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Michael Jolley hopes Grimsby Town can cause Emirates FA Cup third round upset against Crystal Palace

4 December 2018

Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley hopes his side can cause an upset against Crystal Palace in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Town travel to Selhurst Park to face Roy Hodgson's side, who are currently 14th in the Premier League, on the weekend commencing January 5, 2019.

And Jolley hopes his side can cause an FA Cup upset as they face the Eagles for the first time since 2003.

Speaking exclusively to gtfc.co.uk, he said: "It's an exciting draw for us - they're a very well-established Premier League club.

"The way that football has gone in the last five years, any Premier League side is now so well-established.
 
"And the clubs at that level are all very well-resourced so to go there it will be a hugely difficult task.
 
"You want to be involved in football for these kinds of occasions where you can test yourself against some of the top people in the game.

"And there's no question about it - Roy Hodgson and his staff have achieved unbelievable things in the game.

"They've got numerous players with great pedigree, Premier League and international experience, so it will be a great test of all of us.

"But we look forward to it - I think it'll be a good day for the team, and for the supporters, and it certainly gives us something to look forward to in the new year.
 
"We've got an unbelievable amount of respect for Crystal Palace - their manager and their players - and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to say that it's going to be an extremely difficult game for us.

"But, when it's 11 v 11, and it's the FA Cup, all outcomes are possible, and that's what we have to try focus on."
 
And Jolley also said he's looking forward to seeing some exiled Mariners at Selhurst Park.
 
He said: "It will be a good day for our supporters to go down to London and see the team playing against a Premier League outfit.
 
"We know our fans will use this game as a great opportunity to get behind the team.

"And I know we've got a lot fans, exiled Mariners, who live in London so it will be great for them to see the team playing in London - we don't have many games in London this season.
 
"So it will be really nice for those based in London to come and support the team.

"And all the people travelling down from Grimsby as well - they always give us amazing support, and it will be nice for them to go and experience a Premier League football stadium and Crystal Palace."
 
We will announce ticket and fixture news for the game as soon as it is available.

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