Gills midfielder says the team will need to match AFC Fylde's intensity on Saturday if they are to progress in the FA Cup.
Robbie McKenzie is confident that Gillingham can sidestep a potential FA Cup banana skin in National League North opponents AFC Fylde on Saturday.
The hard-working midfielder has dreams of going far enough in the competition to rub shoulders with some of the competitions glamour sides but first, he insists he and his teammates must show they deserve to get there.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's away fixture, McKenzie said: “It’s a special cup to be in and everyone is looking forward to it. We are looking forward to a great challenge against AFC Fylde and hopefully we will get through to the next round.
“We will approach this game how we normally approach a game. We will respect our opponents and try and do our job. We both will want to go through to the next round, so we are going to have to match their intensity and they will have to match our intensity.
“Fylde have got nothing to lose and will come out and give it everything they have got. That’s why we are going to have to come out and manage the game. If we can do that, then we will come out on top.
“I’ve played against Chelsea in the FA Cup. This competition can make special memories for footballers, so it is a competition I want to do well in.
“Everyone wants to play the big teams in the country, the big stars and the Premier League teams, and going further in the cup gives you that opportunity.
“A win it this game can build confidence for the league. We are going to go with our game plan and let’s see where it takes us.”