Wrexham players unimpressed with "whatever" FA Cup opponents

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Wrexham players unimpressed with "whatever" FA Cup opponents
Wrexham players unimpressed with "whatever" FA Cup opponents

Wrexham striker Ollie Palmer admits their non league players are unimpressed about being sent to Coventry.

The National League promotion chasers today visit the Championship Sky Blues, who won the FA Cup in 1987. But Palmer admits Phil Parkinson's side, who are second in the fifth tier, would much rather have had either a home tie or a top-flight club.

Palmer, 30, who has 12 goals this term, told the Mirror: “Coventry isn’t overly appealing to the lads to be honest. “You either want a big Premier League club away or get drawn at home. “Everything in between in League One or Championship is a bit like: whatever.

“But of course we want to go there and win the game. It is going to be tough , they are a very good Championship outfit. It will be a good test for the lads. The main aim is the league and I expect the gaffer might make one or two changes but still play quite a strong team.

“You don’t want to turn your nose up at the Cup because if we have a good run it is very enjoyable for the players and fans. It is great to have a good FA Cup run - especially if we can get an even bigger draw. Every game is an opportunity to showcase what we are doing and how far we have come in the last year.”

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The Match of the Day cameras will hold no fears for the away side who featured in the Disney docu-series “Welcome to Wrexham’. It follows the takeover of the third oldest professional football club by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

Wrexham players unimpressed with "whatever" FA Cup opponentsWrexham striker Ollie Palmer isn't too excited by a trip to Coventry (Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Deadpool actor Reynolds and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator McElhenney completed their takeover last February and invested an immediate £2million.

Palmer reckons they are the most committed owners he has played for after representing Woking, Mansfield, Grimsby, Leyton Orient, Luton, Lincoln, Crawley and AFC Wimbledon.

He added: "I have got a good relationship with both Rob and Ryan. I think a few of the other players have as well. They are two very down-to-earth guys who are very invested in the club - financially and also emotionally.

Wrexham players unimpressed with "whatever" FA Cup opponentsWrexham are out for a shock in the FA Cup (Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

“They care about the players , the club and the community. They genuinely want everyone to do well. It is good to have people like that backing you whether they are from Hollywood or not.

“They are great people and Wrexham is a good place to be. I have played under bad owners and some owners who are not really bothered. I have had good owners and as far as owners go, they are probably the most invested in every sense.

“It might give you an extra couple of per cent on the pitch but it is not something you think about in a match at all. You always want to do well regardless for your team-mates, the gaffer and the fans.”

James Nursey

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