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Dan Walker believes that the FA Cup can give Hereford United's season a boost
STRIKER Dan Walker believes the FA Cup can lift Hereford United’s spirits.
Hereford travel to high-flying Ryman Premier outfit AFC Hornchurch in the fourth qualifying round this Saturday.
And Walker has seen, at first hand, how a good run in the competition can inspire a team.
He was part of the Luton Town squad who reached the fifth round last term.
Walker was on loan at Braintree when the Hatters toppled Premier League Norwich City in the fourth round.
But the striker was on the bench when Luton Town shocked Wolverhampton Wanderers in the previous round.
“Hornchurch will be up for the tie and the ground is not going to be what we’re used to,” said Walker.
“They’re going to make it difficult for us, but I would love to have a cup run.
“Hopefully, we can win the game against Hornchurch, which will then give us a bit of confidence and we can kick on from there.
“A win can help us gain momentum for the league, because if we go on a good cup run, it can boost the confidence of the lads.”
Walker also featured in the Luton team who lost to Charlton in a second-round replay in December 2010.
He understands why United’s supporters are frustrated.
“I feel sorry for the fans because they come week in, week out, and they deserve to see good results,” said Walker. “I’ve had a couple of chances which I should have scored, but I think everybody could say the same thing.
“But, at the moment, we are not doing it for them, so they have every right to be frustrated or however they feel.
“There is a bit of pressure on the lads but we are trying to win games.”
Walker thought United would be much higher in the table at this stage of the season.
“When I joined the club, like some of the other lads, we thought we had a good enough squad to make the play-offs or even get promoted,” he said.
“We’ve had a lot of games that could have gone either way, but we have been lacking a killer instinct.”
Hereford boss Martin Foyle is hoping that midfielders Josh O’Keefe, Kingsley James and Frankie Artus will be fit to play.
But he will have to make a change in attack where on-loan Ross Dyer is not eligible to play.