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DeGraff expects thrilling replay

North Village skipper Sammy DeGraff reckons their FA Cup replay against Dandy Town will be just as exciting as last weekend's clash which ended in a 1-1 draw.

The replay will be played at Hornets' home ground St. John's Field on Monday, January 3.

Village and Town's tie is one of two games that have to be decided by a replay, with Wolves and Robin Hood also drawing 1-1 in their game on Sunday.

DeGraff believes Village were good value for a win at Bernard Park, but is confident his side can finish the job at St. John's Field.

“It was a draw, we didn't lose and that was the main thing from our standpoint,” said DeGraff.

“We had the better chances to come away with the win. They had a few as well, but that's how the game of football goes.

“With their goal I felt our goalkeeper could have done better with it, but it was a good goal so I can't take that away from them, but it was one of those games that was a bit scrappy, a lot of open play and it was good for the fans.

“This is one thing I'm happy for this season, even though the brand of football hasn't always been the best but it's been entertaining and the fans have been getting their money's worth.

“For us we have to take some of our chances when we play the bigger clubs and I felt we didn't take our chances.

“I'm not sure about the time and place for the replay with people saying it may be in the new year but we will be ready for it regardless.

“I thought the goal they took away was a goal, but the referee was in a better position than I was so he made the call and they have the final say.

“For the most part I would say it was a draw, although we did have chances after they scored but that's the game.”

In recent years Town have been one of Village's main rivals for titles, something that DeGraff believes will be a contributing factor for a highly entertaining replay between the two sides.

Hornets were missing a few key players while Village were also missing some match winners in their ranks, and with a winner having to come out of the replay, it will be all hands to the pump for both clubs.

“Whenever we play them again it will be a good game I'm sure they will come being invigorated to get the win,” he said.

“On the replay there has to be a winner, but I think that from last season to this season Dandy Town has emerged as one of our main rivals for titles. They are the defending champions and we got the better of them last year.

“This year, they beat us so there is a storyline in this and this game is a cup game, a cup we both want to win and so there will be a lot to play for.

“With that said it's a few areas both sides feel they can improve on. They were missing a few key players so regardless of who is there everything is on the line and whoever comes out on the day will be the winner.”

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Published December 22, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 22, 2010 at 6:56 am)

DeGraff expects thrilling replay

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