JAKE Buxton has warned his players not to be on the end of an FA Cup upset.
The Brewers are more used to being the underdogs in the competition and have been responsible for a number of shocks over the years but know the boot is on the other foot as they travel to Barnet on Sunday.
The Brewers manager has asked his players to make sure they don’t underestimate the opposition and to deliver a good performance in a competition that can be a big financial boost for the club.
Buxton said: “For the players the FA Cup is massive and financially for the football club it’s very important. For the players who have played lower league football the First Round will always have that special spark.
“We aren’t underestimating Barnet. It will be a tough fixture for us, we know that, and we will prepare as well as possible and look for a performance.
“We have watched their previous fixtures. They are physical but they can also play. I have spoken to the players and told them they have to fight and be up for the battle and hopefully we will then get the ball down and play our football. But we have to start by matching the intensity and work rate of Barnet.
“Playing on a Sunday gives us a bit more breathing space. It has been relentless playing Saturday and Tuesday, and you do need a bit more time on the grass when things aren’t going for you. We are grateful for the rest and the extra time and we need to make that count on Sunday.
“There is no pressure on the underdog and that’s often when big performances come out of players. This is a break from the league for us and it’s important we go down to Barnet, put in a performance and win the game.”