Tranmere Rovers goalkeeper Scott Davies says he and his team-mates have nothing to lose and will head into Friday night’s FA Cup third-round tie with Tottenham Hotspur under the Prenton Park floodlights without any fear.
Micky Mellon’s Rovers welcome Mauricio Pochettino’s Premier League side to the Wirral for a televised tie which will be broadcast live on BT Sport.
And having advanced to the third-round stage following wins in replays against Oxford City and Southport, Tranmere will welcome Spurs to their home ground for a sold-out clash.
But despite the international pedigree that Tottenham have at their disposal as they make the trip to Merseyside from the capital, Davies believes that Rovers can head into the contest without fear and can use their experiences of the Wembley Play-Off triumph last May as momentum.
Davies said: “We have nothing to lose and no fear, we respect them, but we have no fear, on any day, anything can happen in football and we have to believe that.
“Personally, I think nerves are good, I think when you’re not nervous, you’re not up for a game, it switches you on, so I think it is a good thing.
“We’ve got a group here who are experienced, albeit at the levels that we play at, we are experienced, we’ve played in big games, we’ve played in Play-Off Finals, so we’ll go into it with no fear and nothing to lose.
“We’ll respect them, but we don’t fear them, we know what we are capable of and it is about making sure we concentrate on that.”
Keeper Davies, 31, has been an ever-present in goal for Rovers in their first season back in Sky Bet League Two, making 30 appearances for Mellon’s men in all competitions.
And with Tottenham in town on Friday night, Davies is excited at the prospect of facing the North Londoners and believes anything is possible in football.
He added: “Whoever plays, even their bench is stacked with international footballers, it will be great to challenge ourselves against them and in this game you never know.
“We’ve all been involved in big football games before, I think maybe with this, they are as good as they are, but when we turn up on the day it is just another game and we need to make sure we apply ourselves and give ourselves the best chance because like I said in this game you just never know.
“We do have a chance going into it, obviously they are favourites, but we will give ourselves every chance to get ourselves in the draw.”
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