Howe: Give us a break before the FA Cup

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CHERRIES manager Eddie Howe believes clubs should have a free week to prepare for the third round of the FA Cup.

Howe’s comments come as Cherries get set to lock horns with Premier League Wigan in a third round replay at Dean Court tomorrow.

Both Howe and Wigan boss Roberto Martinez rung the changes when the teams fought out a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium nine days ago.

Martinez made no fewer than nine changes to the Wigan starting line-up after admitting the hectic festive schedule had eventually got the better of the Latics.

Wigan, who have one of the smallest squads in the Premier League, played four games in 11 days over the Christmas and New Year period, while Howe’s men had to play three games in seven days.

Cherries will host the Latics for a place in the fourth round following their energy-sapping 1-1 draw with Swindon on Saturday, while Wigan travelled to Fulham in the Premier League and drew 1-1 at Craven Cottage.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “The third round has always been at the same time of the year. It is always the first week of January and it is always straight after a hectic period of the season. It isn’t ideal for taking the FA Cup as seriously as you can.

“When you have had those league games in quick succession, the temptation is to try to rotate your squad for the FA Cup which probably isn’t ideal for the FA either. It is such an historic competition and you want clubs to put out their best teams.”

Asked by the Echo whether the third round should take place before Christmas, Howe replied: “Possibly. I am sure they have looked at it and I am sure it is played over the first weekend of January for a reason.

“It would be good if you could have a free week before the third round because, when you have got tired players, you want to give them a couple of days to get their bodies back together before they go again. But such is the nature of this country’s football that you don’t get that opportunity.”

A number of Premier League managers have been accused down the years of devaluing the FA Cup by fielding weakened teams.

But Howe said: “They have to do what is right for them at the time. Every manager in the Premier League will have a different brief. For some, it will be to stay in the league and, for others, it will be to win it.

“At the end of the season, you are always judged on your league position rather than how you have done in the cups.

“Saying that, for a club like ours, a run in the FA Cup is very important and that is why we are desperate to try to get through. That is why we took the first two rounds as seriously as we did.”

The winners of tomorrow’s clash will travel to Conference outfit Macclesfield in the fourth round and will also bank £67,500 in prize money.

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6:09pm Mon 14 Jan 13

The Renegade Master says...

There is a real buzz about tomorrow night, with the expectation of an upset and then going on to beat Macclesfield, possibly in front of the live cameras, in a couple of weeks.
Who knows who the sixth round could then see us locking horns with! One of the Premier League giants away hopefully and a really good day out for us supporters and big pay day for the club!
UTCIAD!
There is a real buzz about tomorrow night, with the expectation of an upset and then going on to beat Macclesfield, possibly in front of the live cameras, in a couple of weeks. Who knows who the sixth round could then see us locking horns with! One of the Premier League giants away hopefully and a really good day out for us supporters and big pay day for the club! UTCIAD! The Renegade Master

6:20pm Mon 14 Jan 13

nonnogeppetto says...

If we have to lose our current unbeaten run it would look more honourable to do so to Wigan however I very much hope that will continue with our fantastic run.

I am looking forward to tomorrow night's game I trust it will not be too cold!! UTCIAD
If we have to lose our current unbeaten run it would look more honourable to do so to Wigan however I very much hope that will continue with our fantastic run. I am looking forward to tomorrow night's game I trust it will not be too cold!! UTCIAD nonnogeppetto

7:01pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Frankiesbackfromhollywood says...

The Renegade Master wrote:
There is a real buzz about tomorrow night, with the expectation of an upset and then going on to beat Macclesfield, possibly in front of the live cameras, in a couple of weeks.
Who knows who the sixth round could then see us locking horns with! One of the Premier League giants away hopefully and a really good day out for us supporters and big pay day for the club!
UTCIAD!
Win the two games and it will still only be the fifth round, let's not look too far ahead we have to beat a Prem team tomorrow night first. That said I can't wait to take my seat it will also be my nippers first cup game so i am hoping for a great atmosphere and weather wise we could do without another damp squib or a frozen pitch!!
[quote][p][bold]The Renegade Master[/bold] wrote: There is a real buzz about tomorrow night, with the expectation of an upset and then going on to beat Macclesfield, possibly in front of the live cameras, in a couple of weeks. Who knows who the sixth round could then see us locking horns with! One of the Premier League giants away hopefully and a really good day out for us supporters and big pay day for the club! UTCIAD![/p][/quote]Win the two games and it will still only be the fifth round, let's not look too far ahead we have to beat a Prem team tomorrow night first. That said I can't wait to take my seat it will also be my nippers first cup game so i am hoping for a great atmosphere and weather wise we could do without another damp squib or a frozen pitch!! Frankiesbackfromhollywood

7:44pm Mon 14 Jan 13

lockandload says...

I have my tickets for tomorrow but wont make the same mistake as last saturday and will come suitablely dressed for the cold with hat gloves and artic jacket
I have my tickets for tomorrow but wont make the same mistake as last saturday and will come suitablely dressed for the cold with hat gloves and artic jacket lockandload

7:53pm Mon 14 Jan 13

squirrel6 says...

The Renegade Master wrote:
There is a real buzz about tomorrow night, with the expectation of an upset and then going on to beat Macclesfield, possibly in front of the live cameras, in a couple of weeks.
Who knows who the sixth round could then see us locking horns with! One of the Premier League giants away hopefully and a really good day out for us supporters and big pay day for the club!
UTCIAD!
The FA Cup Televised matches for the 5th round were already chosen last week. It will make a change to see games involving the following teams on TV - Man Utd, Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea and Man City.
[quote][p][bold]The Renegade Master[/bold] wrote: There is a real buzz about tomorrow night, with the expectation of an upset and then going on to beat Macclesfield, possibly in front of the live cameras, in a couple of weeks. Who knows who the sixth round could then see us locking horns with! One of the Premier League giants away hopefully and a really good day out for us supporters and big pay day for the club! UTCIAD![/p][/quote]The FA Cup Televised matches for the 5th round were already chosen last week. It will make a change to see games involving the following teams on TV - Man Utd, Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea and Man City. squirrel6

7:55pm Mon 14 Jan 13

bobhg says...

The Renegade Master wrote:
There is a real buzz about tomorrow night, with the expectation of an upset and then going on to beat Macclesfield, possibly in front of the live cameras, in a couple of weeks.
Who knows who the sixth round could then see us locking horns with! One of the Premier League giants away hopefully and a really good day out for us supporters and big pay day for the club!
UTCIAD!
Looking forward to tomorrow but whatever happens we will not be live on TV in the 4th round. The games have aleady ben chosen and Macclesfield vs whoever has not ben picked.
[quote][p][bold]The Renegade Master[/bold] wrote: There is a real buzz about tomorrow night, with the expectation of an upset and then going on to beat Macclesfield, possibly in front of the live cameras, in a couple of weeks. Who knows who the sixth round could then see us locking horns with! One of the Premier League giants away hopefully and a really good day out for us supporters and big pay day for the club! UTCIAD![/p][/quote]Looking forward to tomorrow but whatever happens we will not be live on TV in the 4th round. The games have aleady ben chosen and Macclesfield vs whoever has not ben picked. bobhg

7:55pm Mon 14 Jan 13

squirrel6 says...

I mean 4th round :)
I mean 4th round :) squirrel6

8:30pm Mon 14 Jan 13

smirg kcab says...

Howe
You had your break Saturday, called a cheap Perspex dugout.
Onwards and upwards
Howe You had your break Saturday, called a cheap Perspex dugout. Onwards and upwards smirg kcab

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