BOBBY Hassell has stressed Barnsley don’t want to ‘do a Bradford’ and crash out of a big Cup tie Cup with a whimper.
Reds’ stalwart Hassell watched in frustration as the Bantams were whitewashed 5-0 by Swansea City in this year’s Capital One Cup final.
And the 32-year-old has stressed that the Reds should learn from the Yorkshire side’s mistakes and, instead of not playing their natural game, make sure they go for opponents’ Manchester City’s jugular in the FA Cup on Saturday.
“We don’t want to do what Bradford did and not perform,” said Hassell. “This match is like a final for us because we’re playing such a great team, but I went to the Capital One Cup final and thought Bradford never had a go.
“They’d had some great results to get there playing their brand of football, but they just sat back and let Swansea have too much time. If we do that against City they’ll punish us. It would be amazing if we beat them, but we’ve got to make sure we don’t pay them too much respect.
“Hopefully we can just relax and enjoy the game. At the end of the day if we get beat 5-0 then no one is going to say anything because we’re not expected to win.”
Hassell is one of three surviving players – including fellow defender Stephen Foster and keeper Luke Steele – who played in the Barnsley team which reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 2008. However Hassell was left “gutted” when the Reds lost out to Cardiff in the semi-finals having claimed victories over former winner Chelsea and Liverpool in earlier rounds.
Hassell, who will celebrate a decade at Oakwell next season, knows only too well how rare these occasions are for the club.
”We are going to be playing against some of the best players in the world – I can’t wait,” said Hassell, who has played in the club’s last two FA Cup wins.
“We know it’s going to be really hard for us to win the match, but we’re going to give it a good go. At the end of the day we’ve got nothing to lose.
“We don’t want to be coming away from the game with any regrets. All we can do is make sure we give everything on the day and give ourselves the best chance of causing a shock.”