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Marcus: I’d love a giant-killing – at last!

Midfielder eyes Preston scalp.

4 January 2018

Marcus Bean says he hopes the boot will be on the other foot this weekend as he looks for his first taste of an FA Cup giant-killing when the Chairboys take on Preston North End at Adams Park (k.o. 3pm).

The midfielder has never played in an FA Cup victory over a side in the top two tiers of English football, but has been on the receiving end of upsets at non-league Barrow with Brentford and Chelmsford while he was at Colchester.

“It hasn’t really been the most fruitful of competitions for me!” he admitted at Thursday’s press session at the training ground. “I’ve been on the wrong end of a couple of giant-killings and they’re never something you want to look back on.

“We know Preston will be a tough test for us but it’s one to look forward to. You always want to test yourself against higher level opposition and see where you’re at – particularly the younger lads, who don’t want to be in League 1 or League 2 all of their career so they can pit themselves against players in a higher division and see how they match up.”

Bean could be set to make his 100th appearance for the club, having returned to the side after injury and illness as a second-half substitute for the injured Dominic Gape in Monday’s win at Forest Green.

“We were a little bit light on our feet on Monday so it was nice to get some minutes in. It feels great being back out on the green stuff; nobody likes being injured because you’re paid to do a job and it’s frustrating if you can’t do it.”

And he reserved special praise for Matt Bloomfield, who capped his 400th EFL appearance with a goal at the New Lawn.

“His achievement is very rare in this day and age, and I think it’ll be even more rare going forward with the way that players move around to different clubs. He’s been a constant at Wycombe and he’s a top man and a great professional, so everyone was buzzing to see him score on his milestone game.”

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