Gary McCann is leaving no stone unturned to give Hampton and Richmond an advantage against Torquay

By Joe Acklam

13th Oct 2022 | Football


"We are the underdogs but we are going there to win the game."- Gary McCann, Photo: Michael Ripley.
"We are the underdogs but we are going there to win the game."- Gary McCann, Photo: Michael Ripley.

Gary McCann is leaving no stone unturned ahead of Hampton and Richmond travelling to Devon to face Torquay United in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round. 

Following comfortable wins in the previous rounds against Paulton Rovers and Bognor Regis Town, Hampton are one win from a potential tie against the likes of Derby County or Sheffield Wednesday. 

McCann is going into the fixture against National League opposition in Torquay with his eyes wide open and having meticulously prepared to give his team the best possible chance. 

Speaking to club media, he said: "We wouldn't allow the changing room to deviate away from Welling and we made it quite clear to them that there was to be no talk or Torquay until we get to the other side of today and now, we can do. 

"I have plenty of videos and clips to have a look and I know they are struggling at the moment, there is no question of that in the table. 

"But they have a great manager in Gary Johnson, who is a seasoned manager and he has great credentials and I am sure he will turn it around. 

"It is a game we can get plenty of work done for, we have Tuesday here at the Bev and Thursday at our training place at Bedfont and we will make sure we are prepared, we will make sure we are organised, and we will make sure we have got plenty of details into our changing room about the opposition. 

"We will travel Friday, so it gives us every chance in terms of preparation and cause an upset, because let's be true it is a winnable game like all FA Cup games. 

"We are the underdogs and we go there with a free hit as such but we are going there to win the game." 

The Beavers will be coming into the game full of confidence following a second half performance in their 1-1 draw with Welling which left them as the side less happy to share the points. 

McCann said: "I think we are more disappointed for it not be three points than they will be, I think they will leave the ground today pleased with a point where we are disappointed with a point. 

"That is very much how we finished the game as I didn't really have that feeling at half-time, I thought we struggled once they got the goal.  

"Our reaction wasn't great and their reaction was very good and you could see they had that bit of bounce. 

"A few words at half-time and an adjustment to the shape and I thought it really paid dividends, I thought we were excellent second half." 

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