JON Underwood insists Slough Town will hold no fear over their much-anticipated FA Cup second round tie against Rochdale on Monday (7.45pm), writes Rob Stevens.

Slough are making their seventh appearance in the second round and Underwood wants his side to be positive in the sell-out televised tie at Arbour Park.

League One Rochdale are competing in the FA Cup for the 100th time and have progressed beyond this round three times in the last four seasons.

However, Underwood explained The Rebels will be positive and will have no regrets should they lose and hold the record for the most second round exits without ever going further.

Speaking to the Observer, the Slough joint-manager said: “It’s certainly the biggest game of my career and for most people in the changing room. It’s going to be an incredible occasion.

“We’ve not won over the past week but come very close a couple of times and I know it will not dent our confidence. We’ve got a group of players that really believe in each other and we’re going to have a real go on Monday.

“It’s a big ask, a four-league difference, but I’ve got tremendous belief in these players and we will go into it thinking we can do it. These upsets happen so why can’t it be us.”

He continued: “The pitch here will be a new experience for Rochdale and we’re very comfortable on it.

“We can’t say we are confident of winning, we’re playing a side that are four leagues above us, and we are not being completely unrealistic about it.

“We know that if Rochdale turn up and they’re on it, then it will be a very difficult night for us.

“But, if we can get anywhere the level of the Gainsborough performance then we will cause a lot of teams at a lot of levels problems with the way we attacked that day.

“If you get yourselves in front in a game you just never know where that might take you.

“It’s stepping into the unknown. We’ve never managed against a side from League One and we might be completely unrealistic about our confidence and ambition.

“But, we’re confident managers and players so we will not come off with any regrets. We will come and have a real go and go into the game with belief.

“We will have respect for Rochdale but have no fear over what we are up against, and we will try to make it a difficult evening for them.”

  • SLOUGH Town’s allocation of tickets for the FA Cup second round tie against Rochdale sold out on Tuesday.

Supporters are reminded that the match at Arbour Park on Monday is all ticket and none will be available on the day.

No entry will be allowed without a pre-bough ticket and no tickets will be sold at the turnstiles on the day of the match.