Craig Hignett admitted he was pleased to see Pools handed home advantage when the draw for the First Round of the FA Cup was made on Monday evening.
The Pools boss saw his side paired with a home tie against either National League Wrexham or Evo-Stik Premier Northern Premier League First Division South outfit Stamford.
And while Hignett is happy to be on home soil in the opening game of the competition, he is wise enough to know that the players can take nothing for granted, whoever their opponents are.
“I think it’s a good draw for us – you always want to be at home in any cup match,” he told us.
“It’s a good one for us because we know that if we prepare in the right way and play to our potential then we’ll have a great chance of progressing.
“But it’s not a given, by any means. Whoever gets through will play above themselves and enjoy the occasions so we will have to be ready for that and be at our best.”
Hignett is a huge fan of the FA Cup, a competition in which he reached the Final during his playing days when Middlesbrough were beaten by Chelsea in 1996/97.
“I love the FA Cup,” he revealed.
“I have been lucky enough to have played in the Final and it was a fantastic occasion and something I will never forget.
“I have grown up watching the FA Cup and I’m very fond it – people might say the romance has faded, but it hasn’t for me.
“It’s what English football is all about, it’s a massive tradition and it’s a competition I want us to do really well in this season.”