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FA Cup: Tough test for Poole who pull Staines in cup draw
Dolphins will travel to Wheatsheaf Lane, which is tucked just inside the boundary of the M25, to face a Conference South outfit who sport a perfect home record in the league this season.
The Swans, managed by former Brentford, Wimbledon and Watford striker Marcus Gayle, have beaten lower division opposition in Aylesbury United and Sittingbourne to reach this stage and have a proud cup heritage in recent seasons.
Poole's opponents hit the headlines after beating Shrewsbury Town, then of League Two, in 2009 before taking a Millwall side bound for promotion to the Championship to a replay in the second round proper.
But despite the less-than-favourable draw, Killick felt his men could benefit from losing the burden of expectation as they seek a place in the first round proper for the first time in 30 years.
Killick told the Daily Echo: “It is not ideal because they are well placed in a higher division and have won five out of five at home. Staines have a good cup pedigree and that will make for an expectant atmosphere at their place.
“But for the first time this season, we will be underdogs and that can have a positive impact. With reduced expectations, the lads can play with more freedom and while our chances look slim, that might work in our favour.”
Meanwhile, Killick confessed to dreaming of a plum tie while listening to the draw, which was broadcast live online and on the radio.
“I was getting excited with a few ties to go because there were a couple of lower league sides still to be drawn and Luton had not come out,” he added.
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