Being underdogs will give Darlington an edge in tomorrow evening’s FA Cup replay, believes manager Alun Armstrong having enjoyed some of his best days as a player when his side was not expected to win.
Quakers host Walsall with two divisions and 42 league places between the teams, the potential for a shock being why it has been selected by BT to be broadcast live, plus Darlington’s fan-owned background bringing extra interest.
A televised tie brings with it increased exposure, a consequence of which is that Armstrong has been in demand with various national media wanting his time, and something which usually comes up in such circumstances are his goals against Inter Milan for Ipswich Town.
Ipswich were certainly underdogs when they faced the Italian giants over two legs in 2001-02, yet Armstrong scored in both games, winning the first 1-0 and losing the second 4-1 at the San Siro.
“It was surreal. Being where I’m from I never thought in a million years I would get to that level, you dream of it,” he says, after being asked about it for umpteenth time of late.
“I have said to the lads that I’ve been involved as a player as underdogs and you give so much more, it’s really strange but you have that extra bit of energy and extra pace.”