Sweet FA! Emery hopes cup performances can earn him the number one shirt at Boston United

Michael Emery.
Michael Emery.

Michael Emery wants to use the FA Cup to force his way into Dennis Greene’s plans.

The 25-year-old made his Pilgrims debut in Saturday’s second qualifying round victory at Kirby Muxloe after Peterborough United’s U-turn saw them refuse on-loan keeper Dion-Curtis Henry permission to play in the competition.

Emery was forced into making some late saves to earn Boston United their 2-1 victory against a side three levels below them, as the hosts went in search of the equaliser.

“Obviously, it’s great to get back on the pitch,” said the stopper.

“I had to wait a little while but I’m delighted to be playing.

“I want to be playing every week. Hopefully I can try to push on from here and see what happens.”

Emery believes that knowing that he looks set to be the Pilgrims’ cup keeper will aid him ahead of match days, even if he did admit to some nerves after finally pulling on the shirt of his home-town club.

“It’s great to know you’re playing, you can prepare right,” he added.

“You don’t want to be coming on in a game as a keeper, or getting told the night before.

“You want time to prepare and know who you’re playing.

“There were perhaps a few extra nerves, maybe being a Boston lad and wanting to do well for the town.

“It’s been a long time. I’ve wanted to play here before.

“I’ve got my chance now and I’ve taken it.”