Bristol Rovers treating high-flying Bromley as EFL standard ahead of FA Cup first round

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Joe Dunne says Bristol Rovers will be taking on an EFL-standard side when they host Bromley on Sunday.

The Gas host the Ravens in the FA Cup first round, well aware that their opponents are flying high at the top of the National League.

Yet Dunne says playing such an opposition has created a fully-focused intensity around the Gas.



Bristol Rovers assistant manager Joe Dunne
Bristol Rovers assistant manager Joe Dunne

“That word is used every year when these types of games come around,” the assistant manager said when asked if the game was a banana skin.

“I think when you logically look at this game, for me the National League is an extension of the Football League anyway.

“There are so many good clubs and so many good individuals and coaches and managers in it, it’s like an extension of the League.

“Sometimes when you play in these games, there’s a lot more you know about the opposition because there’s players you’ve played against before.

“It doesn’t change your preparation, it intensifies it because you know it’s going to be a tough game.

“That’s the first gimme, you’re going to have to be on it, our application is going to have to be good but so is theirs.

“In terms of a fixture, it’s a competitive fixture and one we’ve prepped for the way we would prep for any kind of league game, because that league is an extension of the Football League anyway.

“It focuses the attention.”

 

Dunne feels that there has been a buzz around Rovers after a good result against Rochdale at the weekend, combined with the special atmosphere the FA Cup first round brings.

He said: “The FA Cup always brings excitement to any club and it’s a special weekend in terms of the first round.

“These days FA Cup games are special and it creates a different atmosphere.

“It’s strange because you end up training with different footballs – I know it sounds crazy, but it brings a freshness to it and a different feel.

“On the back of a great win at Rochdale, a great three points, coupled with the fact we came back against Portsmouth, we’ve certainly had a lot of energy this week to build up to the game.”



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