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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 October 2005, 13:05 GMT 14:05 UK
Fairclough relishing Man Utd trip
By Chris Bevan

Barnet manager Paul Fairclough
The dream is to get a victory. We are are prepared to entertain and to enjoy the occasion - and we are going to try and carve out some kind of result
Barnet manager Paul Fairclough
Barnet boss Paul Fairclough says his side will not be overawed when they face Manchester United in the Carling Cup at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

"One of the quirky things we have done is train at our stadium with the crowd noise from the United-Tottenham game piped through the tannoy," he said.

"It made it very difficult for the players to communicate.

"But they got used to it. Those sort of things get into the sub-conscious and they will be drawn out when required."

He added: "People sometimes say they are treating ties such as this like any other game but that is absolute nonsense.

"It is not every week you play Manchester United which is why we have had extra preparation to make sure the players are totally comfortable with the situation they are going into."

Fairclough is in his first season as a Football League manager after leading Barnet to promotion from the Nationwide Conference in May.

But the 55-year-old has already experienced plenty of big cup occasions in his time in non-League football - he was in charge of Stevenage Borough in 1998 when they took Newcastle United to a replay in the FA Cup fourth round.

"Those Newcastle games were outstanding," Fairclough said. "But, without a doubt, this is the pinnacle of my career - a monumental occasion for me.

"My players have had an incredible journey over the last 14 months in gaining promotion and having some magnificent victories on our way to this tie.

"We have not been lucky to get here, we have thoroughly deserved this through our wins in the previous rounds.

BARNET'S CARLING CUP RUN

"It is a proud moment for every one of my players and the whole town is looking forward to this game - in fact, the whole of Hertfordshire is looking forward to it."

So, after beating League One side Bristol City in Round One and defeating Plymouth Argyle of the Championship in Round Two, are the Bees capable of continuing their giantkilling run?

"The dream is to get a victory," stated Fairclough. "We are going to Old Trafford - we are prepared to entertain, we are prepared to enjoy the occasion - and we are going to try and carve out some kind of result.

"At Stevenage I played three up front against Newcastle but I have got a different set of players here with different strengths, and we are playing a completely different team.

"We met Newcastle at what I felt what was a good time, they were at a fairly low point. This is different.

"We will still have an attacking approach to the game but we will be organised and determined on top of that."




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