Leyton Orient attacker Maguire-Drew is eyeing an FA Cup run
PUBLISHED: 13:00 09 November 2019
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Leyton Orient attacker Jordan Maguire-Drew is already eyeing a plum tie in the FA Cup and is keen to progress that far in the competition.
The 22-year-old has been in FA Cup clashes previously and knows how much it can fill a squad with confidence ahead of their first round clash with lowly-ranked Maldon & Tiptree this weekend.
The O's welcome the Jammers to Brisbane Road on Sunday for a 12.45pm kick-off but the youngster is looking at the big picture of a cup run.
"It's brilliant, I've had some good cup runs when I was Coventry, as we beat Stoke in the third round at home when they were in the Premier League and we were in League Two at the time.
"It's a similar situation here, so we want to get to the third round and get that big tie home or away, as we can then get this place rocking and give ourselves that extra bit of confidence.
"Hopefully we could then take that into the league, that's what it did for us at Coventry, and we ended up getting promoted in the play-off final so who knows what the FA Cup could do for us."
The former Brighton & Hove Albion youngster does know that they must respect their opponents and not look too far in the competition though as Maldon remain unbeaten in all competition so far this campaign.
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"We've got to start the game the way we finished (against Brighton), but we've got to give Maldon & Tiptree all the respect they deserve, as they haven't lost a game this season.
"They're going to be bang up for it, so we need to start well and be professional; as if we do that then we give ourselves a great opportunity to get into the second round.
"Its brilliant being at home as the fans can give us that extra buzz like a 12th man as such."
Maguire-Drew will be hoping to be named in the starting line-up as he looks to impress the new head coach Carl Fletcher.
"It's another opportunity to impress the gaffer and show him what I can do personally.
"Show my quality; show him I can work hard, so hopefully I get another opportunity to show him."
A big performance against Maldon could also help the O's get back on track in the league the following week when they host Scunthorpe United.
"Momentum is a big thing in football, it doesn't matter who you're playing, good performance tonight (Wednesday) and then if we win Sunday you go into that Scunthorpe game fully confident."