BARNSLEY boss David Flitcroft will be proud as punch if the club can spring a major surprise by beating Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter finals tomorrow.
The Reds are huge underdogs to beat the Blues at the Ethiad Stadium, but Flitcroft is quietly confident a shock could be on the cards given the club’s impressive FA Cup run this season.
Victories over Burnley, Hull City and then MK Dons have led the Reds to what promises to a special atmosphere against the defending Premier League champions.
And Flitcroft wants his players to embrace the challenge with the carrot of a Wembley final dangling tantalisingly in front of them.
“I’m telling this group of players to be part of something special,” said Flitcroft. “I’m looking forward to leading a town, a team and a club out.
“We’ve carried ourselves well ahead of this game, but we’ve got to keep that momentum going and give everyone connected to the football club a day out they can remember and be proud of.
“If the whole club and team can carry that momentum forward, and we go put there and give a positive performance, then the result might be positive as well.
“What will make me proud is that our fans go away from the game not feeling let down and disappointed.”
Meanwhile, Reds’ director Don Rowing has confirmed the club have sold all of their 6,000 ticket allocation for this weekend’s clash, while City have announced the match is a sell-out.
Rowing told The Star: “It should be a great atmosphere in the ground with 47,000 there to watch the match.
“It’s great we’ve sold all tickets, hopefully now the team can get the result we’re looking for.”
Flitcroft is still searching for a left-back to replace the injured Scott Golbourne, but Rowing admitted that search will take a backseat now with the City clashing taking priority.
“Nothing’s going to happen there until next week now,” added Rowing. “David’s still looking for a left-back, but his concentration is one the match.”