Doncaster Rovers: Grant McCann does not like talk of FA Cup upset after being drawn against Chorley

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Grant McCann admits he is not too keen on Doncaster Rovers being mentioned as potentially on the wrong end of an upset in the FA Cup.

Rovers have been drawn away at non-league Chorley in the first round of the competition.

Chorley currently sit top of National League North with an unbeaten record in the league so far this season.

And McCann expects there will be a considerable amount of interest in the fixture with the proverbial FA Cup banana skin a possibility.

“Not really,” McCann said when asked if he enjoyed such cup ties.

“What you find with these games is the TV cameras look and think if we are selected, there may be an upset.

“I had it last year when Peterborough played Tranmere and they want to come and see the upset.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

“But I made sure we won 5-0 there and the cameras weren’t getting the upset on the cards there.”

Rovers will visit the Lancashire outfit on the weekend of November 9, with the exact date set to be confirmed this week.

Chorley beat Barrow 3-2 to book their place in the FA Cup first round after coming back from two goals down.

I don’t know too much about Chorley but we’ll get to watch them,” McCann said.

“I know they’re flying in the league, unbeaten.

“I believe they were here watching us on Tuesday night.

“We’ll get out and watch them over the next couple of weeks.

“It’s a good chance for us to progress – nothing against Chorley – we want to try to have a good run in it this year.

“We’ll be nice and strong going there and hopefully we can get through.”

The Magpies are managed by Jamie Vermiglio, who succeeded former Blackburn Rovers striker Matt Jansen in the post in the summer.

Vermiglio’s association with the club goes back to 2003 and, barring a three year stint between 2006 and 2009, he has been with them ever since, first as a player and then a coach.

First round draw in full:

Haringey v AFC Wimbledon

Maidstone Utd v Macclesfield

Ebbsfleet Utd v Cheltenham Town

Hampton & Richmond Borough v Oldham Athletic

Swindon Town v York City

Mansfield v Charlton Athletic

Torquay Utd v Woking

Scunthorpe Utd v Burton Albion

Port Vale v Sunderland

Aldershot Town v Bradford City

Grimsby Town v MK Dons

Chorley v Doncaster Rovers

Alfreton Town v Fleetwood Town

Bromley v Peterborough Utd

Southport v Boreham Wood

Plymouth Argyle v Stevenage

Chesterfield v Billericay Town or Taunton Town

Lincoln City v Northampton

Barnet v Bristol Rovers

Yeovil v Stockport County

Bury v Dover Athletic

Gillingham v Hartlepool

Oxford Utd v Forest Green Rovers

Tranmere v Oxford City

Accrington Stanley v Colchester Utd

Barnsley v Notts County

Shrewsbury v Salford City

Met Police v Newport

Walsall v Coventry City

Rochdale v Gateshead

Hitchin Town or Leatherhead v Solihull Moors

Sutton Utd v Slough Town

Guiseley v Cambridge Utd

Exeter City v Blackpool

Luton Town v Wycombe

Morecambe v Warrington Town or Halifax Town

Crewe Alexandra v Carlisle

Southend Utd v Crawley Town

Maidenhead United v Portsmouth

Weston Super Mare v Wrexham