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Ahead of Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup second qualifying round match, we caught up with City striker Matt McClure. Check out what he had to say... 
Well Matt, it’s been a long time coming but we are finally playing a competitive game once again! How are the lads feeling ahead of Saturday? 
 
“Yes it’s been a long time away from a competitive game. We have a hungry group here and we’re all looking forward to kicking the season off and getting stuck into the new campaign." 
 
Having got on the scoresheet a few times during pre-season, you must feel confident going into this game? 
 
“Yes I’ve scored a couple and got a couple of assists in preseason which is nice personally, but more importantly the group has progressed steadily throughout the last six weeks and hopefully we can continue to do so.” 
 
With the lads now having settled into the squad, what is the morale like in the dressing room? 
 
“Team morale and spirit is very strong in the camp, we saw at the end of last season the togetherness we had on the pitch and we have carried that over to this season. We have a changing room who all get on well and are willing to fight and scrap for each other on the pitch.” 
 
Away from the FA Cup for a second yesterday the club announced the signing of Khaellem Bailey Nichols, having played up top together a few times is there a good understanding of how the other one plays ? 
 
“I’m pleased the club managed to get Khaellem signed on as he’s done really well since coming in and has deserved his chance. We’re Only a couple of games in playing together but I feel whoever plays up top are going to be dangerous and will compliment each other as we are all different styles of player.” 
 
We go into this tie as the higher ranked side. Do the squad feel like favourites going into the match? 
 
“We feel confident after a decent preseason and with the group we have that we can compete in every game we go into.” 
 
And finally, we face a side in Christchurch who have perhaps defied the odds to get to this round. How do we go about preparing for this game? 
 
“We just have to go into this game with the utmost respect for what they’ve done, but I’m sure we’re going to be hungry after such a long lay off and will go into the game the same way we do with any other, to work as hard as we can and try and win.” 
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