Lincoln City: Gary Simpson not distracted by FA Cup draw

Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson is refusing to dream about hosting Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup first round after the club missed out on the chance to play Liverpool last season.

Mansfield overcame the Imps in a replay for the right to host the Reds in the third round in January.

Lincoln must now beat Worcester City at home in their fourth qualifying round replay on Tuesday to face Argyle.

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These are always difficult games, they play with freedom and have nothing to lose

Gary Simpson Lincoln City manager

"The first round has not crossed my mind," Simpson told BBC Radio Lincoln.

"We had a big game last year, if we had beaten Mansfield we would have got Liverpool and that is what dreams are made of. Unless you actually get there, it makes no difference.

"You can beat yourself up, but if we don't win on Tuesday it is irrelevant."

Andrew Boyce rescued the Conference Premier side from crashing out of the FA Cup  on Saturday with a second-half equaliser after Aaron Williams swept Worcester into the lead from close range.

Simpson is expecting more of the same from the Conference North side at Sincil Bank.

"These are always difficult games, they play with freedom and have nothing to lose," he said.

Lincoln midfielder Jon Nolan is suspended for the replay, having picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the initial tie.