If Sutton United are to pull off their biggest FA Cup giantkilling in nearly thirty years against Leeds United on Sunday, then they will have to do it with one big club effort.
That’s according to Sutton star Roarie Deacon.
The BT Sport cameras will descend of their Green Gander Lane home on Sunday after, when Gary Monk brings his Leeds side to South London.
The game will be played out in front of a sell-out crowd and millions watching at home and Deacon believes it is a chance to show the togetherness that the club possesses.
He said “The fans have been amazing, especially in the win at AFC Wimbledon.
“We went one down against them but all you could hear was our supporters. Singing our individual songs, willing us to score.
“That is a real boost for us as a team and as a club. We will need them on Sunday, to stick with us because it won’t be easy.
“It will be everyone together to try and do this”.
The competition has been kind to Deacon this season.
In the Fourth Qualifying Round his second half header against Forest Green Rovers secured a famous win over their National League rivals and ensured that Sutton made their way into the “proper” rounds of the competition.
Then in the First Round the former Arsenal academy player scored a brace in an eventful 6-3 win at Dartford.
He was the match winner once again in the Second Round as he smashed his side into the Third Round, scoring the winner that sent SkyBet League Two side Cheltenham Town out of the competition.
And in their Third Round replay against AFC Wimbledon Deacon scored a stunning equaliser to set up their 3-1 win and with it came the reward of a televised Fourth Round tie against Leeds United.
Now Deacon is targeting further success in a competition he says has been good for the club as a whole, not just himself.
“Yes it has been good for me as an individual and I have scored a few goals but it’s a team game and we are playing for the club and the supporters.
“The run has been amazing for the club and for the team as a whole.
“We have come together as a unit, we have shown what we have been about and it has given us some great memories.
“We will have to do that again on Sunday”
Deacon will come up against two familiar faces when the teams walk out on to the Green Gander Lane pitch on Sunday.
Deacon’s former Arsenal academy team mates Luke Ayling and Kyle Bartley could be in the Whites starting line-up and although he hasn’t spoken to either player, Deacon is hoping to let his football do the talking.
He said “I played with Kyle and Luke at Arsenal and we won the FA Youth Cup.
“Kyle has played in the Premier League and has done well throughout his career and Luke is an excellent player.
“It will be great to come up against them, I can’t wait.
“I have spoken to them, there hasn’t been any contact but I can hopefully let my football do the talking in the game and then we can have a good chat afterwards”
Since their giantkilling of AFC Wimbledon in the Third Round, much of the focus has been on their glamour tie against the Championship giants.
In their two games following the win at Kingmeadow, the U’s have drawn with Eastleigh and beat Worthing in the FA Trophy.
Manager Paul Doswell has overseen an upward surge in the club’s fortunes over the past couple of years, but Deacon revealed that his focus has never wavered, despite the thoughts of their game against Leeds being on the back of their minds.
Deacon said “The manager has been great to be honest. He is buzzing about the game but he is about every game and that rubs off on everyone at the club.
“He has been up for the Leeds game since the win against AFC Wimbledon but he has made sure we focused on our league games and got ourselves ready for each game.
“We need to do well in the league and get as many points on the board as we can.
“I am sure we will do that but for now we can focus on Sunday and give it our best effort”
Deacon, who spent time with Sunderland, Crawley and Stevenage after leaving Arsenal, admitted that the televised tie against Leeds will be the biggest of his career.
But that seems to only motivate him as he looks to carry on his fine form in the competition.
“I was thinking about this earlier today and when I look back at the AFC Wimbledon game I would say that is the biggest of my career.
“But then I think about Leeds, a club with a great history, a club with a big support and really they should be a Premier League club.
“We are playing them, in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, live on television, at our home ground.
“That is huge, it is much bigger than the last round.
“It is the biggest game and biggest occasion in my career so far”
The stage is set and Deacon will be hoping to deliver once again the FA Cup for Sutton United.
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