Britton Looks To Overcome FA Cup Ghosts

Sunday, 28 December 2008, 9:37
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Swansea City were poised to land a plum tie at Liverpool in the fourth round when they crashed out of the FA Cup at Havant back in January.

The then runaway League One leaders were shocked by the non league side who enjoyed their day in the spotlight and led twice at Anfield before eventually being overrun.

And with this year’s draw throwing them another away trip to non league opposition in Histon, the Swans midfielder believes that this time around they can finally put that defeat to bed and progress to Round Four.

Speaking to Wales on Sunday, Britton said “It’s good to have the opportunity to put it to bed

“And at least we don’t need to be told about what we’re going to face. We know it’s going to be tough.

“We had five games against non-league sides last year and they’re all fresh in the memory, especially the one we lost.

“We just have to make sure we don’t make the same mistake twice.

“When you’re a league side, you don’t expect to get beaten by a non-league side, whoever you are.

“It’s not a nice feeling when you lose in your own division, let alone in the cup against a side quite a few divisions below you.

“And then when we lost the opportunity to play Liverpool, that hurt in its own right.

“I, for one, haven’t had the chance to play in a massive stadium against a side like that.

“But shocks happen and we had to bounce back, which we did.

“You can’t beat yourself up about it forever.

“People still give me stick – Jason Scotland constantly reminds me – but it’s gone, it’s in the past.

“The whole night was just a horrible experience.

“The weather was terrible, the pitch was bad, the fans were right on top of you. It wasn’t nice at all.

“For the next day or two we were down, but we had two quick games and won both, so it clearly didn’t affect us.

“But we can remember what it felt like and we will use that against Histon.

“It was a little bit disrespectful,” admitted Britton in reply to questions about Histon’s reaction to the draw, “but in a way I can understand it.

“They’ve done well to get to the third round and it might have been their only chance to have drawn one of the top sides in the country.

“They would have had their hearts set on a Premiership team or a day out at a big club.

“We know we’re not a glamour tie.”

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