Connor Cody will take a leaf out of Jimmy Bullard’s book when he skippers Chichester City in the biggest game in the club’s history.
The defender will lead the non-league minnows out against League One Tranmere at Prenton Park in the FA Cup second round bidding to help his side pull off the mother of all giant-killings.
Although he knows there will be nerves aplenty for him and his team-mates as they face a club five divisions above them as the lowest ranked team left in the competition, Cody is determined not to allow what is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime occasion to pass by in a blur.
And he reckons the advice of former Fulham and Hull star Bullard will stand him in good stead on the day.
Asked whether he would be able to savour the moment in front of crowd which will number in the thousands, Cody said: “Absolutely, because I think that is a massive point.
“I have thought about it a lot and about trying to remind the lads to enjoy every moment.
“Jimmy Bullard is one of my favourite former footballers and I watched an interview with him when he was talking about his retirement from football and how hard it was to fill that void and replace the buzz.
“He said that if he had any advice for any kind footballer playing that it would be to just enjoy every moment of it.
“He said to take times in games and maybe have a look around when you’re taking a breather or listen to the noise.
“Even at the level we are playing in, games which are in front of maybe 400 or 500 people at most, I just tend to ignore it so now at this point I believe it is something that every lad has got to savour.
“Yes, you’ve got to focus on the game but you have to enjoy the noise of the game and enjoy the moment too.”
Tranmere will be massive favourites to progress against Chi, who are the only step eight side left in the competition along with Isthmian League Division One North outfit Maldon & Tiptree.
Cody knows that City cannot afford to let the tie get away from them early on.
He said: “The biggest thing is staying in the game.
“It is making sure we don’t concede early because you know against a higher opposition that they will punish you and will kill off the game early if they can.
“It’s a case of staying in the game and you saw Maldon do it against Leyton Orient, when they got a goal on the break, and that’s how we have to kind of approach it and hope for the best.”