Mark Shelton is hoping for a repeat of Hartlepool United's FA Cup success ahead of Stoke City clash
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Shelton earned a goal and an assist to his name as he continues his return from a calf injury which kept him out of action for several weeks towards the end of last year.
But after completing his return to the Hartlepool side over the festive period, Shelton has now turned his attention to the FA Cup where he believes his side can give the Championship Potters a good run for their money having been part of the squad who performed heroically in this competition 12 months ago.
Shelton is one of just seven players still with the club who were part of the match day squad against Crystal Palace in the fourth round of the FA Cup last season as he admits those are the kinds of games he wants to be involved in again.
“You say a free hit but we want to win,” explained Shelton.
“We’ve not had too many wins this year so any chance you get to win a game of football you want to do it.
“They’ll have some good players, players on a lot of money, but it is what it is, it’s a game of football. We’ve beaten good sides in the past in FA Cup runs so there’s no reason why we can’t do it again or at least be in the game.
“I’ve been involved in cup runs with this football club, obviously Crystal Palace last year, and it’s massive for the fans especially. They get to experience new teams of different quality and get to go to new grounds.
“We played a Premier League side away from home. They were obviously a lot better quality but there wasn’t a massive gulf in the game.
“Even personally, playing in front of that many people is what you want to do from being a kid. You see it on tele. It’s brilliant to be involved in them games and you’re obviously one win away from drawing a big club again.”