Avenue have home advantage on Sunday in their fourth qualifying-round tie but otherwise the draw was unkind.
The visitors are Kidderminster Harriers, who are second in the Conference Premier.
Deacey’s competitive edge is relishing the contest but, in typical style, his dry wit is also being exercised.
He said: “I’m looking forward to it because they are the second-best team in non-league football, and you want to test yourself.
“Mind you, I sent someone to scout on them for me and when he got back he scared me to death.
“I’ve got the players ready and I’ve brought a couple of brickies and a labourer in to throw us up a quick brick wall.”
Avenue are eighth in the Conference North so there is a gap of 30 league places between them and Kidderminster.
However, Deacey’s men did stretch their unbeaten run to 12 games with last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Colwyn Bay.
The Harriers are six points behind unbeaten Conference leaders Cambridge United but two ahead of third-placed Luton Town.
Deacey almost has a full pack to play with, and has also drafted in a loan player.
He said: “For the first time this season we are just about at full strength - there is a doubt about Jamie Price that’s all.
“Even Jordan (his son and midfielder who has been sidelined with a double fracture of the arm) is in contention and Simon Lenighan, who we have signed from Leeds United on a month’s loan.
“They have given us permission to play him in the cup.
“It will be our hardest game of the season. Steve Burr (Harriers’ manager) has done a great job and built a great side. I think our main aim should be to keep the scoreline reasonable.
“I hope because it’s on a Sunday it will mean we get a few extra people in because it really should be a good game.
"Both clubs like to play good football and entertain so I think a goalless draw is out of the question.
“I think it will be a good advert for non-league football, and it’s a cup game so anything can happen. But we will have to catch them on a very bad day and for us to play out of our skins for something to happen.”
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