Carl Fletcher threatens to axe Plymouth Argyle players

Carl Fletcher
Fletcher played in the 2006 FA Cup final with West Ham

Plymouth Argyle manager Carl Fletcher has threatened to get rid of any of his players who fail to take non-league Stourbridge seriously in the FA Cup.

Argyle, who are bottom of League Two, go into the tie at Home Park as favourites against the Southern Premier League side.

"If anyone treats this game any differently then they won't be at this club," Fletcher told BBC Radio Devon.

"Why should you treat that differently to a league game?"

And Fletcher says Argyle have been diligent in their preparations for Stourbridge.

The Glassboys are seventh in the Southern Premier League and thrashed Kendal Town 6-0 in Kendal in the FA Trophy on Tuesday.

"We've had them watched twice, so we have a fair bit of information on them," he said.

"We know it's going to be a tough game but it's something we're looking forward to.

"You have to treat your opponents with respect so we know we have to be properly prepared and be right on it to have any chance of winning the game."

Plymouth have won just two FA Cup ties in nearly five years, beating Derby County 2-0 at Home Park in the fifth round in February 2007 and Hull City in the third round in January 2008.

Fletcher's young side have only won two games all season, and only one of those victories have come at Home Park.

"They're probably thinking they can come here and cause an upset and we've got to be fully focused that that doesn't happen," he said.

"We'll be treating it the same as any other game and making sure everyone's got the best opportunity, once we go over that white line, to get a performance."

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