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Cooper tells Poppies to concentrate on the league

Mark Cooper insists Kettering Town have their minds fully focused on Histon despite all the hype surrounding the FA Cup.

The Poppies were knocked off top spot in the Blue Square Premier last weekend as Burton Albion won 1-0 at Northwich Victoria to go two points clear while Cooper's men were drawing 1-1 with Lincoln City in

knockout action.

Histon became one of the heroes of the first round by beating

Swindon Town 1-0 to set up a mouth-watering home clash with either Leeds United or Northampton Town.

But Cooper knows his team will need to forget about their much-hyped replay at Sincil Bank on Tuesday if they are to stand any chance of getting something from Saturday's clash that sees second visiting fourth in the table.

"We came in on Monday morning and watched the DVD of the Lincoln game. But that is the last we have spoken about it," said the Kettering manager.

"It's my job to have the players focused on Histon and they will be because if they aren't then they won't play.

"If I know their head coach John Beck as well as I think I do there is no way Histon will be thinking about anything else apart from us. They will be 100 per cent at it and that's how we must be.

"It's a very tough game. They deserve tremendous credit for what they have done down there and we will have to be at our very best to get anything out of it."

Cooper, meanwhile, revealed he has allowed Luke Graham to remain on loan for another month at Blue Square North outfit King's Lynn.

But the Poppies boss insists former Rushden & Diamonds and Oxford United striker Marvin Robinson is just training with his team after he appeared in Tuesday's NFA Hillier Senior Cup defeat at Daventry Town.

"I have said they can keep Luke. He is better off playing games," added Cooper. "We are okay at the back at the moment and he will benefit from being there than just sitting around here.

"We had him watched and he did well on Saturday and scored against Hucknall. He's a decent defender. But at the minute we have some good defenders who are in the team.

"Marvin is living in Northampton and he's just training with us.

"He had a terrible car crash last year and his agent rang me and asked if he could come and train with us. He wanted to play against Daventry so we let him have a game."

The Poppies are all set for another appearance in front of the live Setanta cameras after their home clash with Crawley Town was switched from Tuesday, December 9 to Thursday, December 11.

That means Kettering will ask their opponents in the first round of the FA Trophy, which is due to be played on December 13, to switch that game to the Sunday afternoon.

 
 
 

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