Derek Adams insists the 'magic of the cup' is not lost on him or his players - ahead of City's first-round clash with Exeter City.
Adams hailed the Emirates FA Cup’s heritage as a reason for excitement at the club, as the Bantams kickstart their 2021/22 campaign at the Utilita Energy Stadium this weekend.
The Scot is hopeful his side can use the momentum of their last few games to get through to the second round, and give themselves a chance of an exciting tie later in the competition.
He said: “It is the oldest club competition in the world, and the one that everyone wants to play in.
“It has all the makings for something special, for everyone connected to the club. Particularly for the supporters, it is a great occasion.
“It is the biggest competition in this country and, from our point of view, it is the one you look forward to playing and managing in as a kid.”
The City boss is aware of the threat the Grecians pose to his side, both through individual talents and as a team.
Adams believes that his side's ability to create chances - combined with the growing belief amongst the squad - gives City a great chance to progress at the expense of in-form Exeter.
He added: “We understand the way Exeter can play. They are on a good unbeaten run.
“We are the top team in the division for expected goals, and want to be creating chances in the game.
“We will not make plans for individuals, but we want to keep players like Matt Jay and Jevani Brown away from our goal as far as possible.
“We can analyse the game from the start of the season, but they have done well since then, and it will be a good test.”
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