Paul Cox has warned his Guiseley players to forget about ‘the bright lights’ of the FA Cup ahead of their return to National League business at home to Bromley tomorrow.

The Lions earned plenty of kudos following their impressive cup performance against League Two promotion-chasers Accrington at Nethermoor on Sunday, when they became just the second side to prevent Stanley from scoring this term in a 0-0 draw and were unfortunate not to win.

It was a game in which the likes of Mike Fondop and Kayode Odejayi took plenty of plaudits and a fair few others too, with the replay taking place in Lancashire on Tuesday with Guiseley aiming to create history by making the second round of the competition for the first time – with the prize at stake being a trip to Cox’s former club Mansfield Town.

But the Guiseley boss is banishing all thoughts of cup matters, with the bread-and-butter of the league back on the agenda as the Lions seek to continue their progress under Cox, who has presided over a six-match unbeaten streak to take the club out of the drop zone. Cox said: “We have had some plaudits and pats on the back and there are a lot of people smiling at the football club now.

“But we need to forget about the bright lights of the FA Cup now and really go back to earning the right to win a football match in a league where everyone has the ability to beat each other.

“But we cannot get carried away with it all because the game can change overnight. We must forget about all the smiles and get back to working hard again because that is what is moving us into a better position than what we were.”

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