Hatfield And Odejayi Hoping For More Memories

Will Hatfield and Kayode Odejayi already have plenty of memories to look back on in the Emirates FA Cup but they’re both looking to add more when Fleetwood Town come to Nethermoor in the second round on Monday night.

The former Leeds United midfielder Hatfield scored all four goals for Accrington Stanley in their win at AFC Fylde back in 2012 but six years later he was notching again with a fantastic strike when Cambridge United visited in the first round.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post Will said: “You play the game for moments like scoring four goals in an FA Cup tie and another good goal with the cameras there again (against Cambridge) and I am hoping to be writing more headlines for myself. I have fond memories of the FA Cup and I just hope it continues.”

“If we can get to the third round, that is like a ‘cup final’ for us and we would be delighted. I suppose it does not matter who we would get – as long as we reach that magic third round. But we will obviously know who we have got before the game, so it might provide some added motivation if one of the big boys get pulled out.” Hatfield said of the potential to make the third round.

The current longest serving Lion said “This tie is massive for the whole club and hierarchy as well. There were a lot of troubles last season, but this is a new start and we have got to enjoy every moment as a club and hopefully we can get as many fans down as possible to cheer us on and it will be a great night all around.

Hatfield hopes to see a bumper crowd at Nethermoor on Monday night and he might even be able to tempt his Mum to come along “My dad is always there at every game and he will be there again and you never know, I might tempt my mum to come on Monday night if I can get her out of the house! There is a lot of hype about the tie and I am sure all my friends and family will be watching, whether on the TV or at the ground.

“Hopefully, we can show we are all about and if we perform to what we are capable of, then there is no reason why we cannot get into the third round.”

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Another Lion who can look back on one of the greatest Emirates FA Cup shocks is Kayode Odejayi with the striker scoring the winner when Barnsley knocked Chelsea out at Oakwell.

Speaking to the Wharfedale Observer the former Nigeria international said “I’m not one to bring it up but people often do and when it happens, I’m happy to talk about it. Obviously it was a massive achievement and it’s something I’ll never forget.”

“It is every boy’s dream to play football and I still feel blessed to be doing it at my age. You go out to do your best and go out to grab those kind of opportunities when they come.”

“It’s a similar position for Guiseley on Monday night. Like Barnsley, we’re the underdogs and no-one gives us any kind of chances. But there’s been so many underdog stories in the past and my goal is just one of them.”

Cliff Moyo, a Zimbabwe interational, also spoke about his future hopes “It is my dream to continue playing for the national team but for Guiseley the dream is to reach the third round and get a chance against one of the big boys. If we believe in ourselves then anything can happen.”

Finally Marcus Bignot caught up with BT Sport in their Emirates FA Cup second round preview show “Facing league opposition is going to be a great platform for our young players to showcase their ability and put themselves in the shop window. For one or two players like Kayode it is the opportunity to create more memories like at Barnsley”