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Clapton boss Fowell wants his side to show their potential against Met Police

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 December 2017

Clapton manager Jonny Fowell wants his side to show what they can do against Bostik Premier Division high-flyers Metropolitan Police.

The Tons travel away to The Cherry Red Records Stadium this evening (Wednesday, 7.45pm) in the second round of the London Senior Cup.

Fowell’s men will be up for the challenge after having no fixture at the weekend and will be raring to get back into action.

“Of course we’re playing a team that is two leagues above us, so if you can’t get up for a game like this, you shouldn’t be playing football,” said Fowell.

“We will be going there to play my style of football and move the ball around, we’ll be going all guns blazing and we won’t be parking the bus.

“I would rather lose 10-0 playing football, than 2-0 parking the bus.”

The Tons boss believes their opponents are beatable after losing 3-0 to Harrow on Saturday and is confident in his side’s ability ahead of the match, adding: “They got hammered on Saturday so they’re beatable, we put on a good match against Needham Market earlier this season, so we won’t be phased by them.

“With FC Romania I believe we’re the best footballing team in the Essex Senior League.

“I have got players in my team who can play at that level. Look at Barking, they’ve got five of my boys in their team in the Bostik North and they’re flying now, so why can’t my boys do it.”

Fowell is under no illusions of the task in hand, but believes his men can thrive.

He said: “It’s going to be a difficult game, but that’s what you are in football for, to challenge yourself.

“As long as we play well that’s all I can ask of the boys. If we do that, I think we can get a result and cause an upset.”

The Tons are expected to play the strongest starting eleven they have available and that could include new signings Allicion Blake and Richie Robins.

“I’m going to be putting the strongest team I can out, as the London Senior Cup is one you want to win,” said Fowell.

“We have signed Allicion, he used to be at Peterborough, and we’ve got Richie Robins back.”

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