Mike Ford urges Oxford City FA Cup focus

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Oxford City boss Mike Ford is urging his side to focus on their FA Cup first round replay before they start thinking about a lucrative trip to Crawley.

Ford's side have been drawn against League Two leaders Crawley in round two, but must first get past fellow non-league side Redbridge.

"We can't get carried away and think about Crawley," Ford told BBC Radio Oxford. "We have to focus on Redbridge.

"Home advantage will be crucial and I'd like to think we'll have a big crowd."

Isthmian Division One North Redbridge, the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, were left frustrated on Saturday after a potential last-minute winner was ruled out.

Matt Turpin headed in, but the referee adjudged that the defender had committed a foul in doing so.

Ford admits that, when the draw was made, the initial reaction was one of disappointment, but he has since seen the merits of the draw.

"It is fantastic to still be in the tournament and to have a chance of going to Crawley in the second round," said former Oxford United defender Ford, twice the caretaker manager with City's Football League neighbours.

"There was such a massive prize at stake and I think it inhibited both teams. But we have a second bite of the cherry, as they have too, and we will be looking to win the tie.

"When the draw was made, the initial feeling was that it was a pretty poor draw, but we've got to remember who we are and where we play.

"We can't be choosy. We don't have a divine right to play a league club at home and get on TV.

"We've got a great opportunity to go to Crawley, who are top of League Two.

"I will never ever go into a tie thinking we can't win it and we will give it a go."

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