Craig Hignett has admitted that a trip to Port Vale in Round Two of the FA Cup will be tough but he insists his players will go there confident they can get a result.
Monday evening’s Second Round draw handed Hignett’s men a journey to Vale Park in early December to face an outfit who currently sit 11th in the League One table.
However, the Pools boss says it’s a tie that everyone at the Club will relish and the opportunity to make it through to Round Three will act as a big incentive.
“I’m convinced we can go away anywhere and give teams a game so it’s a game we’ll look forward to,” he told us.
“It will be tough, there’s no doubt about that, because they’re going well in League One under Bruno Ribeiro.
“But we’ve been excellent in some of our away games this season; we have a way of playing which will cause them problem so I’m sure it will be a good game.
“I don’t think the gap between League Two and League One is massive unless you’re talking about the very top teams so we will go there with confidence and we’ll have the lads fired up.
“If they do their homework on us they will see how they play and they’ll know we’re capable of going there and getting a result so we’ll see how it develops.
“We’re away from home against a higher division team so they will be expected to win and have the pressure that goes along with that so we can enjoy it and play our football.
“Getting to Round Three in amongst the big boys is the incentive for us now, that’s what we want to do – it’s a tough draw but we can go and put on a show and come away with the result.”