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Tradition of the cup

28 January 2016

Having been an admirer of the FA Cup prior to his arrival at Hillsborough, Carlos Carvalhal is all too aware of the tradition of this competition.

In-form Owls – who are unbeaten in 2016 – are favourites to emerge triumphant over Shrewsbury and progress into the fifth round.

But the game will be anything but straightforward, according to the head coach.

He said: “This competition has a very big tradition because surprises can appear around the corner so we must be with full attention.

“We know we will have a good base of support in the stadium so we expect to do a good game and are completely focused.

“This is a cup game and we know these kind of games are not easy.

“These opponents beat Cardiff in the previous round, they gave a lot of difficulties to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup last season.

“Chelsea won 2-1 but was a very tough game.”

In the build-up to the fourth round cup-tie, Carlos says the players have enjoyed a productive week on the training pitch.

After defeating Fulham in the previous round earlier this month, Shrewsbury are next-up and he added:

“We have had a week to train with the players and we are happy about that.

“All the players are training very well, in very good shape with a lot of enthusiasm.”

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