Gary Mills: Gateshead must match Warrington Town commitment

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Gateshead boss wary of Cup 'banana skin'

Manager Gary Mills says Gateshead need to match Warrington Town's commitment to secure their progress to the FA Cup third round on Sunday.

Conference side Gateshead are three leagues above their eighth-tier opponents and are strong favourites to go through to Monday's draw.

Warrington shocked League Two club Exeter City in the last round.

"When you're favourites you're expected to win, we've got to make sure we do," Mills told BBC Look North.

"It's a big game, it's going to be a tough game and it will lift them as players do in the FA Cup.

"We've got to make sure we maintain our performance levels and raise it ourselves to make sure we're in the hat on Monday night."

Road to round two
GatesheadWarrington Town
Norton United 4-0Round OneExeter City 1-0
Gainsborough Trinity 4-0Fourth Qualifying RoundNorth Ferriby United 1-0
Third Qualifying RoundColwyn Bay 1-1 (1-0 replay)
Second Qualifying RoundSheffield 0-0 (3-1 replay)
First Qualifying RoundTrafford 1-0
Preliminary roundBarton Town Old Boys 4-1

Mills and his players have done their homework on Warrington, aided by their televised giant-killing in the previous round.

With home advantage and a near fully-fit squad, the former Tamworth and York City boss believes a strong performance from his side will see the club into the third round for the first time since 1954-55.

"I watched the game when they played Exeter. It was typical FA Cup and they fully deserved to beat Exeter," Mills added.

"It was a massive, solid performance from them at home, but the key for ourselves is we're at home.

"That doesn't guarantee us anything but it does give us a little advantage, rather than going to Warrington, where it's a tough place to win.

"We respect what Warrington are all about, but as always we'll prepare for our own strengths and they know it's going to be tough for them as well."

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