Barnsley will be hoping to avoid the distraction of the FA Cup run, but having reached the quarter-final stage of the competition, the club will certainly be interested in going to Wembley.
Barnsley will be playing against the Premier league champions Manchester city in the quarter-final round. Hence, they are the underdogs going into the match. The manager David Flitcroft has been able to bring some success to the club since his appointment a few months ago. He has said that his players should not be paying too much respect to city, as the Premier league champions have the quality to punish them.
He has also asked his players not to become starstruck due to the fact that city have a number of high profile players in their lineup. Yaya Touré, Sergio Aguero, and Joe Hart are some of the high profile names expected to be named in the team sheet by the manager Roberto Mancini. Barnsley had a wonderful cup run only a few years ago when the managed to beat the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea along the way. Flitcroft has said that his players can repeat that feat once again, but they need to work hard. Barnsley are fighting against relegation in the championship.
“You can get starstruck by names and we can’t allow that to happen. We have quality in our group and we have demonstrated real fight. In any fight if you turn up and are prepared to work harder than the next man, then you have a chance. I hope the players don’t freeze, and try to play the occasion and not the football match, because this will be a tactical battle,” said the Barnsley manager. The 39-year-old will be hoping to make use of the home matches against Brighton and Watford in order to pick up points as soon as possible.