Sunderland clash to be cherished says Harriers striker

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AMARI Morgan-Smith wants his Kidderminster Harriers team-mates to cherish their FA Cup tie at Sunderland.

Today's fourth-round clash against the Premier League giants at the Stadium of Light (3pm) marks Harriers' biggest game in the competition for two decades.

For many of the players, flying the non-league flag will be one of the highlights of their career to date.

Morgan-Smith, who joined Harriers in the summer, enjoyed a cup run with Macclesfield Town last season and knows how special such occasions are.

He said: “Last season I got to the same stage as this when we played Wigan [lost 1-0] and I am lucky enough to play against another Premier League side.

“We beat Cardiff to meet Wigan and it was great to be playing Premier League players.

“Hopefully some of the players will cherish the moment and cause a shock.

“I would say to the lads don’t be overawed, don’t make the moment too big and play your normal game.

“The game will be over so quickly so hopefully we can get a result and enjoy it.”

Today's match is Kidderminster's seventh in the competition, when replays are taken into account, and a trip to Sunderland seemed light years away when they were held 1-1 at Bradford Park Avenue in October's fourth qualifying round.

Harriers eventually saw them off 2-1 at Aggborough after extra-time and went on to beat Sutton United, Newport County and Peterborough United, the latter 3-2 in a replay triumph at London Road.

“To be fair Bradford Park Avenue were a tough outfit," said Morgan-Smith. “They played us in couple of FA Cup games and they knocked us out of the FA Trophy.

“But that’s what the FA Cup is all about, you have to get through the little games and now we can look forward to the big game."

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