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Flitcroft: Preparation is Key

6 November 2015

David Flitcroft has stated that they are spending as much time as possible planning the way to beat Wigan Athletic.

Bury Manager David Flitcroft has explained he will be doing more work in the “war room” than usual in preparation for the Emirates FA Cup clash against Wigan Athletic on Saturday 7thNovember 2015 (3pm kick-off), even though they have already played each other two times so far this season.


The Shakers beat the Latics at the start of the season at the DW Stadium in the Capital One Cup,Wigan then travelled to Gigg Lane in Sky Bet League One which saw the teams play out an entertaining 2-2 draw, but Flitcroft believes no two games are the same whether you are playing the same team or not.


Talking to Shakers PlayerHD ahead of the match, David Flitcroft said: “You should never ever take shortcuts or cut corners on your preparation, because the first time you do it you’re opening yourself up to become weak.


“We’ve spent more time than usual this week in the war room trying to plan what we are doing and how we are going to be competitive against Wigan and that’s just the way we work.


“(Head of Football Operations) Chris Brass went on Saturday and gave us a scouting report, because we don’t take anything for granted.


“Every game is different, in fact every 45 minutes is different, the last 25 minutes of the Wigan game for me didn’t define the game, what we did for the first 70 minutes did.”


Going into the first round of the Emirates FA Cup, David Flitcroft has spoken of his admiration for the competition and its ability to allow smaller clubs and non-league clubs to get in the limelight.


With that in mind he has confirmed that his love for the competition will make him take it seriously and therefore will start with a competitive squad on Saturday.


He explained: “The FA cup is what it is, it’s every kids dream and it’s a special trophy, everyone has a chance because every team in the country starts in it through the preliminary rounds with the non-league teams.


“It’s one of those cups that allows for upsets, the country is in love with it, and as a kid growing up I was in love with it and I still am.


“We are proud to be in the FA Cup, we are proud to play on Saturday and we will be as competitive as we can be, come 3pm.”


Watch the full interview with David Flitcroft on Shakers PlayerHD below:


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