Wrexham will ignore Newcastle incentive, says Andy Morrell

FA Cup third-round replay

Venue:
The Racecourse Ground
Date:
Wednesday, 18 January
Kick-off:
1915 GMT
Coverage:
BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC local radio. Live on S4C and ESPN.
Cieslewicz (left) celebrates after scoring Wrexham's equaliser at Brighton
Cieslewicz (left) celebrates after scoring Wrexham's equaliser at Brighton

Wrexham player-manager Andy Morrell has said his side will not be thinking about the prospect of an FA Cup tie against Newcastle when they face Brighton in a third round replay.

The Blue Square Bet Premier leaders host the Championship side on Wednesday with Newcastle awaiting the winners.

Wrexham held Brighton to a 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium to force a replay.

"There's no dreaming yet. We've got a tough game against a team three divisions above us," said Morrell.

"It's all about trying do our best against Brighton and make sure we do give a good account of ourselves."

The replay has been rearranged for Wednesday after heavy frost and freezing temperatures caused the game, originally scheduled for Tuesday, to be postponed.

Adrian Cieslewicz earned Wrexham a replay after cancelling out Jake Forster-Caskey's goal in the original tie.

And Morrell insists there will be no pressure on his side as they aim to reach the fourth round for the first time since 2000.

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"We go in as underdogs and [will] go and enjoy ourselves like we did down there and try and give a good account of ourselves and maybe try and nick a win as well," added Morrell.

"We gave Brighton a good game down there and we're not a bad little footballing team.

"The lads deserve a little bit of attention. We've done great with everything that's gone on. They've managed to get on with it and do really well.

"I like the limelight, I like the lads having it a little bit and they deserve it. But it will be minds on and focused as every other game."

Brighton will be without the injured Jake Forster-Caskey and Craig Mackail-Smith, while captain Gordon Greer is suspended.

Gus Poyet's side were without a number of regulars for the original tie but Morrell expects to be up against a strong team.

"We're bracing ourselves for the best team they can put out," said the former Blackpool and Coventry striker.

"We can only do and try our best against what's put out in front of us. We'll prepare for their big guns and if we prepare right then we've got a chance."

Wrexham expect over 9,000 spectators for the game, which would be the highest crowd at the Racecourse since 2007.

More than 900 away fans travelled to see Wrexham win 2-1 at Tamworth last Saturday and Morrell is fully appreciative of the support.

"They're turning out in their droves," said Morrell. "I think this has caught the imagination a little bit.

"I'm looking forward to a full house, it will be good. They could have sold a few thousand more as well.

"For 9,000 of them to come out on a cold night will be good to see. I'm sure they'll get behind us and hopefully we'll give a good account of ourselves."

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