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“We’ve haven’t done too well in the cup in the last few years and the manager has made that point to us. We need to make sure we get back on track in the competition."

- Chris Smalling

04/01/2013 15:00, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Smalling aims to make cup impact

“We expect a tough game. When I saw the draw I thought it wasn’t the easiest one we could have had, but it’ll be a good atmosphere and Upton Park is always somewhere I’ve enjoyed playing," he added.

“Sam Allardyce has done very well and got a good team together. The fans really get behind them, especially at Upton Park, and that will make it more difficult for us compared to if we were playing them at home.

“It’s a tough draw for us, but you can end up playing anyone in the cup and you’ve got to beat everybody put in front of you. Hopefully we can put on a good show at Upton Park.”

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