Woking vs Watford: FA Cup clash live on BT Sport as Gerring relishes battle with Deeney

December 6, 2018
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Woking defender Ben Gerring hopes Birmingham supporter Troy Deeney is playing for Watford in next month’s FA Cup third round tie so he can tell him he’s an Aston Villa fan.

The imposing centre-back is relishing doing battle with the Hornets’ striker as Alan Dowson’s Cards were rewarded for their heroic win at Swindon Town with a home draw against Premier League opposition. Dowson described it as “the best day I’ve had in the game, unbelievable”.

Gerring, 27, a defensive colossus in the magnificent victory in Wiltshire, believes Javi Gracia’s Watford will not want to risk a slip-up and will play a strong side when the two clash live on BT Sport on Sunday, January 6 (2pm).

He admitted he only started getting nervous as the draw was about to start on Monday and, like his team-mates, wanted a big club away from home.

“They were exactly my thoughts,” he said. “But on reflection there’s a lot of positives about being at home. The atmosphere will be such that I can’t see them bringing their U23s and risk losing to us.

“I’m sure they will bring eight or nine of their first team players. Either way, we could nick a win. You’ve got to be optimistic. You can’t get to the third round and then just quit.”

Gerring, who made his debut against Chelmsford City on October 13, praised the togetherness of the team and added: “When you first come into a new club, it takes time to settle in. I never really felt we could keep clean sheets at the start. In the last four games I have felt like we aren’t going to concede, no matter who we are playing.

“It started at Slough and was there again against Swindon. We had people throwing their bodies in because they don’t want to concede a goal let alone lose a game. When you have that chemistry in a back four it’s a powerful thing.”

(Image: David Holmes)

Gerring also revealed that, since he assumed a certain role in the dressing room, the team haven’t lost. “I took over the music,” he said. “What they were playing before I came in was doing my head in. I said ‘look I can’t listen to this’. We mostly play 1980s’ dance classics. We’re unbeaten since I became DJ.”

The Watford game is highly likely to be live on TV, on either the BBC or BT Sport, and owner Peter Jordan has confirmed it will be an all-ticket affair, capped at just under the 6,000 mark to comply with safety standards. The capacity is 6,158.

Details will follow once the club know when the match will be. They have asked fans not to contact them in the meantime. Dowson, assistant Martin Tyler and skipper Josh Casey have already been busy this week with radio and TV commitments as the build-up begins in earnest.

* Academy midfielder Jack Skinner scored a hat-trick and Paul Hodges twice as Woking eased past Croydon 5-0 in the Surrey Senior Cup on Wednesday night.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/woking-vs-watford-fa-cup-15516715


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