Midfielder George Thomson has set his sights on adding to the FA Cup memories made in Town's yellow and black, as we prepare to face Hartlepool this weekend.The number 7 was a part of the squad who made history last season by reaching the third round of the competition last season.
Reflecting on the cup run, Thomson said: “Last year, we managed to have a great run. I look back on the trip to Portsmouth with fond memories. It would be great if we can get ourselves in the hat once again.
“We have been working hard as a squad to make sure we are ready because we do want to create more memories. We have had a lot of those memories in recent years, and we all want more because there is no better feeling.”
However, the versatile midfielder insisted the squad are ready for what will be a difficult test.
“We have played Hartlepool a couple of times this season. However, we can't look too much into them because in the FA Cup it's a one off. It's a very tough place to go to and we know the difference their crowd can make on matches. However, if we can go and put on a good performance hopefully, we can come away with the result we want.”
Saturday's 3-0 victory over Mansfield saw the 30-year-old return to action following a recent hamstring injury.
While frustrating, Thomson believes the spell on the side lines has helped improve his mental strength.
“I'm feeling good, it was probably a bit more time on the pitch than I expected. I've felt good the last couple of days and having no midweek game gives me a chance to get another full week of training under my belt building up towards this weekend.”
“It's the first serious injury I've had really, it's been frustrating and a different experience. However, when you're injured, you do a lot of work on your own and you have to make sure you're on it mentally to be back playing as quickly as possible.”
With three points and a clean sheet in the bag, the midfielder was delighted to play a part in that victory.
“I have been at the games and watched us play. The lads have been doing well and I think they probably deserve more than what we have got recently.
“That made Saturday all the better. We put in another good performance, got a good result and it was a great feeling for everyone in the changing room afterwards.”
With progression to the FA Cup third round up for grabs tomorrow, Thomson believes the close-knit nature of the Town dressing room can make the difference.
“We have always had a changing room which is close knit. It's a great place to be and a good working environment for everyone, that goes a long way in competitions like this. Everyone wants to do well in the FA Cup.”