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Cup magic excites Smith

18 November 2013

Korey wants repeat of last season's exploits

Korey Smith is keen to experience the magic of the FA Cup at first hand.

Latics' captain (pictured) wasn't at Boundary Park for last season's giantkilling exploits.

Smith said: "I have heard the stories about the cup run and how good an experience it was, and it is something I want to replicate.

"I can see how much the cup run meant, both to the club and also to the fans who loved it.

"When I go outside the club, I also hear from fans their memories of playing Liverpool and Everton."

Smith would relish a cup run which would be the first in his career.

He continued: "I have yet to experience a lengthy cup run.

"When I was at Norwich we were always concentrating on the league and tended not to go far in the cups."

The prospect of winning through to the third round and drawing another plum tie is a mouth-watering prospect for Smith.

He said: "It would be amazing to get another big tie, something we all want.

"To be fair Wolves is a big tie and, at this stage, they are the biggest team in the competition.

"Right now we must concentrate on the game in front of us and hopefully we can go to Wolves and get a positive result."

Smith believes Latics can triumph in tomorrow's first-round replay at Wolves.

He said: "The first leg was a really good game and one I enjoyed playing in.

"Wolves are one of the best teams in our league and have a big budget, but they will know from the two other games that we are a good team and we will give them a run for their money.

"To be fair we played quite well in the league match at Wolves, even though we lost. I am sure if we convert a few of the chances we create, we can get a positive result."

The FA Cup is special to Smith who has been reliving childhood memories of the world's most famous knockout.

Smith said: "The FA Cup is a massive competition and when I was younger I remember my uncle (Mark Smith) used to play for Stevenage Borough when they were in the Conference.

"I would only be about 10 years of age when they drew Newcastle at home in the FA Cup when Alan Shearer was playing for them.

"Stevenage drew and I got to travel on the coach with my uncle for the replay which was an amazing experience which I will always remember.

"The BBC went round to my nan's house to do some filming so it was a big thing for the family.

"It is a massive tournament and one I look forward to every year."



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