FA Cup: Dover's Barry Cogan eyes Crystal Palace upset

Barry Cogan
Cogan had a spell on loan at Margate earlier this season

Dover Athletic midfielder Barry Cogan says Sunday's FA Cup third-round visit of Crystal Palace has come at the ideal time for the Conference side.

Dover are on a 16-match unbeaten run while Palace have named Alan Pardew as new manager to replace Neil Warnock.

"There is a great atmosphere around the club," Cogan told BBC Radio Kent.

"They've had a difficult run and a change of manager. We are flying and if there is a good time to play a Premier League team, this is it."

Dover prepare for Palace visit

Dover have not lost since their 1-0 defeat at Mansfield on 18 October and the Whites are currently 12th in the Conference table - 86 spots below Premier League Palace in the English football pyramid.

Meanwhile, the Eagles are on a run of eight games without a win, with former Newcastle United boss Pardew taking charge of the south London strugglers less than 48 hours before the FA Cup tie.

"If they come here with the right attitude they will probably be too strong for us," Cogan, 30, added.

"If they don't quite fancy it on the day and the pitch isn't what they are used to, we will get amongst them and you never know what will happen.

"We are flying at the minute and hopefully we can go out and do something.

"Christmas has been pretty hectic and, as part-time non-league footballers, we've had a game almost every other day and barely had time to think about it."

Dover have reached the third round of the competition for just the second time in their history, but Cogan has a good pedigree in the FA Cup himself, having played for Millwall in the 2004 final.

Cristiano Ronaldo (second left) scores Manchester United's opener in the 2004 FA Cup final
Cogan came off the bench for Millwall in the 2004 FA Cup final, when Manchester United beat the Lions 3-0 thanks to a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo and a brace from Ruud van Nistelrooy

The Irishman, then 19, came on as a 74th-minute substitute at the Millennium Stadium as the Lions lost 3-0 to Manchester United.

"It was a brilliant occasion and something I'll never forget," Cogan said. "I was just lucky that I was in the right place at the right time.

"Everything fell into place. I like the FA Cup and I enjoy playing in it.

"Time has flown since then. It feels a long time ago now and it went past so quick.

"Hopefully Sunday can be just as memorable."

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