David Wagner says he is looking forward to his first taste of FA Cup football.
And the head coach is treating Saturday’s home third-round clash with Championship rivals Reading, when adult admission is £10, with exactly the same intensity as a league match.
It’s a carbon copy of last season’s third-round tie, but the head coach is desperate to avoid the same outcome, a 1-0 defeat.
Reading went on to reach the semi-finals, losing 2-1 after extra time to eventual winners Arsenal at Wembley.
Town, unbeaten in three in the league and 250/1 to win the FA Cup, are striving to avoid a fifth straight defeat in home cup-ties.
They were defeated 1-0 by Charlton Athletic in the fourth round of the FA Cup in 2013-14 and 2-0 by Nottingham Forest in round two of the Capital One Cup early last season.
And after Reading’s FA Cup win 12 months ago came the 2-1 Capital One Cup first-round loss to Notts County this season.
Wagner is also well aware of the potential financial benefits of a cup run.
“The FA Cup gives us a great opportunity, and myself and the players are fully focused on this tie,” he said.
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“We will prepare thoroughly and go into the game with confidence and try our best to progress.”
Reading boss Brian McDermott twice led the Royals to the FA Cup quarter-finals as well as promotion to the Premier League in his first spell at the helm.
His last FA Cup tie was a 2-0 third-round defeat at Rochdale with Leeds United in 2014.
Town fans can watch from the Britannia Rescue Stand, Revell Ward lower tier and Chadwick Lawrence South Stand (turnstiles 21-24).
It’s pay at the gate (£10 adults, £8 Over 60s and £5 Under 18s) and reserved seating does not apply.