Magic of the FA Cup ‘never diminishes’ says Port Vale’s Paul Bodin


Port Vale assistant manager Paul Bodin has spoken of the “magic” of the FA Cup ahead of the away clash with Exeter City.

The Valiants will travel to League Two side Exeter for the second round after struggling past non-league Maidenhead United.

Both teams sit in 11th place in their leagues, but Vale are coming off a frustrating loss against Rochdale and Exeter are unbeaten in five.

Bodin said: “I remember kicking a ball around as a kid and pretending I was playing in the FA Cup.

“For me it’s never diminished; it’s exactly the same as it was then as it is now.

“It puts the spotlight on you, you perhaps get a bit more TV coverage.

“The minnows, they certainly get coverage when they win, which is well deserved, and obviously with Exeter a league below us, they’ll be looking to take a scalp themselves

“Every year there are shocks and the underdog often comes through to win games if you underestimate or you don’t quite perform as well as you should, the team from the higher level.

“You saw in the last round there were quite a few shocks.

“Going into it as favourites, which I’m sure we are in the league above we don’t want to become unstuck ourselves.”

Vale’s number 10 Louis Dodds was asked whether he thought the magic of the FA Cup had gone in recent years.

“Maybe for the top players, in the top leagues, when they’re playing in the Champions’ League, playing European football and World Cups,” he said.

“For us, we can get into the third round and play against the big boys.

“For us, the magic is still there and we want to go as far as we can.

“On paper we should win, but it’s not always like that in the cup, as we found out in the first round.

“We want to be in the hat, we want to go through.

“When you finish playing, you want to have played against the big players in the big stadiums.”

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